The Dallas Fuel Dallas Fuel OWL Rank #9 have announced that seven players from the team's inaugural season roster will be returning to play in the second season of the Overwatch League. Among them are aKm , EFFECT , HarryHook , Mickie , OGE , Taimou , and uNKOE .
📣ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT 2/2: We will be re-signing 7 players to our roster for the 2019 @overwatchleague season. @cocco will be transitioning to an Assistant Coach position.— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) September 4, 2018
Details: https://t.co/KLMsjBbVvG pic.twitter.com/nFceuUY58s
📣ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT 1/2: We’d like to extend our love and appreciation to @chipshajen for his time with #TeamEnvy and the Dallas Fuel. We wish him all the best in the future. pic.twitter.com/66FffZdWTV— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) September 4, 2018
This leaves cocco and chipshajen as the two standouts not be returning to play with the team; the former will move from a player role to a coaching role within the team, while the latter will be entering free agency.
cocco only saw playtime in Stage 1 and 3 as xQc, OGE and Taimou took the main tank role over him in Stage 2 and 4. chipshajen on the other hand did make appearances at least once every stage, including all of Stage 1, six matches in Stage 2, one in Stage 3 and two in Stage 4.
I’m excited by the diversity of personalities and skill sets among our coaching staff heading into next season. Adding Cocco’s in-game strategic thinking and experience playing on the Overwatch League stage to the group of coaching assistants we have in Jayne, Tikatee and Vol’Jin is a big win.
Additionally, team owner hastr0 also reflected on chipshajen's contributions to the team in the press statement, saying:
We are fortunate to have had a talented player and selfless teammate like Chips represent Team Envy and the Dallas Fuel these last three years. Without Chips, there would have been no Envy Overwatch, no APEX championship and no Contenders trophy. Chips was an integral part of our team and someone who created amazing memories for our organization and fans. We wish Chips the best wherever he chooses to play next.
Dallas must sign at least one new player to meet the eight player roster requirement before December 1st.
Currently, the Dallas Fuel are:
- Kim "EFFECT" Hyeon (DPS)
- Timo "Taimou" Kettunen (DPS)
- Dylan "aKm" Bignet (DPS)
- Pongphop "Mickie" Rattanasangohod (Flex)
- Son "OGE" Min-seok (손민석) (Tank)
- Benjamin "uNKOE" Chevasson (Support)
- Jonathan "HarryHook" Tejedor Rua (Support)
- Matt "TazMo" Taylor (Manager)
- Aaron "Aero" Atkins (Head Coach)
- Justin “Jayne” Conroy (Assistant Coach)
- Louis "Tikatee" Lebel-Wong (Assistant Coach)
- Christian "cocco" Jonsson (Assistant Coach)
- Kang "Vol'Jin" Min-Gyu (강민규) (Assistant Coach)
- Dong-hwan "Violet" Kim (Life Coach/Player Manager)