The Toronto Overwatch League team has finally announced their name and colors to the world. The Toronto Defiant is the first Canadian team to reveal their branding and is the second expansion team to do so, a day after the Atlanta Reign reveal. Both teams will join the Atlantic Division alongside season one champions London Spitfire.
The central theme of the team’s identity is playing underdog, reflected not only in the name itself but in an official #RiseTogether hashtag and hype video touching both on Toronto’s “soulless” reputation as “Hollywood North”, and the Overwatch League’s goal of joining “the big leagues”.
— Toronto Defiant (@TorontoOWL) October 24, 2018
Toronto also announced that they have confirmed their roster for the upcoming Season 2 of the Overwatch League and that it will be announced “soon”, but did not confirm a date for the announcement.
Following the reveal, the Defiant held a Q&A session with Head Coach Beom-joon “Bishop” Lee and General Manager Jaesun “Jae” Won, who were both announced last month. Little was revealed during the Q&A, but both Bishop and Jae expressed confidence in the Toronto roster they have assembled.
Toronto also released a press release announcing the signings of three new staff members. Assistant Coach Yun-ho “Bubbly” Cho is a former player and coach for KongDoo Uncia, who participated in all four seasons of the Overwatch APEX tournament, and most recently spent time as an Assistant Coach for the Seoul Dynasty. He is joined by Strategic Coach Dongwook “Don” Kim, best known for his time as Head Coach of Immortals and the Los Angeles Valiant under the name “Ookz”, and Analyst Dennis “Barroi” Matz, founder of winstonslab.com, who will bring a wealth of statistical knowledge to the team.
Toronto was franchised by Splyce, OverActive Media, and a number of other franchisees earlier this year, according to ESPN. The Defiant and the Reign will be joined by six more expansion teams, with announcements expected in the coming months.