Stage one of Overwatch League will set the precedent for all of the teams. Power rankings have already been released by many people, but there are bound to be a few dark horses. Many middle ranking teams have the possibility to show up big when nobody expects it. These are the teams most likely to exceed stage one expectations.
The roster changes have moved this team near the bottom of the power rankings. The DPS line of Jeffery “blasé” Tsang and Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse have a lot to prove. Many people don’t believe they have what it takes to stand up to other DPS duos the likes of the Philadelphia Fusion or Los Angeles Gladiators.
The new tanks of Min-Seob “Axxiom” Park and Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth are very promising additions to the team. Both Axxiom and Fusions could play Reinhardt where the current main tank Young-jin “Gamsu” Noh struggled.
Boston did the same thing last season where they found “Diamonds in the rough” so to speak that lead them to playoffs, can they do it again? With the right coaching and coordination, the new roster could show up when nobody is expecting it, just like last season.
There is carry potential on this team. The DPS duo of George “ShaDowBurn” Gushcha and Terence “SoOn” Tarlier are both very capable players that can clutch out games. Not only that, but many of the players from the OWWC team France are on this roster. Nicholas “NiCOgdh” Moret is a player that has been around for a long time, but not in OWL until this season. Nico’s Genji always finds ways to clutch fights, and his D.Va is up to par with others throughout the league.
The players on this team have all shown that they are capable of stacking up to big names. With the right coaching and role assignment, this team has real potential to dominate like back in the Rogue days.
This season’s roster is much different from last seasons. The new roster has many players that have previous synergy and varying success. Most of the new players on this roster are from Kongdoo Panthera, which took second place last season in Contenders Korea.
The biggest problem on this roster will be finding the starting roster. Much of the new team already has existing synergy, just like the Vancouver Titans. However, the Vancouver Titans are ranked much higher.
The Kongdoo Panthera roster is up to par with the former RunAway roster. Only Kongdoo barely lost to them in Korean Contenders Grand Finals. The Kongdoo roster of Son “CoMa” Kyung Woo, Seong-hyeon “Luffy” Yang, Yong-Jin “YOUNGJIN” Jin, Jin-hyeok “DDing” Yang, and head coach Seong-hwan “BlueHaS” We, could lead this team to victory. Shanghai are going into this season much like Vancouver, but people are sleeping on them. This team is a season 2 dark horse, so don’t be surprised if they beat out teams like Vancouver and the Los Angeles Gladiators in stage one.
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