Overwatch League’s Third Season will kick off on February 8th 2020 with a plethora of new players and old players in new teams. The 2019 competitive season finished on a high note and the off-season brought a torrent of transfers in the League. With the closing of the 2019 season and 2020 just around the corner, we are setting out to rank our top five Overwatch League players. Our rankings are based on individual play, overall team success, and potential going into Overwatch League’s Third Season. Let’s take a look at our top five.
1. Sinatraaa: San Francisco Shock
Jay “sinatraa” Won is the current flex-DPS god at the SF Shock. He is the de-facto leader of his team and one of the best Skill Rated players in the World. His individual prowess is well noted by his two-time Number #1 ranking in NA during both Season 3 and Season 8. He earned himself the T-Mobile Regular Season MVP in the 2019 season and went on to lead Team USA to their first Trophy at the Overwatch World Cup 2019. Of course, he earned the T-Mobile MVP at the event as well. With his amazing Zarya plays and unprecedented capacity to innovate, sinatraa is our definite premier pick in the power rankings.
2. JJonak: New York Excelsior
SeongHyun “JJonak” Bang was the MVP of Overwatch League’s Inaugural Season. JJonak is known for his aggressive Zenyatta play. JJonak could often be seen flanking, alone on a support character, eliminating the entire enemy team. JJonak’s plays on Zenyatta were a major part of the New York Excelsior success in season one. JJonak’s high mechanical skill and ability to dominate a game singlehandedly was unmatched during the Overwatch League’s First Season. In season two, JJonak remained the focus of NYXL’s tactics as the meta shifted. The team had to ultimately settle for bronze in the 2019 season after falling to both the Vancouver Titans and San Francisco shock in the playoffs. After being part of the Championship team in 2018, JJonak was not selected for the 2019 World Cup. His consistently high-level play brings JJonak in at number two on our list.
3. Carpe: Philadelphia Fusion
Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee the godlike DPS of Fusion ranks at number three on our list. Carpe has popped up on the scene soon after the Overwatch release. Together with friend Min-seong “diem” Bae they formed the latin aphorism Carpe diem as they stormed the leaderboards in early Overwatch.
A veteran on the scene, Carpe is the two-time all-Korean DPS pick for the Overwatch World Cup and part of the 2018 World Cup Champions team. Although he sports an extensive pool of heroes, you will usually see him on his signature McRee or Widowmaker in his delivery of clutch plays.
He did not have the luck of defending Fusion’s colors on home court in the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals, but Carpe is never one to back down and we can make sure this veteran will be back in 2020 for another shot at the trophy.
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4. Fleta: Seoul Dynasty
ByungSun “Fleta” Kim was a staple of the Seoul Dynasty roster for two seasons. The 2019 offseason witnessed a surprise trade to the Shanghai Dragons for the 2020 Season.
He is the second DPS player on our list.
Fleta’s play on heroes like Genji, Windowmaker and Pharra, were nothing short of dominating during the first two OWL seasons. His ability to flex on to a number of different DPS heroes, and even at times support heroes, made him indispensable for the Dynasty and most recently the Dragons. During the Overwatch League’s live events fans could often be heard yelling, “Fleta is the meta”, referring to Fleta’s dominance across a number of different heroes and metas. He has some of the most varied sensitivity settings for each individual Hero in his wheelhouse. But, due to Dynasty’s poor performance in both seasons we put Fleta in fourth place in our selection. With his recent move to the Dragons this might change in our next iteration of the “Top 5 players power rankings”.
5. ChoiHyoBin: San Francisco Shock
Hyo-bin “ChoiHyoBin” Choi comes in fifth in the best players going into the Overwatch League 2020 Season. He was crowned the T-Mobile Grand Finals MVP after The San Francisco shock took the 2019 Playoffs by storm. As a player in the Off-Tank role, his role is never to make the flashy plays, but instead facilitate his team’s successful plays. Nevertheless, ChoiHyoBin’s signature Sigma pick left a bitter aftertaste with many teams, and she is not even his signature hero.
His un-tiltable mentality can be well summarized by one of his quotes: “I’m not a mentally strong person compared to others, but I feel like I recover sooner because I’m an idiot.”. And this “idiot” with his magnificent playstyle is sure to keep taking the Overwatch world by storm in 2020 season.