The Overwatch League is filled to the brim with talented players. The circuit has an incredibly talented player count, and you can find some exceptional talent on every team that’s part of the League – but there are definitely some deserving of a special mention! So here’s the list of the best Overwatch players – everyone from (relative) newbies to the seasoned veterans that have seen it all: The best Overwatch League players!
1. DDing – Shanghai Dragons
Yang Jin-hyeok is a DPS player for Shanghai Dragons – and he single-handedly managed to make a few otherwise useless characters playable in the GOATS meta, way back when. His incredible Pharah plays often earned his team a win by the skin of their teeth, and his Sombra plays regularly changed the flow of the game. For a player with a relatively small hero pool, he is still incredibly successful at his chosen ones, whether they fit the meta or not. He left the SD in the 2020 off-season.
2. JJoNak – New York Excelsior
While Sung-hyeon Bang is a support player, this is a bit of a technicality – one of the things he’s most known for is out-DPSing the DPS players while using Zenyatta. Usually blurring DPS and support doesn’t work well – not so for JJoNak. With fantastic aim and positioning, he has consistently outperformed some of his DPS teammates, despite playing with some of the best players in the Overwatch League on his team. That he didn’t abandon his actual support role in search of kills just further underlines how good he really is.
3. Gamsu – Dallas Fuel
Noh Yeong-jin is a now-retired Tank player with quite a history in both the OWL and professional esports in general. As a League of Legends pro he played for teams like Dignitas and Fnatic, and he played on no less than 3 OWL teams for a year each – Boston Uprising, Shanghai Dragons and finally Dallas Fuel. Following his retirement, he announced that he intended to go back to playing LoL – and so OWL lost one of its best tanks.
4. Super – San Francisco Shock
Matthew DeLisi is a tank main best known for his skilled and aggressive Reinhardt plays. On SF Shock since 2017, he has helped his team to some pretty incredible achievements, including several Stage Playoff wins, their May Melee win, Countdown Cup win… oh, and of course their 2020 win in the Grand Finals of the OWL, where Super and his team walked away with $1.5 million in prize money.
5. Ryujehong – Vancouver Titans
Though he now is a content creator, Jehong Ryu was a super-skilled flex support on Vancouver Titans. He was well-known and feared for his incredible accuracy and wide hero pool. While Ana is probably his best, he also played well on Moira, Zenyatta, D.VA, and Zarya. Originally, he played on Seoul Dynasty, before switching to Vancouver Titans, where he was able to really shine in the 2019 season. With him, his team even won the first Overwatch World Cup!
6. Saebyeolbe – Seoul Dynasty
Known as one of the best Tracer players in the world, Jong-ryeol Park is a DPS who focuses on hitscan heroes. He debuted in the OWL on New York Excelsior before switching to Seoul Dynasty. With him in their lineup, New York Excelsior managed some incredibly achievements – including, of course, their win in Group Stage with a fantastic 34/6 match record.
7. Alarm – Philadelphia Fusion
Kyung-bo Kim managed to win the title of 2020 Rookie of the year of the OWL. A flex support, he showed his abilities with several heroes including Ana, Zenyatta, Moira, Brigitte and Baptiste. Alarm made his way through the Fusion University and helped lead his team to the Grand Finals weekend, though their team was eliminated early on. He’s still one of the best newcomers, and best Overwatch players in the OWL.
8. Profit – Seoul Dynasty
Park Joon-yeong is a DPS player that started out with London Spitfires. It didn’t go well, but once he switched to Seoul Dynasty, he really got his chance to shine in the third season. He’s pulled off some pretty legendary plays, and with him, his team made it all the way to the Grand Finals, where they came up just a little short against SF Shock. Profit was named the MVP of the Grand Finals, despite his team losing the match. In the 2020 season, Profit broke a record – first player to amass 10k eliminations.
9. LIP – Shanghai Dragons
Jae-won Lee is a DPS playing for the Shanghai Dragons. He has a relatively wide hero pool, playing Sombra, McCree, Hanzo, Ashe and Reaper frequently. Having been part of SD for more than two seasons now, he’s seen his team through some tough times – and through some incredible victories, such as the 2020 CountDown Cup, 2020 Group Stage, or the 2021 Nexus tournament.
10. ArK – Washington Justice
Hong Yeon-joon has played on two successful Overwatch teams – first two seasons with New York Excelsior, then one with Washington Justice. As part of the NYE lineup, he and his team managed to win the Inaugural OWL season – and of course several Stage matches before that. It’s quite rare to see a Mercy main play as well as he does, however his extensive abilities with support characters like her, Baptiste, Lucio, Brigitte and Ana well earned him a spot on this list.
11. Corey – Washington Justice
Corey Nigra is a DPS player that’s showed his skill in both the OWL and the Overwatch World Cup. He mains hitscans, to the point where he single-handedly kept his team going at some tough points. Like quite a lot of OWL pros, he eventually switched to Valorant, leading many people to wonder if overwatch is dying, but not before winning the title in the 2019 Overwatch World Cup, in a crushing 3-0 victory, defeating the esports odds at the time.
12. Libero – New York Excelsior
Kim Hae-song has been on the NYE team since the inaugural season, and as such has seen some pretty incredible successes. He was also part of the team that won the 2018 OWL World Cup. As a flex DPS, he plays heroes like Hanzo, Genji, Pharah, Soldier:76, or Doomfist. He left NYE at the end of the 2020 season, as did a large number of players across the whole OWL. He hasn’t yet singed on with another team, despite being one of the best Overwatch players in Free Agent status after the 2020 season.
13. Guxue – Hangzhou Spark
Xu Quilin is a tank main. Signed with Hangzhou Spark, he was initially underrated quite a bit, and then managed a period of incredible growth and development. Although he left the OWL at the end of 2019, his Orisa and Wrecking Ball plays were pretty great – and his team had the success to show for it. They managed to win over Seoul Dynasty and Atlanta Reign with 4:1 and 4:0 respectively.
14. Choihyobin – San Francisco Shock
Hyo-bin Choi is a SF Shock Off-Tank player with quite a spectacular track record. Even before joining SFS, he had successes like winning the 2017 Nexus Cup, or the 2018 SK Contenders Season. After joining, he helped his team win the 2019 Plaoffs, the 2020 May Melee, the 2020 Countdown Cup, and of course the 2020 Grand Finals. One of the strongest tank players in the OWL, he specializes in D.Va, Roadhog, Sigma and Zarya.
15. Geguri – Shanghai Dragons
Kim Se-yeon is remarkable in OWL history for more than one reason – the obvious one is that she is the first ever female player to be signed to a team. In fact, no other team signed another female player onto their roster even several years in. It wasn’t just an affirmative action hire though – Geguri is an incredibly skilled tank player. Her position was attacked by several other OWL pros who staked their career on her cheating (as they didn’t believe a girl could play so well). She proved them wrong, and quite a few of the accusers actually quit the Overwatch pro scene. Despite the Shanghai Dragons hilariously abysmal first season, featuring a streak of losing EVERY game (of the 40) they played, Geguri and her team became absolute fan favourites.
That’s our list of top Overwatch players – we had a hard time picking given how many talented players are signed to teams at any given time! Do you agree with our picks? If not, who do you think we should have included instead? Who are you most upset about retiring from the OWL? Let us know.