Agilities is known for his high tier Genji performances that helped carry the original Immortals roster to a win during Overwatch Contenders Season Zero. Ultra forced their full roster of 10 to stay in Toronto in the middle of a pandemic. [11][12] Despite numerous roster changes throughout the season, the Defiant finished the season in 17th place overall with an 8–20 record. ” Campbell also joined the coaching staff, focusing specifically on working with the DPS players on the team. Together, the team never game up and still did their best to deliver top tier performances, but sometimes struggled to push themselves all the way. ” Park picked up some play time as well, proving himself on the Baptiste when KariV needed to take a break. Over the following off-season, the Defiant parted ways with the vast majority of their originally Korean-speaking roster with the exception of RoKy, rebuilding around a core of Canadian Overwatch players in Lane "Surefour" Roberts and Brady "Agilities" Girardi, acquired from the Los Angeles Gladiators and Los Angeles Valiant, respectively. Crimsix explained that Toronto allegedly heard this “excuse” before, referring to Classic, who also needed to return home for his grandfather. And he said this was in every Call of Duty League contract. The Toronto Defiant was among those changing teams, overhauling superstars from a variety of old rosters to build something new. Joo-seong “. [2] On the same day, Splyce announced that they would be joining working with OAM to form and operate the unnamed Toronto team with Chris Overholt of OAM and Marty Strenczewilk of Splyce as the team owners. Featured Image Courtesy of Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment. From October 27, 2018 to November 27, 2018, Toronto Defiant announced their players. [7], On February 14, 2019, Overactive Media partnered with Mirage Sport Électronique to launch Toronto Defiant's official academy team in Montreal to compete in Overwatch Contenders. Overall, fans of this Canadian based team had a season that was middling, at best. The CAEsports podcast doubled down on its opinions of Loony, claiming that if this was the situation between the players and organization, all parties agreed to the established contract. Toronto Defiant roster, upcoming matches, results, rank, stats, and achievements Follow us on Social Media for updates! Together, the team never game up and still did their best to deliver top tier performances, but sometimes struggled to push themselves all the way. Crimsix posted a clip from the CAEsports podcast, which focuses on the Toronto Ultra and Toronto Defiant, a professional Overwatch team. However, for all the shining moments that the Toronto Defiant showed, they still had their fair share of disappointments. There’s no telling how well they’ll rank up against the other teams in North America, but with something strong to build on, there’s at least hope to see more success from this organization in the future. Nevix specifically proved he’s much more than a D.Va one trick, showing incredible gameplay on Sigma, and even Reinhardt. The season started with Boston Uprising veteran Kristian “Kellex” Keller fighting alongside KariV. Unfortunately, for most of 2020, the Defiant were running without a captain. Shortly afterwards Seung-hyun "Ivy" Lee and Do-hyung "Stellar" joined, with Jae-yoon "Aid" Ko and Gyeong-mu "Yakpung" Jo following. #WingsOut, The Game Haus aims to bring unbiased, factually sound opinions to audiences across a range of mediums that are not readily accessible in the day-to-day media outlets. There’s allegedly another segment of the contract that says organizations can’t force their players to live in a required location to receive their salary, according to Crimsix. Rounding out the roster was the incredible tank line of Adam “, ” Karlsson. While the 2020 OWL format provided all teams with a path to the Grand Finals, Toronto were eliminated in their first playoff match by the Los Angeles Gladiators, 3–2, ending the Defiant's season. The support line only grew as well. Working alongside each other for so long enabled them to build up a good syngery that all top tier tank duos need to sustain themselves. Threatening to not pay non-starters if they went home. Fans can certainly look forward to this team making some shake-ups during the impending off-season. In his Twitter post, he explains the lack of coordination behind the scenes from an administrative perspective. The new Defiant roster consisted entirely of veteran league players with the exception of rookie tank player Adam "Beast" Denton, signed from the Philadelphia Fusion's academy team. [13] Former Paris Eternal coach Felix "Féfé" Münch was announced as the team's new head coach.[14]. He claimed that the Ultra forced its “full roster” to stay in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic, “threatening to not pay non-starters if they went home.” He also claimed that Brack, a substitute player for the Ultra, had to fight for the chance to return home for his grandfather’s open-heart surgery. The Toronto Defiant fans saw throughout 2020 wasn’t exactly the team they expected. You can choose which categories you want to be notified for. Crimsix posted a clip from the CAEsports podcast, which focuses on the Toronto Ultra and Toronto Defiant, a professional Overwatch team. Notably, Surefour has been absent from professional play. "Who could have predicted what [esport] is and what this has become globally," Overholt said in an interview. Putting up impressive numbers and earning them multiple wins in Map 5 scenarios, Kellex proved his worth on a more competitive team. The main