With the 2020 Season over and the Grand Champion crowned, the Overwatch League is officially in off-season mode. The Houston Outlaws announced their first new addition for the 2021 season with Jae Won Choi, otherwise known as Junkbunk. Junkbuck will be joining Houston Outlaws as a Co-Head Coach alongside Harsha “Harsha” Bandi. Like Harsha, Junkbuck is also a San Francisco Shock alumni having served as assistant coach since the 2018 inaugural season. Junkbuck will be charged with helping to finalize the Outlaws’ 2021 Roster under the team’s first full season as part of the Beasley Esports umbrella and ownership.
Looking Ahead to 2021
In a statement, Junkbuck said, “My goal in Overwatch is to never stop improving, challenge myself and develop winning teams. I am very excited to help the Outlaws become one of the best teams in Overwatch and make the fans proud. I am looking forward to joining and working with an amazing staff and roster of new players.”
Several Houston Outlaws players announced their free agency this week. That includes Austin “Muma” Wilmot, Jiri “Linkzr” Masalin, Seung-soo “Jecse” Lee, and Jeffrey “blasé” Tsang. With more contracts coming to an end all across the league, more players could be looking for a new home. Star player Dante “Danteh” Cruz has also posted he is a free agent. But that doesn’t mean he plans on leaving the Houston Outlaws. Junkbuck will be ushering in a new era of the Outlaws as he joins the team. Part of his immediate charge will be finalizing the Outlaws 2021 roster.
“We are so excited for next season as we poise the Outlaws franchise to become a force in OWL and a team worthy of one of the largest and most passionate fanbases in the league,” said Beasley esports Chief Operating Officer, Lori Burgess. “Junkbuck was our first choice for this expanded leadership role and we aim to elevate our team and the city of Houston as esports continues to dominate the sports entertainment landscape!”
Junkbuck is just the first in what is likely to be an overhauled Houston Outlaws for the 2021 season.
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