While there have been numerous rumors and leaks over the past two months, the Washington Justice have finally confirmed their roster via Twitter yesterday. There are multiple notable signings in the line-up, both in players and management:
- Joon-hwa “Janus” Song – tank (New York Excelsior)
- Ethan “Stratus” Yankel – DPS (NRG)
- Hyang-ki “SanSam” Kim – tank (Meta Athena)
- Corey “Corey” Nigra – DPS/flex (Gladiators Legion, Renegades, Kungarna)
- Hyeon-woo “Hyeonu” Cho – support (Meta Bellum)
- Riley “Fahzix” Taylor – support/flex (NRG, EnVision)
- Gi-do “Gido” Mun – support/flex (Seoul Dynasty)
- Gi-hyeon “Ado” Chon – DPS/flex (Shanghai Dragons)
- Hyeong-seok “WizardHyeong” Kim – head coach
- Molly “AVALLA” Kim – assistant coach
- Mark “Obasill” Regush – unspecified role
- Mikael “mkL” Skjonhaug – unspecified role
- Canaan “Shrugger” Carman – unspecified role
Overall, the line-up is, on paper, in strong contention. Personally, I feel the biggest player signging was Janus, whose experience and overall playstyle seems to signify a type of game the Justice will end of utilizing the most for his aggressiveness and ability to push. It’s also notable that SanSam and Hyeonu have been teammates before, and their role combinations should bring a strong synergy to the team dynamic.
It’s also a good strategy for teams to have flex roles that also have OWL experience under their belt already. While many of the Academy teams offer supreme talent (such as the Meta sisters), having that season of experience behind them may prove to be useful during the season and in clutch situations.
Additionally, AVALLA has already personally worked with Hyeonu in Meta Bellum, and appears to already have both fantastic communication skills when dealing with players and bringing out strong performances from the entire roster. Naturally, WizardHyeong coming from New York Excelsior also provides a strong coaching presence, which will hopefully result in strong play from the entire roster. NYXL was one of the strongest teams in the League last season, and even though they didn’t make it to the Finals, the season-long dominant performances indicate both strong players and strong coaching that couldn’t quite last in the post-season. Perhaps this is the roster that does.
Additionally, the Justice Twitter account verified the team’s first official match: February 16th at 4:30pm Eastern against… well, who else but the New York Excelsior?
Quite an opponent to come up against first. At the very least, it should make for an interesting bout. #JusticeIsServed