Even though the OWL 2020 offseason is still in its infancy, there have still been a lot of exciting moves for fans of several teams to get excited about. From player departures, some surprising signings and full identity shifts for some teams, here are the top five moves that have been made this offseason, so far.
#5: Carpe Re-Signing with the Fusion
This was a monumental move for Lee “Carpe” Jae-Hyeok, reportedly signing a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Fusion. This would make this deal one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in league history and locks down a top-tier DPS player for the foreseeable future. This move also indicates that the Fusion intend to stay at least partially international moving forward, with the signing of Kyungbo “Alarm” Kim expected to be happening soon.
#4: Hydration and Harsha to the Outlaws
These moves were exactly what the Outlaws needed. Each provides marketability, proven success and the ability to mesh well with a foundation that is already in place. Overall, things will be bad in 2020 if the Outlaws stop here, but they have paved the way for a successful offseason if they continue to make changes and build around both João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles and Harsha Bandi in particular.
#3: Boston Uprising Releasing Nine Players and Staff
Let’s face it, Boston needed to hit the reset button. With their tumultuous 2019 season, it was finally time to pick things up and start fresh in 2020. So, while fans will miss the old iteration of the Uprising, they should be even more excited for what comes next for this team. With Vytis “Mineral” Lasaitis at Head Coach and Ilias “iLka” Kaskanetas at Assistant Coach, expect an at least partially Western roster, probably involving some T2 talent from NA and EU Contenders.
#2: Profit and Gesture to the Dynasty
This was a landmine of a deal that will have ripple effects on the league for years to come. Joon-yeong “Profit” Park and Jae-hee “Gesture” Hong were two of the Spitfire’s top players and were big parts of why that team were the 2018 Grand Finals champions. Seeing them in the black and gold uniforms next season is going to be difficult for some, but oh so sweet for Seoul fans. There’s no doubt, Seoul will be title contenders in 2020 if they keep making moves like this.
#1: SPACE to the Gladiators
As good as all those other moves were, this one takes the cake. Indy “SPACE” Halpern, perhaps the league’s most marketable player and the best Western off-tank, signs with his previous team’s rivals, in the same city (with a report of a very high salary to boot). This is the kind of deal fans dream of. It’s the kind of deal that gives the league a story and makes Valiant fans scream even louder when they face the Gladiators. And, outside of the narrative power, it should also prove to make the Gladiators a very good team in 2020. All in all, this deal has it all.
As a reminder, all of the current offseason changes will be continuously updated in TGH’s Complete List of Overwatch League Offseason Moves.
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