San Francisco Shock surprised fans last night by announcing the addition of Lee “ANS” Seon-chang to their team. ANS is a formerly-retired DPS player, who is especially skilled at sniping; so much so that Shock welcomed him by premiering 20 of his “Widow Popoffs” on Youtube.
Ansan Sniper, or ANS for short, retired from professional Overwatch on January 16 2019 after playing for BlossoM in the Korean Contenders League for over a year. During his time with BlossoM, and while streaming, ANS built a reputation for being an amazing sniper, hitting crazily-accurate headshots on a wide range of DPS heroes.
Many fans were puzzled as to why San Francisco signed another DPS player to their already damage-heavy roster. However, ANS’s sniping skills are unrivalled, and as the Overwatch meta shifts, he may prove invaluable in defending Shock’s championship title.
San Francisco Shock are one of the teams who have made the fewest changes to their roster during this offseason. ANS is the first player they have picked up so far, and aside from some behind-the-scenes changes, Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson, an off-tank, has been the only player they’ve released too (Nevix was later picked up by Toronto Defiant).
After their victory at the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals, San Francisco likely didn’t feel the need to make any changes. This paired with their DPS Jay “Sinatraa” Won’s success - he won MVP at both the Overwatch League 2019 and the Overwatch World Cup 2019 - inspires confidence in their roster.
ANS will be the fifth DPS player on the Shock roster, alongside Sinatraa, Park “Architect” Min-ho, Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun, and Kwon “Striker” Nam-joo. The team received criticism during the 2019 season for their damage-heavy lineup, but quickly proved naysayers wrong by climbing the leaderboard, with many of their damage players flexing to other roles (such as Rascal, who often played Baptiste).
San Francisco Shock will kick off their 2020 Overwatch League season by battling it out against Dallas Fuel on February 9.