The Los Angeles Valiant, one of Overwatch League's two LA-based teams, will debut in the first season of the league as part of the Pacific Division. Here's everything we know about them.
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LA Valiant team information
- Owners: Immortals
- Noah Winston of Immortals takes one of the LA slots. They're a relatively recent addition to the esports scene but have seen massive success across almost every relevant title - particularly League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. The group itself has investment from the same folks behind the Memphis Grizzilies and Linken Park.
- Division: Pacific
- Social links: Twitter
LA Valiant roster
The Valiant roster is constructed from a core of the Immortals Overwatch team, along with various additions for the new season to fill out the bench. It features North American, European, and Korean players and all of them have experience in high-performing pre-League teams or at the World Cup.
- Christopher 'GrimReality' Schaefer, DPS, USA
- Brady 'Agilities' Girardi, DPS, Canada
- Terrence 'SoOn' Tarlier, DPS, France
- Ted 'silkthread' Wang, DPS, USA
- Benjamin 'uNKOE' Chevasson, Support, France
- Stefano 'Verbo' Disalvo, Support, Canada
- Young-seo 'KariV' Park, Support, South Korea
- Kang-jae 'envy' Lee, Flex, South Korea
- Indy 'SPACE' Halpern, Flex, USA
- Pan-seung 'Fate' Koo, Tank, South Korea
- Seb 'numlocked' Barton, Tank, United Kingdom
Josua 'dzMins' Kim takes the manager spot, while the team will be coached by Dong 'Ookz' Wook Kim and Henry 'Cuddles' Coxall. Both of them previous coached the Immortals team.
LA Valiant skins
The Valiant team skins and jersey use a green and black pallette. Here's the shots of their jersey and t-shirt:
Like all team jerseys and t-shirts, these are purchasable on the Blizzard gear store.
LA Valiant schedule
Valiant went undefeated in preseason, taking out the relatively underpowered San Francisco Shock and their local rivals the Gladiators. Neither are expected to be powerhouses of the League, but the Gladiators beat favourites Spitfire and Shock won one of their other games as well. An early win against their fellow Angelinos will be important for the team going forward, but it's no sure thing that this success will continue.
Season One - Stage One
- Wed Jan 10 @ 16:00 PST vs. San Francisco Shock
- Fri Jan 12 @ 16:00 PST vs. Dallas Fuel
- Thu Jan 18 @ 16:00 PST vs. New York Excelsior
- Sat Jan 20 @ 11:00 PST vs. London Spitfire
- Wed Jan 24 @ 20:00 PST vs. Los Angeles Gladiators
- Sat Jan 27 @ 13:00 PST vs. Florida Mayhem
- Wed Jan 31 @ 16:00 PST vs. Philadelphia Fusion
- Sat Feb 3 @ 15:00 PST vs. Boston Uprising
- Wed Feb 7 @ 20:00 PST vs. Seoul Dynasty
- Fri Feb 9 @ 20:00 PST vs. Shanghai Dragons
Stage one title matches will be that final week on Friday, February 9 at 17:00 or 19:00 PST - likely the later slot as that is the purpose of the Pacific Division. The Valiant aren't one of the favourite teams to make it, but team synergy may pull them through over the raw talent of Korean-only teams.