As an almost five-year-old esport, most of Overwatch’s history has seen players from very specific regions take the spotlight, namely those hailing from countries like South Korea or the United States, with some European representation sprinkled throughout with France, Sweden, and Finland as the biggest standouts.
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First Japanese Overwatch Player
However, there seems to be have been a glaring hole in that list, only recently being rectified thanks to the San Francisco Shock signing Ta1yo, the first Japanese player in the Overwatch League’s history.
The DPS player has a long history with the game, having played across multiple regions of Contenders (the OWL farm league system), and even appeared as a Team Japan member for the World Cup three different times. Since Ta1yo is known for a nasty Genji, the current meta seems to be primed to bring in a hack and slash master like him to help the 2019 Championship team all that more likely to repeat. The Shock takes on the Florida Mayhem next on July 24th, which is most likely where you can catch his debut with the team.
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