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The Overwatch League off-season is here, as teams in the Overwatch 2 professional scene begin to make moves and change their rosters during the long winter break. Keep an eye on this space as we keep you up-to-date with Overwatch League off-season roster changes in this article. The OWL off-season roster tracker is updated regularly.

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Danteh to exit from Houston Outlaws

Las Vegas Paris Eternal announce OWL’s first female head coach

Vancouver Titans sign new head coach Ascoft

A former Boston Uprising coach is getting new life as the Vancouver Titans announced their new head coach Valentin “Ascoft” Wulfman.

Shanghai Dragons part ways with two coachs, IZaYAkI

Gator goes from player to coach, signs with Atlanta Reign; adds to roster

Going the route of Jake with the Houston Outlaws, former Atlanta Reign player will now transition into being the team’s head coach, as announced on Twitter. In addition, the team announced the player signings of Lee “LIP” Jae-won from Shanghai and Jeong “Stalk3r” Hak-yong from Seoul.

Atlanta Reign head coach Sephy retires

Head coach Brad “Sephy” Rajani of the Atlanta Reign announced his retirement via social media.

Seoul Dynasty says goodbye to Smurf, Ir1s, others

In a surprise offseason move the Seoul Dynasty have parted ways with four players, including two premiere former acquisitions. The team says goodbye to Kim “Ir1s” Seung-hyun, Yoo “smurf” Myeong-hwan, Kim “FITS” Dong-eun, and Park “Vindaim” Jun-woo.

Boston Uprising dump roster into the harbor

Yet another team joints the parade of orgs letting loose their 2022 rosters. This time, it includes the Boston Uprising announcing the releases of Leyton “Punk” Gilchrist, Kim “Valentine” Byeong-ju, Alex “Seeker” Taylor, William “Crimzo” Hernandez, Kim “Mag” Tae-sung, and Oh “Victoria” Gi-hun.

Breadsticks gone: Vancouver Titans go nuclear with roster

Things have been rough for the Zombie Vancouver Titans, ever since its much-publicized mass roster release from years prior. The trend continues once more as the team announced its removal of all players, minus standout DPS player Luka “Aspire” Rolovic.

The releases include Chris “MirroR” Trinh, Rene “k1ng” Range, Nick “False” Wiseman, Petja “Masaa” Kantanen, Robert “Skairipa” Lupsa and Park “Aztac” Jeong-su.

Washington Justice hit the escape button on roster, coaching staff

In a move that isn’t so shocking given how the 2022 offseason has gone, the Washington Justice have parted ways with… Everybody? This includes their entire competitive roster, as well as coaches. While the move makes sense given the sheer amount of talen that will be available, the number of teams all making this complete extinction move comes as a surprise.

The releases include players An “OPENER” Gi-beom, Jeong “Krillin” Young-hoon, Shin “Kalios” Woo-yeol, Kim “Assassin” Sung-won and Jang “Decay” Gui-un, as well as coaches Han “Sup7eme” Seung-jun and Haeni “Haeni” Kim.

San Francisco Shock continue offseason releases with Kilo

Initially a major pickup of the 2021 offseason, the San francisco Shock are parting ways with Jung “Kilo” Jin-woo. A former Contenders standout, the DPS player Kilo enters a packed free agency pool that also saw the release of four Shock players a week before.

Shanghai Dragons say goodbye to title run standout LeeJaeGon

The Lord of Lijiang Tower is gone as the Shanghai Dragons part ways with Lee “LeeJaeGon” Jae-gon. Known for his outstanding Lucio play, the former Runaway team member spent three seasons with the Dragons, including their championship-winning season.

Houston Outlaws part ways with coach HoChiLee

A continuation of its releases from last week, the Houston Outlaws are now without coach Lee “HoChiLee” Dong-young. Before his 2022 stint with the Outlaws he was with the Toronto Defiant.

Los Angeles Valiant confirm release of coach Haru, various players

Joining their city sisters the Gladiators in mass releases, the Los Angeles Valiant have let go of Chen “Haru” Xingyou and players Lu “Diya” Weida, He “Molly” Chengzhi, Chen “Lengsa” Jingyi and Zhong “Haker” Haotian.

