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Hangzhou Spark look to South Korea for several new roster additions

Published: 19/Nov/2018 11:13 Updated: 19/Nov/2018 11:14

by Joe O'Brien

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The Hangzhou Spark have announced several new additions to their Overwatch League roster.

The team’s first official player, Xu ‘Guxue’ Qiulin, was the star of the Chinese Overwatch World Cup team, but the Spark have looked to South Korea for all five of their additions since.

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Joining Guxue at main tank is former X6 Gaming player Jeong ‘NoSmite’ Da-un. Also from X6 come flex tank Park ‘Ria’ Sung-uk and DPS star Kim ‘GodsB’ Kyeong-bo. During their time with X6 Gaming the trio claimed the Contenders Korea Season One title.

The final two additions announced so far are a DPS duo from Seven, another Contenders Korea team – Park ‘Bazzi’ Jun-ki and Kang ‘Adora’ Jae-hwan.

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Hangzhou aren’t the only expansion team to have looked to South Korean stars in their efforts to hit the ground running in Season Two of the Overwatch League.

Toronto Defiant have also announced six South Korean players so far, and it’s rumored that Vancouver have signed the entirety of South Korean squad RunAway. Both Guangzhou Charge and Washington D.C. have also signed South Koreans as their first players.

Even in among the original teams, both Florida Mayhem and Shanghai Dragons have significantly overhauled their rosters to become majority-Korean squads as they look to improve on weak Season One showings.

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Season Two of the Overwatch League is set to kick off on February 14. Hangzhou Spark will need to have signed at least two more players by December 8, however, in order to meet the minimum roster requirements.

Hangzhou Spark’s current roster:

Player Role Previous Team
Xu ‘Guxue‘ Qiulin Main Tank LGD Gaming
Jeong ‘NoSmite‘ Da-un Main Tank X6 Gaming
Kang ‘Adora‘ Jae-hwan DPS Seven
Park ‘Ria‘ Sung-uk Flex X6 Gaming
Park ‘Bazzi‘ Jun-ki DPS Seven
Kim ‘GodsB‘ Kyeong-bo DPS X6 Gaming
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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.