July 30, 2021

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Overwatch league: Jake rejoin former team Houston Outlaws

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The Organization has announced that former pro Overwatch player Jake “Jake” Lyon is returning to the Houston Outlaws after a year of casting for the Overwatch League.

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To much fanfare, after a year spent casting alongside Andrew “ZP” Rush, Jake has announced his return to his old team.

In the early days of the OWL, Jake was a beloved player and was well known for both his plays of Junkrat and his lively character.

“I had no clue what the future held,” He said, announcing his retirement nearly a year ago. “It was not really a part of any master plan, but when the opportunities arose itself I knew very quickly that it was one that I didn’t want to let it slip me by.”

The Outlaws had uploaded a silhouette photo just an hour or so before the release of the revelation that it was Jake in the photo. With Overwatch fans thrilled about the signing, Twitter exploded. Many are surprised by the move, but fans are equally happy that the flex DPS returns to the active ranks of play.

Jake moves from casting to playing in OWL – Overwatch league

Jake is one of the few OWL players to have never switched teams before he retired. In 2019, he announced that he wanted to move to casting, and has since worked on his self-care and life outside of his work. Now that he feels he’s improved enough, he seems to think he’s in a good place to get back to the league.

In previous seasons, the Outlaws have not done well. They’ve never been a top-tier team in the history of the OWL, although there were a few solid additions made to the roster this off-season that will see the Outlaws become a force to reckon with. 

Jake also said that while he’s going to be an active roster player, he’s also going to be coaching and helping the team in other ways. 

The Outlaws had already made some major off season moves before Jake’s return. Dante “Danteh” Cruz is coming back and Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa is coming from Los Angeles Valiant, while Lee “Happy” Jung-woo is coming from Guangzhou Charge.