New Overwatch League Franchises Confirmed
With Season 2 of the Overwatch League fast approaching, we’ve finally had confirmation on the six new franchises that will be joining the original twelve teams from the 2018 Season, and the Atlanta Reign and Toronto Defiant who were announced at the end of the season. Earlier this year it was confirmed that the new teams would include Chengdu, Hangzhou, China, Paris, Toronto, and Paris but throughout the past couple of weeks, the branding and information on each team has been revealed.
The first team to release its branding was the Paris Eternal; this was then swiftly followed with the announcements of the Guangzhou Charge, the Chengdu Hunters and the Hangzhou Spark (their new branding can be seen below).
It then took over a week until we got confirmation the fifth new team that would be competing for the Championship this season, the Vancouver Titans. They will be the second Canadian team in the official Overwatch League. While many teams are still building and confirming their rosters, the Titans appear to have a solid line up confirmed already, the roster includes:
Choi “JJANU” Hyeon-woo,
Park “Bumper” Sang-beom,
Kim “SLIME” Sung-jun,
Lee “Twilight” Ju-seok,
Kim “Haksal” Hyo-jong,
Lee “Stich” Choong-hui,
Lee ‘Hooreg” Dong-eun,
The Washington Justice was the final expansion team to reveal their branding for the upcoming season. This new franchise is owned by Washington Esports Ventures, is based in the Nation’s capital and follows a red, white and blue colour scheme. The logo features a “W” at the bottom as a tribute to the region, centred on the Washington Monument.
To assist teams during this adjustment period, Blizzard will be changing up the format of the league slightly which should help alleviate the stressful schedule that we witnessed in Season One. The upcoming season will kick off in February, and I’m sure many excited fans are rooting for these new teams.