The Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #5 announced on Weibo that they have acquired The One Winner The One Winner Inactive as their academy team. The team will be renamed to T1w.GZA T1w.GZA Inactive .
This isn't the first attempt at an academy team by the Charge. Last season they established Guangzhou Academy Guangzhou Academy Inactive , which housed three of the main team's players (as two-way players at the time), as well as several ex-OWL players such as TiZi and mg . The team flopped in the regular season despite their star-studded lineup, however. They ended it with a single match win and were sent to Trials. Guangzhou Academy opted not to play in Trials, instead disbanding just prior to the event.
T1w, on the other hand, has been a powerhouse ever since Contenders began in China in 2018. In the past four seasons of Contenders China, T1w had never failed to make their way into the semifinals. The team won the Contenders trophy in Season 3 of 2018 while going undefeated in map score in the regular season. Not only are T1w a premier team in China, but they have also made a name as one of the top teams in the Asia-Pacific region after placing third in the recent Pacific Showdown.
T1w has experienced financial woes in the past, according to several accounts from the players. Due to the team being unsponsored at the time, most expenses were paid out of the pockets of the managers and players of T1w. Now backed by an Overwatch League organization, T1w can now focus on the game without having to constantly deal with finances.
The newly formed academy team will face Lucky Future in their next week of Contenders.
- Liao "MoLanran" Yang (廖洋) (DPS)
- Tan "Mijia" Xujie (谭栩杰) (DPS)
- Peng "Assassin" Yulin (彭煜麟) (DPS)
- Zhang "Highbee" Zening (张泽宁) (Off-tank)
- Han "Silver3" Haibo (韩海波) (Tank)
- Qi "wya" Haomiao (齐浩淼) (Flex Support)
- Tan "illusion" Li (谭力) (Support)
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