Overwatch went from strength-to-strength in 2019 – the Overwatch League expanded to 20 teams, while more talent was showcased at the Overwatch World Cup and Contenders. But who was the best player of the year?
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Well, you've been having your say in the Dexerto Awards, voting for four players who all deserved recognition for their performances in 2019. There could only be one winner, though, and that was the San Francisco Shock DPS Sinatraa – he got twice the amount of votes as his fellow World Cup-winning teammate Super.
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Find out why our nominees each enjoyed a cracking 2019 below.
Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won
Is there anything Sinatraa didn’t win in 2019? The 19-year-old San Francisco Shock DPS had what can only be described as a golden year, producing one of the best individual performances the esport has ever seen.
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) September 6, 2019
- Read more: Sinatraa wins OWL 2019 MVP
The Zarya specialist dominated players during GOATS meta, but he proved to be no slouch in Stage 4 when the meta shifted towards double shield, showing off his flexible hitscan and projectile DPS hero pool.
Matthew ‘Super’ DeLisi
Sinatraa’s teammate Super shared a lot of honors with him. Super made the top five MVP ballot for the Overwatch League, helped lead the Shock to the title, and then backed it up with a dominant performance at the World Cup.
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) October 5, 2019
He was one of the only main tanks to show incredible proficiency across Reinhardt, Winston, and Orisa across the 2019 season, making space and setting up the big plays for the rest of the team.
- Read more: Shock sweep finals to win OWL Season 2
He’s one of the most well-rounded players in the Overwatch League, and was a big part of the San Francisco Shock’s success across the year.
Kim ‘Haksal’ Hyo-jong
Haksal made his Overwatch League debut in 2019, rejoining his former RunAway teammates at Vancouver Titans. As soon as he was allowed to step foot into Blizzard Arena, the Korean DPS prodigy slammed the rest of the competition into the ground.
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) September 17, 2019
His aggressive playstyle on heroes such as Doomfist, Brigitte, and his iconic Genji sparked a fire under the rest of the Titans on the battlefield, and earned him the Rookie of the Year award.
- Read more: Haksal wins OWL Season 2 Rookie of the Year
He also played for South Korea in their 2019 World Cup campaign, where the three-time champions secured a third-place finish behind America and China.
Xu ‘guxue’ Qiulin
Guxue showed fans what he could do at the Overwatch World Cup in 2018, helping China reach the grand final for the first time. He joined the Hangzhou Spark for the 2019 OWL season, and stood out as their best player across the year.
The Winston specialist got to show off his signature hero a bit during the season, but he surprised everyone with his strong Reinhardt during GOATS meta, securing the Spark two playoffs appearances mid-season.
- Read more: Hangzhou Spark sign Guxue heading into 2019
He also led China to second place in the World Cup again in 2019, and while his teams fell short of success numerous times throughout the year, his individual efforts cannot be denied.
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) August 12, 2019
Look out for more Dexerto Awards in the coming days.