Houston Outlaws
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Getting some help
June 4, 2018
Muma is finally getting some more support from his teammates, evidenced in the Houston Outlaws' 3-1 victory over the Florida Mayhem.
ANALYSIS
Muma has continued his play style of "do your job" and his teammates are finally starting to work around him to get the victories they need. LiNkzr is now diving with Muma rather than flanking and Muma is consistently surrounded by his supports, even on stall dives. For the most part, Houston seems to be figuring out what works, just enough that they can stay in the playoff picture.
Ignoring Jake
June 4, 2018
LiNkzr is no longer relying on Jake to get results, as seen in the Houston Outlaws' 3-1 victory over the Florida Mayhem.
ANALYSIS
LiNkzr performed better than he has recently against the Mayhem, spending his time as Tracer and Widowmaker. Instead of relying on his DPS partner Jake, LiNkzr stayed back from flanking and dove onto whatever target Muma chose to jump. He also kept to the same attack style as Widowmaker, sending headshots at Muma's targets from the back lines. LiNkzr may not find this strategy sustainable but it got the win and for now that's all Houston needs.
Doesn't understand the meta
June 4, 2018
Despite the Houston Outlaws getting a 3-1 victory over the Florida Mayhem, Jake still doesn't seem to know how best to play the game.
ANALYSIS
In his last several matches, Jake has shown a fundamental misunderstanding of the meta and how his team needs him to play. Jake's performance seems to be affected more by his playstyle than his hero choice, as he is often isolating himself from the team, being over aggressive without support and not peeling for his teammates when playing as Brigitte. He is quickly becoming a cancer to the Outlaws as it seems that even when he is finding kills, they aren't helping anything but Jake's stats.
Falling out of form
June 2, 2018
LiNkzr looked to be in poor form during the Houston Outlaws 3-0 victory over the Shanghai Dragons.
ANALYSIS
LiNkzr has been consistently lackluster in recent matches. He is not the player that helped Houston to a Top 3 finish in Stage 1. Against Shanghai, he was bested time and time again by Dragons DPS Diya, even during Widowmaker duels - a situation where LiNkzr normally excels. In order to squeeze out wins on close maps, LiNkzr had to put himself out of position and in very dangerous situations to get key kills, relying on his teammates to bail him out at the first sign of trouble.
Underwhelming against Shanghai
June 2, 2018
SPREE did not have his best performance in the Houston Outlaws' 3-0 victory over the Shanghai Dragons.
ANALYSIS
SPREE played a majority of the series in place of Coolmatt. He played Zarya and D.Va very technically, being aggressive when he was supposed to and peeling when necessary. This created something of a problem for the Houston offense since Coolmatt is usually so aggressive. Without the damage help from the off tank the Outlaws were struggling to get kills. SPREE will likely continue to see a small amount of playing time, but his presence seems to expose Houston's deep flaws.
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Adds Kyky as Assistant Coach
May 10, 2018
The Houston Outlaws announced via Twitter that Kyle "Kyky" Souder will be joining the organization.
ANALYSIS
Possibly the worst kept secret in Overwatch League's short history, the Houston Outlaws announced that Kyky is officially a part of the organization. Originally reported by Rod "Slasher" Breslau on Twitter, Kyky's joining the Houston Outlaws should bring the team a little bit more stability on the player management side.
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In talks to accquire KyKy
April 23, 2018
According to Rod "Slasher" Breslau the Houston Outlaws have been in talks to hire former Dallas Fuel Head Coach Kyle "KyKy" Souder.
ANALYSIS
Houston hiring KyKy as an assistant coach makes a lot of sense. It gives them a good amount of information on a rival team and its not as though KyKy was a bad coach for the Fuel. This could be a good move for Houston, but even if they chose to pass KyKy will undoubtedly find his way onto an OWL team.