Ophelie Castelot
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Overwatch League: Los Angeles Valiant Releases Three Players

Overwatch League players Damon "Apply" Conti, Rick "GiG" Salazar and Caleb "McGravy" McGarvey stand together with LA Valiant t-shirts on and smile on a sunny day
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The LA Valiant has said goodbye to three of their players.


The Los Angeles Valiant is making its first roster modifications this off-season. The team announced releasing Damon "Apply" Conti, Rick "GiG" Salazar and Caleb "McGravy" McGarvey.

Apply was the Los Angeles Valiant flex DPS, alongside Kai "KSP" Collins, Johannes "Shax" Nielsen and Kyle "KSF" Frandanisa. Apply didn’t get much playtime this season, and his departure is not really a surprise for Overwatch League enthusiasts.

Meanwhile, GiG was another popular Los Angeles Valiant face. Despite his little playtime, GiG helped the Los Angeles Valiant with his main tank skills, especially on Reinhardt.

Finally, McGravy joined the Los Angeles Valiant in May 2019. Besides his performance as the team’s off-tank, McGravy made the headlines this year by winning the Dennis Hawelka Award. This prize rewards the player with the most positive impact on the Overwatch community. McGravy won the award thanks to his sportsmanship and popular D.Va cosplay, always bringing a smile to the fans.

A photo of Caleb "McGravy" McGarvey with an LA Valiant jersey on next to the words Dennis Hawelka Award 2020 McGravy

Is the Dennis Hawelka award cursed? The last two winners of this award, Ponghop "Mickie" Rattanasangchod and Scott "Custa" Kennedy, both retired. McGravy didn’t share any retirement plans but said he’s excited to get back to the grind for another Overwatch League team.

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