London Spitfire have announced the first new addition to their Overwatch League roster for Season Two.
Element Mystic DPS player Lee ‘Guard’ Hee-dong is the first to join the Season One champions as they round out the squad that will attempt to defend their title in Season Two.
Guard joins from an Element Mystic roster that had dominant performances in the group stages of both Season One and Season Two of Contenders Korea, but ultimately fell short in the playoffs of both, unable to reach the trophy many anticipated they would lift.
London Spitfire ultimately won the Overwatch League with just a seven-man roster, having kicked off the season with a full twelve players. After struggling to find consistent success with an extended line-up, the team ultimately streamlined the squad in Stage 4, and finally found form again in time for the playoffs.
With the large roster apparently having been difficult to manage during the regular season, it seems likely that Spitfire are selecting new recruits carefully. Guard’s addition offers the team a substitute at DPS, but it remains to be seen how much play time he’ll receive between Park ‘Profit’ Jun-young and Kim ‘Birdring’ Ji-hyeok, who many considered the league’s most formidable duo in Season One.
Though Guard is the first addition to the Spitfire, this isn’t the first change to the squad this off-season. It was recently announced that Support player Jung ‘Closer’ Won-sik has been transferred to Dallas Fuel. The Spitfire will therefore have championship-winners in each starting spot should they opt to, but all substitutes for Season Two will be new additions.
With the new season setting a minimum roster size of eight players, the Spitfire will have to add at least one more player to their squad before December 8.