San Francisco Shock head coach Park ‘Crusty’ Da-hee has revealed why he left the Boston Uprising.
During the most recent episode of OverSight, an Overwatch talk show hosted by Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields and Overwatch League commentator Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles, Crusty discussed his reasoning for changing teams mid-season.
Crusty departed the Boston Uprising at the end of Stage 3, during which the Uprising had put together their most successful stage of the season so far. The team went undefeated in the regular season games, and came second to the New York Excelsior in the stage playoffs.
Despite experiencing so much success with Boston, Crusty chose to move to the San Francisco Shock for the final stage of the season. The Shock had so far been a much weaker team, and had no realistic chance of reaching the end-of-season playoffs, while Boston were almost guaranteed to advance.
In Stage 4, the Shock have been in perhaps their most impressive form yet, with the team’s young stars forming an increasingly cohesive unit. Meanwhile, the Uprising experienced a total collapse at the start of the stage, losing six consecutive series before putting a win on the board.
The disparity in both teams’ performances with and without Crusty has made him one of the most prominent coaches in the league. During the most recent OverSight, he explained what drove the decision to change teams.
Though Crusty held the “head coach” title at Boston Uprising, he apparently felt that he didn’t have the full extent of control in that position that he wanted, while the San Francisco Shock were willing to grant him the power to execute his vision.
The full episode of OverSight, in which Crusty also discusses many other aspects of the Overwatch League and the teams within it, can be seen below.