Season 1 of the Overwatch League has not been kind to the Dallas Fuel. Most fans expected the former EnVyUs team to dominate their fellow western teams, and bring the fight to the all-Korean squads. Though what happened was exactly the opposite — Fuel is stuck in the bottom three of the standings since the first stage.
Because of this, Fuel has been trying to re-tool its roster since the end of Stage 1. Recently, the latest shake-up in the Dallas Fuel happened, as the team released Head Coach Kyle “KyKy” Souder along with DPS Player Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim.
Coach Kyle Souder and DPS Player Dong-jun "Rascal" Kim have been released from the Dallas Fuel:https://t.co/SzLWUlXHZC
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) April 16, 2018
On the release of KyKy, team owner Mike Rufail said:
“We will always appreciate Kyle’s commitment to this organization. He is a true competitor who coached our team through a great run and a Contenders championship; unfortunately, we have not replicated that championship level of success in the Overwatch League this season. While we recognize many of the challenges Kyle faced with the Dallas Fuel were beyond his control, there comes a time when change is necessary for the team to move forward and we felt that time is now.”
Because of the changes, Dallas Fuel’s assistant coach — Emanuel “Peak” Uzoni, is now the interim head coach of the team. Fuel also signed Kang “Vol’Jin” Min-Gyu of Meta Gaming in Korea to the coaching staff.
As for Rascal, who Fuel acquired in a mid-season trade with London Spitfire, Mike Rufail had this to say:
“We had hoped that Rascal could add flexibility to our DPS lineup on the team this season. Unfortunately, his commitment to the team did not meet our expectations and his unwillingness to communicate with the team while playing in recent matches became a large distraction.”
With these changes, Dallas Fuel look to be in a precarious spot. Only time will tell if the roster changes will work to their favor; though right now, the release of KyKy and Rascal has not been well received by Overwatch League fans.