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Dallas Fuel Week 9 Preview


The Dallas Fuel return to the Overwatch competitive scene after an eight-week hibernation period. This weekend, they shake off the rust to take on the LA Gladiators and rematch the LA Valiant.

Of the teams that have played so far this year, Dallas Fuel is the only one that remains winless, having only gone up against the 2019 champions, the San Francisco Shock and the surprisingly capable LA Valiant during Opening Weekend.

Given the recent scheduling chaos surrounding the Overwatch League and coronavirus, the Fuel are switching between play on East Coast and West Coast servers.

The Fuel face the Gladiators on Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 P.M., and face the Valiant on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 P.M..

Dallas Fuel vs Los Angeles Gladiators

The Gladiators have proven that they can run with some of the best teams in the league, taking a victory over the San Francisco Shock before falling to the Dynasty last week. In terms of playstyle, the Fuel is much more of a wild card than the Gladiators at this point in the season. Particularly with hero bans, it’ll be interesting to see what they bring to the match.

OWL Breakout Players

Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Dallas Fuel vs Los Angeles Valiant

Valiant currently stands at two wins over the Shock and the Valiant, and two losses against the Dynasty and the Titans. Both teams have a dangerous lineup of former Contenders talent. However, during their last match, KSF and KSP were able to bring the heat much more than Decay and Doha. Fuel had best learned from their mistakes in Week 1 by the time they face the Valiant again.

Player to Watch: Closer

Dallas Fuel stage 3
2019-04-14 – Overwatch League 2019 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

With Brigitte on the bench, it’s likely that we’re going to see a lot of the Ana-Lucio support duo this weekend. Closer’s Lucio play has been instrumental in getting the Fuel a lot of their major plays during Opening Weekend. Many fans are excited to potentially see the return of the Dive meta, in which case it’ll be likely that Closer’s Lucio play will play a pivotal role.

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