The Shock were average at best in their first season of OWL, but their support line wasn’t the problem. Okay, for the first part it was dragged down a bit by the subpar Mercy play of Daniel “Dhak” Martínez, but things improved once Grant “Moth” Espe was brought on. And Nikola “Sleepy” Andrews just got better and better as the season went on.
The NA Support duo of Moth and Sleepy was one of the best in the league, but the Shock front office clearly wanted more. Bringing on Min-ki “Viol2t” Park was just icing on the cake, as San Francisco now features one of the most promising support prospects in Overwatch. Here’s a rundown of what this support trio of terror is capable of.
Moth is the only main support on the Shock’s roster, so it’s safe to say that he’s gonna be on stage a lot.
The Shock have at least one substitute for every other position, so Moth is in an interesting spot. A lot of pressure is going to be on him, as the Shock won’t have another in-house option if he underperforms.
There haven’t been too many worries about Moth underperforming, however. This is for good reason; Moth was consistently one of the better main support players in season one. His brand of play, while not being particularly flashy, always got the job done and then some. Moth proved himself to be superb at playing the moth, which was an immensely important skill in season one. He is also quite good at Lucio, which will be invaluable if the GOATs meta sticks around.
Moth being the only main support player on the roster puts the Shock into a tough situation if he gets hurt or underperforms, but he looks to be a very solid player going into season two.
Sleepy was a bit of an unknown heading into the season. His skill on Zen was praised, but he hadn’t played on a stage anywhere close to the size of OWL before. LAN jitters have happened to many players, and some wondered if Sleepy would become infected.
The Comatose Crusher soon put the naysayers to rest. Sleepy was never the best Zenyatta in the league, but he was consistently high tier. He showed himself to be competent on both Moira and Ana as well, but in the Zen dominated meta of season one, that often wasn’t necessary. Sleepy had one job, and he did it well.
It’s natural to expect that the Sleepy will carry over his consistently good ways to season two. He’s just going to have some competition for the starting spot.
Viol2t is one of the premier prospects coming out of Contenders. His raw mechanical skill on Zen is a sight to behold, and he’s no slouch on Ana, either. He is expected to challenge Sleepy for the starting role in season two. That’s saying something, considering how good Sleepy was.
That being said, he is still a newcomer. It’s hard to say how well a new face will do on a stage like OWL regardless of skill level, but Viol2t has a real chance of becoming a force to be reckoned with.
He won’t be able to play for the first two games thanks to a suspension. However, he is expected to see some playing time once he serves the suspension.
It remains to be seen if Viol2t will have good synergy with Moth. This is pretty huge, as the synergy between Moth and Sleepy was one of the highlights of the Shock’s first season. The sky is the limit if he can work together with Moth at that level. Either way, the Shock are looking good to go in the support department.
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