With the Overwatch Countdown Cup and playoffs approaching fast, Dallas Fuel made major changes to its roster and staff.
We have granted the request of Gui-un "Decay" Jang to release him from his contract prior to the end of the 2020 OWL season. Our management is focused on evaluating changes and building a cohesive team that will be positioned for future success.
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) August 3, 2020
Dallas Fuel Decay Released from Contract
Yesterday, on August 3, Overwatch League team Dallas Fuel released Gui-un “Decay” Jang early from his contract. In the flex DPS role, Decay’s hero pool consists of Ashe, Genji, McCree, Tracer, and Widowmaker.
Team owner Mike “hastr0” Rufail further explains the circumstances concerning the decision to release Decay early. While it seems that Decay requested to be released before his contract ended, hastr0 states that there was conflict between the player and staff.
We know we have to work hard to get our team playoff ready so let's talk about this. Decay had a few months left on his contract, but refused to work with our staff. When a player refuses to practice, it is time for us to move on and give our players their best shot. https://t.co/cX6XqXXGHv
— Mike Rufail (@hastr0) August 3, 2020
From Korean team Kongdoo to Los Angeles Gladiators to Dallas Fuel, 19-year-old Decay’s career is still taking off. With the regular season coming to a close within the next couple of weeks, fans may see Decay again next season once the signing window opens. Stefan “Onigod” Fiskerstrand, who subbed in for Decay since late June, will probably see play as a starting DPS player.
Head Coach Aero and Tikatee leave Fuel
On the same day, Dallas Fuel made the decision to release Head Coach Aaron “Aero” Atkins and Assistant Coach Louis “Tikatee” Lebel-Wong. Aero will be replaced by Yong-jin “Yong” Kim as Interim Head Coach for the rest of the 2020 season.
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) August 4, 2020
Aero’s coaching resume boasts experience with Immortals, FNRGFE, and Fusion University. He even led Fusion University to victory in Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 1 for North America. Team USA, under his guidance, also secured first place in the 2019 Overwatch World Cup for the first time. As of now, Aero is looking for opportunities not limited to coaching.
After these big changes, the team hopes for improvement. Former Fuel player Hwang “Effect” Hyeon cheered on his team by releasing his own song, “Burn Blue,” dedicated to the Dallas Fuel Overwatch team.
Amidst the troubles that Dallas Fuel sees, Overwatch League fans will be excited to see what these changes mean in the upcoming Countdown Cup.
Written by Emily Tang