The Dallas Fuel drama cycle continues, this time spurred on by one of the newer players, ‘Rascal’.
Since the start of the Overwatch League, it seems like the Dallas Fuel have barely gone a week without some new controversy developing.
While troublesome tank Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, who was twice suspended and ultimately parted ways with the team, was the biggest source, the rest of the team has been contributing their share as well, and the drama hasn’t much abated in the wake of xQc’s departure.
The latest Fuel controversy has surrounded the internal relationships within the team, and the effect they have had on the team’s roster decisions and play.
The team once again came under criticism for its decision to field Dylan ‘aKm’ Bignet rather than Rascal in a game that required a lot of Genji play, despite the fact that Rascal was brought on in part for his ability to play the hero, which the Fuel have often lacked at a high level.
A recent interview with head coach Kyle ‘KyKy’ Souder revealed that the decision to field aKm had been forced due to Rascal not wanting to play on that day. aKm later came out and reinforced this position, complaining that he was the subject of criticism when in fact he had been forced to play a game he wasn’t prepared for due to Rascal’s refusal to play.
In a recent stream, however, Rascal hit back at the accusations. He claims that the suggestion that he “decided not to play” is false, and that instead he was placed on the bench by KyKy himself.
Rascal’s statement on his stream was translated by Robin K on Twitter:
Although the controversy and uncertainty xQc brought to the team has now been removed, it doesn’t appear that the Dallas Fuel will be able to reset and begin a resurgence any time soon. The newest addition to the team, Son ‘OGE’ Min-seok, is already suspended and won’t be available to make his debut until week two of Stage 3, while the internal issues seem a long way from being resolved just yet.
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