Shanghai Dragons acquire former Los Angeles Valiant head coach

Coach Moon is hoping for an Overwatch League redemption arc.

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Of all Overwatch League teams, the Shanghai Dragons understand that everyone deserves a second chance at success. The team revealed that they’ve acquired Moon Byung-chul to be their head coach for the 2020 Overwatch League season.

The Shanghai Dragons announced the release of head coach Wi “BlueHaS” Seong-hwan and assistant coach Jeong “Levi” Chung-Hyeok yesterday. It was a surprising departure considering the Dragons’ success in the second season of the Overwatch League. But they seem to have found a replacement with experience in the league, even though that experience may come with infamy.

During the second season of the Overwatch League, the Los Angeles Valiant went 0-7 in their first stage of play. Questionable decisions, like subbing in a main tank specialist at main support, left fans wondering what was going on behind the scenes. As head coach, the blame fell on Moon and he was released from the Valiant in March. The Valiant proceeded to restructure and move to a mostly-Western roster in the wake of Moon’s departure.

Moon has been coaching the Shanghai Dragons’ academy team, Team CC, in Overwatch Contenders China for the past four months. Team CC came in second place in the most recent season of Contenders China, falling only to LGE Huya in the grand finals. This success has obviously had an impact on the Shanghai Dragons, who have put their faith in Moon for the 2020 Overwatch League season.

Shanghai managed to make it to the second season playoffs, ending in 11th place overall. The Dragons will host two homestands in Shanghai next season.