The slumping Toronto Defiant adjusted their roster Friday, calling up DPS Andreas "Logix" Berghmans to the roster and acquiring DPS Liam "Mangachu" Campbell.
The Defiant had dropped eight of their past nine Overwatch League matches heading into a Friday night clash with the Los Angeles Gladiators. Toronto was 0-3 in Stage 3 of the season and 7-10 and in 12th place overall on the year.
Logix played for the Florida Mayhem last year in the inaugural OWL season, proving to be an effective DPS player. He and the Mayhem parted ways after the season. He landed with the Defiant, but in the second season, with DPS not part of the prevailing meta, he opened the year with Toronto's affiliated Contenders academy team, the Montreal Rebellion.
Logix helped the Rebellion finish fourth in the Overwatch Contenders 2019 Season 1: North America East, and with the OWL meta shifting to feature more DPS compositions, he was promoted Friday.
Mangachu arrives after most recently playing for Revival in the Contenders circuit. Before that, he competed for Mayhem Academy.
"Being a part of the Overwatch League has kind of been a dream for me for a very long time," Mangachu said in a Twitter video posted by the Defiant. "I wanted the setting for me to be in to be perfect, and I think representing ... Toronto -- I was actually born in Toronto -- (makes) everything like perfect for me."
Marty Strenczewilk, co-founder of Splyce and the Defiant, explained the changes in a Twitter video on Friday. He said the team decided to go with an all-Korean-speaking lineup to start the year, resulting in success in Stage 1, with Toronto tied for third.
After some players decided to leave the team, the Defiant decided to switch to an English-speaking roster. English-speaking players are being integrated, and the Korean players are taking English lessons.
"We do believe this is an incredibly important path for us in getting the right pieces in place to be successful in the long term," Strenczewilk said.
"Just recently, you'll see we brought in Mangachu and Logix, we think, again, two more key pieces, one of those coming from our academy team, that will allow us success for a long time in building many championships for the city of Toronto and our Defiant fans around the world."
--Field Level Media