Chan-hyung "Fissure" Baek, Seoul Dynasty main tank player and Overwatch League Inaugural Season MVP runner up, has announced his immediate retirement.
On his stream, Fissure cited motivational issues and falling out of love with the game. In a stream on Wednesday he explained his plans to trying his hand at streaming the booming Auto Chess genre, as well as other games.
Just last week, Fissure played in a close series against the Hangzhou Spark, which his team narrowly lost 3-2. Seoul Dynasty has employed a highly unusual strategy of constantly rotating their 12-man roster during the second season of the Overwatch League. Fissure therefore had to share his starting position with teammate, Min-seo "Marve1" Hwang.
During his career, Fissure was a polarizing figure. His cocky catchphrase, “who is better than Fissure? Nobody!” represented the dissonance between his in-game performance and his frequent team changes. He started with the London Spitfire, which benched him for the first stage of the Inaugural Season before trading him to Los Angeles Gladiators. The rivalry that formed out of that trade became one of the big stories in Overwatch last year.
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Upon joining the Gladiators, the team improved their record by playing around his hyper-aggressive play style and mechanical excellence on the hero, Winston. At his peak, Fissure imposed pressure on teams in a way few other players could match. This ultimately lead his team into the season playoffs.
During the playoffs, however, the Gladiators opted to bench him. The team claimed his backup, Luis "iRemiix" Galarza Figueroa, was better on the playoff patch, but rumors of attitude issues circulated online. Many fans attributed the decision to that, refusing to believe that a backup main tank could outperform an MVP candidate.
Staying true to his outspoken persona, Fissure also confirmed on his stream last night news about the Stage 4 2-2-2 role lock, as Upcomer previously reported. He dropped the news after a fan in Twitch chat asked if he would still retire if the league moved to the role lock.
”Now that I’ve retired, I’ll just say it,” Fissure said. “The next stage is definitely 2-2-2 locked.”
You can follow Fissure’s post-Overwatch League career through his Twitch channel.