(real) Shields Up
As of today, I am no longer with the LA Gladiators. Luckily I’m unaffected by the ex-Glads curse of retirement, so I’ll be playing for the Guangzhou Charge now, woo! I think the most painful thing for any professional player is not being able to play, since you can only improve so much by watching instead of practicing with the team. So despite all the sadness and goodbyes, I'm super excited for this new opportunity with Guangzhou. There’s only one stage left, but I’m going to give it 110%. You could say I've been Charging my energy on the bench for this moment :^)
But I'm not going to lie, leaving really sucks. I love the Gladiators. The staff, the coaches, and the players are all incredibly talented. It has been an honor to play and work with everyone. For so long, we basically were - and are - the home team, and it’s thanks not only to our efforts, but to our dedicated and passionate fans. I’m extremely grateful for all of you. Thank you.
A long time ago, Dpei sent me an article about “glue guys” written by former NBA player Shane Battier, who ended up being the inspiration behind my jersey number (31). In order to be the glue guy, both in and out of game I worked hard at translating, connecting my teammates, maintaining my health, and improving my teamwork skills, on top of my own gameplay. It was tough, but at the end of the day I believe going through all those challenges made me into a better player as well as a better and stronger person overall. I can’t wait to bring everything I’ve learned to the Charge now!
Initially this twitlonger was very long and a little emotional but I’ll end it now by saying I will truly cherish everything I've experienced and learned while I was a Gladiator. I couldn't have asked for a better team to begin my Overwatch League career with. Shields Up, always.
+ Here's my favorite moment of the inaugural season :D, original squad winning our last game of the regular season: https://clips.twitch.tv/AttractiveUnusualBatteryCurseLit
++ I regret making my room cozy, there’s so much furniture to move out D: