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OWL Offseason Analysis: Vancouver Titans

Just about a month until the new Overwatch League season kicks off! Last time, I took a look at the changes that the San Francisco Shock has undergone, but today it’s all about the Vancouver Titans! The Titans were part of the OWL expansion that took place before the 2019 season. They made a big impression in their debut season when they not only dominated every stage but also made it to the grand finals. Unfortunately, they were not able to beat the San Francisco Shock and had to settle for second place, but the changes that they have made to their roster in the off-season can make or break them in the 2020 season.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting many changes to the Titan’s roster, but they let go of several key players from the 2019 season. Vancouver said goodbye to Rapel, Hooreg, Bumper, and TiZi, and I am blown away by the talent that they let go. Hooreg is a DPS player with a large hero pool, he could play a variety of characters from Widowmaker to Sombra, Reaper to Doomfist. However, he is looking to get into coaching, so it will be interesting to see where this path takes him. Rapel was a major player throughout the entirety of the season, as he played in at least one game every stage. Even though he joined the Titan’s late in the season, TiZi was in the starting lineup for the Titan’s during the playoffs. Finally, Bumper was a great playmaker throughout the regular season but was benched during the playoffs and the grand finals.

via Dailyhive.com

Of course, where there are cuts there have to be replacements, and the Titans picked up some big names of the OWL. The first person that they picked up is the man who has been called the “most handsome, best main tank, greatest in the world”, Fissure!

Fissure has quite the history with the OWL since he was part of 3 other teams, the London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, and Seoul Dynasty. As much as I enjoy Fissure as a player, I can’t help but wonder which team he might be on by the time this next season is over with. The other hard hitter they picked up is Ryujehong. This flex support player has been one of the biggest influences on Seoul Dynasty since the inaugural season, and he is a popular name in the league. As much as I love watching Ryujehong and his gameplay, I have to wonder how his gameplay may change without his trusty main support, Tobi, who he has been healing with for the past 2 years.

As much as I love the Vancouver Titans, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous for the upcoming season. I think they made great additions, but can Fissure and Ryujehong keep the team as focused and tight as they were this last season? Only time will tell, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box!

Written by Jade Tostanoski

A long bio, huh? Alright, here it goes! I'm Jade, a 28-year-old girl mom! My girls, my husband and I live in Maryland where we fill our little home with figures, games, and consoles. I am a recent graduate from Full Sail Univerity where I earned my degree in creative writing for entertainment. If we are not playing games, we are dancing, singing, and cheering on our favorite eSports teams. My journey into "nerd" culture started when I was young. My dad and I would sit for hours and play Golden Axe and that eventually blossomed into a love for games like Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, and Kingdom Hearts. Fast forward some years and my love for anime blossomed. I started out watching some really off the wall stuff like Petite Cossette, Serial Experiments Lain, and Baccano!. While these still hold a special place in my heart, we watch some milder options now, like My Hero Academia and Sailor Moon. Otherwise, you can find me binging my favorite reality shows, reading, or writing!

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