Dallas Fuel struggle in 3-0 loss to Guangzhou, drop first two matches of exhibition tournament
The Dallas Fuel lost their first two games in 2021. Preseason or not, this was a start that had to disappoint given the high expectations the new roster had for the fourth season of Overwatch League.
However, to understand why fuel doesn’t panic after a 3-0 loss to Guangzhou Charge on Sunday morning – after being swept by the Shanghai Dragons the day before – one has to look back at the start of 2020 for Paris on Eternal.
The Fuel has four players and two coaches on this team that finished the season 15-6. That was good enough for the fifth best record in OWL. Head coach Yun “RUSH” Hee-won and assistant coach Go “Aid” Jaeyoon were there together with Jung “Xzi” Ki-hyo, Kim “Sp9rk1e” Yeong-han, Choi “Hanbin” Han-been and Jun “Fielder” Kwon .
The Eternal lost five of their first 10 games, including losses to the Toronto Defiant (8-14) and Houston Outlaws (6-15). Paris lost three times in a row from April 11 to May 3, and the players took it hard, much like how they responded to two pre-season losses with the Fuel.
“We can lose in the tournament and we can also lose in the next cup. But as long as you have something to take away, it’s a good experience, ”Aid told the Dallas Morning News through an interpreter.
“Even though the players have apologized for their performance, I just think we need to improve our game and work even harder. The same applies to our employees. “
That was the message from 2020 that Aid shared again on Sunday.
What happened last year The Eternal finished their regular season games 8-1 and even took a Summer Showdown tournament victory by defeating the San Francisco Shock (25-3) and Philadelphia Fusion (24-2).
That doesn’t mean the Fuel should tear down an impressive winning streak straight away and start the upcoming regular season in April with anger. However, this means that Fuel Coaching staff and players have already experienced it.
Aid and RUSH did not consider the errors serious. Fuel’s head coach preached on Saturday about improving the basics, and so was Aid.
“You wouldn’t expect a tank line to understand what a DPS or support is trying to do. That’s what we’re trying to get them to understand, ”Aid said. “While feedback is important, it’s just as important that the players learn and talk to each other.”
Dallas was disjointed when it lost to Guangzhou. Xzi didn’t play at the same level as they did against Shanghai and the Fuel looked like a team that started training in January.
The current meta requires a quick response as heroes like Wrecking Ball, Tracer, Sombra, and Echo rule the compositions.
Dallas worked around it while figuring out how to play it. This is a team that played with Element Mystic at the beginning of their individual career. But that was also two years ago.
“I think the expectations were high because everyone was from their original team,” said Aid. “They reunited after leaving different teams, but when a person stays in a new place for a year or two, he gets used to that place. It couldn’t reflect how they were together as a team before. We will try our best to resolve this step by step. “
The fuel that plays until mid-season is cause for concern. But even then, two defeats against top opponents would not be the end of the world. Dallas shouldn’t even see Shanghai, Guangzhou, or its closest opponent, the Seoul Dynasty, on January 30th, any more during the regular season than a team competing in the East region.
In fact, losing now is tactical, as ugly or hard to take as it may be for players and Fuel supporters so keen to see a shiny new team. There is no better time to fight than now when the games are down.
Fuel players spent the moments apologetically after losing to the charge, Aid said. Some even went to Twitter.
Aid and the coaching team kept her on the floor.
“All I can say now is, I know it can be disappointing to those people who have high expectations of us,” said Aid, “but I can promise you that we will find our place and see you . ” . that we are a team that will have good synergies in the future. “
Seoul won’t be an easier match-up than Shanghai or Guangzhou. But that, too, could be a good thing for Dallas.
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