This week the Guangzhou Charge announced their full roster for the upcoming Season 2 of the Overwatch League. They are an expansion team heading into their debut season and have added several Korean players in their key roles.
The signings that they have made were announced via the team Twitter. These signings include four members from Meta Bellum who compete in the Contenders Korea; Support duo, Kim “Chara” Jung-yeon and Lee “WonJaeLee” Won-jae, DPS, Less “Happy” Jung-woo, and Main Tank, Oh “Rio” Seung-pyo. The Meta Bellum roster finished in the top four of the Contenders Korea last season.
The Guangzhou Charge also signed players from established rosters, including Charlie “nero” Zwarg and Support player Kim “Shu” Jin-seo from Toronto Esports. They acquired a pair of Chinese players who were former LGD members, Ou “Eileen” Yiliang and Chen “Onlywish” Lizhen, who finished second in Contenders China last season with LGD.
The roster is finished off by the Flex Tank, Choi “HOTBA” Hong-joon, who played for the Philadelphia Fusion in the inaugural Season 1 of the Overwatch League. The Guangzhou Charge are one of eight expansive teams for the Season 2 of the Overwatch League which commences on February 14th, 2019 with 20 teams in total. The teams that competed in the inaugural season paid $20 million to join the franchise; the expansion teams were rumoured to have paid between $30-60 million for the upcoming season.
The other expansion teams include:
Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada,
Toronto, Ontario – Canada,
Washington, District of Columbia – United States,
Atlanta, Georgia – United States,
Chengdu, Sichuan – China,
Hangzhou, Zhejiang – China,
Paris, France – Europe
We are still awaiting confirmation on teams names and branding for some of the newly franchised teams however we can imagine that it will follow the same high standard that has been set by Blizzard for the Overwatch League.