London Spitfire parts ways with 3 players

A few passengers will be departing before flight 2023.

This past season was a landmark year for the London Spitfire, which rose above every Overwatch League fans initial expectations to soar into the postseason. The successful team isnt immune from the offseason blues, however. 

London announced today that it is parting ways with tank Gael Poko Gouzerch, support Emir Kaan Okumus, and damage dealer Johannes Shax Nielsen. Earlier in the week, DPS William SparkR Andersson also posted that he was seeking offers after his contract expired

Shax is the longest-serving member of the Spitfire to head into the free agent pool, having spent two seasons dealing damage for the team. The former Los Angeles Valiant player helped the Spitfire make strides during the teams extremely difficult 2021 season and was able to see the fruits of his labor over the course of 2022. 

After the Paris Eternal dissolved its roster midseason, flex support Kaan headed to the friendly skies of the Spitfire. Though the teams established backline was often seen in the starting position, Kaan made a few appearances and likely had a veteran presence behind the scenes. 

Veteran tank Poko didnt win the meta roulette in 2022most of his core heroes werent played this seasonand didnt have a chance to show his skills this year. Despite that, his veteran leadership clearly had a positive effect on the Spitfire.   

London had the most impressive Overwatch League glow-up in 2022. After clocking an abysmal 1-15 regular season record in 2021, few analysts and fans had any faith in the Spitfire to do well this season. With the leadership of coach Christopher ChrisTFer Graham, who took home the Coach of the Year award, and a team of dedicated upstarts, London made it well through the postseason and ended 2022 with a 14-10 record. 

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