Vancouver Titans beat deadline with signing of Kim “Teru” Min-ki

This year is going to be better

Vancouver Titans

The Vancouver Titans have moved to ensure that 2021 is a better year for the franchise than the one not only Overwatch fans but the whole world would rather forget. The team has announced the signing of a new player, Korea’s Kim “Teru” Min-ki.

While only 18, the DPS specialist has already enjoyed a long career in the Overwatch ranks, playing for Meta Athena, 02 Blast, Armament, and X6-Gaming.

The move is timely for no other reason than all teams in the Overwatch League need to have seven players rostered by today.

Min-ki will join recently signed players Nathan “frd” Goebel, Jiri “LiNkzr” Masalin, and Anthony “Fire” King. The four will join three holdovers from last season: Randal “Roolf” Stark, Dalton Bennyhoff, , and Abtin “ShRedLock” Shirvani.

The 2020 campaign was one that might charitably be described as a challenging one for the Vancouver Titans. Plans for potentially lucrative live home stands went out the window early last spring when COVID-19 lead to global stay-at-home lockdown orders.

That chaos eventually led to the Titan’s entire 2020 opening roster being flown home to Korea. Which was fine until it became obvious that managing the team long-distance was going to present challenges. That led to management severed ties with the players it started the season with and then and then building a team from the ground-up with new signings.

Some of those signings were greeted with all kinds of fanfare, one of the most celebrated being Niclas “sHockWave” Jensen.
That didn’t exactly work out as well as everyone hoped however, with Jensen splitting from the Titans almost as quickly as he joined. In a Hotspawn interview, he called his time with the team valuable but challenging.

Overwatch online wasn’t nice

“Overall it was pretty positive, but I think for me, it was annoying to not be there in person with your teammates,” said Jensen, who now plays for the Philadelphia Fusion. “I think it affects the team overall, how quick you bond with people and that’s going to affect the game itself. Playing [online] was also not too nice sometimes. We weren’t like a top team but I think it was important to show people that we can actually compete at that level.”

It should be noted that the signing of Korea’s Kim “Teru” Min-ki still requires league approval.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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