The Los Angeles Gladiators will add Chan-hyung "Fissure" Baek to its Overwatch League roster after coming to terms of a transfer agreement with the London Spitfire, sources close to both teams and the player told ESPN. The transfer is pending Overwatch League approval.
"We're pursuing negotiations with the Los Angeles Gladiators to make this transfer happen," Spitfire CEO Jack Etienne told ESPN.
Fissure will be eligible to compete with the Gladiators beginning Feb. 21, the beginning of the second stage of Overwatch League. The Gladiators' first matches for that stage will be against the San Francisco Shock and the Dallas Fuel. The Gladiators ended Stage 1 of the Overwatch League in eighth place with a series record of 4-6.
Fissure will become the second tank of the Gladiators. Through season one, the team only had Luis "iRemiix" Galarza Figueroa in that role. Its seven-man roster was one of the smallest in the league prior to the additions.
Fissure was part of the London Spitfire team that took first place in Stage 1 of the Overwatch League. That team defeated the New York Excelsior 3-2 on Saturday in the finals match. During that series, Fissure did not compete.
Prior to competing with the Spitfire, Fissure was a member of KongDoo Panthera. Cloud9, the parent organization of the Spitfire, acquired the roster in September and the majority of the team later moved to Los Angeles and rebranded under the London banner. The lineup is one of three all-South Korean rosters in the league.
The Gladiators did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.