Miami-based esports team Misfits is expanding into traditional fightings games for the first time with the acquisition of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 player and tournament organizer Armando "Angelic" Mejia to its roster, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.
"We've been looking to explore the fighting game community further," said Misfits co-founder and CEO Ben Spoont in a statement. "With Armando, we have the opportunity not just in helping a top player showcase his skills across the country this year, but also explore other dimensions within the fighting game community such as tournaments. I'm excited to bring Armando aboard."
Throughout his career, Angelic has competed throughout Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 but has focused primarily on the Marvel vs. Capcom series. He intends to compete in the upcoming "Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite" game title, which is scheduled to release around the end of the year.
"I've always felt like I was never able to reach my true potential in tournaments due to several circumstances but now, with Misfits, that's changed," Angelic told ESPN in a statement. "I will show the world how dominant I can be in Marvel vs Capcom and bring my gameplay across the globe. I am extremely excited to partner up not only as a player but as a TO. I truly believe that Misfits will do extremely well in the FGC and I'm excited to be a part of the team. The future of 2017 looks extremely bright!"
Angelic has taken third at the Evolution Championship Series' Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournaments twice in his career, in 2013 and 2016. He also runs Undefeated, a yearly fighting game tournament in his home state of Arizona, which is a part of the recently-launched Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Curleh Circuit.
He joined Misfits, an organization that launched with a League of Legends team in 2016 and rapidly expanded into other games, making a name for itself notably in Overwatch as one of the best European teams. The team was partially acquired by NBA team the Miami Heat in early 2017.
It now holds two teams in League of Legends, one in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch, as well as individual players in Super Smash Bros. and Hearthstone.