In recent Overwatch League roster announcements, the Guangzhou Charge announced a very mixed roster and Hangzhou added the final two players to their squad. Chengdu appears to be building an all-Chinese unit and Paris and the Los Angeles Gladiators made new additions. We also got a reveal for Vancouver’s branding and roster. Let’s look at the few recent roster changes made.

Hangzhou Spark

The Spark added the final two players to their roster, DPS Cai “Krystal” Shilong from T1w and Support Hui-Chang “Bebe” Yoon from X6 Gaming. Bebe joins some other X6 players on the roster and Krystal comes in hot from the Chinese World Cup team. With the core of X6 in place, with some outside augmentation, Hangzhou might be the Chinese team with the most bite next season.

 

Guangzhou Charge

The Guangzhou Charge became the latest expansion team to announce a full squad for the upcoming season. Aside from their first acquisition, Hotba from the Philadelphia Fusion, the roster includes:

Ou “Eileen” Yiliang, DPS, LGD Gaming

Jung-Woo “Happy” Lee, DPS, Meta Bellum

Finley “KYB” Adisi, DPS, British Hurricane

Charlie “Nero” Zwarg, DPS, Toronto Esports

Seung-Pyo “Rio” Oh, Tank, Meta Bellum

Jung-Yeon “Chara” Kim, Support, Meta Bellum

Chen “OnlyWish” Lizhen, Support, LGD Gaming

Jin-Seo” Shu” Kim, Support, Toronto Esports

Won-Jae “WonJaeLee” Lee, Support, Meta Bellum

The majority of the Korean members, coming from the storied Meta Bellum team, should give the team some needed synergy right out the gate. KYB is a welcome surprise, since he was one of the main factors Team UK got to the World Cup semi-finals. Eileen and OnlyWish, coming from LGD Gaming, should hope to bring some of that team’s winning ways in China to this squad.

 

Paris Eternal

Paris can now claim to represent another European country, as they added Portuguese support player Luis “Greyy” Perestrelo to the team. Greyy has had a strange professional career, playing for the likes of Laser Kittenz, Cloud9 EU, when they acquired the Kittenz for Contenders, and Houston’s academy team GGEA, along with the 2017 Portugal World Cup team. Paris is taking a big gamble having Greyy as support behind Kruise and HyP, given his recent run of non-success. The Portuguese player is known for his Zenyatta and Sombra play, which could be good assets.

 

Chengdu Hunters

In what’s sure to be great news for the Chinese Overwatch community, the Chengdu Hunters have announced their roster for the upcoming season. And they all hail from China. They are:

Luo “Elsa” Wenjie, Flex Tank, LinGan e-Sports

Ma “LateYoung” Tianbin, Flex Tank, Team CC

Ding “Ameng” Menghan, Main Tank, Big Time Ragel Gaming

Kong “Kyo” Chunting, Support, Team CC

Li “Yveltal” Xianyao, Support, LinGan e-Sports

Guan “Garry” Li, Support, Lucky Future

Lo “Baconjack” Tzu-Heng, DPS

Yi “JinMu “Hu, DPS, Big Time Ragel Gaming

Zhang “YangXiaoLong” Zhihao, DPS

There is a real possibility Chengdu could go with an all-Chinese roster as the Shanghai Dragons did at the beginning of the first season. But where Shanghai crashed and burned, I don’t see the same problems happening for Chengdu. They have Yveltal and LateYoung from China’s World Cup team leading the way and the other members have had varying degrees of success in Contenders China. Baconjack, the first Taiwanese player in the Overwatch League, and YangXiaoLong return to the game after spending 2018 playing PlayersUnknown Battlegrounds. Xingrui “RUI” Wang, former coach of Miraculous Youngster and Shanghai, is the team’s coach, so hopefully, whatever mistakes happened at Shanghai can be avoided.

 

Los Angeles Gladiators

The Gladiators added another support player from Finland, Riku “Ripa” Toivanen, to join BigGoose and Shaz. Ripa can at least give the two other supports a break since Shaz and BigGoose have played in every single Gladiators match.

 

Toronto Defiant

The Toronto Defiant made their final two roster additions, acquiring DPS Jun-sung “Asher” Choi from the Los Angeles Gladiators and adding support Joo-seong “RoKy” Park from O2 Team. With a team core built around members of O2 Team, the Defiant is the fourth all-Korean team in the Overwatch League, hoping the same all-Korean success the New York Excelsior and London Spitfire happens up North as well.

 

Vancouver Titans

During a Canuck’s hockey game, the Vancouver Titans, Canada’s second Overwatch League team, was unveiled to the world. Sporting a green and blue color scheme, similar to their parent hockey club, the Titans revealed they signed all eight players from the Korean Contenders Season 2 champion Runaway. Those players are:

Hyo-jong “Haksal” Kim, DPS

Dong-Eun “Hoog” Lee, DPS

Min-soo “SeoMinSoo” Seo, DPS

Choong-hui “Stitch” Lee, DPS

Hyeon-woo “Jjanu” Choi, Flex

Sang-beom “Bumper” Park, Tank

Jung-Geun “Rapel” Kim, Support

Sung-jun “Slime” Kim, Support, Element Mystic

Ju-Seok “Twilight” Lee, Support

Runaway has built a fan-following for being a hardworking team, built from the ground up with little organizational help. Their fans should immediately attach themselves to Vancouver. The Titans are the fifth all-Korean team in the League and are trying to emulate the same success New York and London had by signing an entire Korean second-tier roster. Whether that success will come remains to be seen.

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A guy born and raised in Buffalo who loves to write, play video games, watching Arsenal Football Club and watch enjoyably bad movies. I would also like to travel around the world to see what it has to offer. I’m trying to make something new out of my life by writing about video games, mainly Overwatch, which I play too much of, after writing for other websites and newspapers. Tank and support player by trade since everyone wants to play DPS. And desperate to break out of gold-ranking. My other work can be found at www.robcreenan.com. Feel free to reach me at [email protected] or @RobertCreenan on Twitter.
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A guy born and raised in Buffalo who loves to write, play video games, watching Arsenal Football Club and watch enjoyably bad movies. I would also like to travel around the world to see what it has to offer. I’m trying to make something new out of my life by writing about video games, mainly Overwatch, which I play too much of, after writing for other websites and newspapers. Tank and support player by trade since everyone wants to play DPS. And desperate to break out of gold-ranking. My other work can be found at www.robcreenan.com. Feel free to reach me at [email protected] or @RobertCreenan on Twitter.

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