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Overwatch League Recap: Seoul Dynasty vs Atlanta Reign

Fissure vs Daco

Seoul Dynasty (9-7) vs Atlanta Reign (7-10)

The Seoul Dynasty versus the Atlanta Reign shaped up to another influential match in the Overwatch League. Andrej “Babybay” Francisty is known for his DPS prowess and that skill could be the key to bringing an end to the win streak Seoul is on. Chanhyeong “Fissure” Baek was on the card for the brawl but Min Seo “Marve1” Hwang was the starting main tank so Fissure could see some play time to bring his in-your-face play to the game. Atlanta is a strong team and every single game is a test to their capabilities as a squad. It’s a compliment to be the litmus test for an entire league regardless of the outcome.

Oasis: Seoul 2-1 Atlanta

Seoul Dynasty vs Atlanta Reign - Oasis
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Reinhardt mirrors opened up the gardens of Oasis and Seoul struck first. Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman got picked twice in the first couple of exchanges and the more passive style of the Dynasty split the Reign in half. After a series of ultimates, the Dynasty shut the door on the first round of map one, 100 percent to zero.

University went to Atlanta out the gate. Sangbeom “Munchkin” Byun and Babybay were both using their ultimates in questionable situations but the momentum was on the side of the guys from Georgia. The Reign showed their real strength, winning scrappy fights to take the match to city center.

Both squads traded ultimates in the ensuring riot, Seoul Dynasty held onto the point. Seoul maintained high ground control throughout the duration of the rounds and picking off the back line of the Atlanta Reign in the beginning in fights. The win streak continued as Jehong “Ryujehong” Ryu and company went up 1-0.

Volskaya Industries: Seoul 5-4 Atlanta

Seoul exploded on point A to waltz to the second point. Dogman wouldn’t have any of it, deleting Ryujehong to prevent the snowball. Marve1 was beaten and battered around after being u-turned out of a Grav and focused down. The Dynasty got the finish on Volskaya on the back of Joonhyeok “Zunba” Kim’s D.va who was able to juke Babybay’s Graviton Surge, leading to a counter Grav from the Korean team.

Volskaya Industries
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Atlanta’s aggression wasn’t something the Dynasty could handle, forcing Munchkin to panic ultimate in a lost fight. Hyeonjun “Pokpo” Park blocked Marve1’s Earthshatter and gets the first kill on Je Min “Illicit” Park. In an offensive surge, the Atlanta Reign completed the map with 5:14 left in the time bank.

Seoul Dynasty edged out a long overtime victory to remain 2-0 at the break.

Eichenwalde: Seoul 3-2 Atlanta  

Seoul Dynasty vs Atlanta Reign - Eichenwalde
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Atlanta defended first on the third map and prevented a map completion after two heroic pushes from the Dynasty. If a comeback was possible, that hold would be the catalyst. For some reason, there was no answer to Munchkin sitting on high ground. The Reign confidently rolled through the streets after struggling to capture the payload. The Dynasty had enough and Zunba dashed the dreams of a potential fifth map with insane self destruct kills even when his team was down members.

Dorado: Seoul 3-2 Atlanta

Donghyung “Daco” Seo swapped to Sombra for the first time this match. Atlanta was playing to win a map and prevent a sweep. He swapped back to D.va on the streets phase as his Sombra couldn’t make an impact on the initial defense. The switch worked and Atlanta stopped the payload just as quickly as the second pathway unlocked. Despite Seoul cruising through Dorado, Atlanta managed to take a man-advantage and hold the cart again. Munchkin was buzzing at high energy the entire stage as his crew nearly completed the map.

Dorado
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Daco and Babybay mixed things up on their attack, playing Zarya and Sombra respectively. The switch worked and after building two EMPs the Reign take the cart through the first point. Just past the door into the third checkpoint would be the last stop for Atlanta. The San Francisco Shock and New York Excelsior can’t say they swept Atlanta so this contest was huge.

 

Player of the Match: Zunba

Zunba was the heartbeat of the Dynasty in this game. He denied space from Daco and even got some pilot kills when both players sent self destructs flying. His aggressive positioning and finishing capabilities enabled his team to keep their feet on the gas.

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