moth
Grant Espe 
USA
San Francisco Shock
Drops to enemy snipers
June 14, 2018
moth struggled to stay alive in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Valiant on Wednesday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
ANALYSIS
The Los Angeles Valiant ran a long-range composition that moth struggled against despite his best efforts. Early into the series moth seemed to be on point as the Shock steamrolled the Valiant on King's Row. This was partly thanks to moth's Mercy being maneuverable enough to avoid suppressing fire. But in Hanamura, moth struggled to survive. The Valliant's snipers were able to find early kills onto him, putting the Shock at a disadvantage before teamfights even happened. moth would attempt to counter the enemy snipers by playing on the Shock's defense, but misplaced Biotic Grenade allowed the Valiant a key opening to take the map.
Widens his hero pool
June 1, 2018
moth switched up his hero pool in a 3-1 win over the Dallas Fuel on Thursday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
ANALYSIS
moth took some risks that didn't always pay off, but his expanding versatility shows that San Francisco still have yet to reach their full potential. Instead of just sitting on Mercy, moth was able to flex to Lucio to help San Francisco pull off some unique tactics. His Lucio was key in allowing San Francisco to quickly snowball Hanamura, using the hero's speed boost to flood Point A before quickly flying the team to Point B. While moth failed to repeat this on in subsequent fights, the effort was admirable.
Pockets the DPS
May 19, 2018
moth stuck close with key players in a 3-1 win over the Seoul Dynasty on Friday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
ANALYSIS
The introduction of Brigitte into Stage 4 seemed like it would throw off the entire meta for San Francisco. Instead, moth became a soft counter against the anti-dive Brigitte. Pocketing both sinatraa and Architect, he was able to easily keep his teammates alive through the Dynasty's stuns. This allowed the Shock's DPS to have incredible sustain in almost every fight, continually burning Seoul's cooldowns and their health.
Dips into some other support heores
May 16, 2018
moth tried to expand his support pool in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Gladiators on Wednesday of the Overwatch League Stage 3.
ANALYSIS
moth planned some new strategies, but he struggled in executing them. This was partly because moth had to play outside of his comfort zone of Mercy and play the likes of Lucio. For example, during San Francisco's attack of Blizzard World, moth played Lucio alongside a Brigitte, mainly to allow his team to fly in with Lucio's Speed Boost and roll the Gladiators off of the point with a triple-tank composition. moth couldn't coordinate with his team to pull off a "deathball," instead falling early to Los Angeles. Instead of switching off the hero, moth stuck to Lucio despite clearly struggling with the hero.
Keeps his team steady after rough early rounds
May 3, 2018
moth rebounded from a rough early game in a 3-2 win over the Houston Outlaws on Wednesday of the Overwatch League.
ANALYSIS
The Houston Outlaws played a very strange game that the San Francisco Shock just weren't prepared for. In particular, moth struggled to maintain his burst healing due to Houston playing strange and aggressive angles. Volskaya Industry and Nepal were up-hill battles for moth as he had a tendency to get picked off early in fights. moth would fix this problem in Oasis and the Shock's attack round of Numbani as he positioned himself behind tanks. This allowed him to get key revives during these rounds, marinating his team's aggressive momentum to slay out the Outlaw.
Saves his team from potential disaster
April 13, 2018
moth stopped the bleeding in a 3-1 win over the Shanghai Dragons on Friday of the Overwatch League Stage 3.
ANALYSIS
moth has been a key player for San Francisco thanks to his management abilities. These skills were seen in full force against the Shanghai Dragons, a team that played an incredibly stubborn game with a tank-centered and objective-focused gameplay that gave them long-term sustain to camp objectives. This went counter to San Francisco's aggressive tactics, but it was moth who gave them a lifeline in Numbani. His quick burst healing allowed him to juggle his team and rotate the tanks on the objective. This was incredibly effective on Junkertown, when Shanghai's nerves got the better of them.
Keeps tabs on ultimates
April 4, 2018
moth gave his team more room to play in a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Gladiators on Wednesday of the Overwatch League Stage 3.
ANALYSIS
According to a post-game press interview, moth has been an invaluable asset by not only being an excellent support player but because he also keep tracks of ultimates. Sinatraa himself said, "We used to be more disjointed cause we didn't keep a close eye on [ultimates]. But we feel more comfortable now that Moth keeps track of them." This subtle change in shotcalling from moth made all the difference for San Francisco as the team played coordinated flanks to tear apart the Los Angeles Gladiators. More than that, moth's flexibility gave his team immense room to play. On Junkertown, moth was able to keep up his team as a solo support as Mercy by effectively dodging Los Angeles' Widowmaker.
Nabs a win in 2nd match
March 19, 2018
In only his second match with the San Francisco Shock, moth helped his team nab the win 3-1 over the Houston Outlaws.
ANALYSIS
The San Francisco Shock, ever since the addition of moth, have looked like a more organized team. During his post-game interview, moth laid out the Shock's plan for combating the Houston Outlaws and gave the impression of an excellent in-game leader that could help start this team's resurgence before sinnatra arrives.
Makes OWL debut in loss to Spitfire
March 17, 2018
moth had fleeting moments of greatness in the San Francisco Shock's 2-1 loss to the London Spitfire on Friday.
ANALYSIS
With moth being one of the new acquisitions for this team and the Shock continuing to struggle, it's no surprise that San Francisco decided to put him in at the first possible moment. Even though his team didn't get the win, he had an overall strong showing in the loss. He started off by making some nice plays with Ana on the first map, with the highlight being his Sleep Dart on a jumping Winston from Gesture. If he can continue making plays like this, the Shock could certainly be in for an upswing once reinforcements in form of sinatraa and super arrive in the coming weeks.
Signs with Shock
March 13, 2018
moth is the newest member of the San Francisco Shock, the team announced Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
While he was originally playing for Toronto Esports, the Overwatch Contenders affiliate of the Boston Uprising, moth has decided to move right into the OWL sooner rather than later. He will enter the San Francisco Shock as a fresh face for the team's support core. With the Shock currently trying to stabilize themselves in Stage 2 before reinforcements in the form of sinatraa and super are eligible, moth could provide a much-needed boost to the team.
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