NRG drops Contenders roster to make room for a more involved OWL bench

NRG CEO Andy Miller filled Upcomer in on the decision.

Overwatch's Icon Kevin Hitt · 8 May 2019

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NRG Esports, owner of the OWL's San Francisco Shock, announced today on Twitter that it will no longer be fielding an Overwatch Contenders roster, effective immediately.


Eoghan “Smex” O'Neill, Kevin “Kevster” Persson, Seo “Stand1” Ji-won, Lee “Byrem” Seong-ju, Mark “Pookz” Rendon, and Chris “MirroR” Trịnh, the team’s current roster, will now be looking for a new organization with help from NRG.


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“With heavy hearts we announce that NRG will no longer be fielding an Overwatch Contenders roster,” read the announcement. “We want to thank our amazing players and staff for their hard work over the last few seasons and will do everything in our power to find them new homes.”


NRG finished fifth with a 14-14 record in Group B of the North American West Region, but had a solid playoff run, making it to the semifinals and defeating Square One 3-0 before falling to Team Envy 0-3.


“We skinnied down our OWL team to leave room to add new players under the 12 player cap to develop directly under [Da-hee “Crusty” Park] and be part of the OWL atmosphere, so didn’t feel we would get a lot out of extending it through a contenders program,” CEO and Founder of NRG Esports Andy Miller told Upcomer.

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