Korean coach and former pro player Jeong “Levi” Chung-hyeok has joined China-based Overwatch League team Shanghai Dragons, the organization announced Monday. Levi, who comes from Korean Contenders team Element Mystic, will join the Dragons as assistant coach to help former KongDoo Panthera head strategist We “BlueHaS” Seong-hwan, Dragons’ new head coach.
After retiring as progamer for Rhinos Gaming Titan, the team who discovered the talents of Seoul Dynasty’s Byeon “Munchkin” Sang-beom and Toronto Defiant’s Lee “envy” Kang-jae, Levi made a career switch and explored the coaching role. Last year, he joined the freshly-founded Element Mystic and helped them to a third place at the 2017 Nexus Cup and top 4 at OW Contenders Korea Season 2.
Levi’s addition to Shanghai Dragons is part of the massive revamp that the Chinese franchise has been undergoing. After a disastrous 0-40 record in the OWL inaugural season, the Dragons decided major changes were needed and the majority of its Chinese players faced exile this September, with only DPS Weida “Diya” Lu remaining. The current Shanghai roster features eight South Korean players, headlined by tank duo Kim “Geguri” Se-yeon and Lee “Fearless” Eui-seok. With BlueHaS and Levi, the Dragons’ coaching line-up is also predominantly Korean, with only Xiao “CREED” Yan representing the team’s native China.
“We are confident that under the leadership of these three coaches, the nine Shanghai Dragons players, Diya, diem, YOUNGJIN, DDing, Fearless, Geguri, GuardiaN, Luffy, and CoMa, will be able to stay positive, keep growing, and build up experience to rise above others and deliver a better performance in the League,” the team wrote in their announcement.
With the coming of OWL Season 2, Shanghai Dragons has a lot more pressure to perform, even when compared to Season 1 when they were the only Chinese team in the league. The next installment of OWL is introducing three more Chinese franchises — Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou — so even if the Dragons aren’t the sole representatives of the region anymore, they have actual domestic competition now.