The “biggest secret” of the 2019 offseason was confirmed today when it was announced that the Dallas Fuel traded Min-seok “OGE” Son to the Los Angeles Gladiators for Gui-un “Decay” Jang. It is a bittersweet situation for us fans as we lose a charismatic and talented player. A player that a team could successfully build around. But who we get in return…could help shore up the DPS so that the Fuel can make a run at the playoffs or beyond.
Decay is a flex DPS that has spent most of his professional time in Contenders: Korea playing for Team Kongdoo. For his short time on the team, Decay and Team Kongdoo found success finishing top 3 several times. His teammates included fellow Overwatch players Chang-hoon “rOar” Gye, Yong-Jin “YOUNGJIN” Jin, Jin-hyeok “DDing” Yang, Kyungwoo “CoMa” Son, and Seong-hyeon “Luffy” Yang. Being only 17 at the beginning of the 2019 season, Decay was ineligible to see stage time in the first few weeks of Stage 1.
If you carry the same fanaticism that we at Watchpoint: Lobby do, then you will remember that Decay was a very hot prospect to sign last season. A bidding war commenced and in the end, the Los Angeles Gladiators came out as the victors. Decay was added to lineup with established DPS stars Lane “Surefour” Roberts & João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles. Throughout the season, he held his own, even when playing heroes not normally associated with his hero pool.
Hyeon “EFFECT” Hwang’s absences left a hole in the Fuel hero pool in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The Dallas Fuel desperately needed to fill that void. During the season however, the active roster attempted to branch out in different roles with less than stellar results. We all remember the AKM Blade from Season 1.
Decay fills this void and then some, with exceptional Tracer, Genji, and, important for this current meta, Doomfist. With Decay and the other rumor pickups and resignings on the horizon, the 2020 season looks to be burning bright blue for us!