It’s rare for a team in OWL to have a sub for every single position, and it’s even rarer for a team to have two subs for one position. The Shock, however, have subs for every position except for main support, and the DPS line will have three substitutes at any given time. The Shock’s DPS can, in theory, work with almost any situation. Here’s a breakdown of how they could work together at any given time.
The Shock added two new players to their DPS lineup: Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim and Nam-joo “Striker” Kwon. Both of them have proven themselves to be more than competent at many heroes.
Rascal has bounced around a little bit recently, as he has now been a part of three OWL teams. But don’t let this journeyman trend fool you: Rascal is still incredibly threatening. He might just be the most flexible player on the Shock, and that’s saying something considering how much this team seems to like flexible players. There aren’t many DPS heroes that Rascal is uncomfortable on, although he has shown a particular knack for heroes such as McCree, Genji, Mei, and Sombra.
Striker may not have the flexibility of Rascal, but he certainly has the skill. His stint last season with Boston proved that Striker was a top tier Tracer player, while also being quite good at heroes such as Widow and Junkrat. Striker may be a tad more predictable than Rascal, but his hero pool is still wide enough for the highest level.
These two have the hero pools to probably cover most of the Shock’s DPS needs on their own. However, the Shock also have three more DPS players that they can take advantage of.
San Francisco didn’t totally gut their Season One DPS roster. Far from it. Jay “Sinatraa” Won, Andrej “Babybay” Francisty and Min-ho “Architect” Park have stuck around going into Season Two.
Sinatraa was one of the more hyped up players in season one, and he…didn’t set the world on fire. Sure, his Zarya was excellent, but his other heroes were less than stellar. His Tracer was inconsistent, and he didn’t show much of anything on any other heroes. Sinatraa was one of the top threats on Tracer back in the day, so the Shock will be counting on him to regain that magic that he once had. He is also serviceable on some main tanks, although the Shock will have other issues if that skill becomes consistently needed.
Babybay showcased excellent mechanical skill on McCree and Widowmaker. His plays were often featured on highlight reels, and for good reason. He also showcased a decent Pharah. Babybay wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but his hero pool was a little bit limiting and didn’t quite lend itself to the dive-heavy meta.
Finally, we have Architect. Architect was probably the most consistent and flexible DPS player the Shock had during season one. Architect showed competence on almost every DPS hero, and was great on a few. His Tracer, Widow and Genji really stood out, but it is hard to find a DPS hero that Architect isn’t at least decent at.
So Who Starts?
It’s impossible to know at this point.
The Shock have probably been experimenting with all sorts of DPS combinations in scrims. In the current meta, it will probably depend on who has the best Zarya and who has the best Brigitte. Architect and Sinatraa played those heroes in season one, so they might be the starters by default, but that isn’t set in stone by any stretch of the imagination.
Things will get messy once the meta shifts back to a more traditional 2/2/2. Some combination of Striker, Architect and Rascal covers almost every DPS character, although Babybay could be subbed in too for niche usage. Sinatraa might also see play if the team wants to try to run triple tank. The Shock’s DPS roster is vast, and the coaching staff will have a tough choice ahead of them.
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