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Top 10 Overwatch League Players 2019

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The Overwatch League’s second season was a booming success both for teams and individual players. Through the ups and downs storylines were created, rivalries flourished, and most players shined at one point in the season. Today, we are going to be running down the top 10 Overwatch League Players of the year.


10. Young-seo “KariV” Park- L.A. Valiant

This number 10 spot was heavily contested, but eventually, we settled with Kariv solely for his nuts Ana sleep darts this season. The Vancouver Titans, and more importantly Haksal spent a sizeable amount of time asleep thanks to KariV’s sharpshooter accuracy. Kariv may not be the best support player in the league, but his awareness and game sense is on another level, and his Zenyatta is just as good as his Ana. The few moments that the Valiant shined this season were thanks to this insane support player. Kariv took the phrase, “Working with what you’ve got”, and ran with it.

9. Xu “guxue” Qiulin- Hangzhou Spark

The Hangzhou Spark’s main tank developed his skill tremendously over the course of the 2019 season. Once known as one of the world’s best Winston players, but quickly took to Orisa when needed. Guxue may not be “on” all the time, but when its go time, its go time for the underrated tank player.

8. Corey "Corey" Nigra- Washington Justice

There is one player who dominated for a majority of stage four, and that was none other Corey. This monster of a man dominated the memes and clicked heads while continuously padding the stats for the Washington Justice at the end of the year. The Washington Justice spent most of the 2019 season getting beaten around, and he took out all the rage during the Overwatch World Cup. His performance at the end of the season and in the World Cup showed that he deserves to be on this list.

7. Grant “moth” Espe- San Francisco Shock

While he might not get too much recognition, this support player has been a cornerstone for the success of the San Francisco Shock. Lucio players never get too much notice as their work is more subtle, but his timing on ultimates usually is the difference between life and death in team fights. Most enemy combos are shut down with the perfect sound barrier or well-timed boop to push a Reaper out of position. Moth pushes the barrier of skill and stays on the high ground communicating enemy positioning to his team. Sometimes communication is everything, and moth ensures that it is maximized at all times.

6. Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim- San Francisco Shock

Racal shined during the GOATS era with an aggressive Brigitte and transitioned back into his damage role when 2-2-2 got implemented. When Baptiste was introduced into the league, rascal was the first to use the hero to his true potential, using his hitscan skills to click heads and heal his team. The guy is straight-up versatile, more than most in the Overwatch League and the San Francisco Shock have him to thank for a lot of their victories.

5. Tae-hong "MekO" Kim- New York Excelsior

Mek0 is one of the many components of the NYXL that made them great during the GOATS era. His Dva throughout the majority of the season and was skillful in shutting down Zarya ultimates. At the beginning of Stage 4, he continued to flex onto D.Va successfully but later picked up Sigma in the playoffs. Mek0 was one of the best off-tanks despite the NYXL falling from graces towards the end of the season, but his pick up by the Outlaws may be a better move for him.

4. Hyo-bin “ChoiHyoBin” Choi- San Francisco Shock

ChoiHyoBin’s adaptability makes him one of the best off-tanks in the league, and his performance doesn’t falter regardless of who his main tank is. He picked up Sigma faster than most, and in the Grand Finals, demonstrated his true potential. The Gravitic Fluxes that he pulls out of nowhere are devastating and open up massive opportunities for his damage dealers. ChoiHyoBin is known for his destructive Dva bombs and the eye that led him to those destructive multi-kills is the same that makes him a powerful off-tank.

3. Jooseok "Twilight" Lee- Vancouver Titans

One of the RunAway rookies, Twilight settled into his flex support role well during the entirety of the Overwatch League 2019 season. Not many support players fared the transition from GOATS to 2-2-2 very well, but Twilight didn’t miss a beat. If anyone has to pick up the mantle the JJonak left behind, it would be Twilight.

2. Hyojong "Haksal" Kim- Vancouver Titans

While he might not get too much recognition, this support player has been a cornerstone for the success of the San Francisco Shock. Lucio players never get too much notice as their work is more subtle, but his timing on ultimates usually is the difference between life and death in team fights. Most enemy combos are shut down with the perfect sound barrier or well-timed boop to push a Reaper out of position. Moth pushes the barrier of skill and stays on the high ground communicating enemy positioning to his team. Sometimes communication is everything, and moth ensures that it is maximized at all times.

1. Jay "sinatraa" Won- San Francisco Shock

It is no surprise as to why sinatraa is at the top of this list given both his performance in the Overwatch League and at the Overwatch World Cup. The guy is absolutely insane whether he is slotted in for DPS, or has to flex over to an off-tank position. Sinatraa was inarguably one of the most satisfying players to watch during the Overwatch League 2019 season on the Shock’s quest to take down the Titans. Despite 2-2-2 role lock came late to the league, sinatraa wasn’t fazed and continued to dominate at the World Cup.

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