At the start of the Overwatch League, every team aspires to hold its name written in the title. Although fans hope the tournament race to be full of sweat, blood, and tears, they were left with little less than anticipated this time. Throughout the current year’s OWL, we have witnessed a pedigreed team from Vancouver make it seem they are guaranteed the prize.
From their inaugural season in Overwatch, Vancouver Titans have gone on a 19-game win streak. By doing so, the upcoming Esports phenomenon fairly deserved to be the main subject of this weeks Vancouver Titans Team Profile.
Facts about Vancouver Titans
Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Vancouver Titans is a professional Overwatch eSports team. The organization is founded in 2018 and is owned by a Canadian investor Francesco Aquilini of the Aquilini Group. Titans compete in the Overwatch League and are members of the OWL’s Pacific Division. They are the only professional OW team to come from Canada apart from Toronto Defiant.
Being already the owner of an NHL club Vancouver Canucks, the Aquilini Group saw the vast potential eSports industry has to offer and decided to step in. All of the above led to Activision Blizzard announcing on September 7, 2018, that the group had acquired a slot for the Vancouver-based team, for an estimated $30 to $60 million.
Vancouver Titans have entered Overwatch wearing the colors of blue, green and white. The colors were chosen in order to appeal to the fans in the Pacific Northwest, and also carry a close resemblance to those of the Vancouver Canucks. Teams logo features a Sasquatch, a mythological figure associated with the folklore of the Pacific Northwest. The Sasquatch also features a “V” shaped nose and a mountain range integrated at the top of his head.
To further strengthen their entrance into competitive Overwatch, Vancouver Titans have partnered with an experienced Canadian eSports organization Luminosity Gaming. A choice like this proved to be highly efficient, as the team shattered Shanghai Dragons in the first OWL regular season match held on February 16, 2019. Not only did the Titans prove to have sufficient expertise and organization, but they went home with a 4-0 victory.
Aside from bringing in superb logistics, Vancouver Titans have made sure to acquire a team of players and personnel well fit for future occasions. To do so, they have turned their eyes to the Korean Contenders Champions team RunAway.
All eight members of the team were signed, and they include Hyojong “Haksal” Kim, Sang-beom “Bumper” Park, Chung-hee “Stitch” Lee, Hyeon-Woo “JJANU” Choi, Jooseok “Twilight” Lee, Sung-jun “SLIME” Kim, Min-soo “SeoMinSoo” Seo and Dong-eun “Hooreg” Lee.
When it comes to the teams Organization, it is composed of Steve “Buyaka” Maide as the Co-Founder, Jisub “paJion” Hwang serving as the Head Coach, Yangwon “Yang1” Kwon and Harsha “Harsha” Bandi as the Assistant Coaches and Jaehong “Andante” Hwang as the teams’ Analyst.
Continuing with our Vancouver Titans team profile!
Stepping into Stage 1 of the Overwatch League, Vancouver Titans have culminated every expectation set upon them. Throughout the OWL’s first stage, they have displayed extraordinary performance, pulverizing any signs of opposition. During their first season of existence in 2019, they have reached the Overwatch League – 2019 Stage 1 Playoffs, not dropping a single victory with a flawless 7-0 record. Furthermore, the Titans proceeded to take on a victory in Stage 1 Playoffs, defeating San Francisco Shock to a score of 4:3.
With the start of the OWL Stage 2 on April 4th, Titans continued their previous run. The team has added to the previous success 7 straight victories, matching their Stage 1 results. However, this time, the seed for Stage 2 Playoffs was shared with SF Shock, who also pulled out a clean record. The excitement was in the air, as both teams once again reached to the finals. Titans were to take the bitter end to SF Shock this time, as they lost the finals to a score of 2:4. Despite the loss, this match has marked the beginning of a future rivalry for Vancouver Titans.
Overwatch League Stage 3 is set to begin on June 6th and lasts until July 7th, 2019. Vancouver Titans will be facing Atlanta Reign in the first match of the stage on July 8th, 2019.
Although having a short history, with the coming of Vancouver Titans, a new era has begun in the Overwatch League. The team has proven to stand nothing short of optimism, excitement, and legacy to grow.
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