After much anticipation, the OWL 2020 season officially kicked off on February 8th. In Week 1, teams played a total of 8 matches across 2 arenas. The Dallas Fuel and New York Excelsior both hosted League matches this weekend as a part of the new homestand system introduced this year.
As part of a new series, we will be selecting a “player of the week” based on the past week’s matches. In this series, we will be looking for an Overwatch League player who best stood out above the competition.
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Decay – Player of the Week
In a team that looked competent at best and utterly disorganized at worst, one light shone out from the Dallas Fuel Roster. That light was Gui-un “Decay” Jang. Prior to this season, Decay played in the Overwatch Contenders Series before entering the Overwatch League in 2019. In 2019, he played with the Los Angeles Gladiators before being traded to the Dallas Fuel in the offseason.
This week, Decay dazzled viewers with his prominent McCree gameplay. He was often the first player opening up team fights by getting an early kill, or the last to die while taking down a few of his opponents with him. In terms of stats, he was a clear front runner, dealing the second most hero damage of any player this weekend. He also racked up a total of 205 eliminations with 105 final blows across 2 matches.
In their match against the San Francisco Shock, Decay went toe-to-toe with veteran DPS player Striker. When Decay was successful in neutralizing the Shock DPS unit, the Fuel almost always won the following team-fight. However, not everything went smoothly for the Fuel.
The Dallas Fuel got off to a rocky start in front of their home crowd. The Fuel lost to both the San Francisco Shock and the Los Angeles Valiant with scores of 3-1. Despite these losses, the often disappointing Fuel roster showed real promise for the first time in recent memory. They ended the Shock’s undefeated run that started last postseason with a dominant shut-out victory led by outstanding play from Decay. Later on, they nearly went on to take a second game, showing their ability to compete with the most dominant team of the 2019 season. Throughout it all, Decay was a driving force behind these moments of success.
In the future, the Fuel must recognize that despite his skill, Decay can’t singlehandedly bring the Fuel to victory. At times, it was clear the Fuel tank and support players underperformed compared to the DPS. However, this should not be a reason for the Fuel to lose hope.
With the potential displayed by Decay over the weekend, the Fuel should be optimistic going into their next games. As a squad with many new faces on their roster, synergy will take some time to establish. Even in losing, Decay helped the Fuel to show that they intend to be taken seriously this season. If the Dallas Fuel roster can build themselves around their promising new talents such as Decay, they could be a promising Overwatch bet in upcoming weeks.
Were it not for Decay’s outstanding performance as the Fuel’s hyper-carry, Minho “Architect” Park would have been a clear pick for Player of the Week. As a DPS main, Architect entered Week 1 out of his comfort zone playing the support role for the San Francisco Shock. However, his Ana gameplay quickly showed he was not uncomfortable at all. Between clutch sleep darts and perfectly timed nano boosts, Architect was a key piece of the Shock’s victory. Architect not only proved his ability to keep up in the support category, but he also showed the potential to be one of the Overwatch League’s best players in the support role to date.