Daniel 'dafran' Francesca’s career in Valorant is not off to an especially great start.
That isn’t because of his actual skills in the game are lacking. The former Atlanta Reign DPS player is on the rocks these days with French tournament organizer and esports organization Solary due to his team’s ejection from a tournament, which was followed by a lifelong ban from all future Solary events.
Dafran’s opinion of the situation did not sit right with Pokimane. She was very critical of his remarks to the point where she found them to be sexist. “He’s not saying ‘be careful of who you believe on the internet,’ he’s specifically saying she is a girl therefore be careful because they will trick you,” she said. Daniel Francesca (born December 27, 1993), better known by his online alias dafran, is a Danish Twitch video game streamer and former professional Overwatch player. As an esports competitor, Francesca represented Selfless Gaming before being suspended from competitive play. He returned to competitive play with Atlanta Reign, one of the expansion franchises for the 2019 Overwatch League season.
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“Today, the player dafran made disrespectful remarks during our Solary Cup on Valorant..We don’t accept this kind of totally inappropriate behaviour, especially for a reason that lies at the root of his mistake. dafran is banned for life from our tournaments,” Solary said in a statement released on Twitter.
The news did not sit well dafran, who quote tweeted the statement. He made no effort to hide his frustration and dissatisfaction with Solary over the news:
Suck my ball sack. Joke of a tournament and organization. Hyp and his team of washed up OW players too scared to play. Bunch of bitches. Hf with ur dog shit https://t.co/eph44t3YcI— dafran (@dafran) May 16, 2020
dafran was previously competing in the Solary Cup Valorant tournament with a team sponsored by the Prodigy Agency. Prodigy has been competing in Valorant events with a number of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros, including the following players:
- Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas Colocho
- Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
- Ardis 'ardiis' Svarenieks
- Bayram Ben 'bramz' Redjeb
- Jacob 'pyth' Mourujärvi
- William 'draken' Sundin
Dafran Twitter Drama
Prodigy was scheduled to face HypHypHyp, an all-French team led by Paris Eternal player Damien 'HyP' Souville, in the event’s semifinals. According to Dexerto, the start time for the match was changed. Though HypHypHyp was aware of the change and loaded onto the server at the time, Prodigy did not see the notification and did not. Members of HypHypHyp tried to call Prodigy’s attention to this, with HyP personally tweeting dafran.
The change and potential of being issued a map penalty did not sit well with dafran, who accused the French tournament organizer of giving preferential treatment to the French team. HypHypHyp vs. Prodigy was later rescheduled, without dafran participating.
Prodigy performs well in Solary Cup, with or without dafran
The matchup between HypHypHyp and Prodigy was rescheduled for May 18, with no map penalty being implemented. That was good news for Prodigy, as HypHypHyp took the first map with a 13-10 win on Haven. Prodigy came back strong on Split and evened the series with a quick 13-6 win. From there, Prodigy closed things out on Bind by winning 13-11.
The win over HypHypHyp advances Prodigy into the finals of the Solary Cup. They are set to face fish123, a British team led by former CSGO pro Adam 'ec1s' Eccles.
Though the loss of dafran is certainly tough for Prodigy, but it seems like they're capable of performing without him. The Solary Cup has a 5,000 euro prize for the first-place finisher.
|Born||December 27, 1993 (age 27)|
Daniel Francesca (born December 27, 1993), better known by his online alias dafran, is a Danish Twitchvideo game streamer and former professional Overwatch player. As an esports competitor, Francesca represented Selfless Gaming before being suspended from competitive play. He returned to competitive play with Atlanta Reign, one of the expansion franchises for the 2019 Overwatch League season. At the end of the Stage 1 of the League's 2019 season, Francesca announced that he would be stepping away from competitive play in favor of being a full-time streamer for the Atlanta Reign. Francesca has also played in the Overwatch World Cup for Team Denmark in 2016.
On January 31, 2017, esports organization Selfless Gaming announced the addition of Francesca to their Overwatch roster. The team qualified for Season Zero of Overwatch Contenders 2017 on June 3; however, two days later, Francesca was suspended from casual and competitive play by Blizzard and Selfless Gaming after throwingOverwatch games on stream while streaming a pornographic dating sim game, Nekopara, atop his matches. 'While Dafran will no longer be playing with our team,' Selfless said in a statement, 'we will be assisting him in finding the help, counseling, and guidance that he needs to improve his mental and emotional well-being.' While Francesca was still on the team's roster, Selfless disbanded on July 7, 2017.
Francesca was approved to join Atlanta's professional Overwatch League team (later revealed as Atlanta Reign) in September 2018; although he refuted the claim. A month later, Reign announced their inaugural season starting roster, which included dafran. On November 7, Francesca announced via Twitter that he would be leaving the Overwatch League, stating, 'The end. I hate the game. Thought I could love it again and have passion, but it's impossible. I always end up soft throwing. Contract ended. Overwatch uninstalled. McDonald's here I come. For real though, thanks for everything you have given me OW community.' However, he apologized and rejoined the team a day later, stating that he made a 'dumb' mistake. The retraction marked the fourth time in nearly four months that he had changed his intentions about participating in the Overwatch League.
Throughout Stage 1 of the 2019 season, Francesca had the top-selling Overwatch League jersey, ahead of the 2018 season MVP Bang 'JJonak' Sung-hyeon. Francesca helped Atlanta Reign finish Stage 1 with a 4–3 record and a Stage 1 playoff berth. Reign lost in the quarterfinals to Philadelphia Fusion on March 22; five days later, Francesca announced that he was, again, officially retiring from the Overwatch League and becoming an official Atlanta Reign streamer, citing that professional gaming was not something he enjoyed anymore.
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