The Toronto Defiant reassembles American Tornado to face the 2023 Overwatch League season

The Toronto Defiant reassembles American Tornado to face the 2023 Overwatch League season ...

Teams try to keep their signings as quiet as possible to minimize the impact when an official announcement comes along. While the Toronto Defiant's addition of Cas "Casores" Andel as head coach was a surprise, the community has long suspected an Overwatch Contenders reunion for the Canadian team in 2023.

The Toronto Defiant announced its full roster for 2023 and confirmed that a remake of the famous American Tornado roster will be added to the Overwatch League.

American Tornado was a dominant team in the North American Overwatch Contenders scene in 2020 and 2021, racking up first-place finishes and defeating other teams in the conference. The team was defunct in late 2021 when most of its players went to the Overwatch League or into collegiate play.

Casores was able to get the gang back together on the Toronto Defiant due to a massive rebuilding of many league teams following the 2022 season, which resulted in around 100 free agents on the list by the end of the year.

Isaiah "Hydron" Rodriguez will join up with Nicholas "Speedily" Zou, who most recently played for the Atlanta Reign, to recreate a dominant Tornado offense line. They'll be joined by Samuel "s9mm" Santos, formerly of the San Francisco Shock, who was one of the team's first DPS superstars.

Christan "Ojee" Han and Benjamin "UltraViolet" David signed a two-for-one deal for Toronto's backline in 2023. The two most recently played together on the Atlanta Reign and have been teammates on numerous rosters over the previous four years.

Majed "SirMajed" Alrashied, the only player from the new Defiant squad who didn't play on American Tornado, fits in nicely with the others.

Colin "Coluge" Arai, a former San Francisco Shock tank, will be Toronto's sole tank in 2023. He was a founding member of one of the first iterations of American Tornado and has played beside or against many members of the new roster for years.

The Toronto Defiant completely dismantled its roster following a dismal 2022 season. With new staff and a roster packed with new players, the organization is clearly hoping to break through the pack next year.