Since the beginning of the Overwatch League, former Dallas Fuel tank player Felix “xQc” Lengyel has been at the center of controversy. After being hit with his second disciplinary suspension from the league late last week, Lengyel has been released from the team, and his former teammates and others around the league are already weighing in with their thoughts.
While the responses covered a variety of personal feeling and details, the majority of Overwatch League professionals that said something about Lengyel’s departure were simply sad to see a fellow Overwatch pro leave.
San Francisco Shock coach Dillain “LegitRc” Odeneal simply quoted the announcement in a tweet that said, “I’m sad.” Meanwhile, a couple of members of the Overwatch League’s casting team chimed in as well, with Brennon Hook saying that Lengyel is a “skilled player, hope he sorts out his issues and finds his way to another OWL team.” Caster Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles had a tweet of his own regarding Lengyel’s release.
I wish we could have seen more of xQc's exceptional tank play without all the drama and controversy that went along with it. https://t.co/hQFmeMEvrF— MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) March 12, 2018
Others in the Overwatch scene remain slightly more optimistic for Lengyel’s future in the Overwatch League, already starting up speculation as to which team he might be best on, or who might pick him up once his suspension has been served and he is eligible to play again.
Speculating, I think a good fit would be the San Francisco Shock.— Jonathan Larsson (@Reinforce) March 12, 2018
Danteh, Babybay; allows Super to move onto an off-tank role as well if he wants to when he becomes available.
"Underdog" team to shape moving forward, guessing they'd get along well with each other as well. https://t.co/5rCPcoWoC5
Perhaps the most complete statement on the issue came from Dallas Fuel support player Scott “Custa” Kennedy, who provided some insights into the team environment and how Lengyel fit in during his stream on Sunday night.
As for Lengyel himself, his first stream after the announcement, which started shortly before the Fuel’s post went up was slightly more quiet than normal, featured him simply playing a few competitive games and rarely addressing the issue directly. He did field a few messages from former teammates like, Timo “Taimou” Kettunen while he was in-game, saying that they would miss him. When Lengyel finally did directly address his release, he had a fairly subdued reaction, and made it clear that he didn’t want his fans to blame anyone on the Fuel.