When a new meta rolls around, Overwatch League teams often look for ways to change up their rosters to adapt as fast as possible to the latest balance changes, and right now, it's all about Genji.
With important buffs to the cyborg-Ninja at the start of June, Shock was caught off guard at the Summer Showdown by the Paris Eternal due to not having a dedicated Genji player in the roster following the ill-timed transfer of Minho "Architect" Park to the Hangzhou Spark.
During the two week break, analysts speculated that players like Dongjun "Rascal" Kim would be the one to step up to the plate and play the projectile role moving forward, however, it seemed the Shock had an ace up their sleeve: Matthew "Super" DeLisi.
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As it turns out, the OWL season 2 and World Cup main tank winner started the match against bottom of the league Boston Uprising loaded into the lobby as a DPS player, to the absolute shock (no pun intended) of every fan that tuned in to the match.
What's even more surprising is the fact that Super not only held his own but actively outperformed Kelsey "Colourhex" Birse, Uprising's designated Genji.
From “Super Bad” to “Super Good” at every role he plays (Picture: Overwatch League)
Naturally, he lacks the mechanical prowess or situational awareness of Genji veterans like Kim "Haksal" Hyo-jong or Yeong-han "SP9RK1E" Kim, but his team-oriented style was enough for San Francisco to dumpster Boston with a clean 3-0.
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The 20-year-old can be regularly seen on his Twitch stream playing all the roles in the Overwatch ladder. At one point the San Francisco coach, Dae-hee "Crusty" Park, admitted Super had requested to play Genji right before the Summer Showdown.
"Super actually contacted me all the way up to the night before the Summer Showdown, saying he’s really practised Genji and he wants to play. But I didn’t have the confidence to play a main tank as a flex DPS, and also I’d never used him in scrims. If I let Super play Genji, please assume he did well in scrims. If we lose, you can blame me," Crusty said on stream according to a translation by Twitter user Gatamchun.
This isn't the first time Super plays DPS for San Francisco. Previously, during the first California Cup show match between Shock and the Los Angeles Valiant, DeLisi pulled out the Doomfist. Most impressively, however, is the fact Super is one of few the players in OWL history to have filled all the roles, as he had a small outing locking Zenyatta in a winning effort against Dallas Fuel on Stage 3 of season 1.
It remains to be seen if this was a one and done type of situation or if the Shock is truly committing to this bizarre development. San Francisco is set to continue their season against Florida Mayhem on July 25, with the Countdown Cup and Playoffs looming on the horizon.