The Vancouver Titans have announced several roster changes heading into the 2021 Overwatch League Season, re-signing three players as well as letting another three walk into free agency.
In a move that is not overly surprising the team has chosen to hold onto Main Tank Abtin “Shredlock” Shirvani, DPS extraordinaire Dalton “Dalton” Bennyhoff and Support Randal “Roolf” Stark. These players joined the team in the roster shakeup which occurred back in the midseason. With these contracts being extended the team is one step closer to achieving Canadian super-team status.
Roolf has been a longtime fixture of the T2 scene, as well as playing for Team Canada at the Overwatch World Cup in years past. Shredlock however, is not as well established in the scene. He still did get noticed though for his play during his time on Second Wind in contenders North America. He was also poised to possibly take the starting Main Tank spot on Team Canada should Félix “xQc” Lengyel choose to not participate.
Dalton on the Titans was one of the more impactful players. Showcasing an impressive display of skill across multiple heroes and stepping up to fill the flex DPS role when called upon. His return should be met with warm regards by the fandom.
The team has released three players: Carson “CarCar” First, Samir “Tsuna” Ikram and Alhumaidi “KSAA” Alruwaili.
While CarCar and Tsuna didn’t really get a chance to shine with the Vancouver Titans. During a French interview, Tsuma revealed that he is currently trialing for five other teams. Meanwhile, CarCar tweeted that he is looking for a team for the upcoming Overwatch League season.
Finally, there’s KSAA, who carried his team with his skills on Sigma. However, due to a shaky internet connection and frequent lags in-game, the player couldn’t perform at his highest level. The COVID-19 crisis hit the Overwatch League in many ways. Players having to play from home with unstable internet was one of its consequences.
The roster as of now is as follows:
Just prior to their game in the May Maylee qualifiers against the Toronto Defiant the Vancouver Titans have announced their seventh player: Niclas “sHockWave” Jensen.
sHockWave is a Danish player who specializes in hitscan heroes like Widowmaker and McCree. He most recently played in Overwatch Contenders for the team Rasberry Racers and before that spent time on the now-dissolved academy team for the Defiant the Montreal Rebellion. This signing for the Titans could not have come at a better time. Not only did they require one more player to meet the league minimum roster amount, but at DPS they most certainly could use a boost. Someone with the explosive skills of sHockWave will certainly fit that bill.
The COVID-19 pandemic introduced plenty of challenges for the Titans, as the team mutually parted ways with the team members and coaching staff fro multiple reasons. With no sufficient space to properly maintain the social distancing guidelines outlined by health authorities, the players and coaches were flown home to be with their families in South Korea, and the remote structure was just not feasible for the players and management.
Within days the Titans were able to bring together a new roster of players and coaches from different countries:
Tim Holloway, director of Esports for Aquilini Entertainment, says he’s excited for the new group to not only represent the franchise but also to engage and grow with the community. “As a group they are excited to play for and engage with Titans fans in Vancouver and across the Pacific Northwest,” said Holloway.
Canucks Sports & Entertainment, owner of Seattle Surge and Vancouver Titans, has announced Adamas Esports Training + Performance as the franchises’ official performance partner.
Included in the multi-year agreement is a partnership with Fortius Sport & Health, the facility that acts as home to Adamas Esports Training + Performance’s services.
The partnership will see Adamas Esports Training + Performance provide both teams with ongoing baseline testing and monitoring to measure player health and performance. The deal also includes continuing one-on-one education with players, coaches, and staff on how to minimize the stresses that can arise with demanding travel schedules.
Tim Holloway, Esports Director for Aquilini Entertainment, had this to say on the partnership: “We’re excited to partner with Adamas Esports Training + Performance at Fortius Sport & Health to provide our Titans players and coaches with an all-encompassing environment to train and live during the busy esports season. Our goal in this partnership is to help the Titans and Surge reach not just their performance and championship aspirations but also their fitness and health goals. Through the expertise of staff and practitioners at Adamas and Fortius, our teams will be able to garner tips on how to best handle the various stresses that can arise in competing at the highest level in esports.”
The Fortius Sport & Health facility is kitted out with a fitness & performance centre, FIFA-standard turf pitch, NBA-lined gymnasium, human performance lab, sports medicine clinic, 50-room lodge, and a chef-inspired bistro.
Caleb Cousens, CEO of Adamas Esports Training + Performance, added: “Our team at Adamas is focused on defining the global standard for measuring and improving esports performance and a multi-year partnership with the Vancouver Titans and Seattle Surge is the perfect proving ground. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with a forward-thinking organization like Canucks Sports & Entertainment in an effort to help their athletes perform when it matters.”
We are thrilled to announce the renewed partnership with Circle K, continuing on from our inaugural 2019 season in The Overwatch League. While there will be continued partnership activations such as the limited edition Titans Froster collector cups that feature the team’s new roster, there will also be brand new activations incorporated into the partnership.
Dave Greason, Director of Marketing & Merchandising at Circle K Western Canada had this to say regarding the partnership renewal: “We’re excited to be able to continue our partnership with the Titans. We have all been through so much these past few months and we can’t wait to add back some FUN into our new normal. We are lucky to be part of this immensely passionate gaming community. Gaming used to be niche, but now it is mainstream. We’re looking forward to engaging with this community in new ways.”
The new activations will feature Circle K displayed on the team jerseys, consistent with the apparel worn at the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals, as well as several in-market activations such as a digital fan scavenger hunt provided by brand partner Jack Links.
Tim Holloway, Esports Director for our team had this to add: “We are thrilled to have Circle K as an integral part of the Titans family; they have been supporting us and our fans since day one and we look forward to doing bigger and better things through our partnership.”
Stay tuned for all the exciting activations to come!