After three consecutive losses in the newly minted Overwatch League, the Shanghai Dragons have issued an apology for the team’s lackluster play. The league is only in its second week (with the season lasting twenty weeks), yet the Dragons clearly aren’t happy with where they are at, and felt the need to publicly share why the team has been struggling. The Dragons are one of three teams to not have a win this season, joining the Dallas Fuel and Florida Mayhem.
The apology comes from the Dragons’ manager Yang Van, and addresses everything from the mental health of its players to strategies used in the field of play. Van also addresses rumors of the team being overworked in practices. Here’s the statement that was shared on Twitter:
Overwatch League inaugural season launch has gone to week 2, and we
didn’t bring out the performance that players expected in the past 3
matches. I am here to offer my sincere apology to all the fans of
Shanghai Dragons and Overwatch. I am the first to blame and responsible
for the less than stellar results. I am sorry to have disappointed all
We recognize our problems, disadvantages and current status of
Shanghai Dragons. In the meantime, we appreciate all the suggestions
from Overwatch players, and we need time and space to tackle these
problems. Accordingly, we will focus on our teamwork, contrapuntally
training on all positions, game strategy execution and planning,
mentality adjustment of our players, and in-game communication.
These current issues and problems will be given highest priority in
our daily training schedule instead of repetitive training. We had one
session on adjusting mentality for players after last week’s games and
we will further assist our players on their mentality issues whenever it
is needed. We realize it is crucial for our players to play with their
true potential in a stable state of mind. We understand and are grateful
for your concern on the training schedule of Shanghai Dragons; I am
here to provide a holistic introduction to our approach. Daily training
starts at 10:30 [a.m.] and ends at midnight, which includes breakfast, lunch,
dinner and breaks. Meals are handled and delivered by our local support
specialist and players commute by our cars between the practice room and
Shanghai Dragons’ own bares. In terms of the nutrition and tastes of
our players while being far away from home, our local support specialist
makes sure that there is at least one meal that is Chinese cuisine
every day, which include a variety of Shanghai, Hunan, and Sichuan
genres of cuisine.
With a reasonable amount of training time ensured, the management
team has also developed plans regarding life issues, for the well-being
and health concern of our players, both physically and mentally. For
example, casual and game-related English lessons, team-building, and
mental assistance. We understand that you are blaming us because you
want us to be better. But we also hope that you will acknowledge the
existence of rumors that are simply not true.
We also recognized that there is a lack of time for physical exercise
and entertainment in our current training schedule. However, we are
planning them and we will share with you when more news is available.
The Shanghai Dragons, more than anyone, are looking forward to our
first victory, as well as seeing our players shining bright on the
stage. To achieve this goal, the management team, coaching team, and the
players will all work together to solve problems that we are facing
now. Even though the future matched will be an uphill battle for us, we
promise that we will be positive and take all advice and suggestions
bravely, and enhance our speed in improving ourselves. We believe that
given time, Shanghai Dragons will be a remarkable team.
The Dragons have a shot at netting a first victory tonight against the Mayhem. The match begins at 8 p.m. CT, and can be viewed on Twitch or through the Overwatch game.
Losing three games to begin a season isn’t a big deal. Some players need time to warm up, especially in a new setting like Overwatch League. This statement reads more like a way for the team to address the rumors of the players being overworked. Let’s hope the Dragons net a victory soon.