It is a very sad moment to be the fan of Los Angeles Gladiators. Unfortunately, their run with one of the most skilled shooters in the Overwatch League is over.
One of their top snipers will be absent as the Los Angeles Gladiators enter the final stages of the 2022 Overwatch League season.
DPS Lee “ANS” Seon-chang, who has been a member of the Gladiators since late 2021, and the team confirmed today that they had mutually split ways.
Quick Trip Down The Memory Lane
Prior to the 2020 season, ANS first joined the San Francisco Shock in the Overwatch League. He was a risky pick-up for the Shock because he was a relatively unknown player who rose to fame in the streaming scene.
But he was an indispensable part of the winning strategy because of his reliable and terrifying headshot prowess. In the end, San Francisco won the 2020 Overwatch League title.
In 2021, ANS retired from professional Overwatch and later sought a career in the VALORANT scene. Though he was picked up by T1 VALORANT shortly after he left Overwatch, he returned to the Shock in the middle of the 2021 season.
When the Los Angeles Gladiators picked up ANS before the 2022 season, it was one of the most high-profile signings in the league. The storyline of an ace sniper leaving one California team for the other seemed too good to be true. He was a usual sight in the team’s starting lineup throughout the year, but metas shifted away from his signature heroes over time.
The Departure Indicator
The Washington Justice’s hitscan Lee “Happy” Jung-woo was acquired by the Gladiators in August. Since both hero pools significantly overlap, it’s unlikely that ANS would have received any playing time for the remainder of the season.
The Los Angeles Gladiators have won two league tournaments this year, but they were unable to compete in last weekend’s Summer Showdown due to a recent inability to adjust to new metas.
When the games start on September 22, they’ll be trying to lock up the top seed in the postseason. It will be interesting to see how they adjust to this roster change and how big of an impact will caused by the absence of ANS.
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