The Dallas Fuel have announced which players they have re-signed for Season Two of the Overwatch League.
The majority of the Fuel roster will remain with the team heading into the second season, with only Sebastian ‘Chipsajen’ Widlund entering free agency, while Christian ‘Cocco’ Jonsson will depart the roster but remain with the team as an assistant coach.
The team also previously announced that Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned had left the roster, choosing to retire from professional play to focus on his hugely popular stream.
Dallas Fuel and Team Envy owner Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail commented on Chipsajen’s departure:
“We are fortunate to have had a talented player and selfless teammate like Chips represent Team Envy and the Dallas Fuel these last three year. Without Chips, there would have been no Envy Overwatch, no APEX championship and no Contenders trophy. Chips was an integral part of our team and someone who created amazing memories for our organization and fans. We wish Chips the best wherever he chooses to play next.”
Head coach Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins also commented on Cocco’s addition to his coaching staff:
“I’m excited by the diversity of personalities and skill sets among our coaching staff heading into next season. Adding Cocco’s in-game strategic thinking and experience playing on the Overwatch League stage to the group of coaching assistants we have in Jayne, Tikatee and Vol’Jin is a big win.”
Dallas Fuel had a disappointing debut season in the Overwatch League. Carrying the legacy of Team Envy, which was one of the most successful teams of the pre-OWL era, Dallas Fuel were expected to be one of the top teams in the league.
Instead, the Fuel struggled throughout most of the season, going a combined 6-24 over the first three stages. During that time the team was often embroiled in drama, particularly surrounding Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, who ultimately parted ways with the team.
After bringing in Aero as head coach, the Fuel were able to put in a much more successful fourth stage, reaching the stage playoffs and demonstrating that the core of the team was still capable of performing. That performance is likely responsible for the majority of the roster being kept on, with more sweeping changes anticipated based on their results in the first three stages.