The inaugural season of the Overwatch League may technically be over. But as with any sport, that doesn’t mean a stand-still in news. Just recently, Dallas Fuel player Brandon “Seagull” Larned retired from the League. Now another roster change drops. Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek just got traded to the Seoul Dynasty. The announcement came via the Seoul Dynasty official Twitter account on August 20th.
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— Seoul Dynasty ? (@SeoulDynasty) August 21, 2018
This is big for a number of reasons. Anyone who knows about the Overwatch League knows the story of Fissure. The Main Tank player originally debuted as a member of the London Spitfire, which has a full Korean roster. However, Fissure seldom saw any playtime while on the Spitfire. Instead, the team spent more time running Gesture. For this and other reasons, Fissure wound up on the LA Gladiators. That’s where the story gets decidedly more interesting. With the addition of Fissure, the previously lackluster, middle-tier team went on to become one of the best in the Overwatch League. In fact, they went on to qualify for the playoffs, largely because of Fissure’s incredible tank play.
However, Overwatch League fans know the story of the playoffs. The LA Gladiators decided not to run Fissure during their matchup against his former teammates on the London Spitfire. And despite pulling off one of the sneakiest, most famous plays in the entirety of the Overwatch League, the Gladiators were eliminated in a 2-1 loss to the Spitfire. The Spitfire, of course, went on to win the Grand Finals against the Philadelphia Fusion while the Gladiators were eliminated in their first round, despite previously being undefeated against the Spitfire. To quote a popular community meme, Feelsbadman.
Now Fissure is back on a team with a full Korean Roster. The Seoul Dynasty looked to be a favorite, going into the Overwatch League, along with the London Spitfire and NYXL. But they came up short and didn’t even qualify for the playoffs. Meanwhile, the NYXL dominated the regular season. And the London Spitfire came back to win the whole thing, despite hitting a slump after Stage 1. Many put the Dynasty’s underperformance on the tank play being sub-par. Towards the end of the season, they even ran Ryujehong in the main tank role, which was bizarre, to say the least. Perhaps Fissure can add some much-needed direction to the team and they can perform to the caliber that everyone expects.
Fissure makes his Seoul Dynasty debut during the Overwatch League All-Star Weekend. The event begins Saturday and features several custom game modes. These include a Widowmaker tournament, Lucioball, and more.