Seoul Dynasty failed to fulfill expectations for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. The roster stuffed with Korean superstars dominated the APEX Collection in Korea as Lunatic-Hai earlier than getting bought by esports group Gen.G (previously KSV Esports). Followers, analysts and reddit lurkers have been hoping the identical chemistry would result in speedy success in Blizzard’s franchise system. Beginning off robust within the preseason, the workforce did not surpass different full Korean rosters, like London Spitfire, ending the season in eighth place.
For season two, Seoul Dynasty hopes to do issues otherwise. Over a 3rd of their roster was traded or culled: Gi-do “Gido” Moon, Jin-hyuk “Miro” Gong, Seok-woo “Wekeed” Choi and Jae-mo “xepheR” Koo are gone. Lee “Hocury” Ho-cheol was promoted from head coach to normal supervisor and Dong Gun “KDG” Kim has been introduced on to fill that vacant teaching spot.
“We couldn’t be extra excited going into the 2019 season,” Hocury instructed Newsweek. “The infectious optimistic power and confidence round this management group is precisely what I envisioned when constructing our workforce and I absolutely consider it can translate into wins.” Including, the roster and training workers Gen.G has assembled “could have the make-up of a profitable workforce.”
KDG shares Hocury’s enthusiasm for season two, and believes that this present roster acts professionally and has a way of brotherhood. “Each participant will likely be making contributions all through the season, placing apart private accolades in an effort to win video games,” KDG mentioned. “Everybody has purchased into the tradition we’re instilling, and as a coach, you may’t ask for rather more.”
The latest addition to the workforce has been all-star tank, Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek. He joined the Overwatch League on the London Spitfire, however was then traded to the Los Angeles Gladiators earlier than touchdown with Seoul Dynasty. Fissure took the Gladiators from the underside of the bracket to the primary place of stage 4 final season. On his essential hero Winston, he’s finest recognized for making probably the most optimum determination within the warmth of the second. Whether or not it’s balancing assaults on the enemy backline, peeling for his personal carries or staying on the target, Fissure proves that tanks require mechanical deftness.
“(Los Angeles Gladiators) was crammed with actually good teammates and I considered all of them as buddies,” Fissure mentioned about the latest swap. “Nonetheless, I needed to play in a workforce the place I can talk in my native language in order that I can carry out on the highest degree with the workforce.”
Fissure believes that working with an all-Korean roster improves play. “The sport requires an excessive degree of communication to achieve success on the highest degree,” he mentioned. LA Gladiators has gamers from Canada, Finland, America and Korea, with English being the primary type of communication. Fissure tried to be taught English as quick as doable, however when Seoul made him a suggestion after the top of the season, he knew he needed to swap groups.
Rumors swirling round Fissure becoming a member of Seoul Dynasty have been round since July. Overwatch reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau tweeted that Fissure was getting benched for a substitute as a result of he was sad on the Gladiators and needed to maneuver to an all-Korean roster, most definitely Seoul Dynasty. Fissure denied these claims, calling the statements “bullshit” and saying that he didn’t know his “absence would have an effect on the neighborhood this a lot.”
“At that time, nothing was set in stone,” Fissure mentioned concerning the controversy. “I additionally wasn’t allowed to verify something so I needed to respect the group’s needs… Individuals generally consider in what they wish to consider and I perceive individuals love these rumors as a result of they’re entertaining. To be sincere, a few of these rumors that aren’t truthful are actually hurtful, however it doesn’t matter what, I do know that regardless that there’s some negatives, on the opposite aspect there have been followers who’re so supportive, they’re like docs that deal with my wounds so I can recuperate.”
Seoul Dynasty continues to be the one localized Korean Overwatch League workforce, a undeniable fact that the group and it’s gamers are extraordinarily pleased with. “It’s a nice honor for me as a Korean to signify their nationwide workforce,” Fissure mentioned. “It’s a workforce that I’ve at all times dreamed of becoming a member of.”