Washington Justice

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Washington Justice
The logo for Washington Justice displays the Washington Monument forming a W inside a striped shield.
Founded2018
LeagueOverwatch League
ConferenceAtlantic
DivisionSouth
Team historyWashington Justice
(2018–present)
Based inWashington, D.C.,
United States
Arena
Colors              
OwnerMark Ein
Head coachJohnGalt
General managerAnalynn Dang[1]
Main sponsorEvents DC
WebsiteOfficial website
Uniforms
Washington Justice Jersey.svg

Washington Justice is an American professional Overwatch esports team based in Washington, D.C. The Justice compete in the Overwatch League (OWL) as member of the league's Atlantic South Division.

Founded in 2018, Washington Justice began play as an one of eight expansion teams in 2019. The team is owned by Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, who founded Washington Esports Ventures to purchase the franchise. They will play their home matches at The Anthem in Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C. and the Entertainment and Sports Arena in the St. Elizabeths Hospital East Campus.[2]

Franchise history[edit]

OWL expansion[edit]

On September 7, 2018, Activision Blizzard announced that Washington Esports Ventures, a venture led by businessman and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, had purchased an expansion team based in Washington, D.C. for Overwatch League's second season.[3][4] "Esports is far and away the fastest growing platform in the world of sports," Ein said in an interview. "Most traditional sports are declining or flat. Esports is exploding. The growth, by any measure—participation and viewership—is showing significant double-digit growth."[5]

On September 12, Washington announced the signing of former New York Excelsior coach Kim "WizardHyeong" Hyeong-seok as the team's head coach.[6] Eight days later, Washington signed Molly "AVALLA" Kim as an analyst; AVALLA is the first female coach to be signed in the history of the Overwatch League.[7]

On November 29, the team revealed they would be called Washington Justice.[8]

Inaugural season[edit]

Washington Justice's first regular season OWL match was on February 16, 2019 against the New York Excelsior in which Washington lost 1–3.[9] The Justice's first victory did not come until the last match of Stage 1, when on March 17, the team defeated the Florida Mayhem by a score of 3–2, giving Washington a Stage 1 record of 1–6.[10] The Justice struggled throughout the first three stages of the season, posting a 2–19 record in the first 21 games. However, Washington flourished after the League's implementation of an enforced 2-2-2 role lock for Stage 4, as the team lost only one match in their final seven games to finish the season in 17th place with an 8–20 record.[11]

Team identity[edit]

On November 29, 2018, the franchise name was revealed as the Washington Justice; the name "Justice" represents the teams core values. "Justice is a universal value and the perfect name for a franchise that we hope will inspire and unite both our Washington area community and fans around the globe", said owner Mark Ein. "There is no region in the world that attracts more people to serve the cause of justice in government, philanthropy, academia, military service, and the private sector than Washington. In fact, DC's official city motto is 'Justitia Omnibus,' which translates to 'Justice for All.' As a team representing the broader DMV region, it was important that our team identity reflects a value that unifies all of our community members, representing the full diversity of backgrounds and beliefs."[8] The team's logo is a red, white, and blue striped shield, representing the American flag, with the Washington Monument centered in a subtle W at the bottom.[8]

Sponsors[edit]

On January 24, 2019, venue and event services provider Events DC became the founding sponsor and signature sponsor of the Washington Justice. The partnership included a jersey sponsorship, live activations and watch parties, and content.[12]

Personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Washington Justice roster
Players Coaches
Role No. Handle Name Nationality Previous team
Damage 11 Corey  Nigra, Corey   United States  Gladiators Legion 
Damage 27 Stratus  Yankel, Ethan   United States  NRG Esports 
Damage TTuba  Lee Ho-sung  South Korea  Bubble Burster Gaming 
Tank 15 LullSiSH  Wiklund, Lukas   Sweden  Team Envy 
Tank 28 ELLIVOTE  Vaneryd, Elliot   Sweden  Team Envy 
Tank 37 rOar  Gye Chang-hoon  South Korea  Los Angeles Gladiators 
Support 2 ArK  Hong Yeon-jun  South Korea  New York Excelsior 
Support 31 AimGod  Kwon Min-seok  South Korea  Boston Uprising 
Head coach
  • Seetoh Jian Qing

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (TW) Two-way player
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injury/Illness

Latest roster transaction: November 7, 2019.

Head coaches[edit]

Washington Justice head coaches
Handle Name From To Span Ref.
WizardHyeong Kim Hyeong-seok September 12, 2018 September 30, 2019 1 year, 18 days [6][13]
JohnGalt Seetoh Jian Qing October 8, 2019 40 days [14]

Awards and records[edit]

Seasons overview[edit]

Season P W L W% MW ML MT MD Pos. (league) Pos. (conf.) Playoffs Earnings
2019 28 8 20 .286 39 72 6 -33 17th 8th Not eligible $0
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 ±0 TBD $0

Individual accomplishments[edit]

Role Star selections

  • Corey (Corey Nigra) – 2019

All-Star Game selections

  • ArK (Hong Yeon-jun) – 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Hawken. "Washington Justice hires Analynn 'bawlynn' Dang to be new GM". Washington Post. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Byrum, Tyler (July 16, 2019). "Overwatch League coming to The Anthem and the Entertainment and Sports Arena". NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Wolf, Jacob (September 4, 2018). "Sources: Overwatch League to add D.C. and Hangzhou, China, teams". ESPN. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "OVERWATCH LEAGUE TO OPEN 2019 SEASON WITH 20 TEAMS". Overwatch League. Blizzard Entertainment. September 7, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Soong, Kelyn (September 20, 2018). "The Esports Revolution Has Arrived in D.C." Washington City Paper. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Carpenter, Nicole (September 12, 2018). "Washington, D.C. Overwatch League team signs Janus, WizardHyeong". Dot Esports. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (September 20, 2018). "Washington, DC signs Overwatch League's first female coach". Dot Esports. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Washington Esports Ventures (November 29, 2018). "Washington, D.C. Overwatch League Team Unveils Name and Logo Ahead of 2019 Season" (PDF). Overwatch League. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (February 17, 2019). "Washington Justice shows spark of hope in tough opening loss to NYXL". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Fossett, Wyatt (March 17, 2019). "Washington Justice Earn First Win in the Overwatch League". Twin Galaxies. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Holt, Kris (August 29, 2019). "Overwatch League's latest big change is great for viewers". Engadget. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Duran, H. B. (January 25, 2019). "Events DC Becomes Founding Sponsor of Washington Justice". The Esports Observer. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  13. ^ Richardson, Liz (September 30, 2019). "Washington Justice drop entire coaching staff". Dot Esports. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  14. ^ Richardson, Liz (October 8, 2019). "Washington Justice add JohnGalt as head coach". Dot Esports. Retrieved October 9, 2019.

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