Overwatch League's First Ever Battle for Canada is Upon Us

Wyatt Fossett,

May 3, 2019 5:45 PM

In the first of many, today marks the beginning of a lovely rivalry between the Overwatch League's two Canadian teams.

The under-performing Toronto Defiant and the undefeated Vancouver Titans face-off in the Overwatch League’s first Battle of Canada.

(courtesy Robert Paul, Blizzard Ent.)
(courtesy Robert Paul, Blizzard Ent.)

We’ve talked about the strengths of location-based franchises on here before, and it has developed some pretty great rivalries within the Overwatch League -- as is evident in the recent Battle of Texas live from Dallas last weekend. Now, thanks to two new expansion teams, that geographically-infused competitive rivalry expands to an international scale. 

With the addition of two Canadian teams in the first league expansion in OWL history, a new ticket was issued with the pride of an entire nation on the line. 

Even though they started off looking very promising in the Overwatch League, the Toronto Defiant squad has been nothing if not mediocre since the middle of Stage 1 this year. What their struggles are don’t seem clear either, making the situation even more difficult to deal with. 

Their all-star worthy line-up recently got a boost with the addition of solo queue climb god IM37, but it ultimately hasn’t translated into better closing on the battlefield. The Toronto Defiant is currently 1W - 4L during Stage 2 so far, with their final two matches to be played this weekend. 

(courtesy Robert Paul, Blizzard Ent.)
(courtesy Robert Paul, Blizzard Ent.)

Across from them on the Blizzard Arena Stage today will be the 1st Place team in the Vancouver Titans, who have yet to drop a single match in their Overwatch League history thus far. In Stage 1, the Titans went undefeated through the regular stage before running all the way through the Stage 1 Playoffs to win their first championship within OWL. 

The former Runaways line-up has made a huge impact on the league, especially when it comes to dressing an entirely Korean roster -- which the Florida Mayhem have decided to adopt fully of late. The Titans’ team synergy and bold play have quickly made them the big baddies of the league (a role the Titans fully support). They are hard to beat, and there is no holding back in reminding all those that oppose them. 

(courtesy Robert Paul, Blizzard Ent.)
(courtesy Robert Paul, Blizzard Ent.)

The battle for bragging rights, as the best OWL team in Canada, has boiled over to off-stage stakes. Famous Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez called out the Toronto Defiant and their partial owner The Weeknd (another famous Canadian in music), saying that he had $50,000 to throw down in favor of the Vancouver Titans. Lanez recently invested in Luminosity Gaming, who operates the Vancouver Overwatch franchise in partnership with the Canucks organization. 

So far, no one from the Toronto Defiant or the Weeknd’s camp has responded to the wager on social media, and there’s a big ol goose egg in the loss column for Vancouver that is most likely the culprit of that lack of reply. 

Watch the Battle for Canada live on the Overwatch League Twitch channel, or use the embed below. 

Watch live video from OverwatchLeague on www.twitch.tv

This is the final week of play days for Stage 2 of the Overwatch League’s second season, and before we head into the Stage 2 Playoffs, there’s a lot of standings left to be cemented. 

Who do you think will take home the golden hockey stick in the Overwatch League’s first ever Battle for Canada?


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