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TGH’s Top 50 OWL Players List (#30-#21)

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30: Jun-woo “Void” Kang – Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai had a problem finding a solid off-tank last year, but they seemed to have finally found the perfect fit to fill that void. Long providing consistency for the Gladiators, Void will hopefully reinvigorate the Dragons tank line this season. – Mandii “Mand0lyn” Kennedy


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29: Ho-jin “iDK” Park – Hangzhou Spark

The Hangzhou Spark were always known for their team cohesion over individual play, but one name that always stood out was iDK. His Lucio play was up at the top of the league, and his cohesion with Hui-chang “BeBe” Yoon was stellar all season long. This main support also played on Team Korea this year, securing a solid third-place victory for the most dominant country in esports, and will likely continue the pace well into the 2020 season -Ethan “BruNestor” Seftor


28: Gui-un “Decay” Jang – Dallas Fuel

Decay came into the OWL last year with sky-high expectations but, like much of the league’s DPS talent, spent the season flexing away from the damage dealers to fit the meta. With 2-2-2 lock in place for 2020, “Mr. 300K” can finally get back to the heroes that made him such a prize a year ago. Dallas is betting big on that return to form and for him to be the superstar DPS they’ve been missing in their first two seasons. – Bradley “Shy Guy” Long


27: Charlie “nero” Zwarg – Guangzhou Charge

This rookie may have not been eligible for half the year, but he had one of the most profound impacts a single player could possibly have for the Charge, as his arrival brought his team from 5-9 in the first half of the season to 10-4 in the second. With one of the deepest hero pools in the league and great cohesion with his teammates, role lock allowed him to truly shine. With this, Guangzhou came out of the regular season looking like one of the top teams in the league.

Coming into the next season, nero will find himself with the same core team but this time will have a full year to play for them; he will likely explode onto the scene to an even greater degree next year and could possibly bring his entire team to the top of the league. -Ethan “BruNestor” Seftor


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26: João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles – Houston Outlaws

Hydration has long put the “flex” in flex DPS, both by playing a wide array of heroes and showing out on most of them. His Pharah and Doomfist are legendary, but it’s been reported he got offers for both DPS and tank positions in his free agency, and he’s Houston’s most likely backup main tank if needed. The potential for this alone is a true testament to his skill and flexibility. – Rainee “JeziBelle” Scott


25: Minho “Architect” Park – San Francisco Shock

In 2019, Architect didn’t get to make much of an impact, despite his prodigious talent, purely due to his being on the most loaded roster in the league. Even after spending much of the year on the bench, Architect was ready when called on during the playoffs. With a more DPS heavy meta coming in 2020, Architect should find himself playing a bigger part. That should be a scary thought for anyone hoping for a post-title slump from the reigning champs. – Bradley “Shy Guy” Long


24: Josue “Eqo” Corona – Philadelphia Fusion

Eqo is always ready to “die for the cause” but unfortunately for him, that meant being stuck in Brig jail, like many other DPS prodigies, for season 2. With role lock in full swing, he can return to what he’s best at alongside the Fusion’s plethora of DPS players. An absolute legend on heroes like Genji and Hanzo, he should be able to use his expertise and flexibility to help re-establish the Fusion as a domineering force this year. – Mandii “Mand0lyn” Kennedy


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23: Indy “SPACE” Halpern – Los Angeles Gladiators

Hailed as the best Western off-tank in the League, SPACE transformed the Los Angeles Valiant with his presence. Their Stage 4 Championship in 2018 solidified just how well-earned his place on that team was. This past season, when SPACE was back on stage once more, the Valiant saw a lot of improvement during a struggling time. Additionally, SPACE was on the winning Team USA roster that took home the gold just a month ago in Anaheim. Humble, soft-spoken, and hard-working, SPACE has proven he has what it takes to make it in this league, and will continue to set the standard for off-tank play for the Gladiators in 2020. – Mallory “macklemallory” McMahon


22: Kyungbo “Alarm” Kim – Philadelphia Fusion

If you haven’t heard of Alarm, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Many in the Contenders scene consider Alarm to be one of the best pickups of the offseason. An exceptional flex support player, Fusion fans are eager to see him take the stage next season. Expectations for the young prodigy are high, and Alarm will do his best not to disappoint. – Kate “Sybil” Shepard


21: Min-seong “diem” Bae – Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai has a player that can perform both as a teammate and as an individual star in diem. When the Dragons picked him up in 2018, he became part of a stacked DPS roster that would be essential in taking Shanghai to the Stage 3 Finals. Individually, he has proved his incredible mechanical skill, sweeping the Widowmaker 1v1 bracket in the 2019 All-Stars tournament. With role lock in full swing, the playing field is ripe for hitscan players to shine, and Diem is prime among them. – London “pHydron” Bishop

 

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