As we inch closer and closer to a new Overwatch League season, I want to take a look at all the changes that the 20 different teams have gone through so far in the offseason. We already talked about all the changes that are coming to the league in 2020, but the teams this year have undergone some major changes. Today, we will start with the reigning OWL champs, the San Francisco Shock.
Coming out of this year, it would seem like the Shock has a perfect team. They have the calm and collected Sinatraa, the confident Super, and the epic healer, Moth. These powerhouses along with the other players on San Francisco’s roster make this team one to fear going into the 2020 season. However, these all-star players are probably why there are not many changes to the Shock’s team this offseason; only one player, Nevix, was removed from San Francisco’s roster.
Nevix has been part of competitive Overwatch since 2016 where he played support for the team, Graviton Surge. He worked his way through a couple of teams while participating in Contenders until he got signed to the San Francisco Shock as an off-tank in 2017. He was a heavy hitter for the Shock in the inaugural season and was a starting player for three out of the four stages. Unfortunately, as the meta shifted so did the starting lineup and Nevix ended up playing only eight maps through the 2019 season.
Even though Nevix parting from the team is a bit heartbreaking, the Shock did manage to acquire a huge asset to their coaching staff. The addition of Arachne, the head coach of the successful Overwatch Contenders team, Talon Esports, was announced back in November. I see this move as one that could be a major benefit to the Shock in the upcoming 2020 season. The Shock have already proven themselves to be champs in the OWL, but with Arachne’s experience with not only esports but also with Overwatch, the potential that Arachne can add to the team is unmatched. He is a tenured coach with a great record in the Contenders division of competitive Overwatch.
All in all, I think that these changes could set the Shock up for complete and total domination in the 2020 season. If San Francisco can keep up the consistency that they showed in the 2019 season, then my prediction is that they will wind up in the grand finals again.