Vancouver Titans Wins Overwatch League S2, Stage 1 Finals
Posted 25th March 2019 By: Derpina    378 Views
Esports News – No one would have thought that expansion team Vancouver Titans will dominate Stage 1 of the Overwatch League Season 2, and it’s even more surprising that they’ve taken down the likes of New York Excelsior and London Spitfire in chasing after the top seeds. After the team’s seven-game series, they’ve finished the Stage 1 finals undefeated.
Vancouver Titans conjured up their roster from South Korea’s Overwatch Contenders, a minor league that tests the potential of amateur players. Specifically, players from RunAway, the winner of the recent NetEase Esports X Tournament – Winter and Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3: Korea. The Titans successfully signed up the most aggressive players to compete in the second season of the Overwatch League.
From the lineup, Hyo-Jong “Haksal” Kim (DPS), Choong-Hui “Stitch” Lee (DPS), and Sang-Beom “Bumper” Park (Tank) are the most notable veterans. Haksal is one of the oldest members of RunAway, and he gained notoriety at the OGN APEX Season 1 for his impressive use of Genji. Meanwhile, Stitch and Bumper joined the Contenders team in APEX Season 2 and have successfully shown the competitive scene what they’re capable of as Tracer and Zarya’s players.
The Titans always start their plays using a defense-first approach. For them, it was the best technique to play Overwatch. Every time they have a match, they will defend their positions first and clean up their messes along the way. Unlike the former top seeder, New York Excelsior, which always starts the game methodically slow, Vancouver Titans begins the game with aggressive and precise defense lines.
Surprisingly, the approach was highly effective and they went unbeaten all throughout Stage 1. The team finished stage 1 at 7-0 in the regular season and 10-0 in the postseason—they were undefeated even in the minor league stint. Vancouver Titans hasn’t lost a single match since they joined the league on July 22 last year.
Their last and final game was against San Francisco Shock, the #6 seed on the Stage 1 standings and they’ve concluded the best-of-seven final with a 4-3 victory. The last match that determined the team’s fate culminated at the map Rialto.