The Hangzhou Spark is one of the eight new teams for the Overwatch League. Season 2 Buy-in prices were rumoured to be around $30-$50 million. This insane buy-in price is definitely unconfirmed, but we can safely assume that it is higher than last year. The new season will see multiple teams from China in addition to Season 1’s Shanghai Dragons.
The team is owned by Bilibili, a leading online entertainment company in China, covering a wide array of genres and media formats including videos, live broadcasting, and mobile games. We are seeing multiple Chinese streaming services enter esports in a big way on the International stage. Their venture into International waters is definitely going to be a huge challenge to Twitch in the near future. For now, however, the Hangzhou Spark aims to become one of the stronger teams in the Overwatch League.
Hangzhou Spark Roster Reveal
The team has adopted a unique strategy to reveal their full roster. They are and will reveal two players per day. Till now, they have revealed a total of eight new players to their team.
They are coming, the shield of Hangzhou Spark! (→°ο°)→→
Welcome Guxue and Nosmite!!! pic.twitter.com/7XsUPA5peK
— Hangzhou Spark (@Hangzhou_Spark) November 17, 2018
— Hangzhou Spark (@Hangzhou_Spark) November 18, 2018
The DPS duo of Gods and Bazzio are the newest additions to the team. The predominantly South korean roster will be looking forth to creating a name for itself in Overwatch League.
— Hangzhou Spark (@Hangzhou_Spark) November 19, 2018
They also announced the addition of Hojin and Revenge as their support players. Support players need to have excellent synergy with the rest of the
— Hangzhou Spark (@Hangzhou_Spark) November 20, 2018
While the roster is mainly Korean, the team definitely lacks big names on its roster. Most of the players are Tier ⅔ Korean players. Their venture on the big stage will be a crucial learning experience for them. At the same time, they might also be a welcome revelation at the OWL season 2.
We will see more news about Hangzhou Sparks very soon. We will keep you updated with any such information.