Can the Vancouver Titans Hang in a Post 3-3 Meta?

Wyatt Fossett,

July 14, 2019 12:37 PM

After a pretty devastating and unpredictable loss to the Shanghai Dragons, Titans' fans may have some concerns.

There’s no doubt that the Vancouver Titans are one of the greatest professional Overwatch teams ever gathered, but they have started to falter a bit in this post 3-3 Tank/Support meta that has been brewing in competitive Overwatch. 

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

The team that went nearly 20 professional Overwatch League matches without losing dropped a match this Stage, but there was still little concern in camp Vancouver, until Yesterday. The tour through the Stage 3 Playoff started the way everyone expected, with an utterly dominant sweep of the Houston Outlaws. However, that train came to a screeching halt when the Titans clashed with Dragons in the Semifinals. 

Some may say that the Shanghai Dragons have so much speed and fire within their current roster, and that no version of the Vancouver Titans would have been able to stop them, but there were signs that Vancouver is just lagging behind a bit. After dominating the league in Stage 1, then losing in the Stage 2 Finals, to now not even making the Stage 3 Finals, there's a scary pattern 

New Overwatch Meta

It’s no surprise at this point that the Titans are stellar at their game, but when teams bring another type of Overwatch to the table, they seem unable to adapt all that quickly. We saw it in the Stage 1 Playoffs, when the Chendgdu Hunters brought some wild team comps to their head-to-head and the Titans struggled to eek out a win. 

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

Now, as the rest of the Overwatch League have begun to adapt to a more DPS-flexible meta, it’s going to go a long way to test the adaptability of the former Runaways in the Vancouver Titans. These players have been part of the conversation for most-dominant Overwatch teams for years now, and this may be their first real hurdle to climb. 

It will be especially important for the Titans to find their stride when it comes to playing for their DPS players. They have the talent. Players like Soemensoo, Haksal, and Stitch have proven their technical abilities, but it takes an entirely new shift of style to play towards those roles and away from supporting their crazy aggressive main-tank Bumper. 

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

We think that the Titans are very capable of putting in the work to adapt to a changing system, but it’s only really time that will tell the tale. Is the Vancouver Titans reign of OWL dominance over? Or will they be able to find their footing? 

Don't forget to check out the Stage 3 Finals between the San Francisco Shock and the Shanghai Dragons. 


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