The Vancouver Titans announced the departure of main tank player Park "Bumper" Sang-beom and the addition of veteran support player and Overwatch League All-Star Ryu "ryujehong" Je-hong on Wednesday.
Bumper's departure comes one day after the Titans announced the signing of veteran main tank player Baek "Fissure" Chan-hyung.
The move reunites Fissure, a former Seoul Dynasty main tank, and ryujehong, who had been with Seoul since the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. Seoul finished eighth in the overall standings last season at 15-13, while the Titans were the runner-up for the Overwatch League title.
A 28-year-old from South Korea, ryujehong earned All-Star honors in each of the Overwatch League's first two seasons with the Dynasty and played for the star-studded Lunatic-Hai roster in Overwatch APEX before it was absorbed by the Dynasty. He surprisingly announced his free agency this offseason, with reports emerging two weeks ago about him joining the Titans.
Bumper initially was a part of RunAway from Overwatch Contenders Korea before the team's roster was absorbed by Vancouver. Bumper played main tank for the Titans, helping the club to a Stage 1 championship victory and the finals in its inaugural season.
"Thank you Bumper!" Titans esports director Tim Holloway said, per the Titans' official Twitter account. "Bumper was an important part of our inaugural season and helped us establish our team identity early on. He is passionate, fun-loving and confident and we wish him nothing but success in the future."
Bumper shared time in the team's lineup with Hwang "Tizi" Jang-hyeon before the latter played the majority of the Overwatch League grand final match between Vancouver and the San Francisco Shock.
Tizi announced his free agency from the Titans earlier in the offseason.
Fissure announced his retirement from the OWL in June, mutually agreeing to end his contract with the Seoul Dynasty in the middle of Stage 3 of Season 2. At the time, the 20-year-old South Korean was not competing in all matches and stated that he had lost his motivation and love of the game.
-- Field Level Media