The Dallas Fuel cannot, mathematically, make the playoffs of the Overwatch League's inaugural season. After three stages of disappointing placements, it just isn't in the cards. Despite that, a new coach and a newfound team confidence are putting them over top competitors. The Fuel can't make the playoffs, but they're kicking arse anyways.
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The Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel have released both their head coach Kyle "KyKy" Souder and star DPS player Dong-jun "Rascal" Kim. It's the latest in a long line of roster shifts and struggles for the team, which has underperformed for the past several weeks.
Overwatch League just announced a couple of punishments for several players, including two of Dallas Fuel's notorious troublemakers. Timo "Taimou" Kettunen has received a $US1000 ($1283) fine for calling another player a "fucking faggot kid" on his personal Twitch channel this past January. Félix "xQc" Lengyel has gotten hit with a $US4000 ($5131) fine and a four-match suspension for referring to an OWL caster as "cancer", spamming the "Trihard" emote, and talking trash about other pro players such as Houston Outlaws player Jake Lyon.
It's been a rough past few days of a rough month of a rough first season for Dallas Fuel, the Overwatch League's most star-studded team. Today alone, one member, Timo "Taimou" Kettunen, finally apologised for using a homophobic slur on stream, while another, Félix "xQc" Lengyel, said he might quit the team entirely.
According to an ESPN report, someone filed a support ticket with Blizzard after Overwatch League player Taimou called another player a "fucking faggot kid" on a Twitch stream on January 23.
This Doomfist play, which Dallas Fuel star DPS player Hyeon "Effect" Hwang pulled off against Philadelphia Fusion in an Overwatch League match yesterday, is nuts - the kind of thing regular players will be attempting for weeks to come. In the end, however, it failed spectacularly.
On the opening night of Overwatch League, a Dallas Fuel fan at the Blizzard Arena hoisted a sign with the alt-right meme frog Pepe on it, and had it confiscated by event staff before the night was over. But that was only the first meme with racist associations to worm its way adjacent to Blizzard's big mainstream esports push.
Dallas Fuel player Félix "xQc" Lengyel has found himself in hot water once again, this time for directing an insensitive insult at a player for the Houston Outlaws, shortly after the Outlaws swept Fuel 4-0 yesterday. Lengyel has been suspended with additional details forthcoming.
Last month, Overwatch pro Félix "xQc" Lengyel found himself apologizing profusely into a video camera from atop an accidental throne of cardboard boxes. It was not his finest hour, but in some ways, it's just part of the job.
The Overwatch League's first day of competition kicked off with hundreds of thousands tuning in on Twitch to watch a slightly tuned up broadcast; OWL's experienced commentating crew; and two boring, lopsided opening games. Both the Los Angeles Valiant and the Los Angeles Gladiators steamrolled their opponents (San Francisco and Shanghai, respectively) without much resistance or flair, save for some nifty Doomfist play from the Gladiators' Hydration. With the mighty Seoul Dynasty (formerly known as Lunatic-Hai) closing out the day, there was reason to worry that the League's first day might go by without a single close game or at least some tactical intrigue.