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Next up on our OWL pre-season power rankings is a team that had high expectations in Season 1 but fell short: Seoul Dynasty. Home of World Cup Champion South Korea, Seoul Dynasty comprised some of the best players and was expected to reach the final stages of Overwatch League Season 1. However, the team failed to meet expectations, ending the season in a deceiving eighth place. Seoul Dynasty has since made changes to their staff and roster, keeping the best elements and adding new promising players. In this article, we will take a more in-depth look into what makes Seoul Dynasty a better team than last season.
Following last season’s upsetting results, the Seoul Dynasty have made changes to their staff. Ho-cheol “Hocury” Lee, head coach during Season 1, is now general manager. They hired Dong-Gun “KDG” Kim, to replace him as head coach. KDG is a former coach for European Contenders teams such as 6nakes and Mosaic Esports. Chang-Geun “changgoon” Park, previously coach for OWL Season 1 champion London Spitfire, joins as an assistant coach for Seoul. Min Hyuk “WhyNot” Lee completes the coaching staff, bringing his experience as a coach for O2 Ardeont to help Dynasty improve over last season.
Seoul Dynasty has re-signed Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim, their star DPS from Season 1. Fleta has a large hero pool and performs well on both hitscan and projectile heroes. He is known for his incredible Widowmaker picks, making him one of the most anticipated players for the OWL Season 2.
Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon also stays with the team, after his excellent performance on Tracer and hitscan heroes during Season 1. Despite being diagnosed with tenosynovitis, an inflammation of hand tendon and its sheath, Munchkin is determined to prove himself capable of competing with the best players in the League.
A new addition to the team, Dong-eon “FITS” Kim comes as a flex DPS player. He is a former player of Going Water S, performing in Korean Contenders Trials, and played for GC Busan Lucia in Open Division. FITS has no experience against top tier players and has everything to prove this season.
Seoul Dynasty strengthens its tank line by signing Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek, one of the best main tank players in the League. Fissure played the first half of the OWL Season 1 with London Spitfire and joined the Los Angeles Gladiators midseason. He is known for his aggressive gameplay and peels, especially on Winston.
Joon-hyuk “ZUNBA” Kim will assist Fissure as the off tank player, primarily playing Zarya and D.Va. Before joining the Seoul Dynasty, ZUNBA won two World Cups with Team South Korea and is a two-time APEX Champion with Lunatic Hai. His great off tank abilities will help keep support players safe if he manages to step up and contest the best players of the League.
The second main tank for the Seoul Dynasty is Min-seo “Marve1” Hwang. He won the Overwatch Contenders Season 2: China with Lucky Future Zenith, and was part of Meta Gaming, playing for both Meta Athena and Meta Bellum. Marve1 is a decent tank player but does not yet have what it takes to outperform Fissure and get into the starting lineup.
To keep the Lucky Future Zenith tank duo together, Min-hyuk “Michelle” Choi also joins Seoul Dynasty. He is a flex player, able to provide good performances on off tank heroes. Before joining Lucky Future Zenith, Michelle won the Overwatch Pacific Championship Season 2 with Ardeont.
Team captain Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu stays with Seoul Dynasty for Season 2. Considered one of the best Ana players in the world, ryujehong delivered strong performances during Season 1, as well as in the 2016 and 2017 World Cups with Team South Korea.
Jin-mo “tobi” Yang also stays with the Seoul Dynasty for this second season. This main support player, focusing on Lucio and Mercy, has experience working with ryujehong as a duo, creating a great complementarity between the players. With the current meta shifts and new maps, chances are tobi will have plenty of opportunities to show his Lucio skills.
The latest addition to Seoul Dynasty is Seung-soo “Jecse” Lee, a main healer formerly playing for Element Mystic. He climbed the ladder with his team, from amateur to qualifiers and even Contenders. Jecse does not yet have experience in the Overwatch League, but is highly motivated and is one of the most promising support players joining the big stage.
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