Los Angeles Gladiators Release “Shaz” and “BigGoose

It is certainly been a busy couple of days for the Los Angeles Gladiators. After releasing DPS Jason “Jaru”... Pablo | 7. October 2020

It is certainly been a busy couple of days for the Los Angeles Gladiators. After releasing DPS Jason “Jaru” White and off-tank Aaron “Bischu” Kim, the team announced that they would also be parting ways with support duo Jonas “Shaz” Suovaara and Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni. The duo had been part of the Gladiators since day one, with the team now set for major changes ahead of the Overwatch League season.

Why The Gladiators Have Made Such Drastic Changes

While changes had been expected, many have been left surprised by just how far the Los Angeles Gladiators have gone. The Finnish support players were the longest-standing players left on the team, with both having arrived at the end of 2017. Main support BigGoose and Flex support Shaz both represented Team Gigantti prior to the establishment of the Overwatch League.

The duo have certainly developed a rapport together, while they are widely regarded as being among the most consistent players in the league today. Gladiators supporters will miss Isohanni in particular, if only for his famous “the Goose if loose” slogan. BigGoose and Shaz may not be the most skillful of players, however they certainly helped Los Angeles in keeping tanks and DPS players in the game during team fights.

What the Future Holds for BigGoose and Shaz

BigGoose has now made the unexpected decision to retire from Overwatch completely, with the 23-year-old, who previously played for Alfa Squad and Rest in Pyjamas, set to take some time out to weigh up his options. Meanwhile, Shaz took to Twitter to thank the Gladiators for their support, as well as revealing that he is open to another move within Overwatch.

The news of their departure comes under 24 hours following the release of both Bischu and Jaru. Tank Bischu was brought back to the Gladiators for the 2020 Overwatch League season, having played for the Guangzhou Charge at the end of the 2019 campaign. He then made the move to the Los Angeles Contender’s team, Gladiators Legion, as a result of issues with his health. The veteran South Korean is a former League of Legends professional, who played for Kungarna before the Overwatch League got underway.