Los Angeles Valiant Drops Three Players, Assistant Coach

Verbo of Los Angeles Valiant

Verbo of the Los Angeles Valiant - Photo Courtesy Robert Paul, Blizzard Entertainment

The Los Angeles Valiant revealed September 7 that they will not be renewing the contracts of three players and a former player turned assistant coach for the upcoming 2019 season of the Overwatch League.


“We thank Numlocked, Verbo, Finnsi, and Grimreality for their contributions to the LA Valiant during Overwatch League’s inaugural season and wish them well in future endeavors,” said Valiant CEO Noah Whinston.


Christopher “Grimreality” Schaefer is a DPS player with a long history in the competitive Overwatch circuit. In 2016, he helped form a team (Sodipop) that was eventually picked up by Immortals and included future Valiant teammate Agilities. He had success in Contenders North America with Immortals before he was recruited as a DPS for the Valiant. However, moved to an assistant coaching position midway through the season to help support the DPS line.


Finnbjörn “Finnsi” Jónasson is a flex tank/DPS player originally hailing from Iceland. He most recently played competitive Overwatch for Movistar Riders and Orgless and Hungry, which had much success in European contenders. He was a midseason pickup for Los Angeles Valiant.


Stefano “Verbo” Disalvo is a Canadian support player, formerly of Immortals, who specializes in Lucio play. He was a member of Immortals through late 2016 until being signed by the LA Valiant in late 2017. He’s known for his commitment to his religion, chronicled in the series “Faith” by the Valiant.


Seb “numlocked” Barton is a British player with a long background in esports. He previously played League of Legends and Team Fortress 2 on a professional level, in addition to Overwatch. Numlocked is a former member of both Team NRG and Envision esports; he’s competed in professional Overwatch since the start of leagues in 2015.

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