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Another Chinese franchise will run a foreign roster as Guangzhou Charge reveal Overwatch League squad

Published: 23/Nov/2018 10:43 Updated: 23/Nov/2018 11:20

by Joe O'Brien

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The Guangzhou Charge have announced their full squad for Season Two of the Overwatch League.

One of the eight expansion franchises joining the Overwatch League for Season Two, Guangzhou had previously only revealed that they’d signed former Philadelphia Fusion flex tank Choi ‘HOTBA’ Hong-joon.

The team have now announced their full line-up, like many teams looking to Contenders Korea for their core players.

Four of the new additions come from Meta Bellum, who finished in the top four of both seasons of Contenders Korea. Guangzhou signed support duo Kim ‘Chara’ Jung-yeon and Lee ‘WonJaeLee’ Won-jae, as well as DPS Lee ‘Happy’ Jung-woo and main tank Oh ‘Rio’ Seung-pyo.

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Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentHOTBA previously competed with Season One runners-up Philadelphia Fusion.

The team’s only two Chinese players – DPS Ou ‘Eileen’ Yiliang and Chen ‘Onlywish’ Lizhen – both join from LGD Gaming, with whom they finished second in Contenders China seasons one and two.

From the former Toronto Esports squad, Guangzhou picked up DPS Charlie ‘nero’ Zwarg and support Kim ‘Shu’ Jin-seo. The squad is rounded out by Finley ‘Kyb’ Adisi, who won Contenders EU season one with British Hurricane and was part of the UK team that impressed in a semi-finals run at this year’s World Championship.

The announcement does mean that despite there being four Chinese franchises in Season Two of the Overwatch League, at maximum only one of them will run a majority-Chinese roster. Along with the Charge, both Hangzhou Spark and Shanghai Dragons will feature majority-South Korean squads, while Chengdu Hunters have yet to announce their line-up.

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The full Guangzhou Charge roster:

Player Role Previous Team
Choi ‘HOTBA‘ Hong-jun Flex Tank Philadelphia Fusion
Ou ‘Eileen‘ Yiliang DPS LGD Gaming
Lee ‘Happy‘ Jung-woo DPS Meta Bellum
Finley ‘Kyb‘ Adisi DPS British Hurricane
Charlie ‘nero‘ Zwarg DPS Toronto Esports
Oh ‘Rio‘ Seung-pyo Main Tank Meta Bellum
Kim ‘Chara‘ Jung-yeon Support Meta Bellum
Chen ‘OnlyWish‘ Lizhen Support LGD Gaming
Kim ‘Shu‘ Jin-seo Support Toronto Esports
Lee ‘WonJaeLee‘ Won-jae Support Meta Bellum