Shanghai Dragons sign Izayaki

Former LA Valiant flex support is moving to the stage 3 champions.

Overwatch's Icon Sascha Heinisch · 20 Jul 2019


Photo via Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The Shanghai Dragons have acquired Min-chul "Izayaki" Kim from the Los Angeles Valiant. The flex support will provide an additional option to Seong-hyeon "Luffy" Yang on the role.

Coming into the league from South Korean Contenders team Foxes, Izayaki had been considered an outstanding talent early in the season, widely respected for his mechanics on his signature hero Zenyatta. Arguably, his full potential never actualized on the Valiant and he’s looking for his breakthrough with the Dragons.

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After a successful stage 3, in which the Dragons not only clinched playoffs but won in an impressive fashion against the New York Excelsior, the San Francisco Shock and the Vancouver Titans on the back of impressive DPS performances by Min-seong "diem" Bae and Jin-hyeok "DDing" Yang, the Dragons could be considered a dark horse for the season play-offs. With the unknown meta situation after the installment of the 2-2-2 role lock, expanding the roster will help the Dragons to remain flexible and adapt once the meta solidifies.

The Valiant recently set out to create an international roster which communicates in English for at least this season. With the departure of Joon-hyuk "Bunny" Chae and Pan-seung "Fate" Koo as well as the retirement of Dae-kuk "KuKi" Kim, the trend for the organization has largely been to off-load their Korean talent. The last remaining South Korean player, Young-seo "KariV" Park, has been playing with the organization since 2017 and is therefore likely to have acclimated enough to the environment and the language that he will remain on the Valiant as a starter.


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