|Founded||7 September 2018|
|Team history||Hangzhou Spark|
|Based in||Hangzhou, China|
|Head coach||Lee "Mask" Mu-ho|
|General manager||Saisai Huang|
Hangzhou Spark (simplified Chinese: 杭州闪电; traditional Chinese: 杭州閃電; pinyin: Hángzhōu Shǎndiàn) is a Chinese professional Overwatch esports team based in Hangzhou, China. The Spark compete in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Pacific East Division.
Founded in 2018, Hangzhou Spark began play as one of eight expansion teams in 2019 and is one of four professional Overwatch teams based in China. The team is owned by Bilibili, a Chinese video sharing website; the company also owns Bilibili Gaming, who operate their own Overwatch division that compete in Overwatch Contenders as an academy team for the Spark.
Lee "Mask" Mu-ho was appointed the team's first head coach and led the Spark to the season playoffs in their inaugural season, but they were eliminated in the lower bracket's third round of the double-elimination tournament.
On 7 September 2018, Activision Blizzard announced that Chinese video sharing website Bilibili had purchased an expansion team based in Hangzhou for Overwatch League's second season. On 14 November, the team revealed their team name as Hangzhou Spark.
On 16 November, the Spark revealed their new head coach, Lee "Mask" Mu-ho. In the following week, the Spark revealed their 10-man inaugural roster through a series of Twitter posts, consisting of players from different Chinese and Korean Contenders teams.
Hangzhou's first regular season OWL match was a 3–1 victory over the Shanghai Dragons on 14 February. The Spark finished Stage 1 with a 3–4 record and did not qualify for the Stage 1 Playoffs. A 3–1 win over the Seoul Dynasty on 5 May gave the team a 5–2 record for Stage 2 and the seventh seed in the Stage 2 Playoffs. Hangzhou defeated the London Spitfire, 3–1, in the Stage 2 quarterfinals, but their playoff run ended after getting swept 0–4 by the San Francisco Shock in the semifinals. The Spark improved upon their Stage 2 performance in Stage 3, amassing a 6–1 record and the third seed in the Stage 3 Playoffs. However, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by the Los Angeles Valiant after losing a in five-map series. Hangzhou struggled at the beginning of Stage 4 after suspending their starting DPS Cai "Krystal" Shilong and the implementation of an enforced 2-2-2 role lock by the league. The team lost their first three matches of the stage but recovered by winning their final four matches. The Spark ended the regular season with an 18–10 record and the fourth seed in the season playoffs.
The Spark began their playoff run with a 3–4 loss to the Los Angeles Gladiators, sending them to the lower bracket. The team defeated the Seoul Dynasty, 4–1, in the first round of the lower bracket. In the second round, the Spark swept the Atlanta Reign, 4–0 to advance to the third round, where they faced the Shock. The Spark's season came to an end in a 0–4 loss to the Shock.
On 14 November 2018, Bilibili officially announced the brand of their franchise, the Hangzhou Spark. The name "Spark" symbolizes the immense speed and power electricity, as well as the "electric nature and creative spark" of the Bilibili brand.
The logo is in the team's official colors of pink, white, and blue. It depicts a hand-gesture in shape of a gun with electricity emerging from it and is a reference to Mikoto Misaka from A Certain Scientific Railgun. The official colors are vibrant in nature to reflect the fast-growing nature of Hangzhou.
Hangzhou Spark roster
|Hangzhou Spark head coaches|
|Mask||Lee Mu-ho (이무호)||16 November 2018||–||1 year, 137 days|||
Awards and records
|Season||P||W||L||W%||MW||ML||MT||MD||Pos. (league)||Pos. (conf.)||Playoffs||Earnings|
|2019||28||18||10||.643||64||52||4||+12||4th||3rd||Lower Round 3||$425,000|
Role Star selections
- guxue (Qiulin Xu) – 2019
- iDK (Park Ho-jin) – 2019
All-Star Game selections
- guxue (Qiulin Xu) – 2019
On 15 March 2019, the Hangzhou Spark announced their official academy team, Bilibili Gaming (BLG), and full roster. The team competes in Contenders China.
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