With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, some of the community hopes that some retired players will come out and rejoin the pro scene. As with any new game in a franchise well-known names might get lured back into the game. The Overwatch League being four seasons deep in there are many names that have retired from the scene. There are a few fan favorites that the community would love to see back in action for Overwatch 2.
This will not count any players that are currently or planning on joining the Korean military such as Meko and Slime.
Chanhyung ‘Fissure’ Baek
Fissure mentioned that he wouldn’t play Overwatch until Overwatch 2 would come out. Though the game development has taken longer than expected, Fissure has rarely been seen on Overwatch during his streams. With the one-tank system of the 5 v 5 in Overwatch 2. His aggressive tank style could make for a hyper aggro team. Fissure is one of the players who has been on the most teams since the inception of the Overwatch League. If he were to come back to Overwatch 2 he could continue on with adding teams to his list.
Haeseong ‘Libero’ Kim
Libero is a fan favorite who, when he left the NYXL and didn’t find a team, made him even more of a player of interest. He is rarely seen posting on social media, unlike other retired Overwatch League Pros. It is said that he is working in the financial division now making good money. Though he still keeps in contact with his esport friends it seems as if he has moved on from the time in his life where gaming was his main focus. As one of the ultimate flex players the community will hope to at least see him flex those DPS muscles on stream when Overwatch 2 comes out.
Hyojong ‘Haksal’ Kim
Unlike the previous two Haksal is still within the esport community. He is still seen streaming on Twitch a lot. He has participated in Overwatch and League of Legends tournaments for streamers in the past year. Not only is he on Twitch but he does update his youtube channel regularly. He had diversified his friend group to include other well-known Korean streamers. His name is so iconic from being a part of the Runaway era alongside Stitch (who is another player the community would love to see back as an Overwatch League pro) that the community will probably never forget his name in the Overwatch history.
If Ji-hyeok ‘Birdring’ Kim had not just, in this last season, retired from the Overwatch League, many would-be clambering for him to return. Currently, he is having success streaming career on Twitch. That also goes for his partner in crime Dongjun ‘Rascal’ Kim who is currently a coach for the Dallas Fuel. Both players recent retirement
All of these players strike a chord of nostalgia. They are all APEX players who had a majority of their careers even before the Overwatch League came to fruition. The new format of Overwatch 2 brings a lot of excitement, but also the wondering of whether any retired Overwatch League Pro is going to make any more to rejoin the scene as a player.
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