Seoul Dynasty's Fissure announces Overwatch League retirement

Baek "Fissure" Chan-hyung will come out of retirement to join the Vancouver Titans. Photo by Robert Paul/Provided by Blizzard Entertainment

Seoul Dynasty main tank Baek "Fissure" Chan-hyung announced his retirement from the Overwatch League team on Thursday.

The team announced his departure on Twitter, and Fissure confirmed it on his Twitch stream. The Dynasty wrote that the team and the 20-year-old South Korean player mutually agreed to end his contract, according to translations from multiple media outlets.

This season, the Dynasty are 10-9 overall, in ninth place out of 20 teams. They sit 3-2 in Stage 3, in seventh place and in position to reach the stage playoffs. Seoul reached the semifinals of the Stage 1 playoffs but did not qualify for the Stage 2 playoffs.

Fissure had not been competing in all matches, with the team rotating players. According to online translations of his Thursday announcement, he said he was no longer motivated and has lost his love for the game.

Shortly after announcing his retirement, Fissure suggested on his personal stream that rumors of a pending format change -- which would introduce a 2-2-2 role lock of two damage dealers, two healers and two tanks -- for Stage 4 of the OWL are accurate. The current rules feature a triple-tank, triple-support format.

After starting the 2018 inaugural season of the Overwatch League with the London Spitfire, Fissure was traded to the Los Angeles Gladiators in February 2018.

Fissure was viewed as a key contributor in a big performance improvement from the Gladiators during the 2018 season, as the team went from being a lower- to mid-tier team in Stage 1 to finishing first in Stage 4. The main tank earned a spot as the Overwatch League MVP runner-up as a result of his efforts.

Fissure was dealt to the Dynasty after the season in August 2018, having professed a desire to move to an all-Korean team, with Seoul as his top choice.

Before joining the Overwatch League, Fissure competed for Team KongDoo Panthera and Cloud9 KongDoo.

-- Field Level Media