Day of debuts: 4 takeaways from Dallas Fuel’s sweep of Toronto Defiant – The Dallas Morning News

By Sean Collins

6:29 PM on May 20, 2022 CDT

That was fast.

The Dallas Fuel swept the Toronto Defiant Friday evening 3-0, with 2022 Overwatch League season debuts from a pair of DPS players — A rookie and a familiar face.

Dallas won its third straight match and the sweep was critical for Kickoff Clash seeding. More importantly for the Fuel, they flexed their depth for the first time this season.

Here are four takeaways from the Fuel’s match against the Defiant.

Fear the Reaper

Oasis was a stream roll for the Dallas Fuel thanks to DPS player Kim “Edison” Tae-hun on the Reaper. The Zarya-Reaper composition has worked wonders for the Fuel through the first few weeks of the Overwatch League season.

Scary thing for the Defiant was the Fuel are getting better at it. Toronto tank player Kim “MuZe” Young-hun had trouble on Winston because of Edison’s Reaper.

The tank-busting hero was a dominant pick for the Fuel on Oasis. Even when Toronto took Edison out of the fight, it took too many resources to actually win the engagement.

A Doha debut

Kim “Doha” Dong-ha made his Overwatch 2 debut for the Fuel Friday evening against the Defiant. He filled in for Kim “Sp9rk1e” Yeong-han, who struggled against the Los Angeles Gladiators on Tracer last weekend.

Doha played in every match for the Fuel in 2021 as Dallas lacked a dedicated hitscan player. Ironically enough, Doha played Solider: 76 for the Fuel on Oasis alongside Edison’s Reaper.

The Fuel brought on Edison to have options at the DPS line. Friday was the first time they flexed their DPS depth.

It’s a position to keep an eye on for the Fuel, especially as they force their own meta.

All the sweeps

Winning matters. Winning by a lot matters more. The Dallas Fuel are very much in contention for their own Kickoff Clash tournament at Esports Stadium Arlington in June — they are primed for a top seed — and every sweep inches them closer to the top of the table.

The San Francisco Shock have a firm grip on the top seed at the moment with a 4-0 record, but any tiebreaker in record will go to map win-loss next. The Fuel entered Friday with a 6-5 map record after getting swept by the Houston Outlaws to open the season and getting a 3-2 win over the Gladiators.

The Fuel’s sweep of the Defiant was a big one. Dallas only has two qualifier matches left against the Paris Eternal and Boston Uprising.

Those have sweep potential if the Fuel play their cards right.

Personnel swaps

Kang “guriyo” Min-seo made his Overwatch League debut for the Dallas Fuel against the Defiant. The 18-year-old hitscan player was picked up for the Fuel in the offseason for his high ceiling. Fuel head coach Yun “RUSH” Hee-won said gurio would have to develop, but could develop into a quality DPS player.

Guriyo played Widowmaker for the Fuel and won his first two sniper duels against OWL veteran Jeong “Heesu” Hee-su.

Not too shabby for a rookie. The Fuel’s DPS depth could be a real weapon as the season progresses.

Sean Collins

Sean Collins, Staff Writer. Sean started at The Dallas Morning News in 2020 and covers North Texas esports, focusing on the Dallas Fuel and Dallas Empire. He covered high school and Kansas State athletics at The Manhattan Mercury. Sean graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018, where he worked for the University Daily Kansan as a sports editor covering Kansas hoops.

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