Today, the Shanghai Dragons proved the rumors true and officially confirmed four new players to join their roster. In addition to the roster news, Dragons have also confirmed an updated "player selection process" for future Chinese players. This update is in response to the community uproar over the supposed unfair process the organization employed when choosing the initial members of the Dragons roster.
Player photos and descriptions below were taken from the official press release shared by the Shanghai Dragons:
Mains: Winston, Reinhardt, and Roadhog.
With his former team, he won APEX Challengers Season 5 and 2017 SURGE, and placed third at the 2017 Nexus Cup Annual Finals. As a main tank, Fearless plays very aggressively and was the main reason the team won APEX Challengers, contributing to the "ultimate dive." He is a powerful addition to the tank line of Shanghai Dragons.
Mains: Zarya, D.Va, and Roadhog, and can play other heroes.
She competed during the group stages of APEX Season 4. Geguri's Zarya win rate reached 80% on the Korean server one point, resulting in the community giving her nicknames like "World's Best Zarya" and "God Zarya." Geguri expanded her hero pool recently and now plays D.Va at top level as well. She will be a strong addition to the tank line of Shanghai Dragons.
Mains: Ana, Zenyatta, and McCree.
Among his accomplishments, he is an OWPS Summer Series and Grand Finals champion, 2017 Overwatch World Cup quarterfinalist, 2017 APAC semifinalist, 2017 Nexus Cup Summer Series champion, and 2017 Nexus Cup Spring Series semifinalist. Sky played a pivotal role for his former team as part of their famous "death-ball" composition. He also became known for his Sleep Darts in the match against Lunatic-Hai (now Seoul Dynasty) during the 2017 Seoul Cup. He is an important addition to the Shanghai Dragons' support lineup.
Mains: Genji, Tracer, Pharah, and Doomfist.
He competed in the group stages during APEX Season 4 and made the quarterfinal of APAC Season 2. Ado is renowned for his Genji. During APAC Season 2, his Dragonblade usage helped the team win two rounds in unfavorable conditions. Ado also plays other heroes at a high level, and he will fill the indispensable projectile DPS role of Shanghai Dragons.
A more fair policy
In addition to these player announcements, the Dragons release this statement regarding the aforementioned update towards their player selection policy. This policy will be implemented for season 2 Chinese hopefuls:
The Shanghai Dragons look forward to tackling the core problems of the team with the help of these new signings, as well as showcasing more competitiveness in skills and tactics with better performances in the matches ahead. They are also working on a player selection policy for Chinese professionals for Season 2. By then, there will be a transparent and comprehensive selection method, which will guarantee a fair and just selection process for the opportunity to compete on a global esports stage.
This news is part of a recent wave of new player acquisitions from struggling OWL teams, including the famed former Rogue player aKm joining the Dallas Fuel .
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