The 2019 Overwatch League Champions have signed famed South Korean Widowmaker star, Lee 'ANS' Seonchang.
With a fairly quiet offseason, ANS is the first player acquisition the San Francisco Shock has made since defeating the Vancouver Titans in stunning fashion at the Overwatch League grand finals earlier this year. He now sits alongside a deep bench of world-class DPS talent like 2019 Regular Season MVP, Jay "sinatraa" Won, Kim "Rascal" Dong-jun, and Kwon "Striker" Nam-joo.
While unknown to general Overwatch fans, CEO and Founder of the San Francisco Shock Andy Miller shared his excitement in chat during the live YouTube announcement stream.
“ANS is the guy we wanted from our [Korea] trip,” Miller wrote. “Stud who gives us unreal depth.”
ANS debuted with South Korea Overwatch Contenders team, BlossoM and their record together was anything but spotless.
BlossoM ended Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 1: Korea with a disappointing one match win against fellow bottom table team, Meta Athena. Season 2 gave them no respite as BlossoM finished bottomed out of Group A without a single match victory. And sadly, Season 3 was more of the same but featured their only match win against a lower seated team, GEEKSTAR.
Throughout 2018 ANS and BlossoM fought valiantly for their first playoff berth, but the accolade avoided them completely. Each season they were faced with relegation and surprisingly enough, they rose to the occasion each time retaining their slot to play in Overwatch Contenders Korea.
BlossoM then announced ANS’s retirement at the start of 2019 after a fairly short, but promising career. However, he recently resurfaced on the amateur team, Goin Water S, for the monthly Overwatch Korea Cup. Wherein ANS completely flipped the script and he and Goin Water S failed to place below 3rd in any of the online qualifiers they competed in and would later win the tournament facing very little competition. During his victory in the Overwatch Korea Cup Monthly Finals: June, ANS even received a glowing MVP award for his performance in the grand final.
ANS and the San Francisco Shock kick off their 2020 season in Dallas, Texas, against the home team, the Dallas Fuel on February 9th.
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