In the 2023 Overwatch League season, Dallas Fuel will play in the East division, according to co-owner Mike “hastr0” Rufail. Hastr0, who posted the video on Twitter, noted that since Fuel will now compete throughout the season closer to home, they would be able to support their players more.
Hastr0 claims, “We’ve had our players here in Dallas for the previous two years. They are South Korean nationals, as the majority of you are aware. They spent several years away from home because they reside in South Korea.
Dallas Fuel joins Seoul Infernal (formerly Philadelphia Fusion), Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Chengdu Hunters, Seoul Dynasty, and Shanghai Dragons as the seventh team in the East Region. In the opposite direction, LA Valiant stated last month that their squad would transfer to the West division in 2023.
Dallas Fuel made its decision out of need
Hastr0 acknowledged there “was a lot of ambiguity” over the Overwatch League’s viability going into 2023. He added that several of the team’s players were in high demand following the 2022 world championship.
The Fuel administration declared shortly after the victory that it was allowing players to consider off-season offers. While supporters Kwon “Fielder” Joon and Han “ChiYo” Hyeon-Seok teamed up with Atlanta Reign, Tank Lee “Fearless” Euiseok relocated to Houston Outlaws. Fuel released the DPC pair of Kim “Doha” Dong-ha and Kang “guriyo” Min-seo.
Fuel announced the signings of the support team of Lee “MCD” Jeong-ho and Kim “Bliss” So-myung on January 1. In the 2022 season, the former represented the Contenders team O2 Blast and the later Boston Uprising.
Before the 2023 season, hastr0 added more background to the choice to change regions on Twitter. He stated that the location of the team was considered during the contract negotiations and that Fuel “would have had to completely rebuild” the roster if they had remained in the West division. He added that we could keep a significant portion of our World Championship roster by competing in the Eastern division.
The 2023 Overwatch League regular season in both regions will begin on April 27. There will be an OWL and Contenders Pro-Am event in the West. As a result of recent modifications to the league’s structure, five Contenders teams will join the seven East Region OWL clubs. The group “totally plans” to bring the squad back to Dallas and hold events there in the future, according to hastr0, who concluded the video. This season, we’re playing there [East], he stated. “For the moment, that is all we have planned.”