At the 16th position of our Overwatch League 2021 Power Rankings are the Houston Outlaws.
Houston scouted many young talents from the Overwatch Contenders and even Collegiate Overwatch. To help young players adapt to the Overwatch League, the Houston Outlaws can also count on some seasoned League players.
Houston Outlaws 2021 Roster Preview
- Myung-heum “JJANGGU” Cho
- Min-jun “PIGGY ” Shin
Myung-heum “JJANGGU” Cho is the new main tank for the Houston Outlaws. He joins the Overwatch League for the first time, previously playing in the Contenders with various teams such as GC Busan WAVE or Talon Esports.
The Houston Outlaws 2021 tanking duo already knows each other, as both players were part of Talon Esports. Min-jun “PIGGY ” Shin mainly plays off-tank heroes, such as Zarya and D.Va. With Talon Esports, Myung-heum “JJANGGU” Cho and Min-jun “PIGGY ” Shin won the Overwatch Contenders 2020 Season 1: Pacific.
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- William “Crimzo” Hernandez
- Enrique “Joobi” Triana
William “Crimzo” Hernandez made a name for himself in the Overwatch Contenders, winning the 2019 Season North America West tournament with Team Envy, the Dallas Fuel’s academy team. He was then promoted to the main team, joining the Dallas Fuel for the Overwatch League 2020 Season. Crimzo now begins a new adventure with the Houston Outlaws.
Enrique “Joobi” Triana is a young player, who just turned 18 on April 4. Joobi is the first player to directly go from a Collegiate Overwatch team to the Overwatch League, even if he previously played in Contenders NA. He played with different teams in Contenders, before joining HU Storm, the esports team from Harrisburg University. Houston Outlaws scouts noticed the player, who now joins the Overwatch League.
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- Dante “Danteh” Cruz
- João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles
- Jung-woo “Happy” Lee
- Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa
- Jacob “JAKE” Lyon
Dante “Danteh” Cruz and João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles are the only players from the Houston Outlaws 2020 roster to stay with the team in 2021. Both are flex players, playing as DPS for the team but able to switch if needed. For this new season, the duo is joined by three other DPS players.
Jung-woo “Happy” Lee is a former Element Mystic and Meta Bellum player, who made his first steps in the League back in 2018 with the Guangzhou Charge. He stayed two years with the team, winning the Summer Showdown and finishing the Overwatch League 2020 season in 5th place.
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Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa is also a seasoned Overwatch League player. He played two years with the Los Angeles Valiant, placing second in the Overwatch League Inaugural Season, third in the 2019 Season,2 and 5th in 2020. KSF is also an Overwatch World Cup champion, winning the title with Team USA in 2019.
Jacob “JAKE” Lyon signs his return as a player in the Overwatch League. After two seasons with Houston Outlaws, he retired from competitive Overwatch to join the analysts’ desk. While he may not be in the starting six as the Houston Outlaws count a total of 5 DPS players, his insight might benefit the team, just like an additional analyst or coach would.
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Houston Outlaws 2021 Power Rankings
The Houston Outlaws is home to many seasoned Overwatch League players this season. While the team includes many good individual talents, the competition in the Overwatch League is harder each year, and it may not be enough to defeat stronger rosters.
One of the main dangers for the Houston Outlaws this season is the lack of experience of some key players of the team. The tanking duo is making its first steps in the Overwatch League, while the main support just comes out of Collegiate Overwatch.
The DPS line of the Houston Outlaws is packed, even if Jacob “JAKE” Lyon will more likely coach the team than join the starting six. If the DPS players can compete with other talented players, the Houston Outlaws may need some time to find its rhythm in the Overwatch League.