Overwatch League: Rostermania overview ahead of 2023

The overwatch league is currently facing a great rostermania wave, with at least 11 organizations doing roster moves ahead... Fragster | 15. November 2022

The overwatch league is currently facing a great rostermania wave, with at least 11 organizations doing roster moves ahead of the start of the new season. 

Of course, many wonder what’s next for all the free agents now, because there seem to be many more unsigned players than Overwatch teams. It’s also shocking to see that not even the most successful teams, such as Dallas Fuel, who just won the Overwatch League championship, have the guarantee of a permanent position in the 2023 season. 

Los Angeles Valiant releases entire lineup

Los Angeles Valiant said goodbye to all of its players. The first to leave were Hwang “Marve1” Min-seo, Oh “Innovation” Seok-hyeon, Lee “Ezhan” Ji-han, Kim “Becky” Il-ha, Song “SASIN” Sang-hyun, followed by Chengzhi “Molly” He, Weida “Diya” Lu, Zhong “Haker” Haotian, and Chen “Lengsa” Jingyi. 

Los Angeles Valiant barely stayed afloat in 2022, ending the regular season with a 7-17 record, so a line-up change makes sense.

New York Excelsior lets all players go

New York Excelsior is the next org let all six Overwatch players go, as their record this year wasn’t exactly glorious either. The lineup consisted of Lim “Flora” Young-woo, Kang “Gangnamjin” Namjin, Kim “Yaki” Junki, An “ANSOONJAE” Soon-jae, Jeon “Ho1” Ho-won and Kim “Kellan” Min-jae. 

New York finished the 2022 season with a record of 4-20, making it the second-worst team in the Overwatch League.

London Spitfire says goodbye to four players

Although the team was actually quite successful this year, London Spitfire parts ways with four players, namely Emir “Kaan” Okumus, William “SparkR” Andersson, Johannes “Shax” Nielsen, and Gael “Poko” Gouzerch. 

London had the most impressive Overwatch League upswing of 2022. After a miserable 1-15 record in the 2021 regular season, things were looking bleak, but under the supervision of Coach Christopher “ChrisTFer” Graham, things have been a lot better this year. 

Florida Mayhem parts ways with four players

The team announced today that they will part ways with four of their players ahead of the 2023 season. Jung “Xzi” Ki-hyo, Majed “SirMajed” Alrashied, Isaiah “Hydron” Rodriguez, and Jung “Anamo” Taesung will no longer be part of Florida Mayhem next season. 

The whole situation reflects the poor state of the Overwatch League, where organizations are seemingly losing their fight to financially survive the untenable conditions that Blizzard had set for the franchised teams.