Corey and Stratus, LullSiSh and ELLIVOTE — it’s obvious that the Justice is interested in developing strong pairs. Within the Support role, they’re looking to continue the trend with ArK and AimGod.
Supports across the entirety of the League, and primarily Main Supports, tend to have the least demand. Washington is seemingly going for a two-man only strategy, at least at the start of the season, placing a large gamble on the lack of a substitute for either role.
As the Justice released their players one by one, fans were left wondering if Yeonjoon “ArK” Hong was going to be cut as well. Luckily, Washington confirmed his return promptly.
ArK, possibly best known for his Mercy play, performed strongly as a Main Support for the Justice in the 2019 season. Looking farther back, during the inaugural season he played for the New York Excelsior.
ArK is best known for his lovable, positive personality. Players across all of Overwatch League have professed to ArK personality; this sort of player draw may be something the Justice are looking to drive home in 2020 with ArK and the retaining of personality-heavy Stratus.
In a shifting meta, it’s currently unclear what talents a Main Support should be working on. With significant flexibility across Mercy, Baptiste, Lucio, and others, however, it’s safe to say that ArK will prove useful for the Justice once again.
Minseok “AimGod” Kwon was a shining beacon for the Boston Uprising in their 2018 season. Following a disappointing showing in 2019 by the entirety of Boston, the team allowed AimGod to seek other opportunities. He found one in the Washington Justice.
Best known for his precision aim on Zen and Ana, AimGod could nestle into the current meta nicely alongside a strong Baptiste or Mercy showing from ArK. Pairing these two men, both from South Korea, together seems like a strong decision from Washington.
With only ArK and AimGod signed for the 2020 season, some question whether the Justice will be in need of a mid-season support sub signing. Consequently, the Justice decided matter-of-factly to let former Support players Nikola “sleepy” Andrews and Hyeon-woo “Hyeonu” Cho off contract.
One could argue that AimGod can fill the role that both these players served individually; the lack of a substitute still stands and is something that may come back to hurt the Justice under unfavorable circumstances.
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