Los Angeles Gladiators’ Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung has staked his claim as the best main tank in the Overwatch League.
In a recent segment produced for Watchpoint: Recap, Fissure made the claim that he is a better main tank than either Hong ‘Gesture’ Jae-hee or Koo ‘Fate’ Pan-seung, and therefore the best in the league at his role.
Fissure originally joined the Overwatch League as a member of the London Spitfire. In Stage 1, however, the team opted for Gesture as their go-to tank, and so Fissure saw little play-time. After the Spitfire won the Stage 1 playoffs, Fissure was traded ahead of Stage 2 to the Gladiators.
It was an opportunity to fill a starting role and really prove what he was capable of, and Fissure seized it. After just three weeks of official competition with the Gladiators, Fissure already has them looking like a much more formidable team.
The icing on the cake, however, came when the Gladiators faced off against London Spitfire themselves. Lead by a fantastic performance from Fissure, the Gladiators were able to take down Spitfire 3-1, an upset that might have been almost infeasible in Stage 1.
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In the aftermath of his victory, Fissure took to his stream and Twitter to poke fun at the Spitfire. In a more serious video for the Overwatch League, however, he also showed that he’s only partly joking – he really does think he’s the best tank in the league, and he hopes London regrets trading him.
Based on his performance so far in Stage 2, it’s not an outlandish claim. With two weeks of the stage remaining, the Gladiators have already racked up as many wins as they did in the entirety of Stage 1, and they don’t look likely to stop there. They’re not soft wins either – in the same week as they defeated the Spitfire, the Gladiators also took down their LA rivals, the Valiant, with a 4-0 sweep.
In week four of Stage 2, the Gladiators will face a struggling Houston Outlaws and a Florida Mayhem that has still yet to really find its footing. Currently sat in third in the Stage 2 standings, on current form the Gladiators could well find themselves entering the final week of Stage 2 with a real shot at a playoff position – and Fissure is in no small part responsible.
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