As analysts and fan favorites to make the playoffs at the beginning of Stage 1, the Seoul Dynasty had an underwhelming performance during Stage 1 of the Overwatch League regular season. Not even making the Stage 1 playoffs, Seoul looked to bounce back during Stage 2 of the Overwatch League. Stage 2 brought a new patch change, new heroes, and a new hope to the Seoul Dynasty organization.
The Kings of Korea
The Seoul Dynasty team, formally known as Lunatic-Hai back in Korea before the Overwatch League began, was one of the most successful teams in Overwatch esports. Their raw talent, strategic playstyle, and ability to keep precise accounts of enemy ultimate’s were the root of their success. It led them win most of the major tournaments in Korea – Overwatch Apex Season 2, Overwatch Apex Season 3, Seoul Cup – OGN Super Match – along with many other higher finishes, however losses to the now known London Spitfire and Dallas Fuel, which are no slouches themselves; the Seoul Dynasty were undeniable the kings in Korea and the best team in Overwatch.
An Underwhelming Stage 1 Finish
With expectations riding high on the Seoul Dynasty, the pressure for them mounted. Instead of destiny being in their own hands to make the playoffs, that power was given to the other teams; Seoul was banking that the other teams would lose, so that they could get in. The Seoul Dynasty and kings of Korea were unable to make the Stage 1 playoffs, a huge shock to both analysts and fans. Seoul ended up finishing the regular season in fifth place among twelve teams. Not the start to the inaugural season that they themselves or anyone else was expecting.
A Roaring Stage 2 Start
Along with Stage 2 came quite a few changes that suited the Seoul Dynasty: new strategies, new heroes, and a new meta. One of the biggest changes in Stage 2 was that teams were no longer forced to have Mercy as one of their supports. Due to the Mercy changes that Blizzard instilled, heroes like Lucio, Zenyatta, Moira and Ana came back into the meta. This was great news for the Seoul Dynasty. Seoul’s supports could return to their comfort and most known heroes: Je-Hong “Ryujehong” Ryu on Zenyatta and Jin-Mo “Tobi” Yang on Lucio. Together these two supports along with the rest of Seoul Dynasty became a force to be reckoned with. The clip below shows the renewed teamwork and cooperation between the Seoul Dynasty players.
With Byung-Sun “FLETA” Kim getting more support from his DPS counterpart, the tanks playing more consistently, and the supports back on their comfort heroes, Seoul started Stage 2 strong. Seoul commanded the beginning of Stage 2, holding sole possession of first place with a perfect 4-0 record at the end of Week 2.
Rest of Stage 2
Now that Seoul returned to form, analysts and fans made bold predictions that Seoul would finish high in the Stage 2 standings, to qualify for playoffs; but also that they were the favorites to win all of Stage 2. With hopes riding high on the Seoul Dynasty, will they continue the rest of Stage 2 strong? More importantly, will anyone be able to silence their roar? Stage 2 of the Overwatch League continues this week as the Seoul Dynasty takes on the Shanghai Dragons on Wednesday, followed by the Philadelphia Fusion on Thursday.
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