During the culmination of the Overwatch League’s 2023 season, two prestigious awards were presented to two distinct categories of leaders within the league. One accolade celebrated the best player throughout the season, while the other recognized the player who made the most positive impact on the community. A historic moment unfolded as a single individual, none other than Florida Mayhem’s tank player, Ham “SOMEONE” Jeong-wan, clinched both awards in the same season, solidifying his exceptional presence.
SOMEONE’s remarkable achievement marked the first instance of a player winning both the Overwatch League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the OWL Dennis Hawelka Award. Few could dispute the infectious enthusiasm and entertainment that Someone brought to the league.
From Pro-AM to Grand Finals, he was an unstoppable force all season long 🌟
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) October 1, 2023
In the context of esports, as in traditional sports, the MVP title is bestowed upon the player who had the most significant influence on their team’s success during the regular season. Someone’s contributions ranged from propelling his team to victory in the Pro-Am competition to being pivotal in adapting team compositions, leading to consistent success throughout the season. He displayed versatility by excelling as Junker Queen, Reinhardt, Winston, and even Sigma during the early stages of the 2023 playoffs.
The term ‘hyperflex’ is a profound compliment, with past MVP winner Huang “leave” Xin being another prime example. However, in the 5v5 Overwatch format, the tank role holds immense importance, and a genuine hyperflex player can be the linchpin of a team’s outstanding performance, a role that Someone exemplified brilliantly.
As for the Dennis Hawelka Award, Someone’s comedic flair became evident upon joining the Mayhem. His exuberant dances and jubilant post-victory celebrations were easily captured by cameras, and his penchant for lighthearted banter in post-match interviews endeared him to fans. This quality of spreading joy to his team mirrored previous award winners like Kim “Sp9rk1e” Yeong-han, cementing his status as a fan favorite.
Looking ahead, Someone’s ambitions extend to acquiring two more trophies for his collection. The Florida Mayhem currently stand among the top four teams in the league playoffs, gearing up to face the Boston Uprising in the semifinals on October 1st. Someone’s odds of not only securing the league title but also claiming the Grand Finals MVP accolade appear more promising than fans might have initially anticipated at the start of the 2023 season.