The Los Angeles Gladiators have signed former LA Valiant player Ted ‘Silkthread’ Wang.
The DPS player will become the first to compete on both sides of the Los Angeles rivalry.
The LA Gladiators were underwhelming in Stage 1 of the league, but the addition of Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung for Stage 2 revolutionized the team. A surge in form saw the Gladiators transformed from a lower-tier squad into a playoff contender right up until the final match of Stage 2.
João Pedro ‘Hydration’ Goes Telles, who played alongside Silkthread under CLG prior to the Overwatch League, commented on reuniting with his former team-mate.
“It’s great to be able to once again play alongside silkthread, one of my favorite teammates from 2017. I can’t wait to see how well we do together in Stage 3”
LA Gladiators David ‘dpei’ Pei also commented on the acquisition:
“We’ve done a pretty good job of using multiple players at a given position effectively. Silkthread will add more flexibility to the DPS lineup we’ve utilized in the past two stages. We’re excited to have him join the team.”
The move comes after Silkthread himself stated on his personal stream that he didn’t believe he would play for the Valiant in the Overwatch League again.
For the Valiant themselves, trading away Silkthread opens up yet another roster spot. In conjunction with the departure of Lee ‘Envy’ Kang-jae and the move of Christopher ‘GrimReality’ Schaefer to a coaching position, the Valiant have freed up three spaces in the eleventh hour of the signing window.
The Los Angeles Gladiators now have ten players on their Overwatch League roster, short of the maximum of twelve. If either team wants to fill out their squad, the signings will have to have been finalized by the end of April 3rd, the deadline for signings for Season One.
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