The Hangzhou Spark Hangzhou Spark OWL Rank #9 have announced the addition of flex DPS Architect to their team in a trade with the defending champions San Francisco Shock San Francisco Shock OWL Rank #1 .
How about an addition?— Hangzhou Spark (@HangzhouSpark) May 18, 2020
Please welcome @ShockArchitect as flex! He joins us as a reigning champion from @SFShock . We are so excited to have you join and can't wait for the OWL veteran with a huge hero pool to shine with the Spark. Welcome! d(`･∀･)b
#owl2020 #sparkbang pic.twitter.com/hKvPf1XPR0
The Spark have spent the past 24 hours teasing the move, starting with a comic released yesterday and ending today with an Animal Crossing-themed conversation with the Shock.
We are engaging onto @Spitfire later today. Make sure you don’t miss this exciting match! #Sparkbang #owl2020— Hangzhou Spark (@HangzhouSpark) May 17, 2020
By the way, what do you all think about sending some reinforcements for Spark? pic.twitter.com/fEq3o9tG8y
Architect joins the Spark after an opening was left on the roster following flex DPS Bazzi's retirement. The Spark currently have 11 players on their roster.
He has history with much of the Spark's roster and coaching staff. Architect was a member of X6-Gaming -- a roster that included current Spark players GodsB, Ria and Bebe -- prior to joining the Overwatch League. That team was also coached by MASK, who is now the head coach of the Spark.
Architect is leaving the team he first entered the Overwatch League with back in 2018. He featured prominently in the Shock's 2019 playoffs run and played in two maps in their grand finals victory.
He leaves a Shock team that has started the 2020 season with an 8-2 record and joins a Spark team that is in the middle of the pack with a 6-7 record. Both teams next play in the Overwatch League's May tournament, although they will play in different regions.
- Kang "Adora" Jae-Hwan (강재환) (DPS)
- Kim "GodsB" Kyeon-Bo (김경보) (DPS)
- Park "Architect" Min-ho (박민호) (DPS)
- Cheon "Ado" Ki-Hyeon (천기현) (DPS)
- Park "Ria" Seong-wook (박성욱) (Off-tank)
- Song "SASIN" Sang-hyeon (송상현) (Off-tank)
- Xu "guxue" Qiulin (徐秋林) (Tank)
- Yoon "BeBe" Hui-Chang (윤희창) (Flex Support)
- Tong "Coldest" Xiaodong (童晓东) (Flex Support)
- Park "iDK" Ho-jin (박호진) (Support)
- Liu "M1ka" Jiming (刘济铭) (Support)
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