A month has passed by after the 2020 Overwatch League season ended, with teams showing no signs of slowing down as they rework their rosters during the offseason. This week's roundup comes before this Friday, where those whose contracts were not extended become free agents.
Gladiators, Charge, and Spark begin roster rebuild
Multiple teams have begun to rebuild their rosters after parting ways with their previous players since the start of the offseason.
The Los Angeles Gladiators Los Angeles Gladiators OWL Rank #10 signed tank player MuZe , flex support Shu , and support player Moth . They also added coach Tydolla to the team, and promoted Director of Operations Brenda Suh to general manager of the team.
MuZe will play in his first season of the Overwatch League after playing in Contenders. Shu and Tydolla were previously with the Guangzhou Charge, and Moth joins after spending nearly three years with the San Francisco Shock.
Over at the Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #14 , the franchise signed former Shock coach Arachne as head coach, and released DPS’ nero and Happy . They then began their own rebuild by signing four players, which include flex support KariV , support player Mandu , and DPS’ MYKaylee and choisehwan .
KariV and Mandu join after they parted ways with the Toronto Defiant and the New York Excelsior respectively. MYKaylee and choiSehwan on the other hand will be rookies in the league next season from Bilibili Gaming and Element Mystic respectively.
All three will play in their first Overwatch League season, Takoyaki was with Team Diamond, LiGe was on Team CC, and MCD is also another Element Mystic alumni. LiGe also takes the place of QOQ , who parted ways with the Spark.
Mano and FDGod move to new teams
Tank player Mano and main support FDGoD moved to new teams over the past few weeks. Mano parted ways with the New York Excelsior New York Excelsior OWL Rank #7 and moved to the Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #5 , while FDGod was acquired by the San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #6 from the Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #11 .
The Fusion will be Mano’s first new team in three seasons; he was with the NYXL since the inaugural season in 2018. Joining the Fusion also marks the team’s first player pickup this offseason.
FDGod was with the Eternal in his first Overwatch League season this year. He joins the team as their new main support after Moth was acquired by the Gladiators.
Fearless, Jesce, and Xzi signed to Fuel
FEARLESS and Xzi were traded to the Fuel from their respective teams, while Jecse was previously with the Houston Outlaws and became a free agent last month.
All three of them are former Element Mystic players alongside the rest of the Fuel’s new players for next season. Jecse and the recently signed rapel also played together on the Outlaws this season.
Fate and ErsTer join Dragons
Fate was with the Mayhem since the middle of the 2019 season, while ErsTer recently split with the Atlanta Reign after two seasons with them.
They’re the first two players to be signed to the Dragons this season after parting ways with five of their players and trading Fearless to the Fuel.
Multiple teams part ways with players
Multiple teams shook up their rosters with the departure of many of their players, including those that were long time veterans on their teams.
The Fusion parted ways with tank player SADO , DPS Ivy , and off-tank Fury . SADO had been with the team since their first 2018 roster, while Ivy and Fury were signed during the 2019 offseason. SADO’s departure also comes after they signed Mano to the team, who are both tank players.
The Eternal meanwhile splitted with the rest of their remaining roster, which includes DPS’ SoOn and NiCOgdh , and tank player BenBest . All three had been with the Eternal since their first 2019 roster.
The Washington Justice then parted ways with flex support AimGod , DPS Stitch , and off-tank JJANU . AimGod was picked up by the team during the 2019 offseason, while Stitch and JJANU joined after a brief stint under 14-day contracts.
The Paris departures as well as the trade of FDGod and Xzi leaves no players left on the Eternal; they currently only have assistant general manager AVALLA on their staff.
Contenders Korea players signed to league
A number of Contenders Korea players have made the jump over to the Overwatch League for the 2021 season. Two of them that are joining are DPS Pelican , who joined the Atlanta Reign Atlanta Reign OWL Rank #8 , and flex support Aztac , who was signed to the Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #16 .
Pelican played for O2 Blast, while Aztac was on WGS Phoenix. The two of them have won Contenders Korea championships; the former won Contenders 2020: Season 1 Korea, while the latter won Season 2. Pelican is also the first pick for the Reign this offseason.
Spitfire bring in two coaches, release two players
The London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #20 began to fill in their coaching lineup by signing reprize as head coach, and promoting CommanderX from their academy team, the British Hurricane, to assistant coach of the Spitfire.
reprize returns to the league after he was dropped by the Los Angeles Valiant earlier this year. CommanderX has been with the Hurricane since late 2019.
- The Seoul Dynasty Seoul Dynasty OWL Rank #2 parted ways with strategic coach WizardHyeong , and promoted data analyst Bongwoori to a coaching role for the 2021 season.
- The Boston Uprising Boston Uprising OWL Rank #15 signed DPS im37 to the team, marking his return to the league since the 2019 season. He had also played for the Uprising Academy this year and was on loan to WGS Phoenix.
- The Uprising also parted ways with DPS Jerry and tank player Axxiom . Both of them were previously in discussions with the team for the 2021 season. Afterwards, Jerry joined the Washington Justice.
- Hocury joined the Justice as a personal coach. He was previously a coach and general manager for the Seoul Dynasty.
- The Defiant re-signed tank player Beast after he was released by them last month. Interim general manager and assistant coach Albless also departed from the team.
- The Fusion announced that DPS’ Carpe and EQO , off-tank Poko , and support player FunnyAstro will return for the 2021 season. Carpe is on the second year of a three-year contract extension that was signed back in late 2019.
- The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #4 added coaches creed and yaoxie to the team. creed was a coach for the Charge, while yaoxie coached for Flag Gaming.
- NYXL re-signed flex support JJoNak for the 2021 season. He is the only player left from their first 2018 roster as well as this season’s.