The Guangzhou Charge have their work cut out for them. So far they’ve managed to keep a 1-1 record each week they’ve played, cementing themselves as a solid middle-of-the-pack team. In Week 12, they’ll be tested against two of the strongest forces in the League, going up against the Shanghai Dragons and the New York Excelsior. If the Guangzhou boys can take a win from either one of these top teams, it will make a big statement about how far the Charge has come and can go.
Guangzhou Charge (4-4) vs. Shanghai Dragons (6-1)
It could easily be said at this point that the Dragons have become one of Charge’s biggest rivals. The Guangzhou and Shanghai teams have clashed twice so far in the 2020 season, and the Dragons took both games with a 3-0 sweep. The Charge will be hoping to end that streak. The key to that might be to overcome Shanghai’s DPS players. While the entirety of the team is formidable, the Dragons have some of the scariest DPS players in the Overwatch league.
Player to Watch: Jinseo “Shu” Kim
As the resident bloodthirsty support player, Shu might play a very important part in the match against the Dragons. Shu’s Ana and Zen are especially terrifying and can provide the Charge with a third DPS. Jungwoo “Happy” Lee, Charlie “nero” Zwarg, and Yiliang “Eileen” Ou are all very strong DPS players. However, when going up against the likes of Byungsun “Fleta” Kim, Lee “LIP” Jae-won, Minseong “diem” Bae, and/or Jinhyeok “DDing” Yang, any extra frags can help.
Prediction: Shanghai Dragons win 3-1
Guangzhou Charge (4-4) vs. New York Excelsior (5-1)
For the first time in the 2020 season, the Guangzhou Charge will face off against the New York Excelsior. NYXL have been one of the strongest teams since the inaugural season, with no signs of slowing down. They are, however, making some intriguing changes this year. After being stereotyped as a “defensive” team during the first two seasons, the NYXL have brought on off-tank Hongjun “HOTBA” Choi to lead the charge for a more aggressive style. Not to be confused with leading the Guangzhou Charge, as HOTBA did last year when he was their off-tank player.
Player to Watch: Nam “Cr0ng” Ki-cheol
Cr0ng has a lot to prove in this particular match, as he’ll be battling it out with his predecessor, HOTBA. Recently, the rookie was asked in an interview if he thought he was the best off-tank the Guangzhou Charge have ever had. Cr0ng answered that he has not had a lot of experience yet but thinks he will be the best. Nero disagreed, insisting that “HOTBA is God.” Cr0ng will have the opportunity to prove himself and make his teammate eat those words.
Prediction: New York Excelsior wins 3-2
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