The Guangzhou Charge have announced the trade of Philadelphia Fusion main tank Joona "fragi" Laine for flex DPS player Finley "Kyb" Adisi. Furthermore, Hyung-seok "Bischu" Kim will join the Charge from the Los Angeles Gladiators.
Both of Charge’s new players had been sitting on the bench this season and are looking to assist the organization in their play-in push in Stage 4. While Kyb got more playtime for the Charge, he didn’t establish himself as a starter for them either.
The Finish Reinhardt specialist once started for the Philadelphia Fusion from Stage 1 to 3 of last year’s inaugural season, until fellow main tank player Su-min "SADO" Kim became eligible to play in Stage 4. Fragi has become notorious for his unorthodox and aggressive Reinhardt play, which he adapted over the first season. In season 2 of the Overwatch League, Fragi couldn’t make it past Sado and sat on the bench for all of 2019. As another fluent English speaker, Fragi could add flexibility to the roster by allowing for more player combinations after the departure of Kyb.
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With a fluent bilingual English and Korean speaker in Bischu, the Charge could further assist Charlie "nero" Zwarg's integration into the starting line-up. Bischu lost his starting position on the Gladiators to Jun-woo "Void" Kang after struggling with a flare of ulcerative colitis, which rendered him unable to compete in the beginning of the season.
Kyb's recruitment arrives at an interesting time. As the league is moving to a 2-2-2 role lock for Stage 4, making two DPS heroes mandatory, it stands to reason that Josue "Eqo" Corona would be a set starter in such a meta setting. Head coach Elliot "Hayes" Hayes, however, knows what he has in Kyb, as he’s been coaching the player for the British OWWC team for two years in a row.
The Philadelphia Fusion are in 9th place with 12 wins to their name while the Guangzhou Charge currently sit at a tied 12th place with 9 victories. With the introduction of a play-in tournament, both teams are fighting to finish the regular season between 7th and 12th in the standings to clinch a spot in said playoff qualification tournament. The Fusion are even in reach to qualify directly in 6th place if their Stage 4 performance allows for it.