After a mutual agreement, we announce with a heavy heart the termination of the contracts of players Zhihao “YangXiaoLong” Zhang and Yansong “jiqiren” Wei. Thank you both for your hard work both on and off the stage in the 2019 Season. Thank you for Hunting with us. pic.twitter.com/YhpeOa50gp— Chengdu Hunters (@ChengduHunters) December 27, 2019
Both players have been teammates before the Chengdu Hunters, having played on Miraculous Youngster in 2017. They won the championship titles of the Overwatch Premier Series Summer and Grand Finals iterations. However, after the team disbanded in December of 2017, the two went their separate ways. YangXiaoLong left competitive Overwatch for a stint in PUBG, while jiqiren remained and played on Team CC in Contenders China.
The two would be reunited with Miraculous Youngster off-tank lateyoung and head coach RUI on the Chengdu Hunters. However, both YangXiaoLong and jiqiren were not present at the Hunters' inaugural game, due to visa troubles. YangXiaoLong would see his first game in Stage 2 and eventually becoming a main stay for the team, while jiqiren played his first game in Stage 3 but was largely benched for the rest of the season in favour of fellow teammate Ameng.
RUI left the team during the offseason due to health issues. In July, the Hunters announced leave will be joining the team, however as contracted talent due to being not of age at the time of signing. While he played for the Hunters during the Esports Shanghai Masters tournament earlier this month, it is unclear whether he will be a part of the team's roster in the upcoming Overwatch League season.
Barring leave, the Hunters now have eight players on their roster.
- Yi "Jinmu" Hu (易虎) (DPS)
- Lo "Baconjack" Tzu-heng (罗子恒) (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)
Their coaching staff is:
- Chang "Ray" Chia-Hua (張家華) (Assistant coach)