Welcome back to the newest installment of “OWL Offseason Recap Article That still Needs a Name”. This past week was a but front-loaded with the biggest news of the week, making the week of November 14 a bit calmer than the previous week. Plenty of rosters are completely dropped, more players are LFT and there is even some news surrounding the Chinese OWL teams and their ability to maybe not play next year.
If you’re looking for some players that might be LFT, make sure to check out the previous entry into this series, and look out for the upcoming OWL Offseason Tracker here on TGH.
[In case you Missed it: OWL Offseason Headlines Recap – Week of 11/7]
Free agency window pushed back to 12/2
As teams enter into the first full month of the offseason, there are a few dates that fans will want to watch. The main one, when teams may sign free agents, has been pushed back until December. The deadline adjustment comes off the back of a fascinating new development with Blizzard and it’s licensing of games in China.
In an investor communication released on November 16, Blizzard announced that it will be suspending their game services in mainland China. The halting of game services is due to the current licensing agreement with NetEast coming to a close in January. As a league with multiple teams based in China, the Overwatch League has a massive task ahead of them in order to keep these teams in the League.
Toronto Cleans House, Welcomes New Head Coach Casores
The Toronto Defiant were the embodiment of “middle of the pack” in 2023. They finished the season 12-12 with a -1 map differential. They beat teams who could beat them, and lost to the teams that were favored. While they did find themselves in the Grand Finals bracket, they failed to win a match and promptly found themselves done for the year. The Defiant showed glimpses of greatness, but just couldn’t put it all together to reach that ceiling. On November 18, the Defiant announced the release of each player from their 2022 roster.