The Philadelphia Fusion have released three players from their Overwatch League season one roster.
The team has chosen not to extend the contracts of DPS Georgii ‘ShaDowBurn’ Guscha and Supports Joe ‘Joemeister’ Gramano and Park ‘DayFly’ Jeong-Hwan, releasing them into free agency.
The departure of ShaDowBurn is perhaps the most notable. The projectile DPS player began the inaugural season as a starter for the Fusion, but the revelation of Josue ‘EQO’ Corona later in the season pushed him to the bench. Likewise, DayFly and Joemeister spent most of the season on the bench behind starting support duo Alberto ‘neptuNo’ González Molinillo and Isaac ‘Boombox’ Charles.
The moves come after a hugely successful first season in the league, with Philadelphia having reached the grand finals of the season playoffs before falling to the London Spitfire.
Should they wish to replenish their roster to the 12-player cap, Philadelphia Fusion will have until September 9 to trade with existing Overwatch League teams or move players from their Contenders team to the main OWL squad, after which they will have to wait until the exclusive window for expansion teams closes on October 8 to sign free agents.
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The Fusion are perhaps the most likely candidate to draw from their Contenders squad, with Fusion University having won Contenders Season One and set to face XL2 Academy in the final of Season Two.
As the deadline for contract extensions, September 9, draws close, many of the Overwatch League Season One teams have been announcing which players will not be staying on. Seoul Dynasty, Boston Uprising, San Francisco Shock and Los Angeles Gladiators each announced several departures, while Shanghai Dragons have made the most drastic changes.
Other teams have announced more limited changes, with more potentially coming. Only the Florida Mayhem, Los Angeles Valiant, and London Spitfire have yet to reveal any changes since the end of Season One.