Roster shuffles continue during a slow season in competitive Overwatch with the news that André “iddqd” Dahlström will be abdicating his starting DPS position for Fnatic.
The announcement was posted on their website on October 21, along with an open invitation to tryout for the vacated post. The post clarifies that Dahlström will still be representing Fnatic as a member of Team Sweden in the Blizzard World Cup at Blizzcon in November.
With Team EnVyUs keeping a firm grip on the number one spot in North America and Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick announcing earlier in the week that a new Overwatch league is coming, Fnatic and other teams are starting to make some serious decisions about the future of their franchises. In Fnatic’s case, it may no longer include Dahlström, who made a name for himself as one of the best McCree players in the world.
While details as to why Dahlström is stepping down are not explicitly defined, the announcement discusses a narrative that makes it sound like team chemistry is a possible cause for the demotion.
“When you gather six players with different backgrounds, there’s always some getting used to required and while everyone might seem compatible at first there is no predicting how things evolve when you add the pressure of performing at the highest level.” – Fnatic Team Statement
If that sounds familiar, that’s because Rogue also claimed team chemistry was the reason behind dropping Dahlström back in June.
“The departure of IDDQD comes following the rest of the roster’s lack of trust in IDDQD to settle in, adjusting to our mindset and ideas, and his ability to perform in high-pressure environments.” – Rogue Team Statement (June 2016)
Fnatic will look to find his replacement before they head to Sweden to play in the DreamHack Winter 2016 Overwatch Championship in late November. To do this, the team will hold open tryouts to find the right candidate. Those interested in taking their shot can find everything they need to know right here. The move is a gamble. Adding new blood to the roster so close to a major tournament may hurt their chances to win. Especially when teams like Ninjas in Pajamas and Misfits have also qualified.
Only time will tell if the gamble pays off.
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