As the 2020 Overwatch League offseason continues, a number of teams continue to make moves. This article is first in a series of recaps that goes over the weekly news, particularly players that have either re-signed with their teams or became free agents.
The Overwatch League offseason continues in full throttle. Image credit: Robert Paul for Activision Blizzard.
Uprising keep five, in talks with two
The Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #16 Valentine Kim Byoungju dps punk Leyton Gilchrist tank Faith Hong Gyu Kim support Crimzo William Hernandez support revealed that tank player Fusions , off-tank punk , flex support Myunb0ng , DPS Colourhex , and assistant coach Ascoft will compete with the team for the 2021 season, and are currently in discussions with DPS Jerry and tank player Axxiom .
The news was revealed in an article by the Uprising detailing their roster building for the 2021 season. Fusions and Punk had their 2021 options exercised, while Myunbong is staying under an existing contract. Colourhex is signing a new contract with the team, although the league’s contract page said that the team has until November 13 to exercise an option.
Fusions will continue with the Uprising for a third season. Image credit: Stewart Volland For Blizzard Entertainment.
Fusions and Colourhex have been with the Uprising since the 2019 season, while Myunbong and Jerry were signed for the 2020 season. Punk was signed in May during the middle of this season. Coach Ascoft will join the team in person after working remotely from France this season
Axxiom has been with the team since the 2019 season, but he only played during the first three weeks of the 2020 season before taking a leave of absence for a medical procedure. The contract page does not have him listed whatsoever.
While the Uprising are in discussions with Jerry, the contract page said that his 2021 option is exercised at the moment.
Fusion part ways with Boombox and ChipSa
The Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #11 AimGod Min-seok Kwon flex support MN3 Yoon Jae-hee dps ZEST Kim Hyun-woo (김현우) dps Belosrea tank FiXa Kwon Young Hoon (권영훈) support have parted ways with flex support Boombox and DPS ChipSa . They’re the first two players to depart from the team this offseason.
Earlier this month, Boombox announced that his contract was expiring and was looking for offers. The contract page said that ChipSa had his 2021 option declined.
Boombox's three year tenure with the Fusion comes to an end. Image credit: Ben Pursell for Blizzard Entertainment.
Boombox’s departure marks the end of a three season tenure with the Fusion that began with their first 2018 roster, and helped the team become the runner-ups of the inaugural season.
ChipSa joined during the 2019 offseason, where he was primarily known as a streamer with some competitive experience. He is also the brother of ChrisTFer, an assistant coach of the Fusion.
Boombox had less play time on flex support this season compared to Rookie of the Year recipient Alarm, while ChipSa played only a single map in one match.
Smex, NoSmite, and Fielder let go from Eternal
The Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #20 Kaan Emir Kaan Okumus flex support Glister Lim Gil-seong (임길성) dps Wub Cameron Johnson dps Dove Jesse Palomo dps Malthel Josh Gonzales dps Daan Daniël Vincentius Paulus Scheltema tank Krawi tank dridro Arthur Szanto support Lukemino Luke Fish support Rakattack Kyle Rakauskas support have let go of tank player NoSmite , off-tank Smex , and flex support Fielder . NoSmite and Smex had their 2021 options declined, while Fielder’s contract was expiring.
NoSmite and Smex were initially signed by the Eternal during the 2019 offseason. NoSmite shared the off-tank role with hanbin throughout the season.
NoSmite played off-tank for the Eternal this season. Image credit: Joshua Roberts for Activision Blizzard.
Smex however did not play any games for the team this season. Earlier this year he was unavailable due to a heart problem that required surgery, and then soon after contracted COVID-19.
Fielder was picked up during this season in May, taking over the flex support role after HyP and Greyy retired. He played from Korea during the season, far away from the Eternal’s residence in New Jersey, and under a ping difference as the team competed in the North American division.
Dynasty re-sign Profit and Gesture duo
The duo of DPS Profit and tank player Gesture have re-signed with the Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #3 Ir1s Kim Seung-Hyun (김승현) FITS Kim Dong-eon (김동언) dps Profit Park Joon-yeong (박준영) dps smurf Yoo Myeong-Hwan tank Vindaim Junwoo Park support for the 2021 season.
Profit and Gesture will stay with the Dynasty for the 2021 season. Image provided by the Overwatch League.
Profit and Gesture were traded to the Dynasty in the 2019 offseason by the London Spitfire, who they spent two seasons with and won the 2018 championship. Their partnership continues since their time on GC Busan in 2017.
They and the Dynasty became the runner-ups of the 2020 season, losing to the defending champions, the San Francisco Shock, in the Grand Finals 4-2.
Justice sign Decay for two more years
The Washington Justice have signed DPS Decay to the team through 2022, making his stay long term.
Decay was initially signed in August as a travel-eligible player, where ahead of the 2020 playoffs, the league allowed teams to sign players under multiple circumstances. He was previously released by the Dallas Fuel under his request.
Decay will stay with the Justice for two more years. Image credit: Tyler Demogenes for Activision Blizzard Entertainment.
After his initial signing, the Justice propelled from a second-to-last place finish in the regular season to nearly qualifying for the Grand Finals weekend, losing out to the Philadelphia Fusion in the lower bracket finals of the North American playoffs.
He is the third member of the Justice to stay for two more years. Head coach Sup7eme and general manager PRE also had their contracts extended through 2022.