OWL roster changes for Hangzhou Spark and San Francisco Shock
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May 19, 2020

OWL roster changes for Hangzhou Spark and San Francisco Shock

As Season 3 of Overwatch League continues on despite the pandemic, the Vancouver Titans aren’t the only ones dealing with roster changes. Following the London Spitfire versus Hangzhou Spark game on May 17, resulting in a victory for the latter, Hangzhou Spark and San Francisco Shock posted some major announcements. These Overwatch League roster changes come at a fortunate time when many players switched to different games.

OWL Roster Changes

Assistant Coach Yeah Moves On

Hangzhou Spark’s assistant coach Young-su “Yeah” Jung parts ways with the team. Before joining Hangzhou Spark in November 2019, Yeah coached Florida Mayhem in Overwatch League 2017. In addition to that, he has coached for Lunatic-Hai in Overwatch APEX and Ardeont in the Overwatch Pacific Championship Season 2 Qualifier. There has been no news about his future plans in esports or who will be replacing him on the team.

Bazzi Retires From Overwatch

Junki “Bazzi” Park declared his retirement from Overwatch. As part of the team’s inaugural roster, Bazzi took on the role of flex DPS. Although he specialized as a hitscan player, he also played heroes like Widowmaker, Doomfist, and Tracer. With him and his team’s efforts, Hangzhou Spark attained fourth place in Overwatch League 2019. So far, Bazzi has made no announcements about his future in esports or his next OWL roster change.

Hangzhou Spark Calls in Reinforcements

Minho “Architect” Park’s contract will be transferred from San Francisco Shock to Hangzhou Spark. As a flex DPS, Architect will be filling the space Bazzi left, reuniting with former X6-Gaming team members, such as Kyeong-bo “GodsB” Kim. Architect’s hero pool covers a wide variety of possibilities, but with San Francisco Shock’s already strong DPS lineup, he has not seen much playtime. With Architect now on Hangzhou Spark, he will hopefully be given more opportunities to show what helped bring San Francisco Shock to the top last season.

Twilight Finds a Team

Finally, the San Francisco Shock is signing on former RunAway and Vancouver Titans player Jooseok “Twilight” Lee, pending league approval. As flex support, Twilight has been seen playing Zenyatta, Ana, and Moira, adapting to the needs of the meta and his teammates. Overwatch League 2019 showed his prowess with these three heroes.

With players retiring and rosters changing, up-and-coming pro players are able to rise to the competition against the best in these OWL roster changes. Old teammates are reunited or go their separate ways, all giving ways to synergies that are now highly anticipated as the season continues. With new faces and incredible talent, the rest of the Overwatch League season has some exciting things coming.

Written by Emily Tang

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