The Houston Outlaws confirm that they have traded Myeong-hwan “smurf” Yoo to the San Francisco Shock for DPS player Dante “Danteh” Cruz.
— Houston Outlaws (@Outlaws) September 18, 2018
The Houston Outlaws are coming off of a pretty lackluster first season. They would finish the inaugural season with a 22-18 record, securing themselves seventh place. They have been looking for a good Tracer player since season one. A good Tracer will be something most teams will be shopping for this offseason. Danteh fills that role perfectly, as he has shown to be a very talented Tracer player. He is also decently flexible with his hero pool and can switch off to other DPS heroes if need be. The Houston Outlaws were also in dire need of DPS players after moving both Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson and Matthew “Clockwork” Dias to non-playing roles.
Also, joining the Houston Outlaws will only make him better as a player. On paper, joining the Outlaws’ star DPS Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin could spell disaster for the rest of the Overwatch League. If they can build some good synergy together, they could be one of the better DPS duos in the league. Additionally, the Houston Outlaws’ tank line of Austin “Muma” Wilmot and Matt “coolmatt” Iorio should give him the space to work on his Tracer.
Not Too Shock-ing?
Meanwhile, the move also makes sense for the San Francisco Shock, as they do not have a need for Danteh on the team. Additionally, they have multiple DPS players who can step up if need be. As an example, Jay “sinatraa” Won, Min-ho “Architect” Park and even Andrej “babybay” Francisty can all fill roles that the Shock need. Danteh could play a great Sombra for the team, but it is not a necessity at this time.
Unfortunately, many people think that losing Danteh was a mistake on San Francisco’s side. However, this was obviously a hard decision for the Shock. Danteh was clearly too talented to stay on their bench, but they did not have any space for him on the main roster. Their current DPS players were also very good, and they have also built enough synergy together throughout the first season of the Overwatch League. It is looking like they had to choose between sinatraa and him, and this was the ultimate result.
A Heartfelt Goodbye, A Hopeful Hello
The first breakup is always the hardest, no matter if you leave on good terms or not. Danteh would end up tweeting a sincere thank-you letter to the Houston Outlaws organization, as well as the fans. He would also apologize for not making the main Overwatch League team roster, saying:
I also want to say sorry. I never ended up making my way to SF. The season was super busy and I never got the chance during the season. I was really trying make it happen this last month but I’m assuming it probably won’t happen now since I’m officially traded. I really wanted to go to sf with super tomorrow but i guess it wasn’t possible. I hope you guys can continue to support me on Outlaws. It really sucks that I have to leave my family, but I think business wise it pleases everyone. Really helps Shock, Outlaws, and my personal career. Ultimately, I think this trade is the most beneficial thing for my career. I’m hoping to really help Outlaws and I’m looking forward to playing with the team.
We wish Danteh the best of luck on his new team, and hope that his skills are put to use in the second season of the league!
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