The academy team of the Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #5 has been announced on Weibo. Going by the name Guangzhou Academy Guangzhou Academy Inactive (abbreviated GZA), the team have also revealed their roster for the upcoming season of Contenders China.
The seven-man roster and two-man coaching staff span a grand total of six nationalities. Three of the players: nero, Rise, and OnlyWish, are also a part of the main team. Both nero and Rise are currently ineligible to play in the Overwatch League due to age restrictions.
GZA boast many veteran talents across the globe. Aside from the three two-way players as mentioned above, two more players and their head coach have previously been with an Overwatch League team.
Off-tank mg played for the Shanghai Dragons Shanghai Dragons OWL Rank #3 in 2018, when the team had a record-breaking result by finishing 0-40 in the regular season. He has since played domestically, most recently with Flag Gaming Flag Gaming Contenders CN Rank #7 , finishing second in Season 3 of Contenders China 2018.
TiZi joined the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #14 in 2018, but never played a game on the world's biggest stage. He left shortly after in June 2018 alongside three other members. He joined XL2 Academy XL2 Academy Inactive , and clinched second place in Contenders 2018 Season 2: North America.
CENTURY previously played for Team CC Team CC Contenders CN Rank #2 in Contenders China. The team ended up as a semifinalist in Season 1 and a quarterfinalist in Season 2 of Contenders China last year. He was replaced by former Shanghai Dragon SIO in September.
Moowe was a veteran member of the Pacific scene before joining GZA. He played for Hong Kong Attitude Hong Kong Attitude Inactive during Seasons 1 and 2 of Contenders Pacific 2018. He also gained international recognition when he played for team Hong Kong during the World Cup 2018. After briefly retiring from professional play, Moowe is ready to make his triumphant return as the third player from Hong Kong in Contenders China history.
Cuddles and Kant join the coaching staff of GZA. Cuddles previously coached the Los Angeles Valiant Los Angeles Valiant OWL Rank #10 before leaving in Stage 1 of the inaugural season. He was replaced by Moon. Kant played for Machi Esports Machi Esports Inactive in Contenders 2018 Season 1: Pacific. His team finished in the quarterfinals. He also played for the Taiwanese team in the World Cup 2018. This will be his first coaching role.
- Charlie "nero" Zwarg (Two-way DPS)
- Yip "Moowe" Chi-Yeung (DPS)
- Wu "mg" Dongjian (吴董健) (Off-tank)
- Hwang "TiZi" Jang-hyeon (황장현) (Tank)
- Lee "Rise" Won-jae (Two-way flex support)
- Liu "CENTURY" Shiji (刘世纪) (Support)
- Chen "OnlyWish" Lizhen (陈李桢) (Two-way support)
- Henry "Cuddles" Coxall (Head coach)
- Kao "Kant" Wei-Teng (Assistant coach)