Just like flies on a screen door, the London Spitfire has announced the release of three players and one coach. The announcement states that the Spitfire has released DPS players Ji-hyeok “Birdring” Kim & Hee-dong “Guard” Lee, main support Jong-seok “NUS” Kim and Coach Jeong-min “Jfeel” Kim.
Ji-hyeok “Birdring” Kim
None of these players are strangers to the professional Overwatch scene. Birdring found his start with Kongdoo Uncia, who also had Jfeel as a coach at the time. After Kongdoo Uncia moved to Kongdoo Panthera, Birdring and Jfeel went with, where they were soon signed to Cloud9, and the team rebranded to Cloud9 Kongdoo. When Cloud9 acquired an Overwatch League slot, C9 Kongdoo merged with GC Busan and formed the London Spitfire.
Hee-dong “Guard” Lee
Guard was a recent addition to the Spitfire, having joined the team in the off-season before 2019. Before then, he was a key piece of the puzzle for Element Mystic, landing them first place in Apex Challengers Season 5 and SURGE 2017. After a fairly successful run of Contenders 2018 Season 2 in Korea, London Spitfire signed the young DPS player for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League.
Jong-seok “NUS” Kim
NUS has been in the professional Overwatch scene for a very long time. He started off on a very small team called UW Quix for Season 1 of VSL Overwatch Korea, but then joined Meta Athena a few months later. NUS went on to win the MyTh Cup & Apex Challengers Season 2 with Meta Athena, and landed 4th place during APEX Season 2. After a less successful run of APEX Season 3, and then not competing in Season 4, NUS joined the London Spitfire, and together with his teammates, they took home the trophy and the title of Season 1 Overwatch League champions.
It remains to be seen what will happen with these players and Coach Jfeel, but all of them are incredibly talented, and teams would be lucky to have them on their roster.
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