Los Angeles Gladiators have announced the signing of Lee “ANS” Seon-chang, who has joined their Overwatch League roster for 2022. The team announced the news on Saturday, October 23, unveiling yet another roster change ahead of the next season.
ANS Finds a New Home
By acquiring ANS, Los Angeles Gladiators got their hands on one of the best Overwatch League players in the scene. ANS was a core player of the San Francisco Shock’s run to the 2020 Overwatch League championship run and is considered one of the best Ashe and Widowmaker players.
Despite the team’s success in 2020, the Shock decided to make drastic roster changes after placing fourth in the 2021 OWL Playoffs. As a result, the team opted to start fresh ahead of the 2022 season and cut ties with seven players.
The list of departees included tank Myeong-hwan “smurf” Yoo, supports Joo-seok “Twilight” Lee and Brice “FDGod” Monsçavoir, as well as four DPS players in Sean “ta1yo” Henderson, Charlie “nero” Zwarg, Lim “Glister” Gil-seong, and ANS.
Unsurprisingly, most of the ex-Shock core players didn’t need long to find a new home. However, it took ANS nearly a month to get picked up by a new team.
A Huge Signing for Los Angeles Gladiators
The addition of ANS makes a lot of sense for the Gladiators, who are looking to fill in the gaps following the departure of several players this offseason.
The sharpest hitscan in the @overwatchleague is coming to Los Angeles.
— Los Angeles Gladiators (@LAGladiators) October 23, 2021
During the offseason, the Gladiators parted ways with support Grant “moth” Espe, flex DPS Chris “MirroR” Trinh, and main tank Kim “MuZe” Young-han. What’s more, the Los Angeles outfit also cut ties with their head coach David “dpei” Pei and lost Kim “birdring” Ji-heyok to retirement.
However, ANS is not the only signing the Gladiators have made this offseason. Earlier this month, they also acquired Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway and re-signed DPS Kevin “Kevster” Persson, Kim “Shu” Jin-seo, and Kim “Skewed” Min-seok.
With that, Los Angeles Gladiators now feature six players in their active lineup, meaning they already field a complete roster for the 2022 season.
With the OWL 2022 transitioning to a 5v5, the teams are required to field a six-man roster by March. The Gladiators have already met the requirements well in advance.
ANS Looking to Build On His Previous Success
ANS joins the Los Angeles Gladiators as one of the most successful OWL players. In his debut year, in 2020, he has helped the San Fransicso Shock win two Major tournaments and placed top-four at the Overwatch League 2020 – Summer Showdown.
The Shock then won the North American OWL playoffs and went the distance, defeating Seoul Dynasty in the grand finals to collect the organization’s second OWL title. But, unfortunately, Shock hasn’t achieved much in 2021 with ANS.
With Shock, ANS placed only top-eight at Overwatch League 2021 – Countdown Cup and finished the regular season in sixth. Still, the team have made it through the Play-In stage and managed a deep run into the OWL playoffs, losing against the eventual finalists, Atlanta Reign.
With an underwhelming season behind them, it makes sense for Shock to look for a fresh start. As it stands now, the 2020 OWL champions have only two active players on their roster in Matthew “super” DeLisi and Minki “Viol2t” Park.
ANS, meanwhile, will chase success with the Gladiators, who have had a somewhat underwhelming season. However, they still placed top-six in the OWL 2021 playoffs.
With new faces in the roster and ANS in the team, the Gladiators should feel confident about their chances to compete for the organizations’ first OWL title. The tournament organizers have yet to reveal when the OWL 2022 season will begin, but the plan is for April 2022.
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