Seoul Dynasty has acquired main tank Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung in a trade from Los Angeles Gladiators.
Having started season one of the Overwatch League as part of the London Spitfire, Fissure was originally traded to the Los Angeles Gladiators after Stage 1 of the regular season.
Fissure was credited as a major factor in a huge increase in performance from the Gladiators over the course of the season, who progressed from being a lower- to mid-tier team in Stage 1 to finishing at the top of Stage 4.
Fissure’s season ended abruptly, however, when it was announced that he would not compete for the Gladiators in the season playoffs. Without their star player, the Gladiators lost to eventual champions London Spitfire 1-2 in the quarter-finals, a team that they had previously always bested with Fissure in the line-up.
Amid the controversy of Fissure’s sudden absence, it was reported by Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau that he wished to move to an all-Korean team, with Seoul Dynasty as his preferred choice.
That wish has now been granted, as the Seoul Dynasty announced that they have in fact acquired Fissure ahead of Season Two. Seoul themselves had an underwhelming first season in the Overwatch League, failing to reach any of the Stage playoffs and falling short of the end-of-season playoffs, with a final placement of 8th.
One of the most commonly-identified flaws in the Seoul Dynasty roster was their tank line, with the team even swapping in legendary support Ryu ‘Ryujehong’ Je-hong to the main tank position at one point after struggles in role persisted.
Now featuring one of the best main tank players in the world, Seoul Dynasty’s squad immediately looks a much greater threat for the second season even before any other potential moves.
The Dynasty will have until September 9 to extend contracts with existing players and make any further trades with Overwatch League teams. After that, an exclusive free agent signing window will open for Season Two expansion teams until October 8, at which point Seoul and the other season one teams will be able to sign any remaining free agents.
Season Two of the Overwatch League is expected to kick off in early 2019, though exact dates have yet to be announced.