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Crash of the Titans

Vancouver Titans disband roster midway through third Overwatch League season.
On the shelf, literally and figuratively. (Jonathan McGill)

Well, it was great while it lasted.

Today marked another sore moment for Canadian eSports fans as the Vancouver Titans, a team that dominated most of last season, have come to an end as we know them. As of today, all players and majority of the coaching staff have departed from the team. The Aquilini Group will start fresh with a new team to be announced in the coming days.

Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 loomed large over the decision, with complications due to cancelled homestands and limited travel, along with players returning home to South Korea.

Initially, the team hoped to move from the Pacific division to the Asian division. But this created further challenges, including time zone conflicts and technical issues as players trained and played in their own homes instead of a team facility.

“Both the players and management agreed that finding a new home for the players would be in everyone’s best interest,” says Tim Holloway, eSports director for Aquilini Entertainment.

While the former Titans roster was among the league’s best, it may be difficult to restock a new team mid-season. Currently, the Titans are scheduled to play the Washington Justice and Florida Mayhem this upcoming weekend; it’s unclear whether those games will happen as planned.

Holloway says a new roster of Titans will be announced in the coming days. Although the original roster as we knew them has come and gone, the Titans will continue on with a new lineup.

Jonathan is a video game enthusiast and fan of the Overwatch League esports scene. By day, he’s a graphic designer and communications specialist in Burnaby, but at night he plays main tank as Orisa in Overwatch.