The Vancouver Titans announced today that they have released their entire roster including Chan Hyeong “Fissure” Baek. This news will be heartbreaking to many fans. Now though begs the ultimate question, where the heck will these storied players call home next. For Fissure the Titans was a chance to begin writing a new story. To rewrite the narrative that he is difficult to deal with and that he can’t make it a full season on a single team. According to many this was not his fault. He had shown maturity and a strong desire to compete at the highest level of competitive Overwatch.
With that in mind where will he go next? There are a number of teams that one could argue could use an upgrade at Main Tank. Especially one who has shown in the past his ability to help transform a team into a top competitor. There is a good chance that he is not seeking a team outside the Asian region and wishes to remain in South Korea. Which would limit the spots he could be useful immensely. However if he is open to a mixed roster and/or a team outside of the Asian region here are the top three teams that could use Fissure.
No team in the Overwatch League is struggling like the Boston Uprising are. In their past two games they have been swept and in one set a briefly held record for quickest defeat. These were both against the same team in the Florida Mayhem. It is clear that changes need to be made in order for there to be any possibility of turning the season around. The coaching issues with the team are one of the many but having a player like Fissure could be the boost that the team needs to be at the very least competitive. Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth has shown talent on heroes such as Reinhardt in the past but has struggled immensely to make an impact since the end of stage 2 of 2019. With Minseob “Axxiom” Park on medical leave for the foreseeable future, the team could use a change-up in the tank line once more. There is talent on this team. The issue seems to be finding a way to bring it together. Could Fissure be the savior this team so desperately needs? Would he even want to go anywhere near this team or a mixed roster to begin with? These are questions without easy answers but one thing is for certain it would be entertaining to see him try.
The Washington Justice are a team that on paper should be doing much better than they currently are. They have a bonafide superstar in Corey “Corey” Nigra. Their support line have the skills to be competative and they have well-liked people heading up the frontline. So what is going wrong? To start they are likely not playing the tank line they desired too with Lukas “LullSiSH” Wiklund dealing with seemingly insurmountable visa issues. Which leads the team to field Elliot “Ellivote” Vaneryd and Gye “Roar” Chang-Hoon instead. Ellivote and LullSiSH are a duo with years of experience playing together so that synergy could have helped. In addition, Roar, who was actually brought to his former team the Los Angeles Gladiators as a Fissure replacement has not been performing well. Now bringing in a new tank does pose the same problem as previously mentioned. No pre-existing synergy. Yet on any tank hero Fissure is undeniably the better option. Showing himself to possess immense mechanical skill and great leadership in-game. Something clearly lacking in the team’s structure.
This could be a hot take. However, it is hard to argue that at this time the weakest element of this team who to be fair has performed very well lies at the Main Tank position. No offense to the most perfect faced Main Tank in the league Benjamin “BenBest” Dieulafait or even Daun “NoSmite” Jeong. To quote Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse Benbest has indeed had quite the Benjamin Quest in 2020. Jokes aside they have both shown vast improvement over their relatively weak showings in 2019. That being said a Fissure and Choi “Hanbin” Han-Been tank line sounds absolutely terrifying. Hanbin has shown he is a top-level Off Tank. Showcasing an impressive mastery over heroes like DvA and Sigma. Pairing him with a veteran Main Tank as skilled and aggressive as Fissure would be a sight to behold. Having three players for one role on a roster is not ideal of course and it would likely lead to the release of one of them if this were to happen. This would of course be sad for fans of either of their current Main Tanks. Yet it could greatly improve the team’s overall play and once Kim “Sp9rk1e” Yeong-Han comes of age they could truly challenge the top teams in the league.
Time will only tell where Fissure will travel to next. Each team he has been on as shown the ability to contend with the very best. Hopefully, he can work his dark magic once more wherever he ends up.
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