The real possibility Chan-hyung "Fissure" Baek might be coming out of retirement to play for the Vancouver Titans in the Overwatch League in 2020 is the biggest surprise of the offseason. It's the type of move that can go one of two ways. It could be a big brain move that will pay off immensely, or the Titans could be making a massive mistake that could destroy the entire team chemistry in 2020 and beyond.
Sources: Former Seoul Dynasty Main Tank Chan-Hyung "Fissure" Baek has come out of retirement and signed with the Vancouver Titans.— Arran “Halo” Brown (@haloofthoughts) November 7, 2019
Fissure's contract with Seoul ran out this off season, meaning that they no longer held the right to his contract. He was a Free Agent
At one point, not too long ago, Fissure was considered the best main tank in the world. His mechanical skill was art and he became one of the front runners for the 2018 Overwatch League MVP. He helped lead the Los Angeles Gladiators to a playoff appearance in the inaugural season, sometimes being a hard carry at the main tank position.
There is no doubt about Fissure's talent. He was the best main tank and it's safe to assume that he could come back and be just as dominant as ever. The Vancouver Titans are built to support an aggressive main tank like Fissure. Just look at Sang-beom "Bumper" Park's aggro-style play during the 2019 season and how he was able to get away with extremely aggressive decisions.
This was largely due to having two MVP candidates to support him in Jooseok "Twilight" Lee and Hyeon-Woo "JJANU" Choi. They made Bumper look much better than he actually is (not that he is bad). Fissure is a more gifted player and if he is able to fit in with the team's chemistry, the Titans look even scarier than they did during the 2019 season.
On the flip-side of the argument, Fissure tends to stir up drama with whatever team he may be playing for. The Vancouver Titans will be his fourth team in three seasons of the Overwatch League. There is a reason for that. He doesn't necessarily work well with others and this directly contradicts the incredible team synergy that Vancouver is built on.
Fissure's biggest controversy came after he seemed to essentially abandoned the Gladiators during the playoffs for the 2018 season. He was nowhere to be seen and they were quickly eliminated. This could have stemmed from the communication issues Fissure spoke about, but the way he handled the whole thing was messy. There is a possibility Fissure could break apart the team chemistry of the Titans which is one of their biggest advantages.
There is no doubt that Fissure was the best main tank in the world at one point in time and the ability to reclaim that title is possible. Unfortunately, a player like Fissure comes with a plethora of potential problems which could possibly outweigh any of the upside signing him provides. That being said, no one wants to see a player and a team fail and if Fissure is actually able to work within the Titans' synergy, fans of the league have the chance to see an extremely talented player do what he does best.