Malik Shelp

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Overwatch League 2020 Power Rankings - #13 Houston Outlaws

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The Houston Outlaws had a temperamental 2019 season, rarely breaking away from the bottom of the pack during the dull meta. We look at what this season could have in store.


See Also: #20 Boston Uprising - #19 Los Angeles Valiant - #18 London Spitfire - #17 Chengdu Hunters - #16 Dallas Fuel - #15 Washington Justice - #14 Toronto Defiant

The Houston team has immense potential within their roster but fall short when required to be on the same page. Typically in chaotic team fights. Last year Dante “Danteh” Cruz shook up the meta by halting GOATS to a crawl with his sneaky Sombra play. When paired up with Austin “Muma” Wilmot’s nasty Reinhardt shatters, the Outlaws managed to take maps away from the Vancouver Titans, New York excelsior and even claim a spot in the Stage Three playoffs.

This season the Outlaws have a bulky roster with plenty of opportunity to adapt their style to the opposition; or create chaos with their at times unorthodox style. In the off-season the Outlaws picked up five new players. But it's three of them who could be the key to success for the Houston Outlaws this year.

A versatile line up

The Overwatch League can be a jigsaw puzzle at times. Houston has made some additions to their roster to enable versatility within their team. Jung-geun "Rapel" Kim from the Vancouver Titans and Seung-soo "Jecse" Lee from the Seoul Dynasty joined the Outlaws squad to bolster the support lineup and possibly play more to new tank  Tae-hong "MekO" Kim’s style.

The other additions of João Pedro "Hydration" Goes Telles and Jeffrey "blasé" Tsang were more than likely moves to broaden their hero pool going into 2020. The Outlaws still have two weeks before facing off against a hefty opponent, but their key to success will be consistent levels of play regardless of team lineup.

Houston Outlaws 2020 roster:

Tank:

  • Austin "Muma" Wilmot
  • Alexandre "SPREE" Vanhomwegen
  • Tae-hong "MekO" Kim
  • João Pedro "Hydration" Goes Telles (Flex)

Support:

  • Daniel "Boink" Pence
  • Shane "Rawkus" Flaherty
  • Seung-soo "Jecse" Lee
  • Jung-geun "Rapel" Kim

DPS:

  • Jiri "LiNkzr" Masalin
  • Dante "Danteh" Cruz
  • Jeffrey "blasé" Tsang

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