The Houston Outlaws announced on Tuesday night that flex tank Matt “Coolmatt” Iorio was retiring from professional play to move to a new role within the organization.
A mainstay of the team since its creation, Coolmatt played flex tank for both Team USA 2017 and NA Contenders’ FNRGFE, the two rosters that made up most of the initial Outlaws lineup. He was Houston’s primary flex tank during the 2018 season and traded duties with Alexandre “SPREE” Vanhomwegen in 2019.
According to head coach Harsha Bandi, the decision to retire was Coolmatt’s, and happened prior to the signing of main support Seung-soo “Jecse” Lee.
Matt made this choice a while back to help bring Jecse into the team. I’ll always remember him as one of the best off-tanks in the league early on and look forward to working with him moving forwards. 🥳 https://t.co/5tB9St3UsB
— harsha (@ggHarsha) January 15, 2020
Coolmatt is one of the longest-tenured players in professional Overwatch. He joined Team EnVyUs’ first Overwatch roster in early 2016, while the game was still in beta. He would then move on to Fnatic, with future OWL players Scott “Custa” Kennedy and André “iddqd” Dahlström. After leaving Fnatic, he joined FNRGFE with several of his future Outlaws teammates.
Speculation has abounded about Coolmatt’s future with the Outlaws after the signing of Tae-hong “MekO” Kim. Coolmatt’s departure leaves the Outlaws with two flex tanks and a total of eleven active players.
The Game Haus interviewed Coolmatt last summer about his long history in the game and his reduced stage time in the 3-3 meta of 2019. We wish him the best of luck in his new position in the League, with many thanks for two years of outstanding play.
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