This season has been a taxing one for the Dallas Fuel, but the team enjoyed a stage four surge. Now that the off-season has come, it’s time for teams to make roster decisions. One of the earliest announcments in the off-season is that Brandon “Seagull” Larned is retiring from professional play, although he will continue playing Overwatch on stream.
Larned joined Team Envy in 2017 and was one of the players signed onto the starting Dallas Fuel roster. He played a variety of heroes for the Fuel throughout the season, especially as the team struggled to find their footing. He had built a successful streaming career before starting in the Overwatch League, and he will be returning to his community of over 750,000 followers on Twitch.
The pace of the Overwatch League requires an intense time commitment from players that makes it difficult to maintain personal brands or produce content. Larned’s retirement should mean he is more active in the community, albeit not on the stage. The Fuel sent him off with warm regards, with CEO Mike Rufail saying the following in the team’s statement: “We have nothing but love for Brandon. Seagull joined us at a time when Team Envy had the most dominant roster in North America in Overwatch and helped contribute throughout the ups and the downs of our first Overwatch League season as the Dallas Fuel. We support Brandon in his decision and he leaves us on good terms. We’ll always be pleased that he chose to make his final act in professional Overwatch with the Dallas Fuel.”
The Overwatch League’s first season has concluded, and fans can expect several more surprising moves before its second season begins in early 2019.