The Hangzhou Spark remains more or less the same going into the 2020 season, losing three members in 2019 but picking up three more to compensate.
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The Hangzhou Spark began their journey into the League with very little success in Stage One, only to turn it around, fight tooth and nail each stage, and climb to the Semi-finals. Unfortunately, they had to face the San Francisco Shock and lost. This is no slight on the expansion team considering the formidable foe that the San Francisco Shock has proven to be in the last six months. The Spark’s choice to remain fairly unchanged coming into the 2020 season shows confidence in their roster to claim success again this season. Unfortunately for the team, this choice may not fare well for them, given the massive changes in some rosters.
The Spark's New Roster
Two members of the Hangzhou Spark participated in the Overwatch World Cup but for two separate nations. Tank player Xu "guxue" Qiulin competed for Team China at the World Cup, taking home silver. Meanwhile, support player Ho-jin "iDK" Park played for Team Korea and took home bronze. In addition to this, the Hangzhou Spark competed at the ESM Shanghai Masters Invitational event in the winter of 2019, falling short in the first round to the Shanghai Dragons.
In 2020 the Hangzhou Spark added two young support players to their roster from Contenders China team BiliBili Gaming. Tong "Coldest" Xiaodong and Liu "M1ka" Jiming are an investment into the future of the Spark, and while they may not see significant playtime initially, expect to see these players learn from iDK and Bebe. More teams have begun to invest in Contenders players in hopes to coach and mold them into a perfect fit for the team. It is a more hands-on and cost-effective method rather than buying whichever player is hot at the moment and hoping they work well with the current roster. Chemistry can be half the battle in team compositions, and the Hangzhou Spark definitely has chemistry.
Pink is looking like a deadly color this season ?
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) January 22, 2020
Hangzhou Spark 2020 roster:
Xu "guxue" Qiulin
Seong-Wook "Ria" Park
Ho-jin "iDK" Park
Hui-chang "BeBe" Yoon
Tong "Coldest" Xiaodong
Liu "M1ka" Jiming
Ou "Eileen" Yiliang
Jung-woo "Happy" Lee
Charlie "nero" Zwarg