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Year One was a little rough for the San Francisco Shock, but they definitely improved over the course of the year. Expectations weren’t high after they were forced to fire their manager two months before the start of the season, yet they earned a lot of respect for their ability to develop the talent they had on the roster. This was seen as one of the weakest teams coming into the season, but the Shock could be a playoff team in 2019.
San Francisco Shock Owners
Esports organization NRG own the Shock. NRG have been involved in the competitive Overwatch scene since the first tournaments took place back in August 2016, and they bought one of the first spots in the Overwatch League. Like other organizations that bought a spot in the league, they were forced to give the team a separate name in order to compete.
The Shock have a number of celebrity owners. NRG was founded by Sacramento Kings minority owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, and athletes Shaquille O’Neal, Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Rollins, and Alex Rodriguez have ownership shares in NRG.
San Francisco Shock 2018 Year in Review
San Francisco knew that the start of the season would be rough. The Shock initially signed eight players, but two of their eight players were 17 at the time of their signing and they were not eligible to play until March. They added just one more player before the start of the season, and that left them without the flexibility of other teams.
Unsurprisingly, the Shock went 3-7 in each of the first two stages, yet San Francisco learned a lot during this time. They were more competitive than their record indicates with a negative game differential in the single digits, and that led to them turning a corner once Sinatraa and Super were eligible to play.
Those two quickly proved that they were worth the wait. Sinatraa lived up to his lofty contract and showed that he was one of the top young guns in the Overwatch League, while Super was a very good tank. The Shock nearly made the Stage Three Playoffs with those two now in the lineup, finishing 6-4 and losing a tiebreaker to the Los Angeles Valiant. They took a step back in Stage Four finishing 5-5, but their game score was the fourth-best in the league.
San Francisco Shock Roster
After going into the inaugural season with only seven eligible players, the Shock have filled up their roster prior to the start of their second year. The DPS players have the potential to be some of the best in the league, and if we enter a DPS-heavy meta, look out. Sinatraa was as good as expected, and Babybay improved in leaps and bounds. Architect joined midway through the 2018 season and immediately found a role on the team, and two more players have been added into the mix. Rascal will have something to prove after two teams cut ties with him last year, while Striker was an underrated part of Boston Uprising’s success.
The tank play should be pretty solid. Super quickly emerged as a very good main tank, while Nevix was respectable in his own right. Smurf joined the team from GGEA back in September, and ChoiHyoBin is the lone off-tank on the roster. Choi didn’t break into the lineup until the final few weeks of the season, and his play was largely forgettable.
Moth was signed in the middle of Stage Two, and it didn’t take long for him to supplant Dhak as one of the Shock’s support players. He became the team’s main Mercy and Lucio player, and he is likely to be in that role again. Sleepy played in every match over the course of last year, and he is back to play Ana, Zenyatta, and Moira, while Viol2t was signed in October and will challenge Sleepy for his starting spot.
San Francisco Shock 2019 Preview
This team has a lot of potential, and the DPS pairings could be devastating. Their depth at that position should lead to creative strategies and specialization, but the support and tank positions need to improve for the Shock to make the jump to become an elite team.
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