Montreal Rebellion

Montreal Rebellion was a Canadian esports team for the video game Overwatch competing in Overwatch Contenders (OWC) and an academy team for the Toronto Defiant of the Overwatch League (OWL). The team was owned by OverActive Media, based in Montreal, Quebec, and played in the North America region of OWC.

Montreal Rebellion
Montreal Rebellion logo.png
LeagueOverwatch Contenders
RegionNorth America East (2019)
North America West (2019)
North America (2020)
Team historyMontreal Rebellion
Based inMontreal, Quebec
ColoursRed, white, black
OwnerOverActive Media
Affiliation(s)Toronto Defiant

Franchise historyEdit

On February 14, 2019, OverActive Media, in partnership with esports team Mirage Sport Électronique, formally announced Toronto Defiant's academy team as "Montreal Rebellion". They began in Overwatch Contenders North America East and revealed their 2019 Season 1 roster, led by head coach Chris "Dream" Myrick.[1]

In their first season of play, Rebellion finished 2–5 in the regular season and claimed the final playoff spot by finishing in sixth place. They defeated third-seeded Second Wind 3–1 in the quarterfinals before losing to two-seed and eventual champions Fusion University (Philadelphia Fusion's academy team).[2] After the season, the team mutually parted ways with head coach Dream and announced Matthew "Optidox" Sims, who had led Angry Titans to the 2019 Season 1 EU championship, as the new head coach.[3]

Prior to 2019 Season 2, Montreal Rebellion was moved to the North America West region. Part way through the season, Optidox left the team to become an assistant coach (and subsequently interim co-head coach) for the Toronto Defiant.[4] Jesse "Jsr" Rangi was subsequently named head coach and finished out the season with the Rebellion.[5] They finished in fifth place with a 4–3 record, though they were defeated by Second Wind, 3–1, in a quarterfinals rematch from the previous season.

After two weeks of the 2020 season, Rebellion quietly disbanded without an official announcement, reportedly due to budget cuts amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

Seasons overviewEdit

Year Season Region OWC regular season Regional playoffs Interregional events
Finish Wins Losses Win %
2019 1 North America East 6th 2 5 .286 Semifinals Did not qualify
2 North America West 5th 4 3 .571 Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2020 1 North America DNF 2 2 .500
Regular season record 8 10 .444
Playoff record 1 2 .333

Final rosterEdit

Montreal Rebellion roster
Players Coaches
Role Handle Name Nationality
Damage Leaf Loison, Lucas France
Damage Mangachu (TW) Campbell, Liam Canada
Damage sHockWave Jensen, Niclas Denmark
Tank numlocked Barton, Seb United Kingdom
Tank Shuh Pfleger, Alban France
Support dridro Szanto, Arthur France
Support RoKy (TW) Park Joo-seong South Korea
Head coach
  • Vacant

  • (I) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (2W) Two-way player
  •   Substitute
  •   Injury / Illness

Latest roster transaction: March 19, 2020.

OWL buyouts and promotionsEdit

All Overwatch Contenders players are eligible to be promoted by their affiliated Overwatch League team or signed to any other Overwatch League during specified non-blackout periods.[7]


  • Tanks Daniel "Gods" Graeser and Normunds "sharyk" Faterins were promoted to Toronto Defiant on May 21.[8]
  • DPS Andreas "Logix" Berghmans was promoted to Toronto Defiant on June 28.[2]
  • Tank Eoghan "Smex" O'Neill was signed to the Paris Eternal on December 3.[9]


  1. ^ Loung, Steven (February 19, 2019). "Montreal Rebellion revealed as Montreal Overwatch Contenders team name". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Reuters (June 28, 2019). "Defiant call up Logix, bring in Mangachu". ESPN. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Quintanilla, Sebastian (July 21, 2019). "Toronto Defiant Welcomes Assistant Coach Matthew "Optidox" Sims". Akshon Esports. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Reuters (August 8, 2019). "Toronto Defiant fire head coach Bishop". ESPN. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Montreal Rebellion [@MTLRebellion] (July 31, 2019). "We are happy to announce that @jsrhuntz is be joining us as Head Coach!" (Tweet). Retrieved August 12, 2019 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Richardson, Liz (2020-04-06). "Montreal Rebellion drops entire Overwatch Contenders roster". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  7. ^ Olmstead, Sydney (June 14, 2018). "Blizzard Reveals Information About Overwatch League Offseason". VGR. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Samples, Rachel (May 21, 2019). "Toronto Defiant promote Gods and sharyk to Overwatch League roster". Dot Esports. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Overwatch League's Paris Eternal add Smex to 2020 roster". ESPN. Reuters. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019.