The 19-year-old Rookie of the year joins Houston as we head into Overwatch 2.

The Houston Outlaws have announced they have acquired the 2021 Rookie of the year, Pelican from Atlanta Reign pending league approval. 

Outlaws and Reign reached a buyout agreement to transfer/trade Pelican’s contract to the Outlaws. No other players were involved in the transaction.

Houston Outlaws

As one of the most promising newcomers in the Overwatch League, Pelican has a lot to offer to the Outlaws. The 19-year-old is a DPS player, popular for his Echo gameplay. However, he has a wide range of characters he is comfortable with, which makes him invaluable in the Overwatch League. The diversity and flexibility in character selection make Pelican a good fit for the Houston Outlaws. The 2022 season will take place on an Overwatch 2 version, and therefore flexible players will be even more valuable.

Pelican: Integral to Atlanta Reign’s Performance in 2021

Pelican played a crucial role in the Reign’s Overwatch League performance. The Rookie helped the Reign qualify for Hawaii multiple times and continued to impress in the tournaments. His determination to compete and play the game is unmatched in the League Despite suffering from a collapsed lung, he continued playing for the Atlanta Reign in the Countdown Cup and the Overwatch League Playoffs. Atlanta Reign had a brilliant lower bracket run in the playoffs to reach the Grand Finals. They lost 0-4 to Shanghai Dragons in the Grand Finals.

Pelican joined Atlanta Reign from O2 Blast, a South Korean organization where he made a name for himself in the Korean Contenders. The player’s positioning and skill was one of the reasons for Atlanta Reign’s interest in him.

The player joins DPS Dante “Danteh” Cruz, off-tank Shin “Piggy” Min-jun as well as flex Jacob “JAKE” Lyon. The Overwatch League 2022 season will be played on Overwatch 2, featuring a 5v5 format. Atlanta Reign have gone in a different direction with regards to their roster, but it only means a stronger lineup for Houston Outlaws.

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Rohan Samal - Eurasia Editor

Rohan Samal

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Rohan is an editor at esports.gg. He found esports through Dota 2, but has since gone on to follow several other titles including CS: GO, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege and more. He has written for several publications and hopes to attend TI10 in 2022.