Toronto Defiant finalize roster with the addition of an Overwatch League veteran - Dexerto

Toronto Defiant finalize roster with the addition of an Overwatch League veteran

Published: 28/Nov/2018 10:12 Updated: 28/Nov/2018 10:23

by Joe O'Brien


Toronto Defiant have completed their roster for the start of Overwatch League Season Two.

The Defiant are one of eight new expansion franchises joining the league following the success of the inaugural season.

The team recently announced that their final two players would be DPS Choi ‘Asher’ Joon-seong and Support Park ‘RoKy’ Joo-seong.

Asher is an Overwatch League veteran, having played in Season One with the Los Angeles Gladiators, who reached the quarter-finals of the playoffs but were eliminated by eventual champions London Spitfire. RoKy is a former Contenders Korea champion, having won Season One with X6-Gaming.

Asher isn’t the only Overwatch League veteran on the roster. He joins former Boston Uprising support Park ‘Neko’ Se-hyeon and former LA Valiant flex tank Lee ‘Envy’ Kang-jae as the experienced counterparts to a squad otherwise consisting of OWL rookies.

Asher’s LA Gladiators were one of the top-performing teams in the second half of OWL Season One.

The new additions complete the team’s all-South Korean squad, imitating the strategy of the likes of London Spitfire and New York Excelsior, whose decisions to build Korean rosters for Season One saw them become the two most successful teams in the league.

Toronto aren’t the only expansion team to have looked to South Korea for talent. Both Guangzhou Charge and Hangzhou Spark both feature majority-Korean line-ups, and Vancouver are also expected to reveal the signing of Contenders Korea Season Two champions RunAway.

Meanwhile, both Shanghai Dragons and Florida Mayhem, the bottom two teams in Season One of the Overwatch League, have overhauled their rosters for Season Two to also now feature a majority of South Korean players.

Season Two of the Overwatch League is scheduled to kick off on February 14.

Toronto Defiant’s full roster:

Player Role Previous/S1 Team
Lee ‘Envy‘ Kang-jae Flex Tank Meta Bellum/LA Valiant
Park ‘Neko‘ Se-hyeon Support Boston Uprising
Jo ‘Lycan‘ Gyeong-mu Main Tank O2 Ardeont
Go ‘Aid‘ Jae-yoon Support GG Esports Academy
Lee ‘Stellar‘ Do-hyung DPS O2 Ardeont
Lee ‘Ivy‘ Seung-hyun DPS O2 Ardeont
Choi ‘Asher‘ Jun-sung DPS LA Gladiators
Park ‘RoKy‘ Joo-seong Support O2 Team

Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam


It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
Blizzard Entertainment
The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.