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Coming off of an undefeated Stage 1 Championship, the Vancouver Titans went into Stage 2 with momentum in their stride. The all-rookie Korean Contenders champions entered the Overwatch League with a powerful start, beating the San Fransisco Shock in only their second week in the league. Following their strong debut, the Titans kept up the same pressure, consistency, and focus they showed in Stage 1.



 

 

After looking at their roster, it’s no surprise that they have such a strong presence in the Pacific Division. Minsoo “Seominsoo” Seo, their star DPS player, continues to impress as Zarya, becoming a crucial anchor point for the Titans and a player who could quickly change the tide of battle when playing. That, when paired with Sangbeon “Bumper” Park and Hyunwood “JJanu” Choi as tanks, leads to excellent play from the team up north. This is the same team who had not lost a single game in season 2 of Korean Contenders as RunAway, with a final record of 16-0. Hoisting the banner of RunAway is a daunting task (especially for a group of tier 2 players). But the former roster now turned Titans fulfilled the expectations of the community and their dominant performance in the tier 2 scene was not left unnoticed. In a partnership with the Vancouver Canucks and Luminosity Gaming, the Vancouver Titans were born, consisting of the same championship team of RunAway.

 

Their typical starting roster consists of:


Minsoo “Seominsoo” Seo (DPS)

Hyojong “Haksal” Kim (DPS)



Sangbeon “Bumper” Park (Tank)

Hynwood “JJanu” Choi (Tank)

Seong “Slime” Jun Kim (Support)

and Juseok “Twilight” Lee (Support).

 

 

What seems to makes this roster tick is their proficient use of the GOATS (3 tanks, 3 healers) meta. This is a team very well built for and around this meta and it shows in the technical skill of each of the players as stated earlier. This is a squad that knows how to pressure and overwhelm its opponents with the strength and size of a tank.

 

 

In most cases, Seominsoo as full-charge Zarya ends up filling the kill feed as much as a normal DPS character, and Bumper as well as JJanu reinforce this playstyle and help lead their team to success. The Titans play well grouped together, playing off of each other’s strengths while their opponents search for their weaknesses. For the most part, they keep a similar hero composition of Zarya, Reinhardt, Brigitte, Lucio, Ana, and D.va. A composition primarily focused around shield heroes and being able to soak up as much damage as you can, while being able to dish out damage and live long enough to win. With the release of Baptiste, it’ll be interesting to see how the Titans will perform with the new hero after getting him in the meta. His abilities seem to reinforce their playstyle and may even make Vancouver an ever scarier force to adapt to.

 

All in all, the Vancouver Titans are a force to be reckoned with in the Overwatch League. In their debut stage, they managed to take home a stage championship and look to do it again in the upcoming stages. Their all-rookie roster is dressed to impress in the world-class eSports league, and the world is ready to watch them.

 

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