The Shanghai Dragons snatch the fourth spot in our power rankings, we take a look at what makes their roster top five material.
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The story of Shanghai Dragons in the Overwatch League is quite like one from a movie. They ended the Inaugural Season with the worst result in the history of esports — not just Overwatch, but the entire professional esport industry —with a losing streak of 42 games.
But the Dragons didn’t give up, and managed to climb to the 11st position in the 2019 Season, with a 13-15 record. They even managed to win against some of the best teams of the League, such as the Champions of San Francisco Shock during the Stage 3 Playoffs.
New coach for 2020
Coming into 2020, Shanghai Dragons changed their coaching staff. Former Los Angeles Valiant Head Coach Byung-Chul “Moon” Moon is now in charge. Joining him are Assistant Coaches Dong-soo "Dongsu" Shin, also from Los Angeles Valiant, and Jeong-min "Jfeel" Kim from London Spitfire.
Four players left the team during the off-season. Both Young-Jin "YOUNGJIN" Jin and Kang-jae "envy" Lee retire, Young-jin "Gamsu" Noh decided to leave the team and joined Dallas Fuel, and Kyungwoo "CoMa" Son was released from the team.
To bring the Shanghai Dragons higher in the League, Head Coach Moon signed both experienced and promising players. The first one joining the team is main support Jae-gon "LeeJaeGon" Lee from RunAway. He stood out as one of the best support from Contenders Korea, and will keep on extending his experience while bringing his skill to the League. He joins existing Dragons members Seong-hyeon "Luffy" Yang and Min-chul "IZaYaKI" Kim, both flex supports. LeeJaeGon will be on the starting six, and his off-support will certainly change depending on hero bans.
Former Los Angeles Gladiators Jun-woo "Void" Kang takes on the off-tank role, replacing Se-yeon "Geguri" Kim when Zarya is banned. Eui-Seok "Fearless" Lee returns to the Shanghai Dragons as their main tank, after a year break from Team CC. Ji-won "Stand1" Seo will replace him as main tank when needed, but will most likely warm up the bench as he has no experience on the League and had mixed results in Contenders.
The Shanghai Dragons already has a solid DPS lineup, with hitscan specialist Min-seong "diem" Bae and projectile player Jin-hyeok "DDing" Yang. But that wasn’t enough for the team, who signed one of the most popular and flexible DPS players: Byung-sun "Fleta" Kim. Learning from this all-star DPS roster is Jae-won "LIP" Lee, an 18-year-old player who started playing competitively just a year and a half ago with the Contenders team BlossoM.
Shanghai Dragons 2020 roster:
- Jun-woo "Void" Kang
- Eui-Seok "Fearless" Lee
- Se-yeon "Geguri" Kim
- Ji-won "Stand1" Seo
- Jae-gon "LeeJaeGon" Lee
- Seong-hyeon "Luffy" Yang
- Min-chul "IZaYaKI" Kim
- Min-seong "diem" Bae
- Jin-hyeok "DDing" Yang
- Byung-sun "Fleta" Kim
- Jae-won "LIP" Lee
- Weida “Diya” Lu (two-way with Team CC)