Overwatch Contenders team Revival has revealed the surprising additions of Francine “Fran” Vo and Becca “Aspen” Rukavina to their competitive roster.
The streamers are set to join the team for the 2020 Contenders season. Revival is also set to field tanks Tim ”Manneten” Bylund and Siarhei “Bogur” Alekau, as well as DPS players Jack “Reyzr” Francis and Luka “Aspire” Rolovic.
Fran and Aspen join as the team’s supports. Before the new season begins, Revival must compete in a double-elimination bracket to determine where the group will be seeded. The top four teams are placed in Overwatch Contenders and the bottom eight are dropped into Contender Trials. If Revival makes top four, Fran and Aspen will be the first women to play in the North American Contenders league.
Aspen was previously a streamer for Cloud9, but left in July in order to start playing professionally. “This is something I’ve dreamt about and have wanted since I started playing Overwatch competitively and I’m super excited to finally start making it happen,” Aspen said.
The streamer parted ways with Cloud9 on good terms, thanking them for their support during their partnership. “Today we bid farewell to Aspen as she pursues her dream to be a Professional Player in the Overwatch competitive scene,” Cloud9 said.
Contender team Revival was assembled in 2019 and featured talent from the OWL including Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström and Damon “Apply” Conti. The group finished in last place during the 2019 season and will be looking to recover with this new lineup.
Aspen and Fran have both openly discussed their desire to transition to competitive play. Their signing with Revival may act as a stepping stone to someday compete in the Overwatch League. For now, Shanghai Dragons Se-yeon “Geguri” Kim is the only woman competing at the top level in Overwatch.