It’s the off-season for the Overwatch League. Fans of the teams did manage to see their favorite players compete in the 2019 OWWC just over a week ago, but many are already eagerly awaiting the start of the 2020 Overwatch League season. It all kicks off in February, but that doesn’t mean time is being wasted waiting. The OWL transfer window opened Sep 30, 2019, and the teams are already busy changing and hopefully improving their rosters.
From looking at the official 2019 Offseason Tracker, kept updated by the Overwatch League, it seems like there’s a lot of interesting things happening. From the bottom to the top, OWL teams are changing things up in an effort to dethrone San Francisco Shock from the top spot. These are just a few of the roster changes that have been made so far:
Boston Are Hoping To Rise Up!
Boston Uprising look like they’re switching things up massively. Finishing Stage 1 in 8th, Boston Uprising dropped steadily throughout the season and ended the season ranked 19th out of the 20 competing teams. Mid-October, they released Alemao, Rck, Persia, and Stellar. They also lost out on support players Kellex and Aimgod. The two free agents were quickly picked up, though. Kellex found a home in Toronto Defiant and Aimgod at Washington Justice. Uprising have begun rebuilding their roster by signing Myunbong, Jerry, Swimmer, and Walid so far.
Can Paris Eternal Push For Play-Offs?
Paris Eternal have also made some big roster changes already with the release of Finnsi, Dayne, LhCloudy, and ShaDowBurn. Much like Boston, they finished in the lower half of the league standings after a tough season struggling to get into the play-off stages. So far, Paris Eternal have signed Sparkle, Hanbin, and Xzi.
Can San Francisco Shock Everyone and Get a Double?
San Francisco Shock appears to be strengthening their winning roster with several signings from across the League. They acquired Funnyastro from Atlanta Reign, Fury from London Spitfire, and Ivy from Toronto Defiant. Funnyastro is a support main, Fury a DPS Flex, and Ivy can switch it up as a Tank flex. With the new 2-2-2 system in play, this will undoubtedly benefit the Shock with depth in all positions.
OWL’s New Contenders So Far…
Overwatch’s Contenders Gauntlet is already providing exciting roster additions to OWL squads. BERNAR, Alarm, Fuze, and Beast have all graduated from Fusion University into OWL Squads. Alarm remains in Pennsylvania, graduating to Philadelphia Fusion. BERNAR and Fuze have signed for London Spitfire, and Beast makes his way north to Toronto Defiant. Atlanta Reign have picked up Hawk from Atlanta Academy, too. The Tank main fought with the rest of the ATL Academy to take second place in the 2019 Contenders Gauntlet.
With the season starting February 8, there is still plenty of time for the OWL teams to make any adjustments to their rosters. Teams must have a minimum of eight players by Nov 15 2019 but can still sign or trade players until June 15, 2020.