Dallas Fuel Dismisses Decay for Not Practicing With Team
Gui-un “Decay” Jang has been released from his Overwatch League contract just days after the end of the trade window. It leaves the Korean DPS superstar without a home for the rest of the season. This means that we will not get to see Decay play for the upcoming OWL 2020 playoffs. It’s something the Fuel desperately needs to field a good roster for, given their low seeding in 13th place.
Decay was cut, supposedly, for refusing to practice Overwatch with his team, the Dallas Fuel. “We have granted the request of Gui-un “Decay” Jang to release him from his contract prior to the end of the 2020 OWL season,” the Fuel said in a statement. “Our management is focused on evaluating changes and building a cohesive team that will be positioned for future success.”
What Was Dallas Fuel’s Reason for Cutting Decay?
Dallas Fuel fans were understandably dismayed by the news that they would not have one of their star players available for the upcoming playoffs.
“We know we have to work hard to get our team playoff ready, so let’s talk about this. Decay had a few months left on his contract but refused to work with our staff. When a player refuses to practice, it is time for us to move on and give our players their best shot,” Dallas Fuel team owner Mke “Hastr0” Rufail said on Twitter. “Decay is obviously a great player, but he didn’t fit into our team and didn’t want to cooperate with the goals of our staff. We just can’t keep someone like that around. We wish him the best and hope he can find a place where his talent fits.”
This has shades of situations that have happened before in the Overwatch League. Most notably, Chanhyung “Fissure” Baek was benched and subsequently traded by the LA Gladiators for similar reasons. Many players are currently dealing with burnout and less than ideal playing conditions. It’s unsurprising that we’ve seen situations like this crop up time and again among Overwatch pros, especially recently.
History Repeats Itself
Longtime fans of the Dallas Fuel will undoubtedly know that Decay isn’t the first Korean player to have difficulties. Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim was once a member of the Dallas Fuel and traded for similar reasons. Of course, Rascal went on to be a star player for the San Francisco Shock. This situation is too familiar to diehard fans who have questioned if something is wrong with Dallas Fuel’s management.
“I don’t expect everyone to understand, but our team dynamic is important and we have major progress left to be made,” Rufail said. “We are still working hard to make a playoff push and feel like we have great players to do that with. Not ideal, but we will keep on pushing. We have our sights set on winning championships. Always have and have been very successful in our history in Overwatch. Tough decisions have to be made sometimes, and this was certainly one. Staying positive and looking forward to correcting our course.”
Fans even called this out. Hastr0 cited “Fuel’s long history of success.” Many replied to him with a picture of Rascal holding an Overwatch League trophy from the Shock’s Season 2 championship. Compare that with the Fuel’s rather abysmal records of 15th in the 2019 season, and 10th in the inaugural season, and you can see where the cracks in that argument begin to show.