Posted 3rd April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Overwatch fans have been speculating the addition of Jeong ‘ArHan’ Won-hyeop to Houston Outlaws for the Overwatch League Stage 3 line-up ever since the tournament started, but the organizers and the team have now officially confirmed the good news! ArHan, together with the Houston Outlaws, will graze the arena on April 4.
The Houston Outlaws has an impressive standing in the recent stages of OWL. The team finished second place in the regular season and has reached the Stage 1 playoffs. In Stage 2, the team struggled to maintain their ranking but still secured a playoff spot—making them the strongest Western team in the league. With the addition of ArHan, the future of the team in the upcoming tournaments is brighter than the sun as their finalized roster now shows a complete twelve-man squad. On top of that, ArHan’s addition is a nod to diversity as all OWL’s teams now have at least one Korean player.
ArHan was a member of Meta Athena in 2017 and Afreeca Freecs Blue in 2017, the two South Korean Overwatch teams that have good standings in Overwatch APEX and Overwatch Contenders. ArHan became famous for helping his country win the first Overwatch World Cup in 2016. With his signature heroes Genji and Tracer, he is notable for his aggressive attacks with technologically-enhanced Katana, twin pulse pistols, and energy-based time bombs. Now that he’s a part the Houston Outlaws, he will be filling in the Damage Per Second (DPS) role the team lacks.
The addition of ArHan to Houston Outlaws sparked debates and mixed reviews in the esports community. Some claim that ArHan might not solve the biggest problems of the team since Houston needs an elite Tracer player, but some are also positive that ArHan’s game strategies and work ethics will help Houston Outlaws advance to the next stage because he is a projectile DPS specialist.
OWL commentator Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles stated his negative insights through Twitter, he posted: “The last team without a Korean player in OWL now acquired one. Not sure how adding ArHan helps this roster unless Linkzr is playing Tracer full-time now.”
Meanwhile, Houston Outlaws General Manager Matt ‘Flame’ Rodriguez shared his enthusiasm by posting “ArHaN is the kind of player you want on a team to keep everyone constantly motivated/inspired. His incredible work ethic will bring a breath of fresh air to the team. I’m actually so excited to have a new player with a massive hero pool and a different point of view”.
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