Dallas Fuel recently announced that Ashley “Trill” Powell will be leaving the Team Envy Contenders roster to join OWL. This addition to the Dallas Fuel roster poses a question for stage three and the rest of the season; how does he fit in?
Another Benched Player?
The Fuel roster already has Timo “Taimou” Kettunen, Johnathen “Harryhook” Tejedor Rua and Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod benched indefinitely. The likelyhood that the Envy staff would promote Trill to OWL only to bench him seems unlikely. If he is meant to be a back up for Minseok “OGE” Son, then why wouldn’t they put him on a two-way contract?
When Team Envy picked up Trill for contenders, he primarily played Reinhardt. This was because of the GOATs meta and strategy that the team was running. However, Trill was also praised for his Winston skills during the 2018 OWWC. Now when we look at OGE, he is well-rounded with his tank play, but has always looked strongest on Winston. Perhaps Trill has improved his Reinhardt play in Contenders, enough for Dallas to pick him up just for Reinhardt.
Maybe too much analysis is being put into this pickup. Before OGE was playing full-time because there simply was not anyone else on the roster who could play main tank. Now with someone to split playtime with OGE, the possibility that the Korean main tank wont be starting is ever so slightly in the picture.
The most likely scenario in stage three has OGE still starting, but Trill could be subbed in for certain maps against weaker teams. If Trill shows that he can play well with the team and stand up to other OWL tanks, then he could start playing over OGE.
Most teams in the league have a starting six players, this helps with synergy, playstyle and communication. A few organizations have had two rosters, but it made the team inconsistent and proved too difficult to pull off. Dallas will keep this in mind if they play Trill on the stage.
Many times so far this season, OGE has been caught out, punished for aggression and died first. Only later in the match he adapts to getting bullied and plays more passively. Now Trill’s play style could be beneficial for the Fuel, where OGE is typically aggressive, Trill could be more passive around his teammates. Growing pains are inevitable, but it’s part of being a team, this Australian will eventually find his place in the Dallas Fuel roster.
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