All members of Contenders Korea champions RunAway will join the Overwatch League - Dexerto
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All members of Contenders Korea champions RunAway will join the Overwatch League

Published: 17/Oct/2018 10:47

by Joe O'Brien

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RunAway have confirmed that all of their players will join the Overwatch League.

Though no details regarding their new team or teams have been revealed, all of the Contenders Korea Season Two champions will appear in Season Two of the Overwatch League.

As the most popular and successful team outside of the Overwatch League, many fans have been waiting with bated breath for confirmation that they would see the players on the game’s biggest stage at last, after RunAway was surprisingly passed over entirely ahead of Season One.

RunAway aren’t just fan-favorites for their success, however. The bedroom organization with the pink jerseys made for a compelling underdog in OGN’s APEX, with tales of popular streamer couple Runner and Flowervin, who owned and managed the team, paying out of their own pocket to provide for the team attracting fans globally.

In fact, for most of their history RunAway has been known as the team that could never quite cross the finish line in big tournaments. They were thrust into the spotlight by reaching the finals of APEX Season Two, and subsequently made the finals of the Nexus Cup, APEX Season four, and APAX Premier 2017, all without collecting a trophy.

In Season One of Contenders Korea, RunAway fell out in the semi-finals, but in Season Two they finally claimed the victory they’ve been chasing for so long. Now, it seems the players will set themselves a new goal to pursue as they head to the Overwatch League.

Though no details have yet been announced regarding their destination. While it’s possible the players might be splitting up, rumors have suggested there was plenty of interest in signing them together, with the new Vancouver franchise the most commonly-cited in connection with the RunAway squad.

Signing RunAway’s full squad would arguably be the best way for a new team to jump straight into contention in the upper echelons for Season Two of the league. With RunAway being the champions of the strongest region there will be high expectations if they stick together, and signing Korean champions is also the strategy that helped build London Spitfire’s victorious Season One roster.

The RunAway players that will join OWL:

  • Kim ‘Haksal’ Hyo-jong
  • Park ‘Bumper’ Sang-beom
  • Lee ‘Stitch’ Choong-hui
  • Choi ‘JJANU’ Hyeon-woo
  • Lee ‘Twilight’ Ju-seok
  • Kim ‘SLIME’ Sung-jun
  • Seo ‘SeoMinSoo’ Min-soo
  • Lee ‘Hooreg’ Dong-eun
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Overwatch League’s only female pro Geguri released by Shanghai Dragons

Published: 26/Oct/2020 5:00

by Brad Norton

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The Overwatch League’s first and only female player, Kim ‘Geguri’ Se-yeon, has officially been released by the Shanghai Dragons after three seasons with the Chinese organization.

Geguri has made plenty of history throughout her time in competitive Overwatch. Not only was she the first female to crack into the South Korean APEX tournament, but she broke new ground as the first female to reach the Overwatch League in 2018.

Geguri joined the struggling Shanghai Dragons in an equally historic season. Despite having close calls multiple times, the lineup failed to win a single series in the inaugural year of competition, finishing with a 0-40 record.

With endless support from the community and a few upgrades over the offseason, Geguri and the Dragons turned things around. The team finished in 11th place during the 2019 playoffs before launching to third place in the 2020 finals.

However, her time under the Shanghai banners has now come to an end.

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Geguri quickly became a fan-favorite in the Overwatch League with her unique Off-Tank playstyle.

Geguri’s run with the Dragons spans three seasons and a total of 32 months. The South Korean off-tank rose to fame with her unique aim across heroes like D.Va and Zarya; aim that even came under question by others that accused her of cheating early into her career. Evidently, these claims were proven false through her time on stage.

The announcement of her release from the org came on October 25 alongside four other teammates. “I am so sorry that today is a sad day,” General Manager Yang Van said in the official statement. “Diya, Geguri, DDing, diem, and Luffy will leave as free agents after the expiration of their contracts.”

While the Shanghai roster is being rebuilt like many others this offseason, it appears as though Geguri isn’t stepping away from competition. In fact, all five players seem eager to play more than ever before. Leaving the team in order to seek out starting roles in the league.

“We fully understand and respect their desire for more opportunities in matches and we are quite sure that they will be able to have great performances in OWL,” Van said. “We will continuously help them to find a new team as they enter a new stage in their esports career.”

So while you won’t be seeing Geguri in the red and black jersey next year, she may still ink a deal with another OWL franchise. The Off-Tank expert didn’t play a map in 2020, though with so many roster shuffles this offseason, she may just find a new home soon.

Only time will tell where Geguri ends up. Be sure to keep your eyes glued to our offseason hub over the coming weeks for any updates.