Fusion trade Joona ‘Fragi' Laine to Guangzhou Charge for Finley ‘Kyb' Adisi


As first reported by Halo of Thoughts, tank player Joona "Fragi" Laine has been officially traded by the Philadelphia Fusion to the Guangzhou Charge for DPS player Finley "Kyb" Adisi. While both players found themselves on the bench on their former teams, it is likely they will see significant playtime in Stage 4 of the Overwatch League thanks to the 2-2-2 role lock. 

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For the Charge, Fragi will provide a second tank to play alongside Seung-pyo "Rio" Oh, who is the only main tank currently on the roster. Along with Fragi, the Charge traded cash for flex player Hyung-seok "Bischu" "Aaron" Kim from the Los Angeles Gladiators. With the two new players on the roster the Charge has given themselves a lot of flexibility in preparation for a whole new meta in Stage 4 as the Charge looks to make the playoffs for the first time after barely missing out in Stage 3. 

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Meanwhile, for the Fusion, Kyb will be a great replacement for Simon "snillo" Ekström who is currently in Korea with Fusion University. Along with that, the addition of Kyb will give Fusion a fairly flexible DPS core with Jae-hyeok "Carpe" Lee and Josue/Josh "Eqo" Corona. With the Fusion still in a solid position to qualify for the playoffs at the end of the season, this trade provides a solid upgrade to the roster. While the performance of the roster declined in Stage 3, a strong performance in Stage 4 and a more favorable meta thanks to the 2-2-2 role lock should allow the Fusion to qualify.

Overall, this trade was a win-win with the Fusion taking a slight edge as Kyb will likely be a better fit and will have an easier time finding synergy in a mixed roster. Meanwhile, for the Charge, Fragi will likely have a tough time fitting into a mainly Korean roster and could end up not getting any play time at all due to the addition of Bischu as well. In general, both teams were able to acquire a player that fills a void in their roster. On top of that, both players involved in the trade will finally get a chance to get time on stage with their new team. Will these trades be enough for the two teams to make it into the playoffs in Stage 4 after barely missing out in Stage 3? 

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