The legendary @Gesture and @ProfitOW duo have been integral members of the London Spitfire, but today we say our farewells. We’ve won a championship together - a feat that will never be forgotten.— London Spitfire (@Spitfire) October 22, 2019
Thank you and we wish you the best of luck with what your future holds for you. pic.twitter.com/RRhpYuyvNU
Jae-hee "Gesture" Hong and Joon-yeong "Profit" Park have left the London Spitfire Overwatch team as announced on social media.
Both players were part of the roster that led London Spitfire to victory in the Inaugural Season Playoffs of the Overwatch League and Profit claimed the title of T-Mobile Playoffs MVP.
The 2019 Overwatch League season did not see a repeat of this same level of success. One stage playoff and a 7-8th finish in the Playoffs this year was a disappointing result for the reigning champions.
Widely considered not only London Spitfire's best players but two of the best Overwatch players in the professional scene, this change has left many fans disappointed and wondering who could possibly take their places in the team. Others have questioned how committed the organisation is to Overwatch and the Overwatch League as a result of the moves.
Spitfire letting profit and gesture go is an indictment of the org's belief in OWL. You can't replace players like that.— Thorin (@Thooorin) October 21, 2019
A report from ESPN's Jacob Wolf suggests Seoul Dynasty will be acquiring the duo ahead of the 2020 season that sees homestand games for all teams in their respective cities. Gesture and Profit are South Korean and so this acquisition would allow their base city to be much closer to home.
The 2020 Overwatch League kicks off on 8th February with Paris Eternal facing off against Toronto Defiant and New York Excelsior play London Spitfire seemingly without their star players.