The Toronto Defiant Toronto Defiant OWL Rank #18 have dropped their academy team, the Montreal Rebellion Montreal Rebellion Inactive . The team did not make an official announcement, but players and staff self-announced.
According to main tank numlocked , they were dropped as the organization was cutting costs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
montreal rebellion being released and what it means for me— Seb Barton (@numlocked) April 6, 2020
numlocked is still open to offers within Overwatch, but has said he will plan to look elsewhere as he does not want to grind in Contenders without academy teams. Off-tank Shuh and DPS Leaf are also retiring. Manager and analyst Tanizhq has announced his retirement, as well.
The Rebellion were coming off of a semifinal finish in the most recent week of Contenders and were locked into the next Contenders tournament. Blizzard has not stated what will happen to their spot.
Currently just two academy teams remain in Contenders North America: the Fuel's Team Envy and the Uprising's Uprising Academy. There are two academy teams in Europe, one in Korea and two in China. Just seven Overwatch League teams are currently operating academy teams.
- Liam "Mangachu" Campbell (Two-way DPS)
- Lucas "Leaf" Loison (DPS)
- "sHockWave" (DPS)
- Pfleger "Shuh" Alban (Off-tank)
- Seb "numlocked" Barton (Tank)
- Park "RoKy" Joo-seong (박주성) (Two-way Support)
- Arthur "dridro " Szanto (Support)
Their staff was: