Jump to content
  • AdSense Advertisement

  • AdSense Advertisement

  • AdSense Advertisement

  • Uncrowned Guard
    Uncrowned Guard

    From OWL to Champions Series: Toronto Defiant First to Join New League

      TL;DR: The Toronto Defiant, previously part of the Overwatch League, is set to compete in the Overwatch Champions Series 2024, retaining its OWL branding. OverActive Media, the team's owner, announced a completely new roster for the competition, showcasing the company's commitment to Overwatch esports. Besides Overwatch, OverActive Media has expanded its esports portfolio, now participating in several other major esports leagues. The Overwatch Champions Series offers an open circuit, allowing the Defiant and other teams to qualify through online tournaments, with the Defiant competing in the North American division.

    A New Chapter for Toronto Defiant

    The Toronto Defiant is set to continue its journey in competitive Overwatch by joining the Overwatch Champions Series for the 2024 season. OverActive Media, the team's ownership group, has confirmed that the Defiant will keep its original Overwatch League (OWL) branding while transitioning to the new esports circuit. This makes Toronto Defiant the first former OWL team to publicly commit to the Overwatch Champions Series, marking a significant move within the esports landscape.

    Roster Reformation for the Champions Series

    With the transition to the new series, the Toronto Defiant will introduce a completely revamped roster, distinct from the team that participated in the OWL 2023 season. Following the release of the previous season's players and staff in October, the Defiant has assembled a new lineup featuring DPS players Sugarfree and MER1T, supports Rupal and Vega, and tank player Someone. This fresh squad will be based at OverActive Media's headquarters in Toronto, working closely with the team's staff to prepare for the upcoming competition.

    OverActive Media's Expanding Esports Portfolio

    Since departing from the OWL, OverActive Media has been active in broadening its engagement in the esports arena. The company has recently integrated the KOI and Movistar Riders brands into its MAD Lions brand, expanding its presence across various competitive titles. Besides Overwatch, OverActive Media now has entities competing in the Call of Duty League, League of Legends European Championship (LEC), VALORANT's VCT EMEA and Game Changers, and Counter-Strike 2, showcasing its diverse and growing esports portfolio.

    The Overwatch Champions Series offers a revitalized open circuit ecosystem, providing a platform for teams from around the world to compete through online tournaments and LAN finals via open qualifiers. With qualifiers for Asia starting in February and for North America and EMEA in March, the Toronto Defiant is gearing up for its participation in the NA division, eagerly anticipating the chance to compete on this new stage.

    Image Credit: Blizzard

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

  • News Categories

  • AdSense Advertisement

  • AdSense Advertisement

  • AdSense Advertisement

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.