An ambitious Overwatch team with great hopes and talent, ultimately dashed and mired by difficulty that prevented them to truly capitalize on all that potential. Would Season 2 be a story of success or disappointment for the Fuel?
Dallas Fuel fields amazing players but two in particular really stood out for different reasons – Brandon “Seagull” Larned and Félix “xQc” Lengyel. Both are very talented and surrounded by controversy. The former has now retired and the latter left the team. This will affect Dallas Fuel in a number of ways but one thing is certain – the team would be less colorful and vibrant without those two. Despite his penchant for getting himself into trouble, xQc was a very successful player whose fiery temper and determination yielded results. Seagull had quite the experience under his belt, on the other hand, and his reputation generally precedes him. Both will be missed in some way, shape or form.
The team had a rough Stage 1 with a 3-7 record which was later exacerbated by an even worse result – multiple roster changes and a 2-8 mark. With Dallas trading Scott “Custa” Kennedy to Los Angeles Valiant for Benjamin “Unkoe” Chevasson, it didn’t really produce any results. In fact, Custa went on to help the Valiant and put the team in a much better overall spot. Meanwhile, the Fuel only won one game in Stage 3. Finally, things turned around for the team with Stage 4 and a 6-4 mark in large part due to the meta shift with the advent of Brigitte. Alas, they still lost to New York during the Stage Playoffs.
While the team was mired by difficulty and disappointing results, it’s still one of the stronger teams within the League. Having new challengers can be a blessing and a curse – while the competition would be more numerous and unpredictable, they have a leg up in terms of experience. Failure breeds success and experience – a useful trait behind which the roster can rally. And with the current meta favoring tank play, they will have an edge early on.
The new coaching staff featuring Aaron “Aero” Atkins and Justin “Jayne” Conroy will need to step up their game and mold the team into a successful unit. Jayne recently discussed the balance changes, showing keen knowledge on the nuances of the ever-changing state of the game. The analysis was quite on-point as expected from the experienced coach. If his prediction is correct, Goats is not going to fade quickly and will disappear in a more controlled, gradual process. This should favor Dallas who hopefully can capitalize on the meta and get some easier wins before things shake up dramatically.
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The new roster changes would also need to be integrated successfully within the team. Richard “rCk” Kanerva will be filling the tank spot. Hopefully, the player will synergize with Min-Seok “OGE” Son who is his partner in crime when it comes to tanking. Zachary “Zachareee” Lombardo will be joining the DPS slot. His performance is a known factor due to his role in Team USA during the Overwatch World Cup. Whether he has star potential is an unknown as of yet, but he has the skills and the talent to back it up. Hopefully, Zachareee will team up effectively with Hyeon “Effect” Hwang and manage to get kills consistently.
Season 2 will change things significantly – if Dallas are able to use the meta and their experience to their advantage, they can achieve a promising start. A long-term victory and success require careful groundwork and foundation upon which to be built.
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