The Los Angeles Gladiators rounded out their roster recently with the addition of two former Kongdoo Panthera players, tank Chang-Hoon "Roar" Gye and DPS Gui-Un "Decay" Jang. The new players reunite with former Kongdoo teammate, Jun-Woo “Void” Kang.
Roar arrives to fill in the role of departed main tank, Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek. Before this signing the Gladiators didn't even have a main tank on their roster, but Roar will bring back the swagger that this team had with Fissure. He’s an extremely aggressive tank, especially on Reinhardt, but his aggressive Charges often find pay dirt and put his team up early in fights.
Decay is an interesting player. Allegedly brought in to play DPS, he played mostly Zarya in the later rounds of Contenders Korea Season Two. His hero pool overlaps with current Gladiators DPS standout, Lane “Surefour” Roberts, as both players play Zarya and Widowmaker.
The most immediate impact Decay can make is with his contributions playing Genji. Decay consistently gets massive value out of his Dragonblade usage and his addition to the roster will allow the team to run Widow-Genji compositions to much greater effect.
The additions make a great deal of sense on paper, as these players have existing synergy, and as mentioned have previously played with current off-tank Void. The synergy they bring should help them fit in right away, with the only question being how the supports adapt to Roar’s hyper-aggressive playstyle.
Roar and Void should be the starting tank line for the Gladiators, but they now have the ability to run Surefour and Decay together, allowing either to slot into the Zarya role to run the popular triple-tank composition.
These solid signings fill the few holes that the Gladiators had in their roster and should put them in position to compete with the best teams during the 2019 season.