Hangzhou Spark release head coach, number of players

Joining the release party seen all offseason the Hangzhou Spark released head coach Sehyun “Neko” Park, in addition to players Minho “Architect” Park, Sewon “Bernar” Shin and Minki “Teru” Kim.

Toronto Defiant gain head coach Casores

Bucking current offseason trends of only releasing folks, the Toronto Defiant gained a head coach in Cas “Casores” Andel. The pick-up marks one of the first acquisitions of the season, with Casores coming off a stint with the San Fransisco Shock.

Los Angeles Gladiators give roster contract update

The LA Gladiators have entered the offseason contract merry-go-round, announcing a number of team options, expirations, and declined options. The list of players includes the release of Corey “Reiner” Scoda,Indy “SPACE” Halpern, Lee “Happy” Jung-woo, Kim “Shu” Jin-seo and Kim “skewed” Min-seok. The few options on contracts are Kevin “kevster” Persson and Daniel “FunnyAstro” Hathaway.

London Spitfire announces cuts, retains star tank Hadi

After an impressive and deep run in the 2022 Grand Finals Tournament the London Spitfire announced a number of options, expired contracts, and releases. The moves include optioning the contracts of standout tank Hadi “Hadi” Bleinagel, Jamie “Backbone” O’Neill, Oliver “Admiral” Vahar and Landon “Landon” McGee. The expired and declined contracts include William “SparkR” Andersson, Johannes “Shax” Nielsen, Gael “Poko” Gouzerch and Emir “Kaan” Okumus.

NY Excelsior burns down entire roster

The New York Excelsior have joined the ongoing off-season trend of teams parting ways with their entire squad. The releases include Lim “Flora” Young-woo, Kim “Yaki” Junki, Kang “Gangnamjin” Namjin, An “ANSOONJAE” Soon-jae, Kim “Kellan” Min-jae and eon “Ho1” Ho-won. This is yet another reset for the team, as the NYXL saw a revamp at the beginning of the 2022 season.

San Francisco Shock release assistant coach

In yet another shakeup, the San Francisco Shock announced the parting of ways with assistant coach Cas “Casores” Andel. Casores had been with the team since 2020.

Toronto Defiant let go of Heesu, Twilight, and head coach

Not to let all the other teams have the offseason fun, the Toronto Defiant announced a few major releases from their 2022 roster in preparations for the next season. The list of releases includes coach Kwon “Yang1” Yang-won, head coach Sim “Mobydik” Seung-bo, Lee “Twilight” Joo-seok and Jeong “Heesu” Hee-su. The release of Twilight is of note given his role as one of the strongest support players in the league, having served with the San Francisco Shock during their 2020 Grand Finals win.

Florida Mayhem no longer down since “Dae1”

Florida’s resident Overwatch League team is joining the pack of squads making coaching staff changes, as well as a few roster moves. In addition to the release of assistant coach Woo “Dae1” Dae-won, players Isaiah “Hydron” Rodriguez, Jung “Xzi” Ki-hyo, Jung “Anamo” Taesung, and Majed “SirMajed” Alrashied were also released.

Shanghai Dragons look to usher in new era with changes

The former champion Shanghai Dragons are now in search of a new direction following a disappointing season in 2022. The beginning of that search came in the form of a complete roster shift minus three players. Kim “IZaYaKI” Minchul, Lee “LIP” Jae-won and Lee “LeeJaeGon” Jae-gon will remain with the team after having their contracts either optioned or accepted, leaving their five other players to test free agency.

Paris Eternal part ways with head coach, two players

After a season of upheaval and change the Paris Eternal is making even more moves. The team announced the release of head coach Choi “JMAC” Dae-han, as well as players Domenic “Krawi” Akrawi and Cameron “wub” Johnson. The release of Krawi and wub continues a trend seen this offseason of teams letting go of Contenders pickups made at the start of the 2022 season.

Boston Uprising’s new GM announced expired contracts

Quick off the heels of his announcement as team general manager, Aaron “PRE” Heckman posted a series of tweets seeking to clarify the status of the Boston Uprising roster going into 2023. While the status of said contracts is a mix of expired and declined, it looks as though the entire Uprising roster is in flux and in unrestricted free agency.

