Vancouver, Canada’s eight largest city and second city to purchase the rights to an Overwatch League team for season 2, just announced their new franchise as the Vancouver Titans.
This West Coast city’s mascot looks to be based on the infamous half-human, half-creature Sasquatch or Big Foot that supposedly roams the interior of British Columbia and Washington. Their mascot, the Titan, dons the iconic colors of the Vancouver Canucks which is a nice nod to their NHL partner. The logo is a minimalist headshot of the Titan with the cool Canuck blue outlining the vibrant green hair of the Titan. It has a certain Big Mouth vibe that is especially noticeable during their team profile video.
— 🇨🇦 Vancouver Titans (@TitansOW_) December 2, 2018
Their roster is almost completely comprised of the former Overwatch Contenders Korea team RunAway – Kim “Haksal” Hyo-jong, Lee “Hooreg” Dong-eun, Lee “Stitch” Choong-hui, Park “Bumper” Sang-beom, Choi “JJANU” Hyeon-woo, Lee “Twilight” Ju-seok, Kim “SLIME” Sung-jun, and Seo“SeoMinSoo” Min-soo. Joining the Vancouver Titans from the Element Mystic is Kim “Rapel” Jung is complete the Titan’s roster. This star-studded line-up is said to bring some fierce competition to the OWL as the former team RunAway earned a first place win in Season 2 of Overwatch Contenders 2018: Korea.
The color scheme was unsurprising once the teams’ owners, the Aquilini Group, were announced as they also own the Vancouver Canucks. It’s a nice nod to the intersection of traditional sports and esports and might help make Canuck fans make the jump into esports.
While some might complain that we have another Overwatch League team with blue as one of their signature colors, what makes them stand apart are how vibrant both the blue and green that the team has chosen are.
BREAKING: Vancouver Overwatch League franchise signs RunAway, will announce "Titans" branding at special live event later this afternoon. Full story below:https://t.co/R9Pm4VXATi
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While some people were disappointed with the color scheme, others had bigger issues with the announcement itself. With no official mods for the Twitch chat, an announcement that came twenty minutes after the published ‘announcement time’, and a series of social media blunders that made finding their Twitter page, and website, almost impossible, there were too many oops to overlook. There is a lot that the Vancouver Titans will need to learn before they gear up for their first game in February. Future fans of the team seemed disappointed with the overall execution of the teams’ social media announcements and PR but time will tell if this team can learn from their chaotic team announcement.
Now we’re just awaiting the mysterious Washington team to have our complete team roster for Season 2 of the Overwatch League