As new expertise floods the Overwatch League, many former superstars have discovered themselves looking for a brand new house. Whereas many free brokers have joined new groups, others have left skilled competitors or transitioned to teaching roles. The offseason might be chaotic and ruthless, even for gamers who’ve confirmed their mettle.
All groups will need to have at the least seven gamers signed by Jan. 4, 2021—and spots are shortly filling up on probably the most aggressive rosters within the league. Whereas the top of the commerce window for the 2021 Overwatch League season isn’t but recognized, this looming deadline doesn’t bode properly for the remaining free brokers.
Some gamers objectively underperformed within the 2020 season, however for others, it’s an absolute thriller why they haven’t been picked up but. Listed here are a number of gamers who deserve a house, even when it isn’t essentially within the coronary heart of competitors.
For 3 years, Kim “Libero” Hae-seong served because the New York Excelsior’s flex DPS specialist, diving deep into his hero pool to fill the roles mandatory for his staff to succeed. He was extra of a mainstay on the staff throughout his first two years within the league, typically teaming up with Tracer knowledgeable Park “Saebyeolbe” Jong Ryeol to destroy desires in enemy backlines.
That well-known NYXL squad disintegrated through the 2020 offseason. Whereas Saebyeolbe and primary help Jung “Anamo” Tae-sung headed to the Seoul Dynasty, Libero has but to discover a new staff. Libero was principally overshadowed by rookie upstarts final season, however his capacity to be taught new heroes and make clutch performs for his staff nonetheless stays.
Sure followers prefer to make the argument that Libero is “washed” or unable to play at his earlier stage of excellence. Inside the parameters of a supportive staff, Libero may simply attain into that properly of expertise and take again a number of the flex DPS dominance he was recognized for.
Newer Overwatch League followers would possibly acknowledge Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun solely because the San Francisco Shock’s former flex DPS extraordinaire, flying into the air as Echo or leaping to a help function to assist his staff. Rascal was a key part of the staff’s two Grand Finals wins however parted methods with the Shock early within the offseason.
Followers who’ve been round for some time have witnessed the “Rascal redemption arc” evolve all through his years within the Overwatch League. Rascal was initially picked up by the London Spitfire, then made his option to the Dallas Gas. He was dropped from the Gas after administration stated he was unwilling to speak throughout practices.
After grinding within the Overwatch Contenders scene as part of the Shock’s academy staff, NRG Esports, he was introduced again to the large leagues. The remainder is historical past. However Rascal’s status of being probably the most proficient gamers within the league, particularly in choosing up new heroes, apparently hasn’t helped him discover a staff.
Rumors of retirement have swirled, however as of November, Rascal was still a free agent actively in search of a staff. Successful two championships is likely to be a becoming finish to a redemption arc, but when Rascal desires to proceed his journey, any staff can be fortunate to have him.
The 2020 Overwatch League season was a comparatively profitable one for the Los Angeles Valiant after the staff determined to subject a staff of mostly-rookie gamers. Off-tank Caleb “McGravy” McGarvey, one of many solely gamers with in depth league enjoying time on the Valiant roster, was on the core of that staff.
Regardless of a drop in enjoying time by the top of the season, he was thought-about probably the most dependable Western off-tanks within the league. Past that, McGravy earned the 2020 Dennis Hawelka Award for his constructive management and dedication to charity work. He had grow to be the “face” of the Los Angeles Valiant, taking common interviews and representing the staff.
However he was launched from the staff in October and ended up within the Overwatch Contenders circuit, enjoying for Revival alongside different former league gamers. The competitors for off-tank roles is fierce within the Overwatch League, however McGravy’s reliability may very well be an asset to some groups.
Even when he’s not capable of compete on the stage of off-tank some groups require, McGravy must be actively thought-about for a content material creator or expertise function inside a staff or the league itself. He falls in the identical class of charisma and self-deprecation that different former gamers, like analysts Scott “Custa” Kennedy and Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson, have made into long-lasting careers.
There are present gamers within the Overwatch League that listing primary help Yang “Tobi” Jin-mo as their inspiration to start enjoying the help function. The previous Seoul Dynasty mainstay is that vital of an iconic veteran within the scene. Regardless of this, he was dropped from the staff in late November.
Throughout his Overwatch League profession, Tobi has all the time been thought to be a “secure” primary help participant, particularly on Lúcio. Because the meta shifted and staff playstyles developed, many squads started counting on extra lively, risk-taking primary helps to make large strikes throughout teamfights. Tobi doesn’t match into that inhabitants, however for some groups, a extra dependable participant can present a stage of calm amid the chaos of showy, overextending DPS gamers.
If Tobi now not decides to pursue competitors, he’d even be probably the most helpful help coaches in your entire league because of his years of expertise and calm demeanor.
By the latter a part of the 2019 season, uttering Yang “DDing” Jin-hyeok’s identify used to strike concern within the hearts of many groups. Because the Shanghai Dragon’s flex DPS grasp, he took to the skies as Pharah and snuck into backlines as Sombra. Shanghai was primarily answerable for revolutionizing the late-season 2019 meta and continued that journey in 2020. DDing was typically on the helm of those large adjustments, too.
The 2020 season introduced former Seoul Dynasty DPS and future MVP Kim “Fleta” Byung-sun to the Shanghai Dragons in addition to rookie phenom Lee “LIP” Jae-won. With all this new expertise, DDing was ignored for many of the season. He was dropped through the offseason when the Shanghai Dragons cleared home.
As his heroes come again into the forefront, nevertheless, DDing must be significantly thought-about for a beginning roster spot. Pharah and Sombra have snuck their means again into the meta and there’s all the time a necessity for a clutch Mei knowledgeable. Contemplating his earlier performances, DDing might merely be the sufferer of the overwhelming quantity of expertise within the Overwatch League proper now.