Today, the Houston-based Overwatch League team seems to be close to finishing up their signings for the off-season. The Houston Outlaws have signed Korean off-tank Min-jun “PIGGY” Shin, formerly of Talon Esports. After some time playing in both Chinese and Korean contenders, this tank player has had constant success on different teams. Houston is hoping to take that success and make it work at the Overwatch League level.
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For a majority of his playing career, Piggy has played in the Pacific region of contenders. He started by playing for LGE.Huya, the original academy team for the Chengdu Hunters. In their first season in China, they won the championship over The One Winner. But, as 2020 started, Piggy left LGE.Huya and moved to Talon Esports.
Piggy, playing for LGE.Huya
After winning the first season of Pacific contenders with Talon very easily, they moved to Korean contenders. The team didn’t disappoint, but they also didn’t beat RunAway, losing in the semi-finals. The last time he played for Talon Esports was for a China versus Korea showmatch, where Talon beat BilliBilli Gaming. As an off-tank who plays the standard of Zarya, D.Va and Sigma, he fills the flexible off-tank role that the Outlaws needed.
The Outlaws’ future
With rumors of Tae-hong “MekO” Kim being traded, we still don’t know for sure if Piggy will be in their starting six. However, Piggy is a safe risk to take. With his consistent performances in both China and Korea, he should fit well into the roster. Alas, as of right now, the only two players besides Piggy who also speak Korean on the roster are Meko and new signing Jung-woo “Happy” Lee. But, they do have a Korean co-head coach in Jaewon “Junkbuck” Choi, so communication shouldn’t be an issue. Along with recently signing William “Crimzo” Hernandez, the Outlaws are shaping to be a good mixed roster. As the next season starts, we’ll have to see if Piggy starts or not, but either way his skillset will make the Outlaws a deeper and better squad.
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