Boston Uprising has announced that they are releasing three players from their roster.
Flex tank Shin ‘Kalios’ Woo-yeol, and Support players Mikias ‘Snow’ Yohannes and Connor ‘Avast’ Prince will not return with the team for Season Two of the Overwatch League.
All Overwatch League players for Season One were signed to a two-year contract, with the second year as an option for the organization. After the conclusion of the first season, all existing teams have until September 8 to extend player contracts for season two, or release those that they chose not to extend into free agency.
Chris 'Huk' Loranger, President of Gaming for Boston Uprising owners The Kraft Group, said:
“Each of these players were a key part of our inaugural season and I want to thank them for their contributions and hard work. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing where they go from here.”
By releasing three players, Boston Uprising now only has seven players remaining on its roster. With a minimum roster size of eight for Season Two, this means the Uprising must sign at least one new player, either by trading with an existing team until September 9, or signing a free agent after the exclusive window for expansion teams closes on October 8.
The three released players will have until December 8 to sign with a new team if they are to compete at the start of Overwatch League Season Two. With two expansion teams confirmed and more expected to be announced, it’s likely that players with OWL experience will be in high demand.
The Uprising had a surprisingly successful debut season in the Overwatch League. When rosters were originally announced, most had very low expectations for a squad that largely lacked for star names, but the Uprising ultimately finished 3rd in the regular season and 5th-6th in the playoffs, as well as being the only team to go an entire stage undefeated.