Overwatch may be a team game, but that doesn't stop the best players in the world from standing out. Whether it's fragging out as a damage player, clutch healing on the frontline, or expert shotcalling, individuals can have a huge impact on a team's fortune. As much as any one player can, these five players will determine the fate of their teams heading into the Overwatch League Grand Finals.
Jae-hyeok "Carpe" Lee is likely the flashiest player on the Fusion, but the player keeping the team together is none other than rookie Kyung-bo "Alarm" Kim. Alarm's flexibility as a support (check out his stats in the Overwatch League’s Role Stars announcement) made him a best-in-class player regardless of the meta this season. He appeared unfazed by shifts across Ana, Baptiste, Brigitte, Moira and Zenyatta, going from A to Z in the support list and crushing the competition at every turn. His ability to pick up the first elimination in teamfights, to negate enemy ultimates, and to keep his team alive through it all made him a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year contention. They also make the Fusion a credible threat to take the Grand Finals themselves.
Throughout the regular season, Hyo-bin "ChoiHyoBin" Choi has pumped innumerable cubic centimeters of power into the San Francisco Shock's engine. It's hard to say any one player carried the Shock to its current position near the top of the league, but Choi's case from the off-tank position may be the strongest. Whether it be on his best-in-class D.Va, his reality-bending Sigma, or his top shelf Roadhog and Zarya play, Choi will show up for the Shock. After all, he won the 2019 Grand Finals MVP award for a reason.
Look, we all knew it was coming. You don't win the T-Mobile MVP Award only to vanish into the ether. Playing at the peak of his powers, Byung-sun "Fleta" Kim's unbelievable flexibility on hitscan and projectile damage dealers makes him one of the most impactful players in the league. They don't call him the meta for nothing. Now Fleta's aiming for the trophy, and if there's one thing we know about him, it's that he doesn't miss.
After a long and quiet season, Winston master Jae-hee "Gesture" Hong has come roaring back fueled not by the monkey scientist's Primal Rage, but by another animal entirely. Roadhog has catapulted Gesture — once the captain of the Grand Finals-winning London Spitfire — and the Seoul Dynasty from long shots to fierce contenders. The Shanghai Dragons just barely beat the Dynasty, but the New York Excelsior saw the newly revitalized Gesture was nothing short of monstrous. If he keeps that level of play through the final four, it'll be hard to imagine another team taking the trophy.
The Overwatch League Grand Finals Weekend runs Oct. 8-10, culminating with the Grand Finals championship match Oct. 10. Make sure to catch all the action at YouTube.com/OverwatchLeague!
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