talent can and should stay on the roster. An often ignored attribute in COD because it cannot be quantified.2. Initial head coach Félix “Féfé” Münch retired in the middle of the season, for very understandable and personal reasons. Lilbow was also released from the team after their season ended. In his Twitter post, he explains the lack of coordination behind the scenes from an administrative perspective. Kang-jae "envy" Lee and Se-hyeon "Neko" Park were announced as the first two players. The logo for Toronto Defiant displays the letter T inscribed in the letter D in the team's colours of red, black, white, and grey. Initial head coach Félix “, ” Münch retired in the middle of the season, for very understandable and personal reasons. On Sept. 27, teams of former and current pros face off for a $5,000 prize pool. Though the Defiant struggled on more than one occasion, they certainly seemed to shine when the meta hit just right. Founded in 2018, Toronto began play as one of eight expansion teams in 2019 and is one of two professional Overwatch teams based in Canada (the other, Vancouver Titans). The beginning of June brought about the retirement of Jaesun “, ” Won, the team’s general manager. Particularly, in the Summer Showdown, the Defiant truly exceeded all expectations, and landed themselves a fourth place finish from what was an incredibly low seeding. On the same day, Splyce announced that they would be joining working with OAM to form and operate the unnamed Toronto team with Chris Overholt of OAM and Marty Strenczewilk of Splyce as the team owners. The way this team banded together under less than ideal circumstances is nothing if not admirable. [16] Despite additional player signings throughout the season, the Defiant finished the season in 15th place overall with a 7–14 record. ” Hosono. The support line only grew as well. ” Berghmans performed on more than one occasion, using his Tracer and Ashe skills to lay teams like their Canadian competitors, the Vancouver Titans, to rest. With people like Surefour and Agilities leading a Canadian DPS line, things faltered more than they should’ve. Most players and fans disagreed with the podcast hosts’ statements regarding Loony. Former CEO of the Canadian Olympic CommitteeChris Overholt was named the president and CEO of the franchise. Lilbow was also released from the team after their season ended. The Defiant pulled off some miracle wins, including pushing the over powerful Philadelphia Fusion to a Map 5 game. The beginning of June brought about the retirement of Jaesun “Jae” Won, the team’s general manager. The off-season between 2019 and 2020 brought about some of the biggest roster changes the Overwatch League has seen thus far. After posting a clip of a podcast in which the participants questioned the Seattle Surge’s decision to sign Loony, who played for the Toronto Ultra in the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League, Crimsix started a thread where he discussed some of Toronto’s alleged actions in 2020. What Logix lacks, however, is the ability to play pretty much everything else. They also claimed Loony didn’t deserve his new spot on the Surge and that Seattle should’ve gone after other players. Together, this new team delivered rivalries, competitive matches and some very familiar faces throughout their 2020 season run. "This thing is not set to explode, it's exploding and I think we're well positioned to take this on in Toronto and Canada. Toronto hasn't commented on these accusations yet. However, it’s easy and clear to say that Toronto lacked a clear direction, both literally and professionally. #RiseTogether, Hi, I'm Mallory! The team is owned by OverActive Media, an esports and media company. Once he retired, Paris main support Harrison “Kruise” Pond took over, ensuring that the Defiant stayed in the fight until the very end. The Defiant began the 2020 season with a 3–1 victory over the Paris Eternal. Toronto Defiant is a Canadian professional Overwatch esports team based in Toronto, Ontario. The two hosts claimed Loony, a substitute player for the Ultra during the inaugural season, gave the team no reason to keep him on the lineup. With talent from the LA Gladiators, the LA Valiant, and the San Francisco Shock, there were expectations for them to do better than their initial debut season. The 2020 Toronto Defiant season was the second season of Toronto Defiant's existence in the Overwatch League. Toronto Defiant's first regular season OWL match was a 3–2 victory against the Houston Outlaws on February 15, 2019. A 2–3 loss to the Fusion on August 4 officially eliminated Toronto from postseason contention, and three days later, the team released head coach Lee "Bishop" Beom-joon. "[19] On February 19, the franchise announced that the team would be known as the Montreal Rebellion. Ending in the lower end of the North American region, it’s hard to say what the Defiant should do next season. This lack of leadership caused a lot of faltering, and a lot of missed opportunities within the organization. [8] The signings made Toronto Defiant the fifth full-Korean roster in the league at the time, alongside the Seoul Dynasty, New York Excelsior, London Spitfire, and the Vancouver Titans. These faults and inconsistencies could be a result of a multitude of things. In addition, Crimsix said there are “rumors” that Toronto allegedly wants a 50/50 prize winnings split with its players during the 2021 season despite “underpaying” its roster. Branding work was done in partnership with the Overwatch League and OverActive’s agency of record Diamond Marketing.

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