The Washington Justice had a disappointing 2019 Overwatch League season. They were one of the new expansion teams with a chance to prove they belonged on the stage. Unfortunately, Washington quickly found themselves as one of the worst teams in the league with a 2-19 record after three stages of play. They looked abysmal in the 3-3 meta, but when the 2-2-2 role lock was implemented at the beginning of stage four, the Justice bounced back with a 6-1 record for an overall 8-20 record during their inaugural season, good enough for 17th place out of 20 teams.
Yes, the Washington Justice were able to find some momentum at the end of the season, but their success was a result of incredibly strong Damage play from Corey– particularly on Hanzo, as well as Stratus. The DPS duo carried the Justice in stage four as the team still played sloppy overall. Heading into the off-season, Washington had a lot of work to do. After releasing four of their players, the Justice announced they have found a new head coach as well.
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We're coming home to DC with our eyes set on the Championship and @JohnGaltOW is the Coach to lead us there! pic.twitter.com/FnvMWychlK
Seetoh "JohnGalt" Jian Qing was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Gladiators before finding himself as the head coach of Washington. JohnGalt helped lead the Gladiators to fifth place overall in the 2019 Overwatch League season and a fifth-sixth place finish in the playoffs. After moving on from the Gladiators, JohnGalt was a strong candidate for a head coaching position with teams going into 2020. With Overwatch League playoff experience, Overwatch Contenders experience, and being part of the Singapore World Cup committee, JohnGalt brings a lot to the Washington Justice.
As the Washington Justice presumably build around their DPS duo of Corey and Stratus, they have a golden opportunity to become a team to watch heading into the 2020 season. Coaching was a major problem for the Justice last year and them finding a new head coach that has experience winning and experience in big playoff moments, Washington is one step closer to writing the wrongs of their own history. Hopefully in a few years, the 2019 season for Washington will be a fluke, something that didn't carry over going forward. JohnGalt is in charge of changing the narrative and he has some work to do.