Well, fans can add more casualties to the list of dropped players as the Washington Justice announced that they have released Gihyeon “Ado” Chon, Hyeon-woo “Hyeonu” Cho, Jun-hwa “Janus” Song and Hyang-ki “SanSam” Kim.
Gihyeon “Ado” Chon
First up on the list is the young DPS star Gihyeon “Ado” Chon. Chon got his start on MVP Space in APEX Season 3, but the team failed to secure a playoff spot. MVP Space then tried again in APEX Season 4 but repeated their previous placing. After losing in the quarterfinals in the 2017 APAC Premier, Ado remained with the team until early 2018, when he transferred to the Shanghai Dragons. Fans and analysts praised Chon for his excellent plays, despite being on a low-caliber team at the time. Despite his flexibility and overall good performance, the Dragons released him in September last year, only to see him join the newly formed Washington Justice three months later.
Hyeon-woo “Hyeonu” Cho
Cho has been around in the Overwatch scene for a long time, but only recently stepped into the spotlight with his spot on the Justice. His career began on MiG Blaze, earning a victory in the first monthly Bamboo Cup before joining AF.Red. He left after only three months with the team to join WNv Teamwork where Cho flourished with victory after victory with the organization. With another victory under his belt at the 2017 Spring Nexus Cup, Hyeonu joined Meta Athena for APEX Season 4.
Unfortunately, the team disappointed fans with a poor finish. In October 2017, Cho joined Meta Bellum and competed with the team for Season 1 of 2018 Contenders Korea. Falling short at the semi-finals to O2 Ardeont, their season came to a grinding halt, and Cho would then leave the team to join up with World Game Star H2 for Season 2. One disappointing season later, Hyeonu parted ways with World Game Star H2, signing with the Washington Justice two months later.
Jun-hwa “Janus” Song
Perhaps one of the most famous names on the roster, Song has played Overwatch professionally since its release in 2016. He was one of the first players to sign with LW Blue, where he stayed until the team became the New York Excelsior in the Overwatch League. Despite not producing many first-place finishes, LW Blue became well known to viewers as a tough opponent in all four seasons of APEX.
Song received little playtime on the Excelsior, however, as fellow main tank Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim was the favored main tank player for the roster. After the Excelsior’s season came to an end in the semifinals of the season playoffs, the NYXL released Song. He joined the Washington Justice just weeks later.
Hyang-ki “SanSam” Kim
Another relatively new face to the professional Overwatch scene, Kim began his professional path on AF.Red in 2017, but joined Meta Bellum only two months after his signing. After a short time with Meta Bellum, SanSam left the roster to join its sister team, Meta Athena, but the team failed to produce impressive results. Despite the low finish in the 3rd season of the Korean 2018 Open Division, SanSam remained with Meta Athena until November, where he departed and soon after joined the Washington Justice.
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