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Guangzhou Charge – the story so far

A Chinese team with an international focus – can it work? One of the newcomers to the Overwatch League in Season 2 is about to test the waters and see if they have what it takes to become successful and overcome adversity.

In a highly competitive, team-oriented FPS, having multiple nationalities is generally not something you would consider advantageous. Lack of communication can be a real problem, something that the Shanghai Dragons know all too well. Regardless, it’s going to take hard work to take the spot for the worst team in the Overwatch League from them. However, those issues will need to be addressed if the Charge plans to perform in a strong fashion. With three different nationalities, it’s going to be a challenge despite the talented roster they possess.

Their building philosophy has been to create a functional core of experienced players. Additionally, the strategy they espouse is a long-term one – having a young roster with the potential to grow. While this vision is admirable, young and international can be a drawback in a game where team cohesion and communication are paramount. Furthermore, nothing beats experience, particularly when the grind and general wear and tear become pronounced as the Season goes on. Seasoned veterans are more likely to be able to deal with the pressure of the competition. The management of the team isn’t focused on wins but creating a sustainable organization. Noble and idealistic – but one can’t argue with results and hard numbers.

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The team’s Korean roster is solid. They hail from the Meta Bellum team which is known for consistency and finishing strong in tournaments. This, on the other hand, could provide a much-needed synergy and coordination from the get-go. Another useful trait is that those players actually had some training in English which would be critical in a multi-national operation. Based on their performance against Seoul Dynasty, they could be able to smooth all the rough edges in this aspect.

Another possible deterrent to them is their relatively young roster. Jeong-Woo “Happy” Lee and Jin-Seo “Shu” Kim are talented players but they definitely lack significant experience. On the other hand, sometimes risks need to be taken: it’s possible that both players truly rise to the occasion given the opportunity. Hopefully, their story is that of success and overcoming great odds. Yiliang “Eileen” Ou is already a known variable – he was instrumental in Team China’s performance during the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. If he can integrate with the rest of the team, he would be a great asset.

As said, the team is somewhat reminiscent of the Shanghai Dragons in terms of early milestones that they will need to overcome. However, it’s quite possible that if the communication of the roster is sorted out, they will perform quite well. After all, beating the Dragons’ record of being arguably the worst team in the Overwatch League would be pretty hard.

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