The Houston Outlaws have announced three changes to their Overwatch League roster.
The Outlaws have announced that Russell ‘FCTFCTN’ Campbell, Matt ‘Clockwork’ Dias, and Lucas ‘Mendokusaii’ Håkansson will not return as Outlaws players for the start of Season Two.
Of the three, only main tank FCTFCTN is going into free agency, however. Both Mendokusaii and Clockwork will remain with the Outlaws, the former as a content creator and the latter as a member of staff.
All three saw limited play in Season One under the Outlaws. The starting DPS spots were largely locked up by Jacob ‘Jake’ Lyon and Jiri ‘Linkzr’ Masalin, while FCTFCTN – who joined the team in the mid-season signing window – spent most of his time on the bench behind Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot, who established himself as one of the strongest main tanks in the league.
Clockwork made a statement regarding his move to a staff position:
“Hey, I'd like to clarify my current situation and future for anyone interested. Bear with me, it's the evening and I just woke up like 2 hours ago.
My future playing overwatch in any competitive capacity is uncertain. For a few years now, I've tried my best to immerse myself in the game and perform my best. Before OWL, I was ~moderately~ successful, and after a series of unfortunate events with prior teams, I found myself qualifying for Contenders under FNRGFE. Our rise to success helped rekindle the competitive flame that had been slowly dying out over the months and years. FNRGFE's stint culminated in Contenders Playoffs and a 3rd/4th placing, which was surprising and wildly successful for an unsponsored mishmash of players. Luckily, due to my skill at making and maintaining friends and my reputation, results, and demonstrable skill as a great aimer, I found myself on the Houston Outlaws. I did my best to bring them success as a player, but fell short, due to extenuating circumstances and not possessing the necessary skills to succeed in Overwatch's current "metascape."
In lieu of this realization, I spent a large portion of season 1 reviewing VODs and watching scrims to help the team succeed in whatever way that I could. I know that I'm a highly talented FPS player, and despite my age, I'm confident I have the abilities to compete in existing titles and any new ones on the horizon. However, I also have a penchant for organization and behind-the-scenes work. For the time being, I believe it will be better to translate those skills into something tangible and use my experience to help my teammates reach their potential. As a recently-retired OWL player, I have both the context and individual skill to help my teammates in ways many other coaches and staff cannot. For those of you who have always supported me, you have my appreciation. If you liked watching me compete and you want to see more, this may not be the end of my competitive gaming career.
Also, I'll likely try to stream more often. I've made this promise many times before, but now that I'm not actively competing, I feel compelled to prove that I can still play FPS games.”
Outlaws general manager Matt ‘Flame’ Rodriguez confirmed that no more players would be leaving the team’s existing roster, meaning that the team has three spots to fill ahead of Season Two should it choose to.
Also, you can all sleep well tonight, there may be more announcements, but no more freed up slots.
— Matt Rodriguez (@flameIRL) September 3, 2018
The Outlaws will have until September 9 to finalize any transfers with Overwatch League teams or sign players from their Contenders roster, GGEA Academy, to the OWL squad. After that, they will have to wait until after the exclusive signing window for expansion teams closes before going after any free agents.