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Who is the best Overwatch player of 2019? | Dexerto Awards

by Andrew Amos

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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?

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

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Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
Sinatraa took home the 2019 Overwatch League MVP trophy.

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.

Sinatraa took home out both MVP awards in the Overwatch League and at the Overwatch World Cup, and also claimed both trophies for the Shock and America respectively

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

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Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
Super was a standout performer for the San Francisco Shock in their stellar season.

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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.

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.

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

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Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
Haksal took home Overwatch League Rookie of the Year honors in 2019.

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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.

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. 

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

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Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment
Guxue was Hangzhou Spark's best player in 2019.

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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.

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.

Look out for more Dexerto Awards in the coming days.