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Outlaws and Fuel Announce Lone Star Showdown TV Series

Aaron Alford

The Dallas Fuel and the Houston Outlaws will be facing off in the Lone Star Showdown presented by Samsung – a three-week esports television docuseries launching May 4th. According to a press release on Wednesday, the series will air across TEGNA’s stations in 12 markets spanning across Texas, in addition to being streamed on the Dallas Fuel and Houston Outlaws respective YouTube channels.

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The Dallas Fuel and Houston Outlaws will jointly host the Lone Star Showdown. (Photo courtesy Blizzard)

“Texas is truly a hotbed for esports.” said Mike Rufail, the CEO of Envy Gaming, who own the Fuel. “Dallas was the first esports team to host a home match and now we’re teaming up with Houston for another esports first: launching a multi-platform, statewide challenge series. It’s only fitting that Texas would take esports rivalries to the next level.”

Each week, team challenges will be streamed live on the Fuel and Outlaw YouTube channels, with a televised episode featuring clips of those challenges to be aired a few days later. Overwatch League commentators Jake Lyon and Mitch Leslie will be the commentators for the challenges and final match.

The TV series will be broadcast in three weekly episodes. Each television episode will be one hour long and will show exclusive esports features combined with highlights from that week’s streamed challenges.

According to the press release, “Lone Star Showdown television coverage will feature all-access interviews with top esports players, coaches and team owners as they break down the rivalry, unique weekly challenges, final competition, and the powerful stories shaping esports today.”

The episodes will be available on WFAA-TV Channel 8 in Dallas and on KHOU-TV 11 in Houston, as well as other stations throughout the state of Texas.

Competition Format

The competition will be made up of a series of challenges which will culminate in a best-of-seven final showdown.

During the first two weeks, the competition will feature 1-on-1 skills challenges and a 3-on-3 elimination challenge. The winners of the challenges will be able to select the maps that are played in the final showdown. The first week these challenges will be streamed live on the Dallas Fuel’s YouTube channel, and the second week these challenges will be streamed live on the Houston Outlaws YouTube channel.

The third week’s stream will feature The Lone Star Showdown Championship Match, which will be streamed on both OWL team’s YouTube channels.

The press release offered a glimpse of what kind of  challenges we can expect throughout the series. The 1-on-1 skills challenges pit Outlaw and Fuel players into specific duels, for example Danteh and Decay are set to Tracer duel in week 1. Each 1-on-1 duel will be a best of five rounds. The 3-on-3 elimination challenges will feature compositions made up of one DPS player, one tank player, and one support player competing in elimination matches.

The full list of 1-on-1 skills challenges for week one includes:

  • Game 1 (Black Forest) – Danteh v. Decay – Tracer duel
  • Game 2 (Ecopoint) – Muma v. Gamsu – Reinhardt duel
  • Game 3 (Necropolis) – Blase v. Doha – Doomfist duel
  • Game 4 (Black Forest) – Rapel v. Crimzo – Zenyatta duel
  • Game 5 (Castillo) – Linkzr v. Zachareee – McCree duel

This unique format will highlight the skills of players from both teams and will end with an exciting rivalry showdown to determine the best in Texas.

TV and Stream Schedule

Television Episode Schedule:

Episode 1 – Saturday, May 9th at 12 P.M. CST
Episode 2 – Saturday, May 16th at 12 PM CST
Episode 3 – Saturday, May 23rd at 12 PM CST

Stream Schedule:

Monday, May 4th at 12 PM CST – 1-on-1 Challenges; 3-on-3 Challenge (Fuel YT Channel)
Monday, May 11th at 12 PM CST- 1-on-1 Challenges; 3-on-3 Challenge  (Outlaw YT Channel)
Monday, May 18th at 12 PM CST – Lone Star Showdown Championship Match