It’s hard to give individual Shock players a grade based on stats alone. Their hyper-aggressive playstyle means that they kind of live and die by one another. An attempt can be made at it, however, so here’s the grades for the Shock in their excellent stage one.
A+: Grant “Moth” Espe
Moth is an absolute monster who deserves way more attention than he gets.
The Shock’s main support player became a threat the moment San Francisco picked him up midway through season one, and he’s just gotten better in season two. Moth is now one of the best Lucio players in the league bar none, and he is absolutely a key part of this team. He is absolutely deserving of a 4.0 GPA in stage one.
A: Min-ki “Viol2t” Park, Hyo-bin “ChoiHyoBin” Choi and Min-ho “Architect” Park
This is a bit of a crowded tier so hold tight. The support duo of Moth and Viol2t has been one of the best in the league, and Architect, despite receiving somewhat limited playing time towards the end of the stage, has also been a consistent performer. Viol2t gets a slightly lower rank than Moth thanks to the fact that he is slightly less integral to the team’s success as a whole; but make no mistake, Viol2t is still incredibly good.
This motley crew of Supports and DPS have been an excellent asset for the Shock thus far. GOATs can’t really operate without good supports, so these three combined have been hugely important to the Shock’s success. Meanwhile, Hyo-bin “ChoiHyoBin” Choi has been consistently excellent on D.Va duty, which is another hugely important job.
B+: Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim
Rascal started getting a lot more playing time in the latter half of the stage, and he showed himself to be an incredibly solid contender at the top level. Sure, he definitely wasn’t the best Brigitte player in the league, but he was more than competent, supporting the Shock with the standard Brigitte style. It wasn’t anything super special, but it got the job done
B: Matthew “Super” DeLisi, Jay “Sinatraa” Won and Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson
The tank line was a bit more of a mixed bag. Jay “Sinatraa” Won, Matthew “Super” DeLisi and Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson all had fantastic moments, but consistency was an issue. It wasn’t as egregious as it was last season, but it did still lose the Shock a few games.
That said, they are still incredibly skilled and not much can take that away from them. They just really need to fix up this consistency issue before they can really be called top tier performers. Super and Sinatraa play a very risky and aggressive style that requires perfect coordination to operate, and it just isn’t there sometimes. It must be there more for the Shock to be successful. The Shock tank line (minus ChoiHyoBin) earns a “B”, but that could easily be an A+ with more consistent performances.
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