The Chengdu Hunters Chengdu Hunters OWL Rank #5 have revealed their final trio of players: Baconjack , Jinmu and YangXiaoLong . silkthread , who originally signed with the team, will be retiring from professional Overwatch.
Last but not least, our DPS players join the hunt!— Chengdu Hunters (@ChengduHunters) December 1, 2018
⚔️ Hu “Jinmu” Yi (易虎)
🔫 Tzu-Heng “@Baconjack0227” Lo (罗子恒)
💣 Zhihao “YangXiaoLong” Zhang (张智浩)
With their consistency and aggression, these players complete our extraordinary full-Mandarin roster.#LetsGoHunt🐼 pic.twitter.com/gQ1L9xhX1O
Baconjack was a member of the 2017 Flash Wolves roster that took home the title of the first Pacific Championship Season. He played under Chengdu assistant coach Ray while with the team. His last match of competitive Overwatch came in December of 2017 with Flash Wolves. Since then, he has played PlayerUnknown's: Battlegrounds.
Jinmu played DPS alongside Hunters main tank Ameng for Moss Seven Club in both Contenders Seasons 1 and 2. He joined BTRG for the NetEase Esports X Tournament before signing with the Hunters.
YangXiaoLong, like Baconjack, has not played on a professional Overwatch team in 2018. He played DPS for Miraculous Youngster, the team that won the grand final of the 2017 Premier Series. He was teammates with Hunters off-tank Lateyoung and played under Hunters head coach RUI while with Miraculous Youngster. He retired to play PlayerUnknown's: Battlegrounds after MY disbanded.
Notably missing from the roster is silkthread, who was connected with the Hunters in various leaks and rumors. silkthread confirmed in a Twitlonger post that he signed with the Hunters initially but has since worked with the team to terminate his contract so he could retire from Overwatch.
Goodbye Professional Overwatch: A Journey Ended— silkthread (@silkthread) December 1, 2018
silkthread cited burnout and cultural differences as reasons for his retirement. He is currently still in China and plans on streaming when he returns home before pursuing his education. He has not ruled out returning to Overwatch as someone involved in management after he finishes his education.
All nine of the Hunters' players are Mandarin-speaking. They are the only team in the league with more than two Chinese players.
The next season of the Overwatch League begins February 14.
- Yi "Jinmu" Hu (易虎) (DPS)
- Lo "Baconjack" Tzu-heng (罗子恒) (DPS)
- Zhang "YangXiaoLong" Zhihao (章智浩) (DPS)
- Ma "Lateyoung" Tianbin (马添彬) (Off Tank)
- Luo "Elsa" Wenjie (罗文杰) (Off Tank)
- Ding "Ameng" Menghan (丁蒙涵) (Tank)
- Kong "Kyo" Chunting (孔春亭) (Flex Support)
- Guan "Garry" Li (管力) (Flex Support)
- Li "Yveltal" Xianyao (李先曜) (Support)
- Wang "RUI" Xingrui (王星睿) (Head Coach)
- Chang "Ray" Chia-Hua (張家華) (Assistant Coach)