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Overwatch League Recap: Seoul Dynasty vs Boston Uprising

Seoul Dynasty Lose 1-3

Nepal – Seoul 1-2 Boston

Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth
Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Back and forth the team fights would go. With Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth in for Boston, Seoul would struggle in the EU tank’s playground. It would be unorthodox to most main tanks in how Fusions would play. Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek would struggle through all three stages keeping pace with the pressure Boston was exerting.

Even though Boston would win the map, the last two stages would go to 99% for both teams. In doing so, the last one standing would take the stage and then the map. Seoul would take Shrine, the second stage played, with Min-hyuk “Michelle” Choi finding massive value in their team play. Seoul’s troubles came from the composed resource management Boston were using and struggling to find value in theirs. Whether it was Winston or Reinhardt on the field, Boston would out rotate Seoul and find value early in their triple tank and support composition. With newly settled in DPS, Kelsey “ColourHex” Birse, came to life and found damage off the space provided from their team.

Numbani – Seoul 4-5 Boston

The same would tell the tale of Numbani. With Uprising attacking first, they would recognize an out of position D.va for Seoul on their first rotation. Engaging off of Kristian “Kellex” Keller’s Speed boost into Seoul, Boston found Seoul’s back line with no defense matrix to mitigate the incoming damage

Min-hyuk “Michelle” Choi
Photo Courtesy of the Overwatch League

Boston took the payload off the first engagement. Seoul were able to stop the push for a moment on the second stage thanks to Michelle eating a graviton. This is where Boston looked best, disengaging when the fight was lost or when they were down resources. Fusions was able to use veteran tank mind games to maneuver around Fissure and constantly find space with the support of their team capturing all three points.

From their Defense to their attack, one could read The Dynasty’s game plan. The same as it was vs Chengdu, Seoul were expecting Boston to play more aggressively and react accordingly. Seoul wanted Boston to take the first step in the fight so they could collapse on one Boston member at a time

Taking the fight and the strategy into their own, aggressive hands. Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byun would initiate every fight with a hack or EMP that Seoul would then collapse on. Snowballing all the way to the third capture point, Seoul would have a bigger time bank than their adversary.

Kristian “Kellex” Keller
Photo via Boston Uprising Twitter

Kellex and Min-seok “Aimgod” Kwon were rotating their support ultimates so well in the overtime push that Boston never had to leave the point. Kellex countering Michelle’s self destruct with a sound barrier really helped Boston putting up two more points on the scoreboard.

Seoul did not get to capitalize on their time advantage attacking second. They made the mistake to take hero swaps after unlocking the payload. The Dynasty would lose both ultimate economy, and the map to Boston.

Temple of Anubis
Photo Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

Anubis Seoul 4-3 Boston

With Boston attacking first, they would look to change that. Losing only three team fights, Boston would put up a time bank of 2:27 after capturing both points.

The Dynasty, had enough. Recognizing the Winston on defense for Boston, Seoul could play their game plan. All they needed to do was wait for Fusions to go for a member of Seoul, and punish Boston for it. Seoul showed their strength in being able to react to their enemy and coming out on top of it. Add that in with some quick ult economy, and the Dynasty decisively took both capture points with 5:23 on the clock.

For the extra rounds, Boston were struggling in finding value from CoulourHex’s graviton surges. Assault defense is perfect for Seoul. Boston were forced into making an aggressive decision to take space on the point and were no long getting away with it for free as seen on Numbani. Unable to find value in a graviton for Point B, Boston would look to full hold Seoul only capturing the first point and no progress on the second.

Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim
Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Seoul’s win confirmation was in sight. The Uprising would learn from their mistakes on first and push back the Dynasty from capturing point A twice. All it would take for Seoul was to find footing and player advantage to push over Boston and get closer to their victory.

A clutch play came out to end the series. Whether Seoul knew or not, Aimgod was getting very close to a transcendence. Building it in their back pocket for Byung-sun Fleta” Kim’s graviton that would eventually come out. The Dynasty then took a very key engagement to eliminate Boston’s Zenyatta and clinch the map victory.

Route 66 Seoul 2-3 Boston

Boston Uprising
Aimgod, Colourhex and Alemao
Courtesy of the Boston Uprising twitter.

Boston came to life showcasing their practice and ability to take down an apparent strong team almost with ease. From Fusions opening up Seoul like a back of chips to find space for his team, or Boston’s supports (all three!) playing so well in sustaining their front line. Aimgod on third for Bostons attack would trans the EMP from Munchkin immediately negating any followup that Seoul could potentially find.

Seoul’s attack would be played on their back foot all the way until the end. From nearly getting full held on first to scraping by in second, the Dynasty truly struggled. The entire team of Boston were able to recognize when even the slightest resource was in their advantage and capitalizing on top of it. Unable to properly find ultimate economy, or members of Boston to use them on, Seoul would get stopped on the last part of the map and lose the series.

Conclusion

Regardless of the score, this game was rather close. Although the Dynasty were unable to adjust against the proactive play of Boston, Seoul were forced into mistakes. The front line were never fully sustained from the timely disengages that Boston were showing. Seoul have now shown they stumble against teams that play more methodical than them and when a Sombra is in play. Both will have to be polished up before taking on NYXL on Sunday

 

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