Overwatch League Offseason: Trade, Retirement, Signings
The Overwatch League is in limbo, with the offseason demanding active participation from everyone. As we enter a new season, franchises and the league itself are set to face some major changes.
The league released a new set of roster construction rules for the 2021 season last August. The league now requires teams to have a minimum of seven players signed by January 4, 2021. Teams have until October 16 to extend contracts created in 2020 and until November 13 to extend contracts from 2019. Players who aren’t re-signed by November 20 will become free agents.
The deadline looms, so franchisees should expect a chaotic offseason. Here are the latest updates on every trade, retirement, and signing going into the 2021 season.
September 9 – Toronto Defiant released interim head coach David “Lilbow” Moschetto.
September 18 – Chengdu Hunters released co-head coaches Murong “Chen” Chen and Chang “Ray” Chia-Hua and assistant coach Guan “Garry” Li. Former head coach Xingrui “RUI” Wang came back to take his position.
September 24 – Boston Uprising assistant coach Rollon “Mini” Hamelin and analyst Jake “Spackle” Connell left the team.
October 1 – Pete Vlastelica stepped down from his position as Overwatch League Commissioner to focus on new entrepreneurial ventures on behalf of Activision Blizzard.
London Spitfire released its entire coaching staff to revamp its roster and organization. The staff included head coach Hong “Agape” Cheol-yong, assistant coaches Yu “Pavane” Hyeon-sang and Lim “Twinkl” Young-bin, and strategic coach Kim “Sqix” Geon-yong.
Dallas Fuel assistant coach Kang “Vol’Jin” Min-Gyu left the team through a mutual agreement. Dallas will see more changes in its coaching staff soon.
October 2 – Washington Justice parted ways with its 2020 coaching staff. The staff included head coach Kim “WizardHyeong” Hyeong-seok, assistant coach Kyoungey “AVALLA” Kim, coach/analyst Mikael “mkL” Skjonhaug, and coach Canaan “Shrugger” Carman.
October 5 – Boston Uprising added Kim “Lori” Seung-hyun to its coaching staff as head coach.
Many teams were knocked out of the Grand Finals contention in September, so some franchises immediately started planning their new rosters for the 2021 season. Expect new roster changes and organizational updates that will surely affect Overwatch Bitcoin betting odds until the 2021 Overwatch League season begins.