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

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


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.

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.

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

Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam


A new buff to Reinhardt on the Overwatch Experimental Card may be a bit too strong after players did some testing with his hammer.

The December 3 Overwatch patch brought in some big changes to three different heroes with Baptiste getting a nerf to Immorality Field, D.Va’s health getting reconfigured and Reinhardt seeing an increase to his hammer swing damage.

With his swing damage improved from 75 damage to 85, these has opened up some new damage breakpoints when factoring in Mercy and Zenyatta damage boosts.

The key thing to keep in mind with most Overwatch buffs is how they are influenced by other modifiers. With most heroes being at 200 HP, the sooner your damage can exceed that, the better.

Reinhardt on Hollywood
Blizzard Entertainment
Reinhardt’s damage got a nice buff.

In the case of Reinhardt, his damage increase from 75 to 85 may not seem too insane until you start to factor in damage boosts. Mercy’s damage boost amplifies a hero’s attacks by 30% while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb makes it so any hero who is discorded takes 30% extra damage.

Previously, with 75 damage, one swing by Reinhardt while damage boosted or attacking a discorded target would deal 97.5. Now, however, when factoring in the 10 additional damage, that number becomes 110.5.

All it takes now is just two swings onto a 200 HP hero for Reinhardt to delete them, making the buff extra strong when he’s paired with a Mercy or Zenyatta.

Plus, there are a couple of extra elements to factor in. Reinhardt’s hammer deals cleave damage, which means that he can hit multiple enemies with a single blow. If he’s damage boosted by Mercy, he could take down teams with ease.

Not only that, but the Experimental patch also gave Reinhardt 50 extra health, meaning he has a bit more room to swing and live to tell the tale. This doesn’t even include the additional ultimate charge he will generate by doing more damage.

As you can see in the short clip, with the boost, Reinhardt can delete the 200 HP practice range bot in just one second, prompting Jon to caption the video: “Rein is broken.”

Reinhardt holds shield up
Blizzard Entertainment
Reinhardt is a much more deadly tank with these buffs.

Others agreed. “Buffing Rein and D.Va when they don’t need it instead of nerfing overpowered heroes isn’t good man,” a user replied.

“I don’t think this is the answer we are looking for but I guess it’s better than what we got?” Florida Mayhem content creator Samito further chimed in referring to the state of the meta.

It will be interesting to see what the devs decide to do with these Reinhardt buffs and if they make it through to the live game after the experimental period ends.