Boston Uprising have just announced their replacement for Munchkin; Kobe “Halo” Hamand.
A day after the surprise announcement of Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon leaving Boston Uprising, Kobe “Halo” Hamand joins the team.
Boston Uprising didn’t stay with a 8-man roster for long. Following the departure of Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon from Boston Uprising, the team signs a new player: Kobe “Halo” Hamand. Both players do not play in the same position – Munchkin is a DPS player, and Halo a main support.
Kobe “Halo” Hamand is an American player, previously playing with NRG Esports, Second Wind and Triumph in Overwatch Contenders. He began his career in 2018 with the underdog team TGC, slowly climbing his way to Contenders, Open Division, and now the Overwatch League. While Halo never won a professional competition nor ended up on the podium, joining Boston Uprising will give him more experience and opportunity to demonstrate his potential.
“Halo has been competing at a consistent level for years, and we think he has the potential to be a great addition to the team,” said Chris “HuK” Loranger, President of Gaming for the Uprising. “We welcome him to the Uprising and are excited to begin working with him soon.”
What does the addition mean for Boston Uprising’s season?
Halo is joining a team which already has two support players: Sang-min “Myunbong” Seo and Gabriel “Swimmer” Levy. As Halo is a main healer and Myunbong is a flex support player, specializing in Ana and Zenyatta, Myunbong should remain on the starting six. However, the position of Swimmer within the team isn’t as clear. While Swimmer is best on Mercy, the hero bans might disrupt his place on the starting six if Mercy isn’t part of the hero pool. Swimmer and Halo will probably switch places within the team depending on the hero pool – one playing mostly Mercy, while the other excels on Lucio.
Even if Halo hasn’t played on the main stage yet, he is no stranger to Overwatch League fans. He played with San Francisco Shock for their internal scrims, prepping them for the playoffs last year – which they won, as well as the Grand Champion title.
Halo’s signing is currently pending league approval. The next matches for Boston Uprising are set in Washington, D.C. to compete against the Washington Justice on March 7 and the Atlanta Reign on March 8.
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