Shanghai Dragons Releases Geguri, OWL’s Only Female Player
Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon broke ground in the Overwatch League as the first and only female player to make it to the pros. We’re disappointed to see that Geguri has officially been released from the Shanghai Dragons after spending three seasons with the org. Geguri is an exceptional player who had to put up with a ridiculous amount of nonsense to be at the highest echelon of skill. We’re curious to see what happens next.
Geguri Makes History
The first female player in the Overwatch League sadly had to put up with constant accusations of cheating. Redditors made uninformed commentary, mostly upset that a female player made it higher than the Bronze dorks ever could. It’s always players that can’t even handle ranked that accuse women in gaming of cheating.
Though in truth, it was more than just randos on Reddit. Quite a few of Geguri’s accusers said that if Geguri was not aimbotting, they’d quit, and they did, too. Several of Geguri’s accusers dropped from their teams and quit the OWL altogether. Why, though? Because a female player outplayed them? Some people can’t accept that women are just as good as men in gaming. Geguri’s Zarya is terrifying, and they couldn’t hang with her.
Things weren’t always roses with the Shanghai Dragons. Geguri and the Shanghai Dragons failed to get a single win in the first season, going 0-40. That may be deflating to most people, but the Dragons’ community rallied behind them. Adjustments were made, and the squad came back from nothing to taking 11th in 2019 and 3rd in the 2020 season.
Now that is a zero-to-hero story! Geguri is an excellent Off-Tank and will undoubtedly be picked up by another team before the 2021 season kicks off. 2020 was Shanghai Dragons’ most successful year. Sadly, Geguri didn’t compete on a map this season. That in no way takes away from her skill. We also saw Fleta take MVP this year, so it was still a successful season for the Dragons.
“I am so sorry that today is a sad day,” said Yang Van, general manager of the Shanghai Dragons. “Diya, Geguri, DDing, Diem, and Luffy will leave as free agents after the expiration of their contracts. We fully understand and respect their desire for more opportunities in matches and we are quite sure that they will be able to have great performances in OWL,” Van said. “We will continuously help them to find a new team as they enter a new stage in their esports career.”
This isn’t honestly a surprise. With the news that the OWL 2021 season will be starting late, we had a feeling quite a few players wouldn’t be re-signed for now. There’s no sense in paying players that won’t be playing in the competitive scene until April 2021. Could she be re-signed later in the year or be picked up by another team? It wouldn’t surprise us. We’re keeping our eyes on what becomes of the various OWL players that are getting released.
Many teams are looking for new players, so we hope that the entire Shanghai Dragons squad that got released will wind up somewhere and sooner rather than later. After all, Geguri didn’t just make history here; she did it in two games! She was also the first female to make it into the South Korean APEX tournament, showing she has skills in Apex Legends and Overwatch.
What’s going to happen to these players? We don’t know, but we’re going to hope for the best. What about you, readers? Any favorite memories or clips from Geguri’s time on the Shanghai Dragons, or the Dragons just in general this year? We’d love to see them!