San Francisco Shock signs s9mm heading into 2022 Overwatch League season

Another Redbird Esports alum makes it to the big leagues.
The San Francisco Shock vs. the Vancouver Titans in the Overwatch League.
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The San Francisco Shock hasn’t been shy about adding new talent during the Overwatch League offseason—and, once again, the team is stocking up on DPS players. 

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Flex DPS Samuel “s9mm” Santos, a North American Overwatch Contenders regular, will be playing for the Shock in 2022, the team announced today

S9mm, pronounced “Sam” as a version of his first name, has been a part of the Contenders scene since early 2020. He’s played for teams like Karasuno, Skyfoxes, DarkMode, and American Tornado in the past. Most recently, he was a part of Redbird Esports out of Illinois State University, which won the past two months of Contenders monthly tournaments. 

Altogether, as a part of American Tornado or Redbird Esports, s9mm has won five Contenders titles and the North American Contenders Gauntlet, as well as multiple lower-level competitions. 

He’ll join some of the Shock’s most recent pickups on the DPS line: O2 Blast standouts Jung “Kilo” Jin-woo and Kim “Proper” Dong-hyun. The team also signed O2 Blast support Oh “FiNN” Se-jin last week. 

After dropping seven players earlier in the offseason, San Francisco has been building around longtime main tank Matthew “super” DeLisi and flex support Park “Viol2t” Min-ki. Considering the team’s most recent signings, it seems like it’s aiming for another mixed-language roster that can climb its way toward another championship.     

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