The Toronto Defiant were unable to play a single scrim with their team between their victory against the Shanghai Dragons and their 2-3 loss against the Philadelphia Fusion due to an upper-management decision to send the two starting players Daniel "Gods" Graeser and Jaeyoon "Aid" Go to a media event in Toronto. The loss against the Fusion eliminated the Defiant from play-in contention.
On his personal stream, Defiant DPS player Andreas "Logix" Berghmans spoke of the complications. “How I’m feeling after the game today? Pretty depressed,” the Belgium hit-scan specialist shared with his viewers, stating that they “basically didn’t have a chance to practice after [their] Shanghai game.” The Defiant had upset stage 3 playoff winner Shanghai Dragons in a close series that unexpectedly ended in a 2-1 match score for the Defiant which gave them an off-chance for the season play-ins. “The organization wanted us to do media in a different country, so two of our six players of our main roster had to go. So, we didn’t play a single scrim,” he continued.
On Friday morning, Aid, Gods as well as substitute player Jin-ui "im37" Hong flew to Toronto to attend a fan meeting and a meet up with professional tennis players Caroline Wozniacki, Leylah Fernandez and Genie Bouchard. The round-trip didn’t allow Gods and Aid to participate in team scrims to prepare for the match against the Fusion as the players only flew back on Saturday.
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The Defiant won against the Shanghai Dragons on Thursday, only losing the control map Lijiang Tower against the Chinese organization. The match against the Fusion went the full distance with the Defiant losing Havana as well as both of their control maps in Lijiang Tower and Busan.
With this loss, the Defiant were eliminated from play-in contention at 8 wins and 17 losses with only three matches remaining, unable to get past the current 12th team in the regular season standings, the Chengdu Hunters. The Defiant would’ve required a lot of teams playing in their favor even if they had won their last remaining matches against the Dynasty and two matches against the Florida Mayhem.