On Friday the Overwatch League team, Vancouver Titans, announced their new roster. The Vancouver Team added six new players and four new staff members. The new squad brings veterans of the OWL contender division who are ready to fight in the big leagues. Unlike multiple Overwatch players, the former team did not leave to play Valorant. The original Titans squad was recently released due to management complications accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Randal “Roolf” Stark – Roolf represented Team Canada at the Overwatch World Cup as a support in the years of 2016 and 2017. He also played for Second Wind in the 2020 Contender Season.
Dalton “Dalton” Bennyhoff – Dalton is a DPS who competed in Contenders with Toronto Esports in 2018 and Gladiators Legion in 2019.
Samir “Tsuna” Ikram – Tsuna played in Contenders with the British Hurricanes and more recently for the Paris Eternal Academy.
Abtin “Shredlock” Shrivani – Shredlock is a Tank who competed with the Contenders team, Second Wind, since 2019 before signing with the Titans.
Alhumaidi “KSAA” Alruwaili – KSAA Off Tank who represented Saudi Arabia in the Overwatch World Cup qualifiers. He also played in the EU Contenders for the 2020 season with Raspberry Racers.
Carson “CarCar” First – CarCar is a Support with a history in Contenders since 2018 playing for four different teams including Fusion Uinversity and ATL Academy.
Can This New Squad Fill The Void?
While it is good for fans of the Titans to have a new roster to get behind, this team isn’t too impressive. None of the new members have any OWL experience. Of course, these players have competed at the high level of Contenders but only KSAA has been a champion in his respective region. Two of these players, Roolf and Shredlock, do have a history competing together on Second Wind, but this doesn’t speak to the team chemistry to the other four players. Perhaps some of them may play well in their own right but we have no idea what they are capable of as a squad.
It may go too far to say that Titans management was grasping at straws for this roster; but this team is not very impressive. This new squad has large shoes to fill. The Titans earned themselves the title of a top tier team after they only had three losses in the 2019 season. Perhaps the new players will blow us away with their play and crush all doubts, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.