Dallas Fuel

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Dallas Fuel
The logo for the Dallas Fuel is an iconic blue flame.
FoundedFebruary 3, 2016[1]
LeagueOverwatch League
DivisionPacific
Team historyTeam EnVyUs
2016–2017
Dallas Fuel
2017–present[1][2]
LocationDallas, Texas
ColorsBlue, grey, black[2][3]
                   
OwnerTeam Envy
Head coachAaron “Aero” Atkins
General managerMathew "TazMo" Taylor
Championships0
League titles0
Division titles0
Stage titles0
Stage 1:
Stage 2:
Stage 3:
Stage 4:
Main sponsorJack in the Box
WebsiteOfficial website

Dallas Fuel is an American professional Overwatch team based in Dallas, Texas. The team competes in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Pacific Division, and is one of its 12 founding organizations.

Franchise history[edit]

2016–2017: Team EnVyUs[edit]

Formed during the Overwatch closed beta in February 2016, the Dallas Fuel originally started out as an all-American roster playing under the Overwatch division for esports organization Team Envy.[1] Even though their original roster showed some early promise in online tournaments, just prior to the official launch of Overwatch they disbanded.[4] Their next turn in forming a roster saw them look abroad, eventually bringing players from across Europe to their Charlotte headquarters and securing the core of what would become the Dallas Fuel in Sebastian "chipshajen" Widlund, Christian "cocco" Jonsson, Jonathan "HarryHook" Tejedor Rua, and Timo "Taimou" Kettunen.[5]

Amassing a 57-game winning streak, the new roster showed why they were widely considered the best team in the world. However, their early dominance resulted in disappointing results when as heavy favorites the team failed to win either of their first two LAN tournaments.[6][7] It wasn't until the arrival of Pongphop "Mickie" Rattanasangchod as a stand-in that saw Team Envy have their first taste of success, winning Season 1 of OGN's Overwatch APEX in Seoul, Korea.[8][9] They soon followed it up with a victory on home soil, winning the Overwatch NA Invitational at MLG Vegas.[10] With their back-to-back tournament wins, Team Envy ended 2016 once again making their case for the title of best team in the world.

In January 2017, just prior to Season 2 of OGN's Overwatch APEX, it was announced that Kyle "KyKy" Sounder would try-out as coach for the team.[11] However, even with the addition, Season 2 was met with disappointment after a 5-8th place finish. Hoping to improve in Season 3 and re-find their 2016 form the team recruited Kim "EFFECT" Hyeon, however the tournament would also prove to be a let-down after placing 4th.[12] Returning home from Korea, Team Envy ended their pre-OWL journey on a high, going undefeated and winning Season 1 of North America's Overwatch Contenders.[13] The tournament's playoffs marked both the debut of Brandon "Seagull" Larned, as well as the final event played under the "Team EnVyUs" moniker.[14]

2017–present: Overwatch League[edit]

Inaugural season[edit]

After weeks of speculation, on September 20, 2017, Blizzard officially announced that Team Envy had acquired the Dallas-based Overwatch League franchise spot, making them one of twelve teams competing in the inaugural season.[15] On October 5, the franchise name was revealed as the Dallas Fuel.[16] In late October, the Fuel announced that Scott “Custa” Kennedy and Félix “xQc” Lengyel would be rounding out their 9-player roster, joining existing members chipshajen, cocco, EFFECT, HarryHook, Mickie, Seagull, and Taimou.[17] Represented by eight countries across four continents, the Fuel went into the 2018 Overwatch League season as the most international team.

In December 2017, the Fuel went undefeated in the first ever Overwach League preseason[18] Shortly afterwards on January 10, 2018, the Fuel began their inaugural regular season campaign. Their debut match resulted in a 1–2 loss to early season favorites the Seoul Dynasty.[19] They would struggle for the remainder of Stage 1, and end up finishing with a 3–7 record in 10th place.[20]

Between Stages 1 and 2, the Fuel acquired DPS players Dylan "aKm" Bignet and Kim "Rascal" Dong-jun from free agency and the London Spitfire, respectively.[21][22] During this stage, main tank player xQc was suspended on multiple occasions for various issues.[23][24] The Fuel finished the stage in 11th place. After the stage ended, the Fuel released xQc, citing flexibility for additional signings.[25][26]

Prior to Stage 3, the team announced the signing of tank player Son "OGE" Min-Seok.[27] Early in the stage, head coach KyKy and DPS player Rascal would be released.[28] The team's only victory in the stage was over the winless Shanghai Dragons.[29] Also, following periodical absences during the season, EFFECT announced he would not be participating for the rest of the season.[30]

The team signed Fusion University head coach Aaron “Aero” Atkins before the fourth stage began.[31] The Fuel would go on to achieve a season-high 6 wins, including victories against top-6 opponents the Valiant, Uprising, Spitfire, and Fusion. The record would be good enough for a 4th place finish and the team's first ever stage playoffs berth.[32][29] In the stage semi-finals, the team would lose 2–3 against back-to-back stage champions New York Excelsior, the match marking the end of their season, as they would finish in 10th place with a record of 12–28.[33] On August 26, Mickie, OGE, and Seagull were announced to represent the Fuel in the All-Star Game during the league's All-Star Weekend, however, Seagull announced his retirement before the game and was subsequently replaced by Los Angeles Gladiators tank player Bischu.[34]

Team identity[edit]

On October 5, 2017, the Dallas Fuel brand was officially unveiled.[16] The creation stemmed from the Overwatch League requirement for participating franchises to create new geolocated brands, as well as business entities, specific to the league.[35]

