The Philadelphia Fusion Philadelphia Fusion OWL Rank #4 have announced flex player HOTBA has been traded over to the Guangzhou Charge Guangzhou Charge OWL Rank #5 Overwatch League expansion team. He is the first player that has been confirmed joining the roster for the second Overwatch League season.
Trade Alert: The Fusion have traded @HOTBAOW to @OWLTeamGZ, the new expansion team of the @overwatchleague.— Philadelphia Fusion (@Fusion) October 17, 2018
We thank HOTBA for all his hard work during our inaugural season and wish him good luck with Team Guangzhou! pic.twitter.com/mKfc5TX2vR
HOTBA shared playtime throughout most of the season with his flex counterpart Poko . Although HOTBA did not see any stage time during Stages 2 and 3 of the regular season, he was present for at least one map of every postseason playoff game that the Fusion competed in. There, he demonstrated his flexibility, playing the traditional flex tank heroes such as D.Va and Zarya as well as Tracer and Zenyatta in specific situations.
The Fusion finished second in the postseason behind the champions, the London Spitfire London Spitfire OWL Rank #17 . With the departure of HOTBA, the Fusion player count falls to 9 players. The only recent addition to the Fusion roster was Elk 's promotion from Fusion University Fusion University Inactive .
The only other staff that have been revealed as part of the Guangzhou franchise were reported by The Esports Observer just two days ago. Sonny Xiao and Eddy Meng were named as CEO and COO of the franchise.
The Guangzhou expansion team needs a minimum of 8 players before the league deadline of December 1.