The Spark are going big slick.
The Hangzhou Spark have announced the signing of Se-won "BERNAR" Shin and Young-hyun "Takoyaki" Lee.
With this move, the Spark have increased the number of signed players to a total of eleven players. This is especially interesting as many other franchises have adopted the mantra of "mean and lean" this season, with most teams only picking up between 7-9 players for their 2021 rosters. Currently, the Spark are not only split in that they have five Chinese and six Korean players, but their roles also match up in a way that each side only misses one Chinese player in the DPS role to be able to field two independent teams speaking one language. Whether that is just an interesting pattern of coincidence or a plan to have two teams be able to scrim against each other while communicating in their mother tongue is currently unknown.
Given that not much is officially known about the official league structure next year and whether or not hero pools are staying, we can extrapolate based on last season's format that a larger roster might have a competitive advantage given the meta uncertainty induced by the hero pool feature. Further challenges could come at the hand of possible travel within the Asian region as well as an uncertain amount of games that could lead to players requiring eventual breaks depending on the schedule.
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