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Toronto Defiant Releases Sharyk and Aid

BREAKING: Toronto Defiant Releases sharyk

Following the Release of Daniel “Gods” Graeser yesterday, the Toronto Defiant have decided to part ways with their main tank Normunds “sharyk” Faterins and their main support Go “Aid” Jae-yoon. The moves indicate that the Defiant are still not ruling out a mixed roster for 2020 considering Andreas “Logix” Berghmans and Liam “Mangachu” Campbell are still on the team at the time of writing. Regardless, change needs to happen for the Defiant to find success.



Sharyk has been seen on a myriad of rosters dating all the way back to 2016. From eUnited to Second Wind to the Montreal Rebellion, he has always been a pivotal member. With a number of teams looking to rebuild for the 2020 season, one place sharyk could find a home in could be the Paris Eternal. Paris have committed to an all European team so it’s completely ridiculous to say that the Latvian main tank could find a home there. Regardless if it is OWL or Contenders, sharyk’s career lasted this long and surely won’t be ending soon.

Being one of the two players promoted from the Montreal Rebellion during the midseason, sharyk was part of a pivot for the Defiant to move from an all Korean team to a mixed roster. Though Jo “Yakpung” Gyeong-mu would still start over him, sharyk would find playing time towards the end of the Season. He was mostly delegated to playing Orisa, which is not a hero that allows for many outstanding plays. None the less, sharyk demonstrated the necessary ability to play the tank at an Overwatch League level.

Aid was one of the inaugural members of the Defiant coming from the previous academy team for the Houston Outlaws GG Esports Academy (formally OpTic Academy). The team would find moderate success placing 3rd during the 2018 Contenders Season 1 but would eventually dissolve. Aid’s performance on the Defiant wasn’t stellar, but he was a consistent starter for the team due to a better grasp of english. Perhaps training in a Role Lock world in Contenders will benefit him. He is still young and could possibly make a resurgence in Overwatch League in the future.


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