It has been reported that the Dallas Fuel are considering removing additional members of their Overwatch League team.
On March 11th, it was announced that the team had parted ways with Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel by mutual agreement.
The move came in the aftermath of xQc’s second suspension from the Overwatch League. According to Fuel Support player Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy, the move was driven largely by the team’s inability to practice consistently with a player who was in danger of getting suspended at any moment.
According to journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, however, the removal of xQc might not be the only change that Dallas are looking to make to their existing roster. It seems main tank Christian ‘Cocco’ Jonsson and DPS-turned-tank Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen might also be on the chopping block.
I notified xQc Saturday (3/10) night of sources telling me that the Dallas Fuel were strongly considering releasing him, so xQc had some knowledge beforehand. Same sources also have the Dallas Fuel exploring options for releasing/selling of both Taimou and Cocco.
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) March 12, 2018
Both Cocco and Taimou were original members of Team Envy, the squad that became the Dallas Fuel upon the organizations admittance into the Overwatch League. Envy were one of the most successful and storied teams of the pre-OWL era, leading to high expectations coming in.
Despite their previous successes, which included victory in the inaugural season of OGN’s APEX, the Dallas Fuel have struggled in the Overwatch League. The team currently sits in 10th place in the overall standings.
The Fuel have already made additions to their roster for Stage 2, signing former Rogue DPS Dylan ‘aKm’ Bignet, former London Spitfire DPS Kim ‘Rascal’ Dong-jun, and former Conbox main tank Son ‘OGE’ Min-seok, who is due to join the squad for Stage 3.
Until OGE arrives, Cocco and Taimou are the Fuel’s only main tanks. If Dallas were in fact to trade or release both, it would mean a complete reset at the position from the third stage onwards.
As it stands, the Fuel has a single open roster spot, although trading away these two players would give them three in total to work with. If this is indeed their plan, the Dallas Fuel that finishes Season One of the Overwatch League could look very different to the Dallas Fuel that started it.
Dallas will have until April 3rd, when the transfer window for Season One closes, to confirm any changes to their roster going forward.
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