The Washington Justice officially signed An “OPENER” Gi-beom, the announcement came on Thursday, Nov. 11. OPENER will be stepping into the role of main support, a role left vacant after the Justice dropped Jung “Closer” Won-sik earlier this offseason.
The signing of OPENER means that Washington's support line for the upcoming season of OWL, the first one to be played on Overwatch 2, will be spearheaded by two rookies. Earlier this offseason, the Justice also signed Kim “vigilante” Jun, a flex support who spent the previous Overwatch Contenders season on the Talon Esports roster. A quick note regarding vigilante, he is currently 17 and ineligible to play in the OWL, though will be of age in July in time to play the next season with Washington.
OPENER most recently spent time in Contenders Australia playing for Ground Zero Gaming. OPENER helped Ground Zero march to a strong third place finish in the latest season of Contenders. Though OPENER was only on loan to Ground Zero from the Gen. G, a Contenders Korea team and the academy team for Seoul Dynasty.
Lots of pressure will be placed on OPENER, alongside his support partner vigilante, to maintain the Washington frontline despite being a rookie. The dynamic duo has each shown great talent and it will be interesting to see how the pair mesh. They will be up against formidable competition in many veteran support duos, but it will be exciting to watch nonetheless.
The next season of the Overwatch League does not yet have an official start date as it will be played on Overwatch 2 which does not have an official release date either, all fans know is that the game is coming sometime in 2022.