Chan-hyung "Fissure" Baek of the Los Angeles Gladiators released a statement on Twitter on Monday concerning the ​release of former London Spitfire teammate, Kim" Rascal" Dong-jun, from the Dallas Fuel. 


The two of them were formerly teammates on the London Spitfire and were key components to the team's Overwatch League Stage 1 championship.

The two Korean players left the Spitfire around the same time. Fissure was released from the Spitfire Feb. 20 and Rascal was released just a day later. Fissure goes on to describe the struggle he faced with what he called the "culture difference" after ​signing up with the Gladiators. 


He describes the Spitfire's more serious attitude in comparison to the general "low work ethic" of the Gladiators after their Stage 1 performance. 

The difficulty Fissure had communicating with his new team was only overcome with the help of Hyung-seok "Bischu" Kim. Bischu was able to translate Fissure's different callouts to the rest of the team.


He goes on to mention that if he did not have Bischu to help him out, the news would be about him departing from the Los Angeles Gladiators.


For the Fuel, even the presence of Hyeon "EFFECT" Hwang was not enough to ease Rascal's transition as the two players played similar roles that they would hardly play together in live matches. EFFECT also is not bilingual, although he has played with the players of Team EnVyUs for a much longer time compared to Rascal.


Fissure finally goes on to speculate that the value of Bischu and other bilingual players will only increase, as more teams seek to mitigate the complicated problem the language barrier would present.


Cover photo courtesy of ​Robert Paul/Blizzard Entertainment