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.
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.
📢🇨🇳⚡️Introducing the 2019 Guangzhou Charge Lineup! @osp0418 @Chara_RRRing @wjddn1763 @WonJaeLee_OW @HOTBA_OW @kongzzang_shu @nero_overwatch @KYB @OnlyWish_ – Feel The Charge! pic.twitter.com/bmulyimLke
— Guangzhou Charge (@GZCharge) November 23, 2018
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.
What if we were to add another European player to the team? Let's figure it out!
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.
Our shields are here, hunters!
🛡️ Tianbin “@LateYoungOW” Ma (马添彬)
🛡️ Menghan “Ameng” Ding (丁蒙涵)
🛡️ Wenjie “Elsa” Luo (罗文杰)
Our tanks for this season are focused and experienced. We are proud to have such a powerful front-line to lead us to victory!#LetsGoHunt🐼 pic.twitter.com/e9eJKwPQLH
— Chengdu Hunters (@ChengduHunters) November 30, 2018
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
… IT'S A FINNISH TRIO NOW.@Ripa_ow joins the Gladiators as the Finnishing touch.
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.
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.
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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