Ju-Seok "Twilight" Lee, Vancouver Titans
Quietly asserting himself as the top flex-support in the league, Twilight has been wreaking havoc in the backline of the Titans this season and is looking to dethrone our reigning league MVP, Seong-Hyun "Jjonak" Bang. With Sang-Beom "Bumper" Park creating all the space in the world with his aggressive playstyle, Twilight is free to fling orbs across the battlefield and deal huge amounts of damage. But more than anything, Twilight will have to focus on countering Sombra’s EMPs with precise Transcendence usage and continue to have standout performances on Ana—which he showed prowess on throughout Stage 2.
Dong-Gyu "Mano" Kim, New York Excelsior
While the Excelsior have not been as dominant this year, their star players continue to perform at a very respectable level—and Mano has, in my mind, proven to be the main man when reviewing this year’s candidates for league MVP. With their disappointing Stage 1 Playoffs loss to the Seoul Dynasty overshadowing the rest of the season, it’s easy to forget that New York still maintains a very respectable 12-2 record. And don’t forget, their Stage 2 Playoff loss came to the juggernaut Titans. Reviewing all of his main-tank hero pool, Mano is arguably the best overall main tank in the league, and he will continue to be a crucial performer for New York’s future success the rest of the season.
Jay "Sinatraa" Won, San Francisco Shock
There are two Zaryas in the league that stand out this season: Vancouver’s Min-Soo "SeoMinSoo" Seo and Sinatraa. Early on in the season, it became very apparent that head coach Da-Hee "Crusty" Park had built this entire team around Sinatraa’s ability to output massive damage. Consequently, San Francisco’s opposition started counter-strategizing against their Zarya player, focusing him down with Earthshatters and Graviton Surges just to deal with the Shock’s main threat. While there’s an argument that his brother-in-arms—Matthew "Super" DeLisi—also deserves MVP candidacy, Sinatraa has been the focal point of this young and inspiring San Francisco team so far this season. Sinatraa will now have his sights set on becoming the best Overwatch player in the world.
Hyo-Jong "Haksal" Kim, Vancouver Titans
Haksal is the world’s best Brigitte player and while often overlooked due to the nature of his role, this flex-DPS deserves a shoutout in the MVP race. It’s hard to make an argument for his candidacy reviewing the impact of a Brigitte in a triple-tank, triple-support composition alone. However, the fact that Haksal is so clutch when it matters and that he’s a huge reason why the Titans managed a comeback win against the Shock in the Stage 1 Finals, adds up to him being the only Brigitte player to stand up to the likes of Mano, Profit, and Sinatraa.
Jun-Young "Profit" Park, London Spitfire
The inaugural season champs have not had the best start to their season so far. After managing just a 3-4 record in Stage 1 and then falling flat against the Hangzhou Spark in the Stage 2 Playoffs, the Spitfire once again find themselves branded as inconsistent. But among the inconsistency and doubt, there is one guiding light: Profit. Some might argue that considering the Spitfire’s inherent problems this season, Profit does not deserve candidacy over some of the league’s other elite players. Nevertheless, with London sitting fourth in the league standings and Profit’s consistently superb performances being the reason why, he is definitely making an argument for MVP. Profit’s ability to seemingly swap to any hero and perform at a top-tier level has been the saving grace for a London team trying to figure out their identity in a tank-dominated meta. If London is to repeat as champions, Profit has to be the answer to their problems.
The Overwatch League returns to the big stage for the start of Stage 3 on Thursday, June 6, at 4 p.m. PDT, when the Stage 2 champion Shock (11-3) take on the Reign (7-7). Watch all 2019 season matches live and on demand on overwatchleague.com, the Overwatch League app, our Twitch channel, MLG.com, and the MLG app.