Daniel “dafran” Francesca announced his unexpected quitting of Overwatch on Twitter this Thursday. The Danish player, who was to represent new Overwatch League franchise Atlanta Reign in Season 2 of OWL, expressed his frustration from the game, saying “it’s impossible” to live it.
The end. I hate the game. Thought I could love it again and have passion but its impossible, I always end up soft throwing. Contract ended, Overwatch uninstalled, Mcdonalds here I come. For real though thanks for everything u have given me OW Community
— dafran (@dafran) November 7, 2018
Dafran rose to prominence in the pre-OWL era of Overwatch as the start DPS of Selfless Gaming. As part of the “lions”, the Dane made it to three consecutive Alienware Monthly Melee tournaments, and won the Overwatch Rumble in May 2017, blanking Cloud9 in the final. In those matches, dafran showed almost unrivaled proficiency on hitscan heroes like Tracer and especially Soldier: 76, tracking people’s heads with deadly precision.
In June 2017, dafran made the headlines again, but this time as the center of controversy. The player was suspended from Blizzard for the duration of Season 5, including OW Contenders Season 0, and later released from Selfless Gaming as a result. A TwitLonger published by dafran to explain the incident showed much of the same frustration of the game found in his latest tweet.
“I did what I did to get out of professional Overwatch, it was the only way, I was not sure if I would get banned or not but I would accept it openly and very happily if it happen. I wanted to get out for a long time, competing and scrimming made me very depressed and bored,” the player wrote then.
Even without dafran, the Atlanta Reign still have some solid DPS players on the roster to make up for the Dane’s exit. Jeong “Erster” Joon enjoyed success in China, winning back-to-back OW Contenders China seasons with Lucky Future Zenith, to go with his Overwatch Pacific Season 2 championship as part of Ardeont. Russia’s Ilya “NLaaeR” Koppalov comes with a less impressive pedigree, his results peak so far a top 8 from OW Contenders NA with Last Night’s Leftovers.
Atlanta Reign’s line-up:
— Jeong “Erster” Joon (DPS)
— Ilya “NLaaeR” Koppalov (DPS)
— Seo “DACO” Dong-heyong (flex)
— Blake “Gator” Scott (tank)
— Park “Pokpo” Hyun-jun (tank)
— Steven “Kodak” Rosenberger (support)
— Petja “Masaa” Kantanen (support)