Shaz announces retirement from competitive Overwatch

Admir M. October 25, 2020

Former Los Angeles Gladiators support Jonas "Shaz" Suovaara has announced his retirement from competitive Overwatch. The Finn retires after a brief period of free agency after parting ways with the Gladiators earlier this month.

The news comes only a couple of weeks after his longtime teammate Benjamin "BigG00se" Isohanni announced his retirement from the game. The two had competed together as a support duo since 2017 with Team Gigantt, before both being signed by the Los Angeles Gladiators as members of the team's inaugural roster.

The duo made a name for themselves as one of Overwatch League's most consistent contributors during their time with the Gladiators. Shaz himself was considered one of the best Ana and Zenyatta players in the world for the majority of his OWL career.

Together with the team, Shaz's best moments came during the inaugural OWL season, during which the Gladiators finished in fourth place. Although the team failed to recreate that success later on, the Gladiators remained a tough opponent in large part due to the consistency of its backline.

Last season was definitely the toughest one yet for the Finnish support, as at times, he found himself outshone by young up-and-comers like Philadelphia Fusion's Kyung-bo "Alarm" Kim and San Francisco Shock's Minki "Viol2t" Park.

Heading into the 2021 OWL Season, the Gladiators are definitely going to have the toughest offseason in team history. The team lost the majority of its roster, and the support duo of Shaz and BigG00se will definitely be the hardest losses to replace. The Finns have been the team's rock since the start, playing the vast majority of games in the OWL.