(Shanghai, 11AM CST, October 23, 2018) Its recruitment efforts and the team roster have been eagerly anticipated by Overwatch fans around the world since Shanghai Dragons of the Overwatch League announced the appointment of its head coach Seung-hwan "BlueHaS" Wi. After months of trials and evaluations, Min-seong "diem" Bae, Jin-hyeok "DDing" Yang, Young-jin "YOUNGJIN" Jin, Seong-hyeon "Luffy" Yang, Kyung-woo "CoMa" Son, and Jun-hwan "GuardiaN" are made members of Shanghai Dragons, effective immediately. They join Weida "Diya" Lu, Eui-seok "Fearless" Lee, and Se-yeon "Geguri" Kim to compete in Overwatch League Season 2 under Coach BlueHaS.
Profiles of new Overwatch League Shanghai Dragons players:
Min-seong "diem" Bae - Aged 18, he is a Damage player skilled in Widowmaker, McCree, Tracer, Soldier: 76. He started as a member of South Korea's Mighty AOD. He ranked first in Team South Korea at Nexus Cup 2017 in China and entered Top 8 NGA Cup Season 3 2017. He later went on to help Mighty AOD win third place in APEX Challengers Season 3 2017 . Then he joined South Korea's Ardeont to compete in the Pacific Division and helped his team advance to Season 2 of OPC 2017 and win the Overwatch Pacific Championship in the same season. He arrived in China earlier this year and joined a brand new team, LFZ. The team won 2018 CNOC Seasons 1 and 2 without a single loss. He is widely recognized as one of the best Widowmaker players in South Korea under the current version. He is a hitscan player with excellent skills in both rifles and pistols. His accuracy has impressed players. His coming on board will give Shanghai Dragons another powerful damage player and more firepower in attack strategies.
Jin-hyeok "DDing" Yang - Aged 18, he is a Flex player skilled in projectile assault heroes such as Pharah, Hanzo, and Genji. He also has plenty of experience with the tank hero D.Va. DDing's tie with China goes back years. He joined wNv.KR in 2016 and competed in China. He won NGA Cup Seasons 2 and 3 2017 as well as Nexus Cup 2017 - Spring. He returned to South Korea and joined KongDoo Uncia after wNv.KR disbanded. He entered Top 4 in Nexus Cup 2017 - Summer and later helped his team shoot past APEX Challengers and qualify for APEX Season 4. After Cloud 9 bought KongDoo Panthera's key players, DDing followed KongDoo Uncia and joined KongDoo Panthera in November 2017. He won second place in the Nexus Cup Annual Finals 2017 and first place in the 2018 OTS Chapter 4, entered Top 8 in 2018 KROC Season 1, and won second place in 2018 KROC Season 2. DDing is known as the "Best Korean Pharah". His incredible skill with projectile damage heroes and large hero pool are expected to bring a lot of variety to Shanghai Dragons' tactics.
Young-jin "YOUNGJIN" Jin - Aged 20, he is a Flex and Main Tank player skilled in heroes including Brigitte, Soldier: 76, Reaper, Genji, and Roadhog. Like DDing, he made his name in China early as a member of wNv.KR. He and his team won NGA Cup Seasons 2 and 3 2017 as well as Nexus Cup 2017 - Spring. He joined Afreeca Freecs Blue in summer 2017 and switched to a Flex role at the same time. He helped his team to enter Top 4 in 2017 APAC Premier. After Afreeca Freecs Blue disbanded, YOUNGJIN joined KongDoo Panthera and reunited with old teammate DDing and coach BlueHaS. Together, they won second place in the Nexus Cup Annual Finals 2017 and first place in the 2018 OTS Chapter 4, entered Top 8 in 2018 KROC Season 1, and won second place in 2018 KROC Season 2. As the only one out of the six new players to have switched from a Tank role to a Flex role, YOUNGJIN is extremely flexible in his gameplay and positioning. His unique hero pool and a brilliant Brigitte made KongDoo Panthera competitive in all versions. He is expected to play a vital role on the team.
Seong-hyeon "Luffy" Yang - Aged 20, he is a Support player skilled in support heroes including Ana and Zenyatta. He was the only founding Support player out of the four KongDoo players. He and his team won the Nexus Cup Annual Finals 2016, entered Top 8 in APEX Season 2 2017, and won second place in Season 3. While with KongDoo Uncia, he helped his team qualify for APEX Season 4 2017. He later became a member of KongDoo Panthera and won second place in the Nexus Cup Annual Finals 2017 and first place in the 2018 OTS Chapter 4 and entered Top 8 in 2018 KROC Season 1 and won second place in Season 2. A former teammate of Birdring of the London Spitfire and Fissure of the Seoul Dynasty, Luffy has more tournament experience than any other player on the team. His skills are unquestioned in South Korea. He is expected to become one of the key players of Shanghai Dragons.
Kyung-woo "CoMa" Son - Aged 23, he is a Support player skilled in support heroes including Mercy and Lucio. He was a member of RunAway in APEX Season 2 2017. The team was an equal to Lunatic-hai at its peak. He joined Flash Lux in APEX Season 3 and became teammates with Fleta of the Seoul Dynasty. He helped his team qualify for APEX Season 4 2017. He joined KongDoo Panthera after Flash Lux disbanded. He helped his team win second place in the Nexus Cup Annual Finals 2017 and first place in the 2018 OTS Chapter 4 and entered Top 8 in 2018 KROC Season 1 and won second place in Season 2. As a professional player showing promise early in APEX, CoMa is a versatile Support player with plenty of practical experience and skills. He has a solid approach to double support. His arrival in the team will provide strong backing for Shanghai Dragons players in other roles.
Jun-hwan "GuardiaN" Jo - Aged 20, he is an Off Tank player skilled in tank heroes including D.Va, Zarya, and Roadhog. He was with Lunatic-hai (LH) 2. When most LH members joined Seoul Dynasty in late 2017, LH2 merged with LH. GuardiaN and his team won third place in the Nexus Cup Annual Finals 2017. After LH disbanded, he joined Toronto Esports of OC North America (academy of Boston Uprising). He later won second place in NAOC Season 1 2018. Given the depth of his Tank hero pool and his Tank skills, his arrival will add flexibility to the team's tactics. It is only a matter of time until he becomes an essential Flex Tank player to the team.
Shanghai Dragons is going into Overwatch League Season 2 with a new look and nine players, Diya, diem, YOUNGJIN, DDing, Fearless, Geguri, GuardiaN, Luffy, and CoMa, and looking forward to a fresh start. All Shanghai Dragons players have arrived in Shanghai and started training under Head Coach BlueHaS to reach their best conditions. Shanghai Dragons players are building on the experience from Season 1 and working hard to reinvent themselves to achieve excellence in Season 2.
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