Dallas Fuel will be in Hawaii by the end of Wednesday to participate in the May Melee. The Chengdu Hunters, Shanghai Dragons and Florida Mayhem stand in the way of an early season triumph for the Fuel.

Dallas went to Chengdu at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, and Overwatch League pitcher Brennon “Bren” Hook joined. The morning news from Dallas for a quick call to discuss the clashes. Here is what he had to say.

Answers have been edited for length and brevity.

You predicted the Dallas Fuel would win the May Melee on Twitter. Have you ever imagined yourself doing this?

To hang up: “I’ll be honest with you. The knockouts absolutely blew me away. I didn’t expect these games to go in that kind of direction in the slightest. I mean, a lot of my predictions flew off. I expected Shock and Washington to be successful on the North American side. So a lot of my expectations for the strength of the teams were turned upside down on Sunday.

“I can try to make an accurate prediction here, but I really liked what I saw of the Dallas Fuel. I was honestly very impressed with the pace they were playing. Yes, I could go on with quite a bit of details for quite a while on the different aspects of Dallas Fuel that I really liked watching their games.

Lucky for you, you can. The Fuel probably played their best Monitoring in franchise history last weekend. As a pitcher who has worked with many teams over several years, what impressed you the most about Fuel’s two wins?

To hang up: “The pace at which they were playing the game was the highest we’ve ever seen this year, in terms of decision making, speed, how fast they were really trying to play different variations. It’s so unique, and there are these restraining factors, like they can’t play the metacoms that people have figured out, but that doesn’t matter. They are just overcoming a lot of their weaknesses. And a lot of that comes from the pure rhythm.

“The last time I actually saw a team play like this, it honestly reminds me of Shock when Shock was the most dominant. They are able to pivot and adapt very quickly in team fights. And what he does is force the opposition to react. And that forces them to make decisions at the same pace as them. And if a team is not used to that, it will stumble, it will slip, it will create openings. The Dallas Fuels were so good, so good at exploiting it all. It just made me very excited to look at the future of fuel.

The Chengdu Hunters were known to be a weird team that didn’t comply with metas last season. This year, they’ve hit their stride. What kind of match do you think they give the fuel?

To hang up: “The truth is I think it’s probably the one of the I think it’s the hardest game the peloton could face. Because Chengdu also likes to play with a lot of their strengths. Like (Yi” JinMu “Hu) on the Pharah, for example. They love playing those poke compositions, and they’re very good. It’s the best look Chengdu has ever seen in all years. They’ve practiced this unorthodox style of play. , kind of like a Fuel this year. But now they actually have some very skilled players, and they can play the meta if they want to. They can also fall back on all of their comfort choices. And that is. one of the scariest things I think Dallas can play against.

“And Chengdu is one of those teams that I think is probably going to come in and think, yeah, we probably had a pretty good game against the Fuel, and I think they do too.”

Is there any cause for concern for both teams from either region that they could be hit hard? To fill folks, how has the style of play of teams like Shanghai and Chengdu been different from that of Florida and Dallas?

To hang up: “The meta has diverged from North America to the APAC region. These differences have manifested themselves in terms of what teams like to fall back on. And you can certainly see that Chengu likes to fall back on some of the comfort choices, sometimes Shanghai too. They played that style, that lineup, which puts enormous pressure on a team’s tank line. What you find is just that in North America, you find that these compositions largely work around your primary tanker’s support, allowing them to create as much space as possible for the rest of your team.

You have already posted your predictions. But can you explain what you think is fun for this May Melee?

To hang up: “I think the best of times is that in the grand finale, hopefully we will see an NA team and an APAC team. And in my eyes, I think the best game we could get would be Dallas vs Chengdu. And yes, I think it will. I’m just going to summarize what I’ve already said, but I think the best thing that could come out of this tournament is the two regions that are strong but in their own way and seeing how the stylistic confrontations between Shanghai and Florida, and Dallas and Chengdu. I also want to see lower support work. I mean, if you look at my material, it’s literally a selfish wish for what I want to happen, because that would be such an amazing scenario.

“For Dallas Fuel, he has to go all the way from the top bracket and Chengdu all the way down to the bottom after facing each other in the first round and then facing each other again in the grand final. I think it would be such a magical story.

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