With Overwatch’s 29th hero, Ashe, being revealed at Blizzcon 2018, the competitive community is already delving into the character and trying to find the most in-depth and intricate nuances and strategies surrounding her. And while there’s still months to go until she’ll be available in professional play, Ashe’s kit and play-style are already telling pieces of evidence that are already pointing directly at a few top-level players.
Just like Ashe, Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee’s play-style is incredibly versatile. While the newest hero may be reckless, she’s accompanied by a dash of sensibility. Although chaotic, Ashe is controlled. These similar traits are found to the utmost degree in the Fusion star, who dominated on powerful DPS heroes like Widowmaker, McCree, and Tracer throughout the course of the 2018 season, even garnering plenty of discussion in the MVP race in the process. His masterful play helped lead Philadelphia to the OWL Grand Finals, and in 2019, he will surely be a force to be reckoned with, once again.
However, with Ashe added to the mix, it could definitely be worth Carpe’s time to take the hero into his hands, as her playmaking ability and damage-oriented gameplay sync up perfectly with Carpe’s notorious play-style.
As one of the most talented players in all of OWL, Lane “Surefour” Roberts is certainly able to find success on nearly any hero he takes onto the professional stage. He is widely known for his immense skill on Widowmaker and Sombra, making his potential on hitscan heroes immense. If anything, Surefour is widely known for taking control of any map with a vice grip and not letting the other team even play the game once he gets ahead.
Once Ashe is introduced onto the OWL scene, Surefour should definitely be a player to watch as he may just be one of the first in the league to perfect her – especially considering she fits his dominant, controlling, and manipulative play-style.
Although often overshadowed by the underwhelming performance of the Florida Mayhem, Jung-woo “Sayaplayer” Ha is still one of the most promising DPS players in the entirety of the OWL. In 2019, expect him to rise to the top and become the focal point of the DPS conversation.
After consistently ranking among the best players in the league when it came to heroes like McCree and Soldier 76, Sayaplayer could easily replicate that sort of success with Ashe.
With the 29th hero almost surely to be part of his arsenal, Sayaplayer’s ability to carry games and dominate maps becomes even more potent. Come next season, Ashe could to be the perfect tool to bring Sayaplayer into the forefront of the league while pushing Florida over the brink of success in the process.
There may not be a more versatile and well-rounded player in the entirety of the OWL than Jay “Sinatraa” Won. He consistently thrives on Damage heroes like Tracer and Doomfist, Tanks like Zarya, or even Support heroes such as Brigitte. His hero pool is essentially endless and the depth he plays the game with is practically unrivaled.
With all of this in mind, it would only make sense for Sinatraa to add Ashe to his massively deep hero ocean. Although he still has much to prove on the competitive level, he’s already shown why he’s touted as one of the most promising young players in the entire OWL scene. Sinatraa’s E10 of 16.84 ranked 11th overall among all qualified OWL DPS players, while his DP10 mark of 8,297 ranked 9th.
With Ashe in his back pocket, he could capitalize on the strong foothold that he established in 2018. The hero definitely speaks to the style of Overwatch Sinatraa aims to play every time he steps onto the stage: unabashed and unforgiving.
No list featuring the strongest players in the OWL is complete without Do-hyeon “Pine” Kim. As one of the greatest hitscan players in the entire league, Pine is always in the MVP conversation due to his versatility, raw skill, and impeccable clutch factor. Making a name for himself on heroes like Widowmaker and McCree, Pine became the Overwatch League’s illustrious king of precision and grace. And now, as Ashe will most definitely step into the limelight next season, we could see Pine get his hands dirty and obliterate any competition that stands in his way.
Surely, his ability to take control of any map will be present throughout the course of next year, and with Ashe presenting plenty of chances to thrive, Pine could just be one of her most prevalent benefactors
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