It is been a tough earlier few times of a tough month of a tough very first period for Dallas Gas, the Overwatch League’s most star-studded group. Nowadays by itself, just one member, Timo “Taimou” Kettunen, ultimately apologized for utilizing a homophobic slur on stream, whilst a different, Félix “xQc” Lengyel, mentioned he could quit the group solely.
Taimou made use of mentioned slur on stream on January 23, but his circumstance arrived to a head above the weekend, when ESPN claimed that he nonetheless hadn’t received any form of punishment for it—or if he had, it was becoming stored much, much absent from prying general public eyes. This arrived soon after the Dallas Gas suspended Taimou’s teammate, the aforementioned xQc, for a month soon after he instructed Houston Outlaws tank Muma, who is brazenly homosexual, to “suck a fats cock.” Nowadays, Taimou ultimately broke the silence with a transient apology.
“I am sorry to the enthusiasts and supporters I enable down and offended just lately,” he wrote nowadays, practically six weeks soon after the incident in dilemma. “I hear and browse all the reviews and I am utmost let down in myself that I mentioned those things and all I can do is apologize and go ahead.”
xQc, in the meantime, only received un-suspended a few weeks back, but has considering the fact that long gone on a shit-stirring rampage that could be explained as “Winston-esque” if Winston had no impulse management and a little army of enthusiasts on Twitch who frequently enabled his antics. Among other things, he’s continuously talked trash about Houston Outlaws star player Jake “Jake” Lyon, as well as Overwatch League’s commentators, who he referred to as “cancer.” He also spammed the Twitch “Trihard” emote—an graphic of a well-known streamer that is unfortunately been commandeered by racist assholes—in the chat of an Overwatch League stream whilst host Malik Forté was on display. He’s hardly the only human being undertaking that, and he’s considering the fact that claimed through a stream that he didn’t realize Forté was on display at the time, but offered the context, his steps nonetheless never make for a excellent glimpse.
These steps have, predictably, not designed him any buddies. All through a stream, Jake took umbrage at the actuality that xQc designed a tailor made Twitch emote that, in his eyes, particularly exists to let viewers to make fun of him, whilst Overwatch League commentators Erik “DoA” Lonnquist and Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles staged an elaborate online video skit in which the former performed a health care provider who diagnoses the latter with “Xtremely Questionable Perform,” or xQc for brief.
“Being a living embodiment of Twitch chat is not a substitute for acquiring a temperament,” MonteCristo mentioned on Twitter in response to a fake-apology from xQc.
All of this has Overwatch League followers pondering if Taimou and xQc will obtain punishments for their steps, for each the just lately revealed (browse: rapidly summarized) Overwatch League code of perform, which Dallas Gas instructed Contend that they base their possess code of perform on. For the minute, nobody’s building any official statements. “We have no added reviews or insights in this article,” a Dallas Gas rep instructed Contend in an e mail nowadays.
However, there have been rumors that punishments are on the table for both equally players, and xQc’s invested the earlier 24 hrs popping in and out of his Discord ominously proclaiming that he’s about to be strike with a doozy of a punishment. “It’s rly rly rly rly bad and will make me glimpse Horrible,” xQc wrote, incorporating that a different team’s proprietor complained that he attacked his player whilst on stream, and that’ll issue into his punishment. “I’m not banned from OWL, not even close,” xQc later wrote. “But I’ll be choosing no matter if or not I’m stepping down.”
Nowadays, in the meantime, the group officially confirmed that they’ve signed Korean main tank Son “OGE” Min-seok to their roster. Major tank is the position xQc plays, and whilst this is by no signifies a assure that xQc’s having changed, it is not specifically a indication of clean sailing, either.
All of this will come on the back of a gnarly decline to minimal-rated group and Naruto coloration scheme fanatics SF Shock yesterday, the mushy old cherry atop a sequence of wildly uneven performances. This has prompted criticism of the team’s head coach, in addition to its players. Players, in convert, have posted downtrodden statuses and tried to choose the blame for the team’s fewer-than-stellar engage in, with DPS phenom Hyeon “Effect” Hwang going so much as to say that building him the centerpiece of a lot of strats has been way too much for him.
Even Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod, the most cheerful human being in the whole Overwatch League and probably on planet Earth, is acquiring hassle holding up his sunny disposition. “It’s not 1 human being fault,” the Dallas Gas flex player wrote on Twitter. “Pls prevent blaming coach or 1 player in the group, but if it will make you content then do it to me.”
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