The star player sat down with Dot Esports to discuss his journey this year and his immense faith in his teammates.
As the Overwatch League transitioned into the era of Overwatch 2, some tank players soared in their new solo careers, cementing themselves as experts in the role across multiple versions of the game.
Much of the Dallas Fuels success in the latter half of this season can be attributed to one of those tanks. Choi Hanbin Hanbeen, whos been with the team for the past two years and just scored his second Role Star award for his efforts, is known for his indomitable Zarya play and leadership capabilities.
The Fuel secured the first West Region seed heading into the season five playoffs. With one dominant win against the Hangzhou Spark on Oct. 31, they can see the pathway to the Grand Finals winding ahead in the upper bracket.
Hanbin took time before scrims to speak with Dot Esports (alongside the teams assistant general manager, Helen Jang, who provided translations) about the adaptations hes had to make throughout the season as well as his confidence in the closely-knit Fuel to win it all.
Hanbin: After we won a title recently, I feel like we were full of confidence. We already got our first win. I think its going very smoothly and Im really happy that were performing so well. I hope to keep this going so we can get to the finals.
Now that theres only one tank, its sort of like having to do two peoples tasks as a single person. In Overwatch one, a flex tank is someone who is more defensive and protects your team. Now, the difference is that you have to be more aggressive and maybe defensive at the same time, if necessary.
Having to adjust to that was a little overwhelming and difficult at times. But, having to learn these new things and studying how to be a good solo tank was a very different experience. It was a new experience that allowed me to learn a lot.
The balance adjustments didnt really matter in the end, but I think the biggest difference is that Kiriko has been added and thats the biggest variable weve all had to adjust to. I think our team did a perfect job adjusting to Kiriko and the new patch and the new meta. Implementing that, weve been doing a pretty good job overall.
[Laughs] I just do the same exact thing Im supposed to do.
If I may throw away my humble side, I want to say that I did a really good job adjusting to Overwatch 2. Being able to adapt to the game itself allowed me to lead my teammates and make sure I could help them also get adjusted to the game. That must be why!
Im proud of pretty much everything because of how consistent we played. Im not able to find anything negative to say about this season.
One hundred percent because I have faith in my team.