The Overwatch League’s San Francisco Shock has rounded out its 12-player 2019 season roster with the addition of DPS player Kwon “Striker” Namju. Striker joins San Francisco via a “transfer agreement” with the Boston Uprising, San Francisco announced today.
“Having worked with Striker last season, I am very excited for him to join the roster,” San Francisco coach Park “Crusty” Dae-hee said in a press release. “He demonstrated excellence on stage during the first season and will be a great addition to the Shock family.”
Coach Park spent much of the Overwatch League 2018 season with Boston Uprising before joining San Francisco in March. Despite new leadership, San Francisco ended the Overwatch League’s first season in ninth place. The roster’s seen a few significant changes heading into the Overwatch League’s 2019 season: Dante “Danteh” Cruz, André “iddqd” Dahlström, David “nomy” Ramirez, and Daniel “dhaK” Martínez Paz were all removed from the roster. With Danteh traded to Houston Outlaws, San Francisco Shock got OpTic Gaming’s Yoo “smurf” Myeong-hwan in return.
The team has also bumped South Korean Overwatch pro Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun from the organization’s Contenders team to the Overwatch League roster. Park “Viol2t” Min-ki was brought on to the San Francisco Shock roster from O2 Ardeont, too. In season one, San Francisco Shock was known for its multicultural roster. The team is now largely a mixture of South Korean and American players, with one Swede, Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson, thrown in the mix.
The Overwatch League begins Feb. 14 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California. For the 2019 season, the league’s upped its participating franchises to 20—an additional eight teams from the 12 in season one.