Dallas Fuel allows entire roster to try free agency

The 2022 Grand Finals champion Dallas Fuel announced that the entire team is trying the waters of unrestricted free agency, in a series of tweets from Mike “Hastr0” Rufail.

Philadelphia Fusion make moves, as does Carpe

Rosterpocalypse 2022 continues as the Philadelphia fusion releases a number of players, including star player Lee “Carpe” Jae-hyeok who will leave to try his hand in T1 Valorant play. The roster releases besides Carpe include Hwang “Belosrea” Gyu-tae, Kim “Fury” Junho, Kwon “AimGod” Minseok and Kwon “FiXa” Yeong-hun.

To prove that offseason moves aren’t all releases, Philly also announced the re-signing of Benjamin “Zest” Seet and Yoon “MN3” Jae-hee, both former Contenders standouts who made the jump to OWL at the start of the 2022 season.

Birdring looks to rejoin OWL

In an offseason already full of players LFT, former DPS standout Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim has announced his unretirement. In a series of tweets in English and Korean, Birdring expressed his interest in making a return to OWL, saying he just wants to win again.

The return of Birdring to OWL comes after a series of up and down moves for the player after representing the London Spitfire through two playoff runs. This includes retiring to try his hand at content creation for the Los Angeles Gladiators.

Atlanta Reign parts ways with six players

Continuing the offseason fire sale and after a disappointing 0-2 showing in the Overwatch League 2022 Grand Finals tournament, the Atlanta Reign are saying farewell to six players. The releases include Christian “Ojee” Han, Benjamin “UltraViolet” David, Charlie “nero” Zwarg, Lee “Venom” Dong-keun and Nicholas “Speedily” Zou.

Shortly after, the team continued to announce the departure of Blake “Gator” Scott. Nothing says “complete team rebuild” like nuking 3/4ths of your roster in one fell swoop.

San Francisco Shock releases half its roster

Despite yet another heroic and deep Grand Finals tournament run, it appears even the San Francisco Shock are not immune to change. The team announced that it parted ways with Kwon “Striker” Nam-joo, Colin “Coluge” Arai, Samuel “s9mm” Santos and Michael “mikeyy” Konicki. Striker’s tenure with the team ends after four years and two Overwatch League Grand Finals wins. Meanwhile, the tank line of Coluge and mikeyy should be major offseason acquisitions due to their impressive showings during this year’s Grand Finals.

Houston Outlaws cut trio of players post-Grand Finals

After placing third in the final Overwatch League tournament of the season the Houston Outlaws are already making roster moves.

Houston released Tomas “Doge” Kongsøre, Joseph “Lep” Cambriani and Kim “Creative” Young-wan; all three pick-up acquisitions during a mid-season shuffle made as a reaction to a shifting meta. The release of Creative stands out among the roster moves, thanks in part to his support play as Kiriko. Creative played 96% of his time as the newest Overwatch 2 hero during the Outlaws’ deep and unexpected playoff run.

Boston Uprising begin new era with PRE as head coach

After a season of ups and downs that saw the team finish 10th in the West Division, the Boston Uprising announced an off-season change at the head coach position. Former Washington Justice general manager Aaron “PRE” Heckman will take over coaching duties for the Uprising, with previous coach Valentin “Ascot” Wulfman having left the team immediately after Grand Finals.

Head coach dpei leaves Vancouver Titans

Off-season restructuring kicked off early when the Vancouver Titans announced shortly after Overwatch League Grand Finals via Twitter that it had parted ways with head coach David “dpei” Pei. The release of Pei signals the end of a season of frustration for the Titans, in which the team failed to get a single win before the mid-season hiring of the coach in July. Of course, those familiar with the tumultuous history of the Titans know that this isn’t the first time the team has made a major restructuring move.

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Will Harrison

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Will has over a decade of print and digital journalism experience, with bylines in Polygon, The Escapist, The Toledo Blade, The Austin American-Statesman, and more. He's also the host of the World of Warcraft lore podcast Essence of Azeroth, loves Murlocs just a bit too much, and owns too many cats.