Some groups in the Overwatch League try and create a “clean slate” for a brand new season by dropping a majority of gamers or changing some key staff members. The Washington Justice, on the different hand, has determined that everybody wants to go out the door.
Today, the group formally introduced that every one 5 of its remaining gamers in addition to its head coach and participant supervisor wouldn’t be returning for 2023. This means nobody is presently signed to the Justice as of Nov. 18.
Supports An “OPENER” Gi-beom and Jung “Krillin” Yung-hoon, tank Shin “Kalios” Woo-yeol, and DPS gamers Kim “Assassin” Sung-won and Jang “Decay” Gui-un have all had their contract choices declines, or in OPENER’s case, their contract terminated. Head coach Han “Sup7eme” Seungjun and participant supervisor Haeni Kim will even not be returning to the Justice because of a declined possibility and contract expiration, respectively. Assistant coach Park “Chilhwa” Min-hyung introduced his departure earlier in the week.
Washington got here beneath hearth for lowering its roster to 5 gamers (one fewer than the league minimal) in the center of the 2022 season, sending a few of its finest skills to different groups. The group’s basic supervisor and an assistant coach additionally left abruptly as the roster dwindled.
Multiple Justice gamers have posted on social media that they have been looking for a group over the previous week, together with Washington’s star participant Decay. Though the gamers famous they have been nonetheless in talks with the Justice, this announcement could have modified issues.
A graphic listed 4 gamers as having their “option declined,” which means both the group or the participant determined towards persevering with their contract for an additional yr.
OPENER, the group’s rookie assist, was listed as “contract terminated,” a phrase hardly ever used in league contract talks. Grant “Keranthil” Paranjape, Washington’s vp of esports enterprise, clarified in a Reddit remark that this distinction was because of OPENER’s two-year contract being terminated with severance.
The Washington Justice ended the 2022 season with an 11-13 file.