More players are moving in the Overwatch League this off-season, and this one in particular is a big name. Brady “Agilities” Girardi and Young-seo “KariV” Park recently joined the Toronto Defiant. Mixed with resigning Liam “Mangachu” Campbell to their roster, it was clear that the team was aiming for Canadian players. Now, The Toronto Defiant have signed DPS player Lane “Surefour” Roberts, formerly of the Los Angeles Gladiators.
Much like the Defiant’s last pickup in Agilities, Surefour has been in the Overwatch scene since its creation. He has been playing competitively since March of 2016, being part of the original Cloud9 roster and known for his versatility and consistency. After playing for Cloud9, his big break was playing for Team Canada in 2017. Pushing Canada to reach second place, that performance helped him get signed by the Los Angeles Gladiators.
His play led him to become one of the best DPS players in the league, and he won the first ever Widowmaker 1v1 tournament in the league. However, his team did not make it far into the playoffs in the second Overwatch League season. With his contract ending, he could choose which team he would play for in 2020.
Nobody saw this coming, right? We're so excited to announce that @Surefour will be joining the Defiant for Season 3! Our GM and HC personally wanted Tisumi, but he'll do. Oh, and wish him a Happy Birthday too! #RiseTogether pic.twitter.com/LZaAiqNGPx
— Toronto Defiant (@TorontoDefiant) November 4, 2019
He ended up choosing the Toronto Defiant, a team looking to rebound off of a bad first year. During this off-season, all players on the original roster left the organization. But they’ve been set on signing key star Canadian players lately. Even though Kariv wasn’t a Canadian player, his friendship with Agilities was one of the reasons he joined.
Surefour gives the Defiant a very deep and flexible DPS player pool, with Mangachu and Agilities on flex DPS and Surefour and Andreas “Logix” Berghmans on hitscan DPS. Not only proven skillful and Overwatch League-caliber, they are also adaptable to any meta. The only question is this: Can the Defiant work with having this many DPS players on one roster? Clearly many other teams can, but arguably all of these players can start on any team in the league. As long as the team can satisfy these players, the Defiant will be a force to be reckoned with for 2020.
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