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The Boston Uprising have signed DPS player Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon, formerly of the Seoul Dynasty.
Staying in the league
Munchkin is an Overwatch League veteran but not a star player. He had been playing for the Dynasty since they were made up, playing alongside Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim. However, when the second season came along, he ended up being benched by the other players they signed to match Fleta. Munchkin wasn’t a bad player, but the Dynasty needed another DPS player to carry alongside Fleta in the first season. When they tried to do that for the second season, the meta didn’t work for him and he didn’t see much playing time.
However, being released from the Dynasty this off-season gave Munchkin an opportunity to start fresh. He had never played for another team in the Overwatch League, and he might find his form with Boston Uprising. Especially with the role lock addition as well as the new metas, he might find another starting spot and show the world what he is made of.
Is Boston Uprising the right pick for him?
Currently, the Boston Uprising is a mixed roster with both Korean and English speaking players. Doing so has worked out for them in the past. However, this roster seems pretty mismatched and uneven. Starting with the tank players, there are two main tanks and one off-tank, the latter being a two-way player. These three are all English speakers and should be fine together, but only one of them is proven Overwatch League talent. Their supports are a new English acquisition and a new Korean one, great signings if they can communicate well together.
Enough teasing. Please welcome @MunchkinOW to #BostonUp!
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) November 21, 2019
But in their DPS pool, we have some question marks. They recently signed another Korean DPS player in Tae-hee “Jerry Min, making this Munchkin signing more logical. If they stick to Jerry and Munchkin, they have a mostly Korean roster with an English tank duo. But Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse is still on the team, and if they have to mix him with a Korean DPS player, it could make the team even more uncoordinated. Ultimately, the major issue with their DPS players is that none of them have had one full season in the league where they have impressed.
Colourhex has looked great on Widowmaker and Pharah but not much else. Munchkin wasn’t played often in season two, but at the same time, there isn’t much to choose from in the market right now as established Overwatch League talent. Munchkin very much could work out for the Uprising, if they synergize properly.
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