As of the end on Overwatch Contenders Season Zero, several new teams have gained the recognition and admiration of those who watched the highly competitive series. For instance, the Immortals team has proved themselves to be capable of playing at the level of Rogue. Rogue is arguably the best team in the world at the moment. (This is being written after the end of the BEAT Invitational, which ended in what is likely the greatest series in Overwatch history, Immortals vs Rogue).
However, while they didn’t quite make it into the grand finals, one up-and-coming team showed incredible potential for the future. This is a team that goes by the quite complicated name of FNRGFE. Formed just prior to the beginning of Contenders Season Zero, the team consists of former members of Fnatic, NRG, and GaleForce eSports. These team names combine with one another to form the title of “FNRGFE”. Equipped with a beautiful corndog logo and some of the best coordination seen in the tourney, FNRGFE was able to eliminate a powerful opponent in NRG before the main playoffs even began.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the six members of the team who were able to push their way into the quarterfinals. In the DPS (Damage per Second) department, Buds and Clockwork were able to provide a substantial amount of damage output. Buds was commonly playing Soldier 76, and Clockwork frequently taking Tracer. Up next were the tanks, being Muma on Winston and Coolmatt69 on D.Va. Finally, Bani on either Mercy or Zenyatta and Boink on Lucio.
What is perhaps the most amazing characteristic of FNRGFE is that the team was relatively inexperienced as a group. Although some members had previously been on the same team, they had never competed together prior to Contenders. Nonetheless, these individual players were able to coordinate themselves with incredible efficiency. They executed brilliant disengages when a scenario proved to be too daunting. They followed it up with excellent early pick-offs on supports before even beginning the fight (a la Clockwork’s seemingly inescapable Pulse Bombs).
These factors proved valuable in their quarterfinal series versus a heavy favorite in the 5-Hour Energy© Detroit Renegades. It seemed as though Sherlockey (a main support and Zenyatta for Renegades) was constantly on the receiving end of time-traveling death via Clockwork’s Tracer. In addition, the tank combo of Muma on Winston and Coolmatt69 on D.Va was able to shut down Mangachu’s DPS characters on the side of Renegades. Doing this, they negated one of the major sources of damage for the Detroit team.
Buds was also able to display his wide array of characters. He put Genji to great use when he got the opportunity to use him. These stellar performances allowed FNRGFE to power their way past the Renegades in a close 3-2 series. The next round was equally close. However, the series saw Team Liquid reverse-sweep FNRGFE to move on to the finals, where Liquid inevitably lost to Immortals. FNRGFE was unable to successfully counter the Sombra play from Liquid, leading to consecutive losses on Hanamura and Hollywood.
The series ended on the control map Nepal. Here, Buds and Bani attempted to use a combination of Pharah and Mercy (respectively) to take the recurring map of Village. The map appeared twice. However, despite the successes that the duo had, Liquid was able to take the second iteration of Village. This led them to the final round on Sanctum. This map had also appeared before in the match, when Liquid had substituted a Soldier 76 instead of a D.Va. This gambit paid off, allowing Liquid to take Sanctum the first time they played it.
The gamble proved its viability on the second, and final, round on Nepal Sanctum. Team Liquid was able to defeat FNRGFE with the triple-DPS composition and complete the reverse sweep of the series. This ended FNRGFE’s bid for the North American Contenders Season Zero Championship. Despite the loss, however, the team was able to qualify for Contenders Season One. This was a huge success by itself.
The Beat Invitational
After their “season finale” in Contenders Season Zero, FNRGFE was invited to compete in the BEAT Invitational. Even though the tournament’s prize pool wasn’t necessarily prestigious, it still hosted a multitude of North America’s best teams. We had Immortals, the victors of Contenders Season Zero as well as Rogue, which is perhaps the best team in the world at the moment. Further on, Luminosity Gaming Evil (LG Evil) and several other participants in the previous Contenders season.
To briefly summarize the events of FNRGFE’s run: Arc 6 is the bane of their existence. FNRGFE was felled by Arc 6 both times they met. This includes the match in which Arc 6 was able perform a reverse sweep, knocking our favorite corndog-loving team out of the competition. Aside from their fourth-place finish above the likes of LG Evil, Envision, and Counter-Logic Gaming, FNRGFE should be proud to have even been invited to a tournament with such well-known teams.
Whether it’s due to solid teamwork, individual performances, or plain humor, FNRGFE has worked its way into the eSports scene. It doesn’t seem like the team will be fizzling out any time soon. It’s only a matter of time before some level-headed sponsor decides to make a worthy investment in this spectacularly talented group of players. Only time will tell if fans will finally be able to purchase a sponsored corndog hat. Until then, the community will just have to wait to get another dose of FNRGFE during whatever tournament they decide to bring joy to next.