Ah, trades. Trade season is a time of high blood pressure for fans and a team’s front office alike. Trades can bolster the roster of both teams involved, or they can negatively impact all parties. More often than not, one side benefits more than the other.
Some teams are primed to take advantage of the trade market, while others seem like they won’t be in the hunt as much. Here are a few teams that could really try and use the trade market to get an edge on the competition.
The Uprising were definitely a huge surprise in the first season. Kraft’s Krew showed the pre-season predictions who’s boss when they went undefeated in Stage 3.
However, the Uprising seem to be on shakier footing going into season two. They made many changes in the off-season, but none of the pickups were what one would call high profile. The team also shipped Nam-joo “Striker” Kwon to the Shock. This left the Uprising with two DPS players: Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang and Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse. Having only two players filling a role is obviously a little bit limiting, and neither of these players played in season one. The Uprising also feature a relatively stacked tank lineup, headlined by Young-jin “Gamsu” Noh and Lucas “Note” Meissner.
In the current tank-heavy meta, this discrepancy may not be an issue. However, this meta is not guaranteed to even be around come Stage One, much less later in the season. It’s also worth noting that Colourhex will have to serve a two game suspension, which means that the Uprising will have only have one DPS player to kick off the season. The Uprising could maybe trade away a surplus tank player in order to bolster their DPS roster, which could become necessary should the GOATS meta fade away.
San Francisco Shock
The Shock could be a textbook example of “too much of a good thing”. Their roster features what is potentially the most flexible DPS lineup in the league. These five DPS players give the Shock a great tool to use in the upcoming season, and utilizing this DPS surplus to bolster other parts of the roster could be a strategy.
The Shock are looking quite strong overall, but there are still a few question marks going into Season 2. Main tank is probably the biggest one. Matthew “Super” DeLisi and Myeong-hwan “smurf” Yoo will compete for the starting role next season. However, neither of them have exactly set the world on fire. Super was inconsistent in his debut season, while smurf did not look good at all in the California Cup. The Shock could explore a trade if neither of these players pan out.
Trading a DPS player for a tank would give the Shock more options in tanking while not really hampering their DPS roster. The five DPS players already have a vast amount of hero overlap, so the Shock will still be able to play every DPS hero no matter who gets traded. If the tank line is struggling, then this could be a comparatively low risk move for the Shock to make.
An expansion team might seem like an odd choice for this list, but the Charge are in a somewhat unique position. Featuring only two tank players while also having four DPS and four supports puts the Charge in a potentially advantageous position in the trade market. The tank players in question are Hong-jun “HOTBA” Choi and Seung-pyo “Rio” Oh. HOTBA received mixed reviews in Season 1, and Rio played for the decent contenders team Meta Bellum.
The Charge have options if either of those players doesn’t quite pan out. They could potentially ship off one of their supports or DPS in order to shore up a struggling tank line. This could be especially crucial if GOATS sticks around for the foreseeable future.
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