It’s November already… How did that happen? For such a crazy year, 2020 managed to both fly by and inch along at the same time. Regardless, the year is almost over, which means a lot of esports teams are starting to focus on optimizing their rosters for 2021. For the Los Angeles Gladiators, optimizing their roster meant snagging Kim “MuZe” Young-hun for their Overwatch team from Paris Eternals’ academy team, Eternal Academy.
MuZe started gaining attention back in 2019 when he was competing in Overwatch Contenders Season 2: Pacific playing for Talon Esports. He, along with a number of his teammates, would go on to join the academy team for the Paris Eternal, which would then lead to stints with World Game Star Phoenix and 200ms. This means that MuZe sharing his talents with different teams is nothing new. In fact, it just so happens that by sharing his talents, MuZe was able to help 200ms place 7-8th in this October’s Contenders 2020 North American Season 2 tournament. That came right on the heels of a third place finish for World Game Star Phoenix in June’s Overwatch Contenders Season 1: Korea tournament. Now, it’s time for him to bring those same talents to Los Angeles.
According to an article from Dot Esports, the Los Angeles Gladiators are “looking to improve [their] standing in the Overwatch League after finishing in a tie for seventh in the North American playoffs and ninth in the 2020 regular season.” In hopes of achieving that improvement, the Gladiators have been cleaning house. Since the conclusion of the 2020 season, they’ve released six of their team members, “including two of the team’s original players Jonas ‘Shaz’ Suovaara and Benjamin ‘BigG00se’ Isohanni.” As such, MuZe will ultimately be only one of the first new acquisitions for the Gladiators.
At this time, the League has yet to formally approve of the deal, but once it’s finalized, MuZe will officially become an Angeleno. It’s yet to be seen who else will be joining him as a new Gladiator, but given the team’s commitment to revamping their Overwatch lineup, it’s sure to be impressive.