ta1yo joins the Shock as a player with both hitscan and Genji experience. The Shock played with main tank Super on Genji last week in a victory over the Boston Uprising. Previously, that role was filled for the Shock by Architect who was traded to the Spark in May.
ta1yo has competed on the international stage since 2017 when he shined alongside his Japanese teammates in the 2017 World Cup. He later joined CYCLOPS athlete gaming, which became the first Japanese squad to finish a Pacific competition with a winning record when they qualified for the grand finals of Contenders 2018 Season 2 Pacific. He played for the all-Japanese JUPITER squad in 2019 and represented Japan in his third straight World Cup.
He became an official member of a North American roster for the first time in 2020 when he was signed by Third Impact and moved from Japan to their team house in the United States. His team had a successful Contenders season in which they became the principal rivals to Team Doge and lost to their rivals in the grand finals.
ta1yo is the second Third Impact player to make it onto an Overwatch League team. The first was his DPS partner zYKK, who joined the Toronto Defiant earlier this year.
The Shock now have four DPS players on their roster and 10 players overall. He is the team's second midseason addition, the first being flex support Twilight back in May.
ta1yo is the first new player to join the Shock not from South Korea since they signed Moth back in March of 2018.
The Shock's next match is this weekend against the Florida Mayhem.
- Kim "Rascal" Dong-jun (김동준) (DPS)
- Kwon "Striker" Nam-joo (권남주) (DPS)
- Lee "ANS" Seon-chang (이선창) (DPS)
- Sean "ta1yo" Taiyo Henderson (DPS)
- Choi "ChoiHyoBin" Hyo-Bin (최효빈) (Off-tank)
- Matthew "super" DeLisi (Tank)
- Yoo "smurf" Myeong-Hwan (Tank)
- Park "Viol2t" Min-ki (Flex Support)
- Lee "Twilight" Joo-seok (이주석) (Flex Support)
- Grant "Moth" Espe (Support)
Their staff are: