Despite innumerable challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Overwatch League season has delivered some of the best Overwatch action in the game's history. The competition for the 2020 T-Mobile MVP is extremely tight, with plenty of players deserving the league's top honors. With the postseason still to come, here are the five best players from the 2020 season.
One of two Shanghai Dragons players nominated for the 2020 T-Mobile Overwatch League MVP award, Byung-Sun "Fleta" Kim's trademark is his flexibility. Quick to learn new heroes, and just as quick to master them, Fleta's versatility forms the keystone of the Dragons' offense. Fleta is a top contender and it’s easy to see why — he's one of only three players to play 50 or more minutes on seven different heroes this season. Fleta's been good enough to win the MVP award every year of his career. This could finally be his year.
Jae-Hyeok "Carpe" Lee is probably the best hitscan damage player in the world. The things he can do with Widowmaker and McCree are simply amazing. In classic Carpe fashion, even this level of excellence is not enough. The Philadelphia Fusion star may be the hardest working man in the league, and his dogged persistence has led to some of the most high-profile clutches in Overwatch history.
Overwatch is a team game, and maybe no player understands that better than San Francisco Shock off-tank Hyo-Bin "ChoiHyoBin" Choi. Even as a T-Mobile MVP finalist, ChoiHyoBin attributes his success to his teammates. He's right, in a way. To appreciate the greatness of Choi, look no further than how he enables his teammates to succeed. Yes, he's clutch, mechanically gifted, and arguably the best Sigma player in the league, but the truth of his value is harder to pin down. ChoiHyoBin is the ultimate playmaker, consistent to the bitter end. If there's any player who can hear the music of Overwatch's universe, it's ChoiHyoBin.
Despite a midseason hiatus brought on by severe neck pain, Ki-Hyo "Xzi" Jung has put together one of the most impressive debuts in Overwatch League history. He may play second fiddle to Carpe when it comes to McCree, but in a shocking turn of events, Xzi outpaces his elder on Widowmaker. Anyone who's watched Xzi click heads in a league setting can tell you: this man is the truth.
What makes Ou "Eileen" Yiliang so scary? You'll never see him coming. As a master of all Overwatch's flankers, Eileen can be all but impossible to keep out of your back line. Eileen eats supports for every meal of the day, and when the dragon becomes him on his signature Genji pick, his appetite becomes insatiable. Eileen is the only non-Korean player to make the T-Mobile MVP nominations, but he's also one of the few players alive that can carry that kind of weight. Give him half a chance and he'll take that MVP trophy before you see him coming.
The 2020 Overwatch League Playoffs continue through September 6, then pick up next week starting September 11 for the last weekend of the Playoffs before Grand Finals Weekend. Make sure to catch all the action at YouTube.com/OverwatchLeague!
This article is the result of a partnership between DBLTAP and Activision Blizzard.