Name[edit]

Due to the energy's sector's influence on Dallas culture and economy, plus the rich energy sector legacy of new investment partners Hersh Interactive Group led by Dallas-based Kenneth Hersh, the name "Fuel" was eventually selected. In addition, the team revealed they hoped the selection would appeal to fans from all walks of life.[36][37]

[edit]

With the franchise looking to breathe new life into esports fans in Dallas and hoping to transcend current industry standards, the iconic blue flame was selected to symbolize the spark that would ignite the change.[38] The logo also pays homage to the heritage and strength of the energy sector in Texas, the industry in which team investor Kenneth Hersh made his riches.[16]

Colors and uniforms[edit]

The official team colors are blue, grey, and black. Blue serves as the primary team color in recognition of the endearment "Boys in Blue" that the team had acquired under parent organization EnVyUs.[2][16] The Fuel’s jerseys are white on away games and blue on home games; they also have the Jack in the Box logo, the first OWL jersey sponsor, prominently placed on the front.

Ownership and finances[edit]

On September 18, 2017, Team Envy owner Michaelangelo "Hastr0" Rufail, a Texas native, confirmed that the organization had secured a multimillion-dollar investment from Hersh Interactive Group. The deal entailed Hersh serving as strategic partners to the organization, whilst Hastr0 would remain as the principal owner and operator of the team.[39][40][41] Soon after, on September 20, it was officially announced that the Dallas-based Overwatch League franchise had been acquired by Team Envy for a reported $20 million.[15][42]

In November 2017, Team Envy signed a multimillion-dollar, multiyear deal with the restaurant chain Jack in the Box. As part of the deal, Jack in the Box became the official quick-service restaurant and exclusive jersey rights partner of the Fuel, as well as having their logo featured on official team merchandise available for purchase by the public. The team partnership marked the first of its kind in the Overwatch League.[43][44]

Seasons[edit]

Table key[edit]

W Champions RU Runners-up SF Semi-finalist QF Quarter-finalist Postseason berth

Record: Matches won – Matches lost
Finish: Final position in league or division standings
Prize money: Total performance bonuses earned in United States dollars

Overview[edit]

As of 26 August 2018
Summary of Dallas Fuel Seasons
Season Division Record Win% Finish Postseason Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Prize money Awards
League Division Rank Finals Rank Finals Rank Finals Rank Finals
2018 Pacific 12–28 .300 10th 5th 10th 11th 11th 4th SF $50,000 Pongphop "Mickie" Rattanasangchod (DH)

Players[edit]

As of December 26, 2018[45]
No. Handle Name Hometown Role Transaction notes
2 OGE Son Min-seok(손민석) Gimcheon, South Korea Tank Signed on March 8, 2018[27]
5 aKm Dylan Bignet Angoulême, France Damage Signed on February 13, 2018[21]
7 Mickie Pongphop Rattanasangchod(ปองภพ รัตนแสงโชติ) Bangkok, Thailand Flex Announced as a Fuel player on October 29, 2017[17]
Member of the team pre-OWL
9 HarryHook Jonathan Tejedor Rua Asturias, Spain Support Announced as a Fuel player on October 29, 2017[17]
Member of the team pre-OWL
13 Taimou Timo Kettunen Juankoski, Finland Damage Announced as a Fuel player on October 29, 2017[17]
Member of the team pre-OWL
17 Closer Jung Won-sik(정원식) Seoul, South Korea Support Signed on October 15, 2018[46]
22 ZachaREEE Zachary Lombardo Oviedo, United States Damage Signed on December 3, 2018[47]
24 uNKOE Benjamin Chevasson Nevers, France Support Acquired from the Los Angeles Valiant on April 2, 2018[48]
34 rCk Richard Kanerva Kuopio, Finland Flex Signed on November 11, 2018[49]
39 EFFECT Hwang Hyeon(황현) Busan, South Korea Damage Announced as a Fuel player on October 29, 2017[17]
Member of the team pre-OWL

OWL All-Star selections[edit]

The following Fuel players were selected to the Overwatch League All-Star Game.
Players selected as starters are denoted with an asterisk (*)

Coaches[edit]

As of 4 September 2018
Handle Name Position From To Span Ref. Notes
KyKy Kyle Souder Head coach October 5, 2017 April 15, 2018 192 days [28]
  • Member of the team pre-OWL[50]
Peak Emanuel Uzoni Assistant coach April 15, 2018 May 15, 2018 30 days [28][51][31]
  • Interim head coach
Aero Aaron Atkins Head coach May 15, 2018 Present 279 days [31]
Vol'Jin Kang Min-Gyu Assistant coach April 16, 2018 Present 308 days [28]
Jayne Justin Conroy Assistant coach July 25, 2018 Present 208 days [52]
Tikatee Louis Lebel-Wong Assistant coach July 25, 2018 Present 208 days [52]
Cocco Christian Jonsson Assistant coach September 4, 2018 Present 167 days [53]

Academy team[edit]

On July 2, 2018, the Fuel formally announced that their academy would compete under the "Team Envy" name for Overwatch Contenders North America and revealed their initial 6-player Season Two roster. The roster notably included Ronnie “Talespin” DuPree, an early player of the Team EnVyUs Overwatch division before his departure in late 2016.[54][55]

Academy roster[edit]

As of 17 November 2018 [56]
Handle Name
fischer Mads Jehg
Crimzo William Hernandez
Fire Anthony King
Jaru Jason White
McGravy Caleb McGarvey
SharP Hugo Sahlberg
Trill Ashley Powell

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