The Shanghai Dragons have had the toughest season of anyone in the Overwatch League so far.
The predominantly Chinese team is the only team to remain without a single match victory. To pour salt in the wound, the Dragons only have around an 11% map win percentage.
It is clear that if the Dragons want to see a difference in stage three, they are going to have to shake things up.
Fortunately, that seems to be just what the team is doing. Gi-hyeon “Ado” Chon and Eui-Seok “Fearless” Lee, two of the new additions, have just recently had their visa issues cleared up and just played in their first match on the OWL stage.
They didn’t have the immediate effect of turning things around for the team, but that is to be expected as they get used to the environment and their new teammates.
Hopefully, in between stage two and three the team will get quality practice and refine their playstyle with the new additions.
Recently, however, the Dragons also lost a couple of their key players temporarily. Chao “Undead” Fang and Weida “Diya” Lu, two of the DPS players for Shanghai, had to return to China before the end of stage two due to personal reasons.
That loss of roster depth, even briefly, is not going to help the Dragons refine their team.
The two missing players should be back before stage three begins, but due to the need to go through the visa process again, there is a potential for more interference.
Geguri gears up for the Overwatch League
In addition to the two additions already on the field, the tank player Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon, also the first female player in the OWL, has finally made her way to the United States to join up with the rest of the Dragons and begin integrating with the team and preparing to make her debut in stage three.
It seems as if Shanghai entered the season unprepared for what lay ahead.
Team coach “RUI” is just now finishing the visa process to come to the US, which could be a contributing factor to their poor start. If the Dragons have been without such a key part of their organisation, then it is no wonder they have had a hard time.
Hopefully, with all these integral parts finally coming together, we will finally see the real Shanghai Dragons take to the stage.
With stage two coming to a close this weekend, the Dragons are going to be fully focused on preparing for the rest of the season.
I expect the Dragons to take their new additions and begin a drastic overhaul of their strategy and compositions.
Unless they are able to pick up a win against the number three team, the London Spitfire, they will have gone halfway through the inaugural season without secure a single victory.
Signing some new players probably won’t be enough. The Shanghai Dragons need to refine the way that they play the game in order to turn things around in the second half of the season.