With the Overwatch League playoffs set to start Wednesday at 8 p.m ET., the ultimate winner of the inaugural season's MVP award will soon be revealed.
After a season full of insane highlights, a long voting process and months of debate, the time has come to choose a hero. Here are our picks for the five most likely to receive the MVP honor.
Coming into the Overwatch League, Byung-sun "Fleta" Kim was an early frontrunner for Season 1 MVP. His Widowmaker play was nothing short of stellar, and he managed to pull an increasingly unsure Seoul Dynasty behind him. Unfortunately, even the mighty Fleta couldn't save the sagging Seoul squad, and by Stage 4 his chances of being named MVP have suffered for it.
Jong-ryeol "Saebyeolbe" Park is more than just the leader for the New York Excelsior, the best team in the Overwatch League. He's also one of their star playmakers, a competitor whose clutch factor has almost single-handedly won points and saved maps for the squad. On both Tracer and Widowmaker, there are few in the world that can step to Saebyeolbe.
In Stage 1, the London Spitfire kept Chan-hyung "Fissure" Baek sleeping on its bench, but when they traded him to the Los Angeles Gladiators, the bear came roaring to violent life. As soon as he joined the team, the Gladiators went from middling to murderous, mostly as a result of Fissure's flashy, aggressive play. Thanks to that flair for the dramatic, Fissure has a great chance to take home the MVP award.
Thanks to outstanding carry potential in an otherwise spotty team, Jae-hyeok "Carpe" Lee has proven himself time and time again one of the deadliest players in Overwatch. In Stage 4 as ever, the Korean Tracer/Widow specialist pulled the Philadelphia Fusion kicking and screaming to several wins, making him one of the most impactful DPS players in the game.
What more can be said about Sung-hyeon "JJoNak" Bang? The man came into the league an untested ladder talent and instantly became one of its biggest stars, clicking heads with Zenyatta better than most DPS players.
His status as the NYXL's unofficial third damage dealer has been a cornerstone of their dominance, and he's got the name recognition to prove it. JJoNaK sits at the apogee of fame and impact, making him the most likely in the league to receive the coveted MVP award.
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