Los Angeles Valiant

The LA Valiant is an American pro Overwatch esports club.

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Overwatch League
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2009, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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The Los Angeles Valiant is a professional Overwatch esports club. The Valiant is a franchise team of the Overwatch League in the East Region. The LA Valiant were founded in 2017 and owned by Noah Whinston, CEO of the esports organization “Immortals Gaming Club“. The team’s home venue is the Novo in downtown LA, California, USA.

The name “Valiant” signifies heroism, courage, bravery, and determination. The logo for the Los Angeles Valiant features a golden-winged helmet that forms a “V” using negative space in the team’s colors of green and gold. After the 2019 season the colors were changed to baby blue, yellow, and white.

As an organization, we’re laser-focused on our founding principles, core values, and commitment to be the most accessible, authentic, and transparent organization in esports. The launch of the Los Angeles Valiant allows us to double down on those values, continuing to raise the bar for community engagement and building deep, authentic connections between our team and our fans. We are absolutely competing for championships; at the same time, we’re competing to create the most unique, compelling and differentiated live entertainment experience in this marketplace. Our fans will be key pieces of both journeys.” –

Immortals President and COO Ari Segal

Team HISTORY

The team that would be the Los Angeles Valiant originally started out as the Overwatch team Immortals. Immortal’s signed their first lineup on September 12, 2016, when the organization acquired the roster of the North American Overwatch team “Sodipop”. The team competed for the first time during the Overwatch Open on September 25, 2017. Immortals placed 1st at NGE Winter Premier, Overwatch Carbon Series, and Overwatch Contenders 2017 Season Zero North America.

On July 12, 2017, Overwatch developer Activision Blizzard officially announced that Noah Whinston, CEO of esports organization Immortals, had acquired a Los Angeles-based Overwatch League franchise spot for an estimated $20 million, after almost a year of discussion.

“For us, the crucial part of [our reason to join the Overwatch League] overall was the localization aspect — being able to have a local territory that we have control over and build deeper ties with a fan base than the current model really allows us to do. That localization element, in addition the revenue sharing elements, and the stability and the strong competitive future of the game, all of those were important aspects for us when it came to making the decision.” – Noah Whinston

On October 23, 2017, Immortals revealed their franchise name as the Los Angeles Valiant. The team revealed their starting roster over a series of Twitter posts from October 30 to November 2, consisting of four DPS, four tanks, and three supports.

2018

Los Angeles Valiant’s first OWL regular season game was a 4–0 victory against the San Francisco Shock on January 10, 2018. The Valiant posted an impressive 7–3 record in Stage 1, but did not qualify for the Stage 1 Playoffs.

On February 19, two days before the beginning of Stage 2, the Los Angeles Valiant announced the departure of head coach Henry “Cuddles” Coxall. The team announced, on the same day, the hiring of Byung Chul “Moon” Moon as the teams new head coach. Stage 2 ended in a 4–6 record.

The Valiant had a more successful Stage 3, as the team posted a 7–3 record – good for the 3rd seed in the Stage 3 Playoffs. The team faced off against the 2nd-seeded New York Excelsior in the semifinals of the Stage 3 Playoffs, but the Valiant lost in a 0–3 sweep.

Los Angeles Valiant was undefeated in stage 4 going into the final regular season game against the Dallas Fuel. Then, the Valiant lost that matchup by a score of 3 to 1, giving them a 9–1 record and the 2nd seed for the Stage 4 Playoffs. The Valiant faced their intercity-rivals and top-seeded team, the Los Angeles Gladiators, in the semifinals, and were able to pull off a 3–2 victory to move on the finals against the New York Excelsior. On June 17, the Los Angeles Valiant claimed their first ever stage title, defeating the Excelsior 3–1 in the Stage 4 Finals.

The Valiant ended the regular season with a 27–13 record and the 2nd seed and a first-round bye in the season playoffs. The team’s was set to face the London Spitfire in the season semifinals. The first matchup was on July 18, in which the Valiant fell to the Spitfire by a score of 1–3. On July 20, the Valiant was eliminated from the season playoffs after getting swept 0–3 in the second semifinal match against the Spitfire.

2019

The Valiant entered the 2019 season as the defending Pacific Division champions and looked to improve from their 2018 season. Los Angeles struggled in the first stage of the season, not winning a single match in Stage 1. After the 1st stage, the Valiant released head coach Moon and Mike “Packing10” Szklanny took over as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

The team’s first victory came on April 12 in a 3–2 win over the Atlanta Reign. The Valiant finished Stage 2 with an improved, but disappointing, 3–4 record.

After the All-Star break, the Valiant hit their stride. Highlighted by a 3–1 win over the undefeated Vancouver Titans, the Valiant amassed a 5–2 record in Stage 3 to claim the sixth seed in the Stage 3 Playoffs. After taking down the Hangzhou Spark 3–2 in the quarterfinals, the Valiant fell to the San Francisco Shock, 0–4 in the semifinals.

Despite the team’s resurgence, a 0–4 to the Shock in the final match of the regular season prevented the Valiant from qualifying for the season playoffs.

2020

For the 2020 season, the Valiant debuted new colors, trading the green and yellow color scheme that the team had used for two years in favor of blue and yellow. On August 22, the Valiant clinched a spot in the season playoffs with a win over the Vancouver Titans. In the first round of the North America bracket, Los Angeles defeated the Florida Mayhem by a score of 3–2. The following day, the Valiant were swept by the Philadelphia Fusion in the second round of the upper bracket, sending them to the lower bracket. A 1–3 loss to the Washington Justice in the subsequent round eliminated the Valiant from the playoffs.

2021

On February 19, 2021, LinGan Esports (LGE) announced that have formally reached strategic cooperation with Immortals about Los Angeles Valiant. Los Angeles Valiant will move their base to China temporarily and will compete in China during 2021 OWL season with the help of LGE.

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