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Overwatch League 2020: Possible Landing Spots for Kellex

Roster changes are flying past faster than ever. A team that’s known for its constant shake ups is the Boston Uprising. Unsurprisingly, this team is at the forefront of postseason trade rumors. Known for finding diamonds in the rough, Boston has put their last original member of the inaugural roster under the “free agent” category. Kristian “Kellex” Keller has been with the Uprising since the beginning of the League. Though his performance during the second season wasn’t particularly upsetting, the team as a whole struggled. Therefore, Kellex is seeking other opportunities across the League.

As a main support player, Kellex should be highly sought after by teams that are truly looking to shake things up. Known for his Mercy play, Kellex could be a key contender on a team that’s focusing more on a rumored resurgence of Dive. Additionally, his Lucio play got to shine more this season throughout the different metas being played. With his versatility in what support he can shine in, Kellex could find a new home in a multitude of places.

1: Kellex to the Dallas Fuel

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Overwatch League 2019 Season Stage 3 photo:Stewart Volland for Blizzard Entertainment

Much like his former Boston Uprising teammate Lucas “NotE” Meissner, Kellex could find a home in Texas. Though the Fuel seem interested in keeping most of their core roster, some changes are needed if they want to thrive in 2020. This year, the Fuel struggled again to climb out of mediocrity. Though Won-sik “Closer” Jung has done his best with the team this season, there’s no reason that the Fuel could use another main support waiting in the wings.

Jonathan “HarryHook” Tejedor Rua is also currently still signed with the Dallas Fuel. His season was mostly spent on the bench, and the times he did emerge onto the stage didn’t seem to make too much of a difference. Kellex, a proven veteran in this League, could add more to the team than others have before him. Dallas is in need of some serious adjustments, and Kellex could suit these changes very well.

2: Kellex to the Washington Justice

Another team that’s rebuilding itself is the Washington Justice. With the recent release of half of their roster and most of their coaching staff, the Justice are starting from the ground up, it seems. This week, the Justice released main support player Hyeon-woo “Hyeonu” Cho. With Yeonjoon “ArK” Hong looking for other opportunities as well, the Justice are left with Gi-do “Gido” Moon. Their roster has a very vacant hole for a main support, and Kellex could make that transition easily.

With the core of a team in DPS stars Corey “Corey” Nigra and Ethan “Stratus” Yankel, the Justice seem to be leaning more towards a Western roster. Newcomers Lukas “LullSiSH” Wiklund and Elliot “ELLIVOTE” Vaneryd are also guaranteed for 2020. With a mix of European and American players, Kellex would fit into this new roster spectacularly.

3: Kellex to the Houston Outlaws

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L-R: Matt “Coolmatt” Iorio, Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty, Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin, Chris “Bani” Bennell. Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The Outlaws are a team that have been struggling for quite some time. Without a proper owner, the team has struggled to afford new roster moves and a chance to restart. Currently, the team is in negotiations to acquire a new buyer. With this new buyer comes the chance to make some changes, and fans are looking to benched Chris “Bani” Benell to leave sooner rather than later. Though Daniel “Boink” Pence seems to be solidified in his place on the roster, there’s an open space for someone who knows their way around Mercy’s kit.

That’s where Kellex could come in. Though both he and Boink can play Mercy and Lucio, fans certainly associate a certain hero with each player. Boink’s battletag is more than enough to spark the thought of a Lucio boop off the side of a map. Kellex, on the other hand, plays Mercy a majority of the time. With the two of them mastering their respective heroes, they could work together to bring the Outlaws some victories in 2020. 

4: Kellex to the Paris Eternal

Paris is a team that many people had high expectations for in 2019. This team started rough, and ended somewhere in the middle of the pack. Between rotating main tanks, and never truly following the meta, Paris did their best to bring a good debut to their first Overwatch League season. Eyes are on this team to make some changes as they head into 2020. Though most of these changes bring people to their tank line, there’s a chance that Kellex could slide into their support line as well.

Harrison “Kruise” Pond is the star main support of Paris, known for his risky and flighty Lucio plays. On top of that, fans have seen Kruise play Mercy when needed, as well as Baptiste. He’s very flexible in what he can do, and is hardly the weakest link on the Paris Eternal. With that in mind, Kellex could work for Paris in the same way he could work for Houston. With how refined Kellex is on Mercy, he and Kruise could find success in switching when necessary, allowing Paris to be a little more flexible with their benched roster.

5: Kellex remains on the Boston Uprising

Though unlikely, fans could see Kellex sticking to what he knows best: the Boston Uprising. The only original member left on the Uprising, Kellex has been their main support since the team began. After all, Kellex helped Boston achieve their golden Stage 3 in 2018. His teamwork and work ethic speaks for itself, and though he’s actively seeking chances elsewhere, he could end up right where he started.

Featured Image Courtesy of Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment.

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