The San Francisco Shock has announced it is parting ways with Striker. The legendary DPS players’ future is uncertain.
Nam-joo "Striker" Kwon is parting ways with San Francisco Shock, the team announced today. Striker is one of the most popular DPS players in the Overwatch League and has been an important part of the Shock for the last few years. He will also step down from competitive Overwatch after carving a name for himself as the best Tracer player in the League.
Striker retires from competitive Overwatch
Striker's journey started with the Boston Uprising in the Overwatch League. The Boston Uprising was one of the surprise packages of the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. While it was a team effort, Striker stood out for his exciting performance as the DPS player. He was popular for his deep hero pool and would easily switch between Tracer, Hanzo, Widowmaker and many more. Boston Uprising went undefeated through Season 1 Stage 3. The player joined the San Francisco Shock in 2018 from the Boston Uprising. As he switched to San Francisco Shock, success followed the veteran DPS player.
After his move to San Francisco Shock, Striker became an integral part of their frontline. The DPS player’s depth of hero pool and understanding of positioning and enemy weak points made him an invaluable part of the roster. San Francisco Shock won the 2019 and 2020 Overwatch League championships and Striker was a big reason for their success.
Striker was the 2020 Overwatch League MVP after helping San Francisco win the championship.
What’s next for Striker?
The player has not announced his plans for the future. Even though he retired from Overwatch, he is just 21 years old and might have a bright future ahead of him. The player has a very high skill-ceiling and would be a valuable addition to any team that he might join in the future.
Striker might join some of his former teammates and switch over to Valorant. Riot Games’ Valorant has seen increasing participation from former Overwatch pros who made a career switch. Riot Games recently announced Valorant Act 3 that brings significant changes to the FPS game including to Agents. There is also a new agent, KAY/O, a robot agent whose abilities are unique in Valorant.
The San Francisco Shock also announced the return of Seonchang "ANS" Lee who switched back from Valorant. The team will face off against Los Angeles Gladiators on Day 1 of the Summer Showdown tournament.