Ophelie Castelot
Ophelie Castelot
Ophelie is both an esport and journalism lover. She is the former head of the CS:GO section for a major esport website. Ophelie has been analyzing Overwatch ever since its release in 2016.

Overwatch League: Diem from Shanghai Dragons Retires

Former Shanghai Dragons Overwatch League player Min-seong "diem" Bae reclines in a chair and holds up a peace sign.
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Min-seong "diem" Bae, hitscan DPS player for Shanghai Dragons, retires from competitive Overwatch for “personal reasons.”


Few Overwatch League DPS players are as popular as Min-seong "diem" Bae. The hitscan DPS player was a key element of Shanghai Dragons ever since he joined the team, back in 2018.

He had a major impact on the team, helping Shanghai Dragons win the Overwatch League 2020 Regular Season and Asia Playoffs. Diem became the first-ever Widowmaker 1v1 back-to-back champion, proving his dominance as a sniper in the Overwatch League.

Min-seong "diem" Bae answers questions live on stage after taking a victory with the Shanghai Dragons

In 2021, diem and the Shanghai Dragons placed 2nd in the May Melee tournament. The player now announces his retirement from professional Overwatch, as the team is heading in the June Joust tournament.

Shanghai Dragons commemorate diem's impact on the team

According to diem’s letter to his fans, he felt too much pressure to keep playing with a good mindset. He rose to the highest places in the Overwatch League at a young age; being one of the best snipers in the League and a key element of one of the best teams, Shanghai Dragons. The fear of crashing down from such height got to the player, who decides to step down before falling from grace.

The Shanghai Dragons are now missing one of their core players. To commemorate diem’s impact on the team, the Shanghai Dragons created two special Widowmaker figures — one for each Widowmaker 1v1 championship won by diem. One of these figures will be sent to the player, while the other one is visible to the public in the Shanghai Dragons base.

Earlier this month, another Shanghai Dragons player announced his retirement: Joon "Erster" Jeong. To replace the flex DPS player, Shanghai Dragons signed former New York Excelsior Genji specialist Seung-jun "WhoRU" Lee. There is yet no information as to who will replace diem in the roster. Shanghai Dragons now have three DPS players: WhoRU, Byung-sun "Fleta" Kim, and Jae-won "LIP" Lee.

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