Fissure Clears the Air Regarding Benching Rumors

2018-05-23 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

LA Gladiator’s main tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek has spoken out on stream about the rumors behind his benching in today’s quarter-final match against the London Spitfire.

The Gladiators shocked fans across the world when they announced their star front-liner would be riding the bench. The actual reasoning was never officially released, though we’ve since heard a couple different stories from a couple different sources.

Esports consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau tweeted that Fissure was “unhappy” with how his team had practiced in scrims, and was replaced with fellow main tank iRemiix as punishment for not communicating with his team.



A later tweet from Slasher also claimed that Fissure was looking to move to an all Korean roster.


Let Me Explain

Following the match, Fissure took to his Twitch stream to clear the air around his benching. He explained that iRemiix is a more “team-oriented” main tank player, which is beneficial in the current meta. He also clarified rumors that he wished to leave the Gladiators for another, all Korean team, calling them “not 100% wrong.” The Gladiators asked Fissure if he would prefer they communicate in Korean, which Fissure saw as a problem.


2018-05-16 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

“I responded that it would be better for the [organization] to just replace me with an English using player rather than switching all other players to Korean.” Fissure explained that the Gladiators wanted to support their main tank player, but that he saw this language change as a detriment to the team. He also cited the current coaching staff (comprised largely of non-Koreans) as another thing that would have to change if the team was to truly be all Korean, which “would be way too much to change.” 


Fissure was hesitant to publicize his concerns for fear of stirring the rumor mill. While he has reportedly been working with the Gladiators to address the issue since he joined the team, Slasher’s tweet was “so bs” to him that he felt that he had to explain the situation more clearly.

Fissure also stated that iRemiix is likely to continue playing throughout the playoffs, with Fissure taking a break for the remainder of the season regardless of the Gladiators results. Even on the bench, he seemed confident that the Gladiators would do well. After the Gladiators’ dominant 3-0 win against the Spitfire on Wednesday, his confidence doesn’t seem to be misplaced.



What Comes Next?

What do you think about all this? Is Fissure right to worry about the language barrier on his team, or is there more he could do? Were the Gladiators right to bench their star front-liner? And will such a risky gamble playoff as they continue their playoff push? Send us a tweet and let us know!

Billy "Korjubzot" Walker is a journalism student with a newfound passion for esports, based in Queensland, Australia. He spends most of his time playing RPGs, competitive shooters and platformers, and he always thanks his healers.
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