Fresh off the heels of an appearance in the Spring Console Wars LAN, Onslaught Esports is pleased to announce that we have signed the former Fable Paladins roster to represent us at the upcoming Summer Console Wars LAN event and beyond. This is a dynamic signing for Onslaught, as the roster of Jordan “Miracle” Feher, Caleb “Skeppi” DiNicola, Ryan “Kuhlmatt” Kuhlman, Trevor “Trensiq” Morse and two-time MVP Nick “Wxnderful” Hartzell is a powerhouse in console Paladins, having a Top-2 placing in every event to date and boasting top players across each position.
The signing presents Onslaught with not only just an exceptionally skilled roster, but also an opportunity to add to our collection of championship teams. Heavy favorites going into the July 28-29th event, the Xbox team lead by two-time MVP Nick “Wxnderful” Hartzell understands that the target is squarely on their backs and has been preparing as such since a surprise finals loss in the Spring LAN to Flash Point. Determination to get back to the winner’s circle was a common theme when interviewing the team, including newcomer Ryan “Kuhlmatt” Kuhlman who as a replacement for former starter SoldierBot represents the only roster change for the team.
“With our new roster, mindset and approach we are going back to regain the title we should’ve kept. We were overconfident the last time and it showed on top of my injury that couldn’t have happened at a worse time. We are not underestimating anyone and will make sure we won’t lose.” said DiNicola, referencing an incredibly ill-timed hand injury that had him competing in a cast. From Wxnderful’s comfort with their current place in the meta, to Miracle echoing Skeepii’s call to not overlook any opponent the new look Onslaught squad has their eyes firmly on the prize – a first place finish and $25,000 payday. As prior winners of Dreamhack Valencia and HRX 2018, this renewed focus and determination to avenge prior defeat should ring alarm bells for their opponents.
Onslaught CEO Patrick O’Brien was heavily involved in recruiting the team, and is ecstatic with the overall prospects. “Onslaught always has prided itself on championship-caliber teams, and this roster has that “it” factor” said O’Brien. “We’re extremely excited to support and cheer these guys on in a game we’ve devoted a lot of focus into, and I am looking forward to seeing some amazing results from this partnership come July and beyond.”
Chief Operating Officer Jen Dalton is no stranger to the Paladins scene or some of the team’s players, having been instrumental in pushing into the title and previously recruiting Jordan “Miracle” Feher nearly 18 months ago for competitive Overwatch. Miracle mentioned this familiarity and Onslaught’s commitment to success was a big factor in the team’s decision, and a major compliment for Dalton . “Anytime you have such an immensely talented and experienced team interested in working with you, it is honestly a compliment and validation” said Dalton. “We try to operate by a few core values – honesty, respect and of course winning and I think that with this partnership, the sky is the limit to what we can achieve together.”
Despite the LAN wins and MVP accolades, the team is careful to take a methodical approach to the game, and credits countless hours of practice and dedication as part of the secret to their success. “Winning is addicting, and nothing compares to the feeling of victory after grinding to be the best team” said Trevor “Trensiq” Morse, mirroring a common refrain from each player – an absolute determination to be the best console Paladins team on Earth.
Continued Nick “Wxnderful” Hartzell, “If you want to be the best at a game you have to put in the time and fully learn everything… the second you stop grinding someone else is gonna pass you up.” Such hardcore devotion to being the best is rare, and coupled with immensely talented players, the end result is a potential perfect recipe for success.
The Summer 2018 Console Wars LAN features the two best console teams (1 Xbox, 1 Playstation) from North America taking on their respective counterparts from the EU region. The head-to-head battles take place over two days, July 28-29th and is broadcast live on the Mixer platform. Be sure to follow each member of the team, drop by our Discord to wish the team good luck, and get ready to cheer on a potential event winning squad at the end of the month!