Chengdu Hunters

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Chengdu Hunters
成都猎人
The logo features a panda.
FoundedSeptember 7, 2018
LeagueOverwatch League
DivisionPacific
Team historyChengdu Hunters
(2018–present)
Based inChengdu, China
ArenaWuliangye Chengdu
Performing Arts Centre
Colors                   
OwnerHuya Inc.
Affiliation(s)LGE.Huya
Main sponsorHuya
WebsiteOfficial website
Uniforms
Chengdu Hunters Jersey.svg
Chengdu Hunters
Simplified Chinese成都猎人
Traditional Chinese成都獵人

Chengdu Hunters (simplified Chinese: 成都猎人; traditional Chinese: 成都獵人; pinyin: Chéngdū Lièrén) is a Chinese professional Overwatch esports team based in Chengdu, China. The Hunters compete in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Pacific West Division.

Founded in 2018, Chengdu Hunters began play as one of eight expansion teams in 2019 and is one of four professional Overwatch teams in China. The team is owned by Huya Inc., a Chinese interactive broadcast platform. The Hunters have an academy team playing in Overwatch Contenders; the team, LGE.Huya, is owned by LinGan e-Sports Club. The team will host homestands at the Wuliangye Chengdu Performing Arts Centre.

Franchise history[edit]

OWL expansion[edit]

On September 7, 2018, Activision Blizzard announced that domestic game livestream platform Huya had purchased an expansion team based in Chengdu for Overwatch League's second season.[1][2] On November 11, the team revealed their team name as Chengdu Hunters.[3]

Inaugural season[edit]

Chengdu's first ever regular season OWL match was a 3–2 victory over the Guangzhou Charge on February 15, 2019.[4] After posting three consecutive 3–4 records for the first three stages, the Hunters failed to qualify for any of the Stage Playoffs.[5] A 4–3 record in Stage 4 gave Chengdu 13–15 record for the season and qualified them for the Play-In Tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round by the Guangzhou Charge by a 1–4 scoreline.[6]

Team identity[edit]

On November 12, 2018, the Chengdu Hunters brand was officially unveiled. The team name was chosen "as a symbol of the team’s dedication to pursuing the honor of the league." The logo, a black and gold giant panda, was chosen because "it is the national treasure of China, the symbol of Chengdu, and a symbol of peace and good luck. At the same time, the panda also boasts powerful fighting strength and represents the Chinese spirit of perseverance, and collectively with the team’s name, represents the team’s determination to achieve victory." The colors represent vigor and steadiness, and contain the main colors of Huya and NRG, meant to represent the collaboration of the two companies.[7]

Home arena[edit]

  • Wuliangye Chengdu Performing Arts Centre (2020)[8]

Personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Chengdu Hunters roster
Players Coaches
Role No. Handle Name Nationality Previous team
Damage 24 JinMu  Yi Hu  China  Big Time Regal Gaming 
Damage 74 Baconjack  Lo Tzu-Heng  Taiwan  Flash Wolves 
Damage 88 YangXiaoLong  Zhang Zhihao  China  Miraculous Youngster 
Damage leave (I)  Huang Xin  China  Miraculous Youngster 
Tank 3 Elsa  Luo Wenjie  China  LinGan Esports 
Tank 5 Ameng  Ding Menghan  China  Big Time Regal Gaming 
Tank 64 LateYoung  Ma Tianban  China  Team CC 
Tank 99 jiqiren  Wei Yansong  China  Team CC 
Support 7 Kyo (C)  Kong Chunting  China  Team CC 
Support 29 Yveltal  Li Xianyao  China  LinGan Esports 
Support 77 GARRY  Li Guan  China  Lucky Future 
Head coach
  • Vacant

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (TW) Two-way player
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injury/Illness

Latest roster transaction: July 25, 2019.

Head coaches[edit]

Chengdu Hunters head coaches
Handle Name From To Span Ref.
Rui Wang Xingrui (王星睿) November 26, 2018 November 17, 2019 356 days [9][10]

Awards and records[edit]

Seasons overview[edit]

Season P W L W% MW ML MT MD Pos. (league) Pos. (conf.) Playoffs Earnings
2019 28 13 15 .464 55 66 1 -11 12th 8th Not eligible $0
2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 ±0 TBD $0

Individual accomplishments[edit]

All-Star Game selections

  • Yveltal (Li Xianyao) – 2019
  • Ameng (Menghan Ding) – 2019
  • JinMu (Yi Hu) – 2019

Academy team[edit]

On January 27, 2019, LinGan e-Sports Club announced their partnership with the Chengdu Hunters and became the academy team. LinGan e-Sports changed the name of their Overwatch team to LGE.Huya.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rand, Emily (September 7, 2018). "Overwatch League reveals Toronto, Paris, and four other new franchises". ESPN. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (September 7, 2018). "It's official: All 8 new teams coming to Overwatch League have been revealed". Dot Esports. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Byers, Preston (November 11, 2018). "Chengdu's Overwatch League team reveals its name and logo—Chengdu Hunters". Dot Esports. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  4. ^ August, Charlotte (February 16, 2019). "Overwatch Esports: Overwatch League Day 2 Recap". ESTNN. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  5. ^ M., Admir (July 30, 2019). "Chengdu Hunters announce signing of hot prospect and OWWC star Leave". win.gg. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Charge, Dragons advance in OWL play-in tourney". ESPN. Rueters. August 31, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "Huya Announces Brand New Team—Chengdu Hunters—for 2019 Overwatch League Season" (PDF). Overwatch League. November 11, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Hayward, Andrew (August 21, 2019). "Update: Five More OWL Teams Confirm Homestand Venues". The Esports Observer. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Chengdu Hunters (2018-11-26), Roster Announcement, retrieved 2018-11-27 – via Twitter
  10. ^ McHale, Violet (November 17, 2019). "Chengdu Hunters Head Coach Announces Departure". The Game Haus. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "LinGan e-Sports partners with Chengdu Hunters". Weibo (Chinese). Retrieved 12 April 2019.

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