The Los Angeles Valiant: one of the two teams in the Overwatch League that represent The City of Angels. Last season, they were one of the most dominant teams, scoring the number one spot of the Pacific Division.
To get to know their players better, this series of articles will go into their journey in Esports and how they got to where they are today. Last time on this series, the Houston Outlaws were covered, and now it’s the Valiant’s turn. This time, their DPS players.
Name: Brady “Agilities” Girardi
Birthday: December 27, 1999
Jersey Number: 9
LA Valiant’s prodigy Genji player. His preferred hero pool is compromised of Genji, Pharah, Brigitte, Doomfist, and Roadhog. He joined the Valiant as part of their original roster for the Inaugural Season.
Agilities’ competitive career began on consoles with shooter games like Call of Duty. When he made the change and switched over to PC, he immediately fell in love with Overwatch’s announcement trailer. At that time, he knew that this was going to be his game.
His career in esports began as part of team Sodipop. Even if it was for a short time, it didn’t stop him from participating in his fair share of qualifiers and weekly tournaments. He placed very high on every competition he played, bet he didn’t achieve any wins. That was until he was signed to team Immortals. There were very good results with this team, all in major tournaments like the Overwatch Carbon Series and Overwatch Winter Premier.
As Overwatch League loomed in there was no need for Agilities to switch teams or to be signed anywhere else as Immortals decided to participate in Overwatch Contenders Season 0. After a hard Season, they managed to win first place, only losing five maps. This successfully earned them a spot in the Overwatch League.
Name: Joon-hyuk “Bunny” Chae
Birthday: May 15, 1998
Country: South Korea
Jersey Number: 8
LA Valiant’s Tracer specialized player. He favors Heroes like Tracer, Widowmaker, and McCree. He transferred from Seoul Dynasty right before the beginning of Inaugural Season’s Stage 3
His first steps into professional Overwatch were made by joining Overwatch Apex team, BK Stars. He played with them for three seasons of the competition. There weren’t many good results when playing with them. Apart from Season 1 of APEX, in which they got fourth place, the other two had disappointing results, so he decided to switch to another team. This is where things started changing for Bunny. After joining Lunatic-Hai 2, he started achieving good results with them. They were first place in the online and offline Qualifiers for APEX Season 4 and got third place in APEX Challengers Season 5.
From Lunatic-Hai 2, he was signed directly into Overwatch League’s Seoul Dynasty. No Overwatch Contenders team was needed for him. They were the number one team in the preseason and were expected to win it all, but to everyone’s surprise, the team underperformed heavily – a sad story we all know.
Name: Kyle “KSF” Frandanisa
Birthday: August 20, 1999
Country: United States
Jersey Number: 27
His Hero pool of favorite Heroes consists of Genji and McCree. However, he is working hard to increase it. He became part of the LA Valiant organization at the beginning of Stage 3 in the Inaugural Season.
He was very briefly part of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive semi-pro scene, even though it didn’t last very long. When Overwatch came out, he was not very into the game until the competitive ladder was released and made available. After finding himself climbing the ladder he realized this might be his opportunity to realize one of his dreams.
After this realization, he became very dedicated to climbing and improving, paving his way into his first team, EnVision esports. For a short time he was a part of this squad, but he still played in a couple in of weekly tournaments. He jumped over to team You Guys Get Paid? two months later. With this team he participated in a big number of qualifiers, major and minor tournaments like Overwatch Rumble and Contenders 2017: Season 0, but never achieving his desired results.
As Overwatch League started to come closer he moved to team Simplicity for Contenders Season 1, and even though his results were not as he would have expected, he was picked up by the Valiant a month later.
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