In light of the NYXL’s recent release of their Korean off-tank, Tae-hong “MekO” Kim, it’s now time to consider where he may end up. MekO was an instrumental piece of the incredibly successful NYXL team through their first two seasons, helping the team achieve a combined regular-season record of 56-12. With his successful tenure and personal skill, he will likely drive a high price this offseason. Here are four teams that could potentially shell out for MekO in the coming weeks.
For this move to happen, the Fusion would first have to trade their French off-tank, Gael “Poko” Gouzerch. If he stays, this is likely a non-issue. But, with their supposedly high budget, it would stand to reason that the Fusion would then be in the market for a solid off-tank player. Combine this with the fact that they are likely signing Kyungbo “Alarm” Kim at some point and have Su-Min “SADO” Kim already slotted at main tank, and a heavily Korean lineup begins to make more sense for Philly. With their budget and infrastructure, look for the Fusion to be amongst the teams in the conversation for MekO.
Los Angeles Gladiators
The Gladiators are in a similar position as Philly, except their 2019 off-tank, Jun-Woo “Void” Kang, is currently a free agent. Although Void had a standout year in 2019, it could still stand to reason that the Glads want to pick up MekO going into 2020, seeing him as being more proven at the position. This would mesh well for a team that appears to be continuing in a mixed-roster direction and one that should be a challenger heading into 2020.
Seoul has a laundry list of players still on contract, but that may not stop them from signing some more big names this offseason if they decide to flex their financial muscles and capitalize on being based in Seoul. If they do that, MekO would be a player that would have to be at the top of their list for targets. Of the fully Korean rosters in the mix, Seoul has a real shot at landing MekO.
The Dallas Fuel are a tough team to analyze going into 2020. On the one hand, they have nearly all of their players still on contract. On the other, they will probably be buying out a lot of those players and replace them before next season begins. Either way, they need an off-tank and they clearly have money to spend. Pairing MekO at tank alongside Min-Seok “OGE” Son actually sounds like something they could make work, especially if they keep Won-Sik “Closer” Jung around as well.
One thing’s for certain, Dallas needs to make big changes going into next season. What better place to start than MekO?
As a reminder, all of the current offseason changes will be continuously updated in TGH’s Complete List of Overwatch League Offseason Moves.
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