LOS ANGELES – When there was still confusion after his match what Dusttin "Dogman" Bowerman meant with his comments on Dallas Fuel head coach Aaron "Aero" Atkins, he quickly cleared them up at a press conference.
"He's a nice guy, I just think he's incompetent," Dogman told reporters shortly after Atlanta defeated Dallas 3-1 in Novo. Moments earlier, in an interview after the game on stage, Dogman said his displeasure with Aero's team USA roster selection. Four Atlanta players are Americans, but none are running for Team USA, which will be competing in BlizzCon at the 2019 Overwatch World Championship in November.
Aero said he did not hear what Dogman said onstage after the match, and Dogman did not compete with reporters until after the media became available.
But Aero talked about the selection process.
"We did a full test process," Aero said, "and although these guys were not selected, we tried to make it a playing field for everyone who came out because South Korea and the US are the two (countries ), which by far has the most players in the Overwatch League of any country
Dogman's thoughts on Eero's coaching skills were not limited to the selection of World Cup squads.
"Certainly his coaching of Dallas Fuel," he said.
Nathan "FRD" Goebel, who stood next to Dogman during Atlanta's post-game media availability and told Dogman that he did not have to answer any further questions about the coach's fuel, which of course is true.
Dallas, who lost his twelfth consecutive game on Saturday and the regular season on finished 15th place, has not won a game since June.The Reign are in position for a top-six finish when they beat the Boston Uprising on Sunday.
Dogman, however, said he would serve USA for the team
Fuel DPS player Dylan "aKm" Bignet was visibly annoyed with Dogman's post-game commentary before Dogman challenged Aero's coaching skills.
"He's just looking for nac h attention, that's what he does, "said aKm. "They're far better players in America than him and that's why he's not picked up." It is understandable (to be frustrated), but at this point just take the criticism.
"If you are not good enough to do Team USA, go ahead, work hard and try to be there next year, that's all you have to do instead of trying to get attention . "
In June, Aero tweeted about the team selection process. Read the full explanation below:
Hello everyone, Aero here to talk a bit about the OWWC process in the US and Speaking of our roster for 12 people
This year, 30 players were invited to participate in a 4-week, 2-2-2 suspended process, during which the coaching staff and the committee's players' skills, adaptability, communication, gave the players a unique opportunity to play with new, current and former teammates, and now that this process is complete, I am delighted to announce our 12 members sp to be able to
The US has an incredible number of talented players, so we decided to shift the role to 3 main players and 5 to relocate DPS players in our 12-player lineup this year. Since Moth and Space are particularly prominent players in their roles, we are confident that this distribution will work well for both current and future metas.
Many thanks to all participants, the test process was a lot of fun. Being part of the 12-person US list is a great achievement. Congratulations to those who have made it. For those who did not make it, this process was extremely competitive and we did not make an easy decision. Hold your head up and continue grinding! The committee is very excited about this year's World Cup run and could not do it without all the incredible fans. #WeBelieve
On Twitter: @TommyMagelssen
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