Vancouver Titans

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Vancouver Titans
The logo for the Vancouver Titans features a Sasquatch with a 'V' in the nose and a mountain range on the top of its head.
FoundedSeptember 7, 2018
LeagueOverwatch League
DivisionPacific
Team historyVancouver Titans
(2018–present)
Based inVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
ArenaRogers Arena (2020–future)
Colors              
OwnerFrancesco Aquilini
Head coachHwang Ji-Sub
Championships0
Stage titles
Uniforms
Vancouver Titans Jersey.svg
WebsiteOfficial website
Current season

Vancouver Titans is a professional Overwatch esports team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that competes in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Pacific Division. Founded in 2018, the Vancouver Titans began play as an OWL expansion team in 2019 and is one of two professional Overwatch teams in Canada (the other, Toronto Defiant). The team is owned by Francesco Aquilini of the Aquilini Group.

History[edit]

OWL expansion[edit]

On September 7, 2018, Activision Blizzard announced that NHL's Vancouver Canucks ownership Aquilini Group had purchased a slot for the Vancouver-based franchise for a reported $30 million to $60 million.[1][2] "Esports has seen extraordinary success and continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the world," said Aquilini Group managing director Francesco Aquilini in a statement. "We can't wait to launch the team in Vancouver."[3] On October 18, the team announced they had partnered with Canadian esports organization Luminosity Gaming to add esports expertise to the organization.[4]

On December 1, a video revealed the Vancouver Titans' brand during the second intermission of a Vancouver Canucks game, concluding with "Today, we release the Titans." The team also announced that it had signed all eight members of the Korean Contenders Champions RunAway and Hwang "paJion" Ji-Sub as the team's head coach.[5]

Inaugural season[edit]

Vancouver Titans played their OWL first regular season match on February 16 against the Shanghai Dragons, in which the Titans swept the Dragons 4–0.[6] Vancouver found continued success in Stage 1, as the team marked a perfect 7–0 record, claiming the top seed in the Stage 1 Playoffs.[7]

Team identity[edit]

On December 1, 2018, the Aquilini Group officially unveiled the Vancouver Titans brand. The name Titans is "indicative of the traits associated with the Sasquatch – a powerful, imposing, and mythical being." The logo features the Pacific Northwest folklore figure with a 'V' in the nose and a mountain range on the top of its head in the team's colours of blue, green, and white. The colours represent the greenery that surrounds the Pacific Ocean in the Vancouver area and are similar of that of the Vancouver Canucks' official colours. "In choosing our identity we wanted to introduce a team that would resonate with fans in the Pacific Northwest," Aquilini Group managing editor Francesco Aquilini said in a statement. "With a local feel and an experienced, skilled team, we are ready and can't wait to have the Titans compete at the highest level in esports."[5][8]

Seasons overview[edit]

Vancouver Titans seasons
Season MP W L Win% Pos. (div.) Pos. (league) Stage 1 Playoffs Stage 2 Playoffs Stage 3 Playoffs Season Playoffs Earnings
2019 28 25 3 .893 1st 1st Champions Finals Semifinals TBD $350,000

Current roster[edit]

Vancouver Titans roster
Players Coaches
Role No. Handle Name Nationality Previous team
Damage 1 Haksal  Kim Hyo-jong  South Korea  RunAway 
Damage 9 Hooreg  Lee Dong-eun  South Korea  RunAway 
Damage 18 SeoMinSoo  Seo Min-soo  South Korea  RunAway 
Damage 22 Stitch  Lee Chung-hee  South Korea  RunAway 
Tank 4 Bumper  Park Sang-beom  South Korea  RunAway 
Tank 40 TiZi  Hwang Jang-hyeon  South Korea  GRUNTo Esports 
Tank 14 JJANU  Choi Hyeon-woo  South Korea  RunAway 
Support 7 Twilight  Lee Joo-seok  South Korea  RunAway 
Support 11 Rapel  Kim Jung-geun  South Korea  Element Mystic 
Support 28 SLIME  Kim Sung-jun  South Korea  RunAway 
Head coach
  • Hwang Ji-sub

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (TW) Two-way player
  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injury/Illness

Latest roster transaction: August 16, 2019.

Head coaches[edit]

Vancouver Titans head coaches
Handle Name From To Span Ref.
paJion Hwang Ji-Sub December 1, 2018 286 days [5]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

OWL Rookie of the Year

  • Haksal (Kim Hyo-jung) – 2019

OWL Role Stars

  • Haksal (Kim Hyo-jung) – 2019
  • Twilight (Lee Ju-seok) – 2019

OWL All-Star Weekend[edit]

OWL All-Star Game selections

  • Slime (Kim Seong-Jun) – 2019
  • Twilight (Lee Ju-Seok) – 2019
  • Bumper (Park Sang-Beom) – 2019
  • Haksal (Kim Hyo-Jong) – 2019

OWL All-Star Game head coaches

  • PaJion (Hwang Ji-Sub) – 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rand, Emily (September 7, 2018). "Overwatch League reveals Toronto, Paris, and four other new franchises". ESPN. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (September 7, 2018). "It's official: All 8 new teams coming to Overwatch League have been revealed". Dot Esports. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Black, Matthew; Haberstroh, Max (September 7, 2018). "Canucks owners bring pro esports team to Vancouver". CBC News. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Vancouver Overwatch team partners with Luminosity Gaming". ESPN.com. 2018-10-18. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  5. ^ a b c "Overwatch: Vancouver Titans reveal branding, roster". ESPN. Reuters. December 1, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Fossett, Wyatt (February 17, 2019). "Vancouver Titans win their Overwatch League debut". Daily Hive. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Field Level Media (18 March 2019). "Titans sweep Charge to cap perfect OWL Stage 1". Gwinett Prep Sports. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Introducing the Vancouver Titans: The New Overwatch League Team Competing in the 2019 Season". Gamasutra. December 3, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2019.

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