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There is more news on the trade front of the Overwatch League. According to Chinese Overwatch news outlet OW Beacon, the Boston Uprising are trading Noh “Gamsu” Young-jin to the Shanghai Dragons.
Sources advise that Gamsu has been traded to the Shanghai Dragons as reported by @OWBeacon.
Fearless wasn’t performing to the level the team were expecting and Youngjin was projected to start at Main Tank prior to this trade.
— Arran “Halo” Spake (@haloofthoughts) February 12, 2019
Additionally, esports reporter Arran “HaloOfThoughts” Brown would confirm this on his Twitter. He states that the reason for the trade is because current Shanghai Dragons main tank, Eui-Seok “Fearless” Lee, has been underperforming. As a result, their starting main tank might have had to be Yong-Jin “YOUNGJIN” Jin. However, YOUNGJIN is a DPS player and would have not been the most efficient use of their resources.
The Shanghai Dragons went through a drastic roster overhaul over the past offseason. The reasoning was warranted, of course, as they ended up finishing with an 0-40 record. This was the worst record in any professional sport, traditional or otherwise. As a result, they dropped almost their entire lineup and a majority of their coaching staff. They would end up sticking with three players from their inaugural season, Weida “Diya” Lu, Se-yeon “Geguri” Kim and Fearless.
Afterward, they’d build around those three players, acquiring multiple Korean players from the Overwatch Contenders scene from South Korea. Unfortunately, they did not find a suitable main tank for the team as well. Geguri can play off-tank, but a main tank is a very important part of the team dynamic. With so many lackluster players leaving the team in the offseason, it seems that Fearless may have simply been an average player boosted up by bad players around him.
As a result of Gamsu’s departure from the Boston Uprising, Park “Axxiom” Min-seob should now be the starting main tank for the Boston Uprising. It is an interesting decision by the Boston Uprising, who knew they had a stockpile of main tanks on the team. They would have had to get rid of at least one player before the season begins this coming Valentine’s Day. Boston even has Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth, who burst onto the scene after an incredible Overwatch World Cup run. The only problem with Gamsu leaving is the need for a new team captain.
Meanwhile, Shanghai Dragons now have an experienced leader who can help push this team to a higher level. Additionally, Gamsu is still a very capable tank player in his own right and should be a good upgrade to the position. Alongside someone like Geguri, they could be a potent duo in a possible dive composition scenario. However, all of what we speak of is just speculation, while we wait for our first glimpse of play in a few days.
In the end, Boston Uprising’s roster looks completely different from last season. It is surprising, given their relative success during their 2018 Overwatch League campaign. Many Boston Uprising fans were pretty disappointed after losing key members of the team, including Se-hyeon “Neko” Park, star DPS Nam-joo “Striker” Kwon, and now Gamsu. The lack of identity on this team is scary for the Boston faithful, but hopefully, they are able to find synergy quickly.
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