According to Merci, Alined will be moreso focused on gameplay and serving as the data analyst while Merci will handle the data analysis work. She says that the hope is that this opens up more traditional internship opportunities and work with the Shock for students.
Alined was previously the DPS for Berkeley for both of their Tespa titles including the Fiesta Bowl Overwatch Collegiate National Championship earlier this year. He later became the main tank for Mayhem Academy in Contenders Season 2 and qualified for the playoffs with the team.
Merci works with Tespa as a Hearthstone tournament admin and is part of Tespa's insight team. She will continue her work with Tespa while working with the Shock.
The partnership between the school and the organization was first announced in April. The original plans for the partnership included investment in an esports arena and gaming hub.
The Shock now have five coaches on their staff. They lead the largest roster in the league at 12 players.
The next season of the Overwatch League begins February 14.
- Jay "sinatraa" Won (DPS)
- Andrej "BABYBAY" Francisty (DPS)
- Kwon "Striker" Nam-joo (권남주) (DPS)
- Park "Architect" Min-ho (박민호) (DPS)
- Kim "Rascal" Dong-jun (김동준) (DPS)
- Choi "ChoiHyoBin" Hyo-Bin (최효빈) (Flex Tank)
- Andreas "Nevix" Karlsson (Flex Tank)
- Matthew "super" DeLisi (Tank)
- Yoo "smurf" Myeong-Hwan (Tank)
- Nikola "sleepy" Andrews (Support)
- Park "Viol2t" Min-ki (Support)
- Grant "Moth" Espe (Support)