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Shanghai Dragons rebuild with Korean roster for Overwatch League Season Two

Published: 23/Oct/2018 9:25

by Joe O'Brien


The Shanghai Dragons have revealed their roster for Season Two of the Overwatch League.

After ending Season One of the league without having won even a single match, the Dragons released almost their entire team.

Only Lu ‘Diya’ Weida, Kim ‘Geguri’ Se-yeon and Lee ‘Fearless’ Eui-seok remained from the Season One roster, but the Dragons have now announced six new players that will be joining them for Season Two.

Notably, Shanghai has moved away from its Chinese squad, instead entirely adding South Korean players. As of now, Diya is the only Chinese player on the team.

Four of the new additions join from Kongdoo Panthera, the runners-up in Season Two of Contenders Korea. Those four are DPS pair Yang ‘DDing’ Jin-hyeok and Jin ‘Youngjin’ Young-jin, and support duo Son ‘CoMa’ Kyeong-Woo and Yang ‘Luffy’ Seong-hyeon.

The squad is rounded out by flex tank Jo ‘GuardiaN’ Jun-hwan, formerly of Boston Uprising academy team Toronto Esports, and Bae ‘Diem’ Min-seong, who played for the Lucky Future Zenith team that dominated both seasons of Contenders China.

Though the Dragons will no longer field a predominantly-Chinese roster, it remains likely that there will be at least one team that does so in Season Two, as there will be three expansion teams representing Chinese cities. None of the expansion teams have yet announced full rosters, however.

Season Two of the Overwatch League is set to begin on February 14. Teams will have until December 8 to finalize their rosters for the start of the season, with a new minimum roster size of eight players.

Shanghai Dragons full current roster:

Player Role Previous/S1 Team
Lu ‘Diya‘ Weida DPS Shanghai Dragons
Kim ‘Geguri‘ Se-yeon Flex Tank Shanghai Dragons
Lee ‘Fearless‘ Eui-seok Main Tank Shanghai Dragons
Bae ‘Diem‘ Min-seong DPS Lucky Future Zenith
Yang ‘DDing‘ Jin-kyeok DPS Kongdoo Panthera
Jin ‘Youngjin‘ Young-jin DPS Kongdoo Panthera
Jo ‘GuardiaN‘ Jun-hwan Flex Tank Toronto Esports
Yang ‘Luffy‘ Seong-hyeon Support Kongdoo Panthera
Son ‘CoMa‘ Kyung-woo Support Kongdoo Panthera

Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.