In the second match of Stage 3, the brand new roster for the Los Angeles Valiant will challenge the inconsistent but ever dangerous Seoul Dynasty. Will the Valiant’s new players find a way to win out? Or will the Dynasty reign supreme?
In the first season of the Overwatch League, the Los Angeles Valiant racked up a stage win, a 4th place finish, and thousands of dedicated LA fans. A solid base of former Immortals players led them to have a consistently successful season. Mid-season pickups, such as offtank Space and former Fuel shotcaller Custa, allowed them to get ahead of the pack in the latter half of the season. With new expansion teams to contend with, they’re looking to stay ahead in Season 2.
|Young-seo “KariV” Park||LA Valiant||Support/Flex|
|Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy||LA Valiant||Support|
|Pan-seung “Fate” Koo||LA Valiant||Tank|
|Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa||LA Valiant||DPS/Flex|
|Kim “Izayaki” Min-chul||LA Valiant||Support|
|Joon-hyuk “Bunny” Cha||LA Valiant||DPS|
|Indy “SPACE” Halpern||LA Valiant||Tank/Flex|
|Dae-kuk “KuKi” Kim||LA Valiant||Tank|
|Brady “Agilities” Girardi||LA Valiant||DPS|
The Los Angeles Valiant announced that they have released Kang-Jae “Envy” Lee from the active roster. As one of the top performing DVA players in the league, it seems overwhelmingly likely that this was due to personality conflicts, something that have been rife in the Valiant organization lately and has prompted their recent slew of roster moves.
The Los Angeles Valiant announced that Christopher “Grimreality” Schaefer has decided to step down from the active roster and take up an assistant coaching position within the organization. Long thought to be one of the future stars of the Valiant, Grimreality will not be taking the stage again for any Overwatch League team this season, and is looking to help his organization in a peer-coaching capacity.
In the battle for Los Angeles, Ted “Silkthread” Wang has clearly won, earning himself a trip to the better performing of the two teams. The Los Angeles Valiant’s turmoil of late has been well documented. They released star DVA player Envy, traded Unkoe to the Dallas Fuel, purchased Bunny from the Seoul Dynasty, allowed Grimreality to transition to coach, and now allowed another player to leave to go to a rival team.
Stage Two of the inaugural season of Overwatch League has wrapped up. As we prepare for Stage Three many of the teams have shifted rosters and made changes. This leads us to the question does how many players you have on the roster matter in your success?
The Dallas Fuel completed a trade today with the Los Angeles Valiant. The press release came from the Fuel in a trade that explained a shift in support players. The Los Angeles Valiant also announced the trade on their website today. It’s a trade of two players that play the same position, so it is largely a hope by both teams hoping that a change of scenery will improve each team’s fortune. The Dallas Fuel press release is below. Read more …
The Los Angeles Valiant and the Seoul Dynasty have both announced overnight that Jun-hyeok “Bunny” Chae has been transferred to the Valiant. It’s been rumored for about a week now that the Valiant were looking to pick up a Korean Tracer player, with rumors about them signing Nenee being the most prominent.
Lots of rumors have been swirling lately surrounding leaks out of Korea and a report by Slasher at ESPN. The leaks center around Nenee going to the Los Angeles Valiant and Daemin going to the Los Angeles Gladiators. Slasher’s report suggested that the Valiant and the Fuel are discussing potential player trades.
Philadelphia Fusion vs the Los Angeles Valiant in the playoffs of stage two in the Overwatch League. Both teams are pretty evenly matched in standing, and so this one could go in any direction. Either case, this match up is sure to please with the skill and talent that both teams bring to the table.