Dusttin "Dogman" Bowerman has been promoted from the Atlanta Reign's academy team to the main roster competing in the Overwatch League. While fans of Overwatch's competitive scene may have heard of the flex support player before, Dogman's full story is truly inspirational.
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The Legend of Dogman
Dogman hails from sunny state of Arizona. He enjoyed playing FPS games while in school, and immediately took a liking to Overwatch when he played in the open beta.
From the start, things were never easy for Dogman. In a TwitLonger, Dogman explained that after flunking grades in his first year of college, his parents kicked him out of the house. He had to crash at his friends' house, including Calvin "aimbotcalvin" Chau. Even in Overwatch, current Dallas Fuel DPS Timo "Taimou" Kettunen would sneer at Dogman every time he killed him, deeming him inferior.
But Dogman kept on training. He played for a number of teams, including Splyce and Kungarna in the days before the OWL and Bye Week, Last Night's Leftovers, and ATL Academy in Contenders. He formed Open Division teams with the help of Justin "Jayne" Conroy. His Zenyatta play greatly improved, and he found teammates who believed in him.
He has now achieved Rank 1 on the Leaderboards and multiple Top 10 finishes at the end of the competitive season.
Dogman even bet his stream that if he ever made it to the OWL he would get a bowl cut. Now, it looks like he will have to follow through with that. He has achieved his longtime dream of becoming an Overwatch League player.
The Overwatch League returns on Feb. 14. If you are interested in researching all the new teams and players, take a look at the full roster of every single team and where they are projected to finish the season.