Road to Blizzcon: Team China
Welcome back to ‘Road to Blizzcon’! With the World Cup finals starting in just a few days, today we’ll be bringing you an in-depth introduction to one of the most hyped teams – Team China. Without further ado, let’s dive into this young and talented team!
While China has always had a strong presence in the Overwatch esports scene, the Shanghai Dragons had an underwhelming performance in the Overwatch League with a score of 0-40. The lack of success of the sole Chinese team in the league had cast a shadow over the Chinese Overwatch scene. However, the 2018 Team China committee aims to change that, with a team of passionate and talented individuals:
- Li “ChiXiaoTu” Qiong, the General Manager, also known as “Tutu”, is one of the talents for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. She also has had previous experience in being a team manager for other pro teams and casting Chinese Overwatch games.
- Wang “RUI” Xingrui, the coach, has had a ton of experience under his belt. RUI previously coached the Chinese Overwatch team, Miraculous Youngsters, before they disbanded, and also served as the former Head Coach for the Shanghai Dragons.
- Huang “Xiaogui” Tsungyu, the Community Lead, has also been very involved in the Chinese esports scene. He previously was a commentator for the Chinese broadcast of the Overwatch League and various Chinese tournaments like the Overwatch Premier Series and Overwatch Team Story. He previously played for ahq S, a Taiwanese Overwatch team.
Team China started off strong on Day 1 of the Bangkok qualifier, with a 3-1 victory over Team Sweden for their first and only match of the day.
Day 2 began, and Team China were up against Team Thailand, the hometown team, and both teams did not disappoint. The match went to all five maps and eventually, China took the victory with a 3-2 map score against Thailand. The team did not lose momentum, and powered through their next match against Denmark, emerging as the victors with a match score of 3-2.
With their undefeated match record, Team China had safely secured their ticket to Blizzcon on Day 3. The Chinese team did not lose any steam and had a dominant performance over their next opponent, Spain, and achieved a clean 4-0 victory over them. Team China’s last match of the group stage was against Australia. Although the Australians put up a good fight, Team China won the match and secured first seed of the Bangkok group with a score of 3-2.
Meet the Team
Xu “Guxue” Qiulin (main tank)
China’s main tank, Guxue, is well known for his aggressive play-style in ranked on the Chinese server. He currently plays for the Chinese Contenders team, LGD Gaming, who finished in second place in both Season 1 and Season 2 of Overwatch Contenders: China.
Ma “LateYoung” Tianbin (off-tank)
LateYoung, the off-tank for Team China, currently plays for Team CC, the academy team of Shanghai Dragons. His shot-calling skills are essential to the team’s improvement, and is hence the captain and shot-caller for Team China.
Zheng “Shy” Yangjie
Shy is the team captain and hitscan DPS for LGD Gaming. At the beginning of 2018, he made the switch from flex support to DPS, achieving rank 1 on the Chinese server. In 2017, Shy was awarded Best Support during the Annual Awards Ceremony as part of the Overwatch Year-end Ceremony in China.
Huang “Leave” Xin (flex)
Leave was the flex DPS for Miraculous Youngsters before they disbanded, and also represented Team China in the 2017 Overwatch World Cup. After the disband of Miraculous Youngster, Leave left to play PUBG before returning to the Overwatch scene for the 2018 World Cup. He showed an impressive performance in the Bangkok qualifiers despite not being involved in the professional Overwatch scene for months.
Cai “Krystal” Shilong (flex)
Krystal plays for T1w Esports Club, a Chinese Contenders Team which won the LanStory Cup in Guangzhou in September this year. His wide hero pool, inclusive of not only DPS heroes, but also tanks and supports, plays a huge role in helping Team China successfully pull off various in-game strategies.
He “Sky” Junjian
Sky formerly played for Miraculous Youngsters and more recently, the Shanghai Dragons. Previously known as “Zhufanjun”, which translates to Rice Cooker in English, Sky was well-known for his sleep darts as Ana.
Li “Yveltal” Xianyao
Yveltal plays for LinGan e-Sports, another Chinese Contenders team. He is widely hailed as one of the best Mercy players in China. Yveltal has a safe play-style and a low death rate as Mercy, which will help Team China especially in single support compositions.
Good Luck to Team China in the Overwatch World Cup this weekend!
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