The inaugural Overwatch League season is currently six games into its third split. From six, Dallas Fuel has managed just one win.
Fans had high hopes for the team ahead of the season. Analysts predicted Dallas Fuel to be in the top four or at least make it to the playoffs. However, such a poor start has left them in 10th out of 12.
Their negative results in stage three have hardly come as a surprise. The team finished bottom of the scoreboard in both stage one and stage two.
There is an entire set of issues behind Dallas Fuel’s poor performances. Despite the team’s best efforts to turn its situation around, it only seems likely to get worse.
The xQc Case
It’s early days yet, but Overwatch League players aren’t afraid of scandal or controversy.
The community is also known for being somewhat toxic at times. Having developed in this environment, it’s natural for players to get a little carried away.
Félix “xQc” Lengyel was a star at Dallas Fuel. The tank player carried the team to victory several times. He did everything right in-game, but everything wrong in the real world.
The issues with xQc started off of the stage. The player often made offensive comments against others in the community, at one point taking it as far as to insult the caster. Despite facing suspension, xQc failed to learn his lesson.
The second suspension from the Overwatch League was the final nail in the coffin. Dallas Fuel decided to part ways, despite losing their star player in the process.
The Rascal Problem
Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun arrived at Dallas Fuel after a remarkable run with London Spitfire.
The DPS player had made an good impression in the Overwatch League and his transfer to Dallas Fuel was supposed to change the team’s luck.
However, things didn’t go as expected with Rascal.
After only two months wearing the Dallas jersey, the team announced that Rascal was to be released from the roster.
The organization made a harsh statement regarding Rascal’s performance. The team owner said that he didn’t meet Dallas’ expectations.
This isn’t unusual. Korean players often have a difficult time adapting to international squads. Not only do they need to overcome a language barrier, but also a cultural one.
Rascal tried to assume a playmaking role and change some of team’s habits. He couldn’t put his ideas into words and as time went on communication between him and his teammates got worse. This ultimately proved too much for a team that was already struggling to stay afloat.
When a team is struggle, the blame has to fall on someone and the coach is usually the first person to be singled out.
Despite the roster’s poor performance, Kyle “KyKy” Souder was deemed responsible for Dallas’ failure.
The coach tried his best to do what he could, but in the end he paid for the team’s shortcomings with his job.
Two star players down and without a permanent coach, Dallas Fuel’s future doesn’t look bright.
So late into the season, the team is trying its best to stay afloat but their struggles seem likely to continue. Fans can only hope for better times and, at the very least, less controversy.
Dallas Fuel will next face Miami Mayhem on April 25 and Boston Uprising on April 27.