Although the team had a rather rocky start, they managed to produce quite significant results despite being under pressure. Although they got eliminated in the Semifinals, Valiant are overall one of the stronger teams in the Overwatch League.
The League’s first season was definitely a turbulent experience for Los Angeles. While Stage 1 was completed with a 7-3 record, the team struggled to keep up with the tempo in Stage 2. The Valiant ended up with a 4-6 mark and failed to compete in the same fashion.
Making a change, Benjamin “Unkoe” Chevasson was swapped for Scott “Custa” Kennedy. Additionally, Indy “Space” Halpern joined the roster as an off-tank. This move ended up being a breath of fresh air for Los Angeles who finished Stage 3 with a 7-3 record and continued to perform admirably, achieving 9-1 in Stage 4. Defeating New York in the Stage Finals and avenging the defeat from the same team in the previous stage, they managed to redeem themselves and push forward. Unfortunately, London Spitfire ended up eliminating the Valiant in the semifinals and took them out of the competition.
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Los Angeles will have a hard time keeping up in Season 2 of the Overwatch League with so many changes to the other teams and new faces coming to challenge them. The team also lost a rather reliable DPS with Terence “Soon” Tarlier no longer being part of the roster. The player joining the Valiant as part of the roster changes is former Seoul tank player Dae-Kuk “Kuki” Kim. Changing teams is never easy. He’ll need to pick up the pace and work hard to synergize with his new teammates. Hopefully, the team spirit would be bolstered by new strategy since last season, things seemed rather hectic and morale – rather low based on the inside videos provided by the team’s organization.
While the Valiant roster doesn’t really have any superstar players, they’ve shown they can perform well under pressure. Season 2 will be more challenging, particularly in light of the new faces joining the League. However, the Valiant are still one of the stronger teams within the League and shouldn’t be severely underestimated. How things play out will more than likely depend on their early performance and whether they manage to overcome the early grind. If they don’t repeat the same early mistakes from Season 1, it’s possible that they get a solid game and overcome their adversaries.
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