At 6:22 pm EST, the Dallas Fuel official twitter posted a picture of a fan sign with a message asking Ashley “Trill” Powell, a player on their contenders team, Team Envy, if he would like to be in the Overwatch League. This seemingly hinted at a signing of the contenders player.
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) May 7, 2019
Fans didn’t have to wait long for an answer; just 10 minutes later, at 6:33 pm EST, the Fuel followed through by officially announcing that Trill would be joining their roster. Trill himself made a twitter post immediately after confirming the signing.
We’re thrilled to welcome @Trill_ow to the Fuel roster!
Trill comes from the undefeated @Envy Overwatch Contenders team. He will be joining us between Stage 2 and 3. Give him a follow!
— Dallas Fuel (@DallasFuel) May 7
Background on Trill
Trill is a tank player from Australia who has garnered a solid fanbase in the professional Overwatch scene. He has had quite the colorful history from playing on various teams ever since October of 2016. He originally aimed to be a dps player, however when his team, Jam Gaming, needed a tank he volunteered and has been in that role ever since. Since then he has played on Fusion Girls, Blank Esports, Sydney Drop Bears, and finally Team Envy. He also participated in the Overwatch World Cup in both 2017 and 2018 for Team Australia.
Trill was a popular name discussed when the Overwatch League was announced, primarily due to his performance in 2017, but was not signed. He tried out once again in 2018, most notably at 300 ping due to his poor internet connection, but was once again rejected for a spot. After this, he played with Team Envy in Contenders 2018 Season 3 North America and Contenders 2019 Season 1: North America West (placing first in the latter) before being finally signed to an Overwatch League team.
Impact on the Fuel
This is most certainly an interesting acquisition for the Fuel. Son “OGE” Min-seok has been their main tank player since March of 2018, and over the time since has greatly improved with the team to one of the biggest names for main tanks this season. In both Stage 2 and the overall standings the Fuel placed 6th with a 5-2 stage record and a 9-5 league record. With such an incredibly strong roster already, it will be interesting to see why the Fuel moved Trill up to the big leagues, and how his playstyle differs from that of OGE.
Luckily for Trill, with a mixed roster already, there should be no issue of integrating to the Fuel’s communications. He is also already located in LA due to playing with Envy, so he should be able to begin working with the Fuel soon. Only time will tell whether he will hit the stage in Stage 3 and how his presence will affect the Dallas Fuel moving forward. However it is certainly something that many fans of both Dallas and Team Australia are eager to witness.
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