A developing story involving the Vancouver Titans culminated today when the team decided to release their entire roster via Twitter and blog post. The Titans stormed their way into the Overwatch League last season, where they dominated their way into the grand finals. Even though they did not win the OWL championship last season, predictions expected for the Titans to continue dominating this season.
Before the pandemic, the Titans started the season strong going 2-0. After many cities around the world went into lockdown, the Titans' issues began to become apparent to the public. Reports came out saying there is a rift between Titans' management and players citing overall unhappiness. Those issues were evident in their overall record during the lockdown the Titans went 0-2 against Guangzhou Charge and Chengdu Hunters. Following those matches, Titans players began to disassociate themselves from the team, deleting any relationship with the Titans in their social media.
First reports came out last week when Hyeon-Woo "JJANU" Choi and Hwang "paJion" Ji-sub parted ways with the organization. Since then, fans are wondering if other concerns will be addressed with the other players. Today, the Vancouver Titans announced they are going to part ways with the entire roster, including coaches.
A roster implosion of this magnitude is unprecedented in esports during the middle of a season, especially since the Titans have games this weekend against the Washington Justice and Florida Mayhem. However, the Titans are not going into those games empty-handed.
Confirmed reports from Emily Rand and Jacob Wolf of ESPN, the Titans are going to pick up five players from the Contenders team, Second Wind. Those players include William "Caden" Loll, Abtin "ShRedLock" Shirvani, Dalton "Dalton" Bennyhoff, Colin "Higan" Arai, and Randal "Roolf" Stark. Other Second Wind players Zachary "iced" Hughes, Benjamin "UltraViolet" David, and Nicholas "Speedily" Zou are currently ineligible to compete in OWL.
As far as the former Titans' players are concerned, they left a legacy in Overwatch esports from dominating Contenders Korea to OWL. Sung-jun "SLIME" Kim, Jooseok "Twilight" Lee, and 2019 Rookie of the Year Hyojong "Haksal" Kim are currently looking for a team. There is no word from Min-soo "SeoMinSoo" Seo and Chung-hee "Stitch" Lee about their plans.
For veterans like Chan-hyung "Fissure" Baek and Jehong "ryujehong" Ryu, they do not plan on retiring from Overwatch. They mentioned in their respective streams that they are taking a break but are free agents. Additionally, according to Florida Mayhem's translator and team manager Swingchip, she reported from Fissure that none of the players will be getting paid for the remainder of their contracts.
The former Titans' players left their legacy in Overwatch dating back to Contenders with RunAway, but are not going to be forgotten. Wherever they end up in whether it is back in OWL, Contenders, or overall retiring, they are going to be remembered for what they contributed to the scene, and raising the bar in Overwatch. Fans should not remember the Titans, they should remember these players.
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