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Overwatch League Recap: Houston Outlaws vs Seoul Dynasty

Houston visited their home state for the Dallas Homestead Weekend to do battle against the Seoul Dynasty. In an emotional rollercoaster read below to see how they would fare against the team from Korea.

Seoul 4-0

Oasis Seoul 1-2

Los Angeles Valiant vs Washington Justice
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Houston began their attack on city center with a great DPS heavy team composition. Despite an early death from Jake “Jake” Lyon, Houston managed to take the point first and wouldn’t lose it for the rest of city center. Dante “Danteh” Cruz shined with his signature Tracer and helped carry his team to a victory. Despite their victory on city center, Houston wouldn’t be able to take any of their momentum from their first map victory onto gardens. The Outlaws kept fans on the edge of their seats as they managed to steal the point back from the Seoul Dynasty in overtime and push the capture percentage into nearly full completion. However, the Dynasty managed to surge back and flip the point again to find victory on garden.

Unlike Houston, Seoul took their momentum from their victory on garden and used it to find a rather convincing win on university.  Dong-eon “FITS” Kim absolutely dominated the Outlaws with his excellent Zarya play. Houston couldn’t find any momentum past their first push and would lose on University with only 14% capture percentage.

Paris 4-3 Seoul Dynasty

Seoul rolled over the team from Texas where they managed to complete the entire map with over 5 minutes in their time bank. Danteh tried his best to hold up on defense, however, his teammates couldn’t piece together a team fight and gave Seoul the quick map completion. Seoul kept rolling through Houston on their defense but Austin “Muma” Wilmont stalled out with his incredible play on Winston, allowing his team to take point A in overtime. Furthermore, Houston took point B again in the final seconds of the map. In round 3, Houston had their fans holding their breath as they would take point A in overtime. However, Seoul’s massive time bank would prove too be much for the Outlaws.

Blizzard World 3-0 Seoul Dynasty

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The Seoul Dynasty continued to show their dominance as they would roll through Blizzard World at a blistering pace. Min-seo “Marve1” Hwang of the Seoul Dynasty proved his worth and showed that he is one of the best main tanks in the league with his suffocating and aggressive play style.  Houston showed their willingness to try new strategies by playing a Quad DPS team comp with Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty playing Hanzo. Despite not finding sucess with the new team composition it’s clearly a move forward for Houston.

Rialto 4-3 Seoul Dynasty

Houston was much more confident during their play on Rialto. The Outlaws pieced together really great team fights around Danteh’s EMP’s. In addition, Houston played a lot cleaner and used their ultimates efficiently despite their loss. Seoul’s aggression proved to be too much for the Outlaws. Marve1 would have another incredible showing as he would utilize massive Earthshatters and incredibly aggressive plays to throw the Outlaws off their game and pull out victory for this team.

Conclusion

Houston Outlaws
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Despite the score line, this Houston team looked much cleaner and had showed much better ultimate economy than in their past weeks of play. If the Outlaws can continue to play with this level of communication and cohesion they could find future success. In addition, it seems that the team is moving closer to DPS heavy team compositions on any style of map and are beginning to play Sombra-Goats with Danteh at the helm. If the Texas team can keep improving this team could be a fun team to watch in the future.

 

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