The week prior to their upcoming Overwatch League match, the Vancouver Titans’ social media remained mostly silent. Aside from a statement by esports director Tim Holloway on May 6th, no new roster pickups had been announced.
However, on Friday, May 8th— less than 24 hours away from their next game— the Vancouver Titans revealed their new roster, which is as follows:
- Dalton “Dalton” Bennyhoff
- Samir “Tsuna” Ikram
- Abtin “ShRedLock” Shirvani
- Alhumaidi “KSAA” Alruwaili
- Carson “CarCar” First
- Randal “Roolf” Stark
The new amalgamation of the Vancouver Titans’ new roster are chock-full of Overwatch veterans and even present native Canadian players for the organization.
Dalton, who was also on the Gladiators Legion alongside Roolf, was integral in helping his team secure two 2nd-place finishes in Contenders North America: East in 2019. The young DPS player, who just turned 18 last summer, also earned international playtime in 2019 as he led the Gladiators Legion at the Contenders Gauntlet tournament.
Tsuna, a French DPS player, entered the European competitive scene in 2018. He was also a part of Young and Beautiful, but spent the entirety of the 2019 Contenders season with the British Hurricane. He joined the Eternal Academy in 2020, but the team was shortly dissolved. Now, he joins the Vancouver Titans’ new roster to compete in the Overwatch League.
ShRedLock, a tank player from Ontario, rounds out the rest of the ex-Second Wind players moving to the Vancouver Titans. Like Dalton, ShRedLock just turned 18 last December, making him eligible to compete in the Overwatch League. He recently finished in first place with his team for week 1 of the 2020 North American Contenders season.
KSAA may be best known for his time on the European Contenders team Young and Beautiful, but his accomplishments don’t end there. The off-tank player also recently attended the 2019 Overwatch World Cup. KSAA is set to become the first Saudi Arabian player in history to compete in the Overwatch League.
Roolf, a long-time British Columbian player in the professional scene, began his journey with the famed Cloud9 roster back in 2016. He most recently played in North American Contenders with the Gladiators Legion in 2019 and Second Wind in 2020, prior to signing with the Titans. At 25 years old, he will be the oldest player on the team.
CarCar has been in the Overwatch scene since nearly the beginning, but his age prevented him from joining the Overwatch League until recently. CarCar spent the 2019 season competing under Fusion University, one of the greatest Contenders teams in North American history. After a brief stint with Atlanta Academy this year, CarCar joins the Vancouver Titans as one of the youngest support players in the league.
Aside from the new roster, the Vancouver Titans also announced their new coaching staff for the remainder of the season, which is as follows:
- Steven “Flubby” Coronel – Head Coach
- Ali “Pew” Anwar – Assistant Coach
- Eric “Wheats” Perez – Assistant Coach
- Justin Hughes – Assistant Manager, Team Operations
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