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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.

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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
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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.