Los Angeles Gladiators main tank Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung has been poking fun at his former team, London Spitfire, after beating them in their Overwatch League match.
Fissure began the Overwatch League as one of two main tanks for the London Spitfire, with the team having merged two entirely separate line-ups to build their twelve-man roster.
After taking some time to figure out an optimal starting squad, however, it became clear that the Spitfire had chosen former GC Busan main tank Hong ‘Gesture’ Jae-hee as the starter. Given the significance of the main tank to a team’s play-style, frequently swapping them out is often impractical regardless of the talent of the substitute, and so Fissure spent most of the first stage on the bench.
Despite Fissure’s limited play-time in Stage 1, many analysts maintained that he had the potential to be one of the best tanks in the world, an upgrade at his role for almost any other team in the league. Ahead of Stage 2, it was announced that he had been transferred to the LA Gladiators, giving him the chance to play in a starting position.
The move made sense for both parties, but naturally it fostered a friendly rivalry between Fissure and his old team – and raised the stakes for the first match between the Gladiators and the Spitfire, which took place on March 10th
Prior to Fissure’s move, the series would have appeared something of a mismatch – the Gladiators finished in eighth place in Stage 1, while the Spitfire won the stage playoffs. Due in no small part to some exceptional play from Fissure, however, when the two teams met for the first time in Stage 2 it was the LA squad that took home the upset victory, 3-1.
In the aftermath of the result, Fissure has taken to poking fun at his former team, both while streaming and on Twitter.
There’s no doubting that Fissure’s addition to the Gladiators has been a massive boon to the team. They currently sit in third place in the Stage 2 standings after three weeks of play, already having secured as many wins as they did in the entirety of Stage 1.