Dallas Fuel hosts first Overwatch League home game
The team is on a mission to recover from a dismal start
When the Dallas Fuel first put together its Overwatch League (OL) team, it looked like it had created a hands-down winner. However, it went on to lose virtually every game until it decided to change its technique. It built a practice facility that was separate from other league facilities and had a winning season the second year. Now, Dallas Fuel is getting some much-deserved recognition and has hosted its first ever OL game.
The competition went down this past weekend as part of the Bud Light Homestead Weekend, an event that saw all 4,500 available seats sell out each day. The Fuel took on the Houston Outlaws in what would become a momentous event for the team. The Fuel won, beating the Outlaws 3-1 and giving fans an incredible show.
Fuel’s GM, Mat Taylor, had said before the event, “Blizzard made a lot of promises, saying it was going to be a great thing to start off with. … The first day of matches was so fun to be a part of. The hype on it was insane. It brought everyone together that had been working so hard on competitive Overwatch.”
He added about the team’s past lackluster performance, “Everybody thought we were the best team coming into the league. Some of the analysts had us in the top two, even winning the league. We made these changes at the start to make sure that our roster was covered from every single angle. We dominated the [Overwatch Contenders] scene. We didn’t even drop a map in the Contenders Season 1. We thought we had everything covered. We were very confident.”
The Fuel went into the competition this past weekend with a 7-5 record – much better than what it saw last year. The win against the Outlaws is another example of the change in the team’s abilities and things are beginning to look extremely bright for the young group.