San Francisco Shock signs the Overwatch League’s first Japanese player

Ta1yo is joining the OWL as a DPS main and kicks Super off his short run on Genji

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San Francisco Shock is solidly one of the best teams in the Overwatch League – true masters at the game and exquisite teamwork that comes as second nature to the roster. It’s always interesting to see how its lineup changes, and this time they’ve brought on DPS main Sean Taiyo “Ta1yo” Henderson.

Ta1yo is the Overwatch League’s first Japanese competitor which might surprise audiences as many OWL teams comprise of a large portion of Asian players. He’s coming to the Overwatch League from playing for Third Impact where he came to be known for an unusual crosshair preference. He’s also represented Japan at the Overwatch World Cup on three occasions between 2017 and 2019.

On Twitter, the San Francisco Shock account introduces Ta1yo to the team by saying “Our team wasn’t quite stacked enough… Please welcome Ta1yo from Third Impact to the Shock Family” before finishing the post clarifying that the move is still “pending League approval”.

Andy Miller, the CEO of NRG, and head of San Francisco Shock, posts his congratulations under the tweet, “Welcome Ta1yo! So happy to have you join the Shock Fam. Shock never satisfied. Always working to get better for today and tomorrow.”

In a recent interview, Miller admits that if NRG had the option of investing in the Overwatch League in 2020 that it probably wouldn’t, mainly due to the success of its Chicago Huntsmen Call of Duty League team.

We’re looking forward to seeing what Ta1yo can do for San Francisco Shock, in its next fixture against Florida Mayem on July 24.

Thanks, Ginx.