The Seoul Dynasty (2-3)
Week 3 Recap
Boston Uprising: 1-3
Boston came out swinging, pun intended, with Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth back in on main tank. The European main tank would be able to carve through the front line of Seoul, setting up his team for success. In doing so, Min-seok “Aimgod” Kwon would overwhelm Seoul’s defenses finding follow up damage on the three tanks Seoul were running.
All four maps that were played came down to the wire and were finished by clutch moments from both teams. Seoul would find openings but still struggle against the oppressive tank line of Boston. The Uprising were able to rotate their resources to keep Fusions alive which kept Seoul on their back foot. In doing so, Seoul were rarely in control of the tempo for team fights.
Seoul looked best on Temple of Anubis, which is the map they took. Putting on a blistering attack with a 5:23 time bank to back it up. Finally able to play their reactive yet explosive play punishing the Winston triple tank set up from Boston’s defense. This map’s clutch moment was thanks to Byungsun “Fleta” Kim’s game ending graviton surge. The Dynasty found a key elimination onto Aimgod prior and took Boston’s nearly built transcendence away setting up the play.
New York Excelsior: 1-3
As two power house teams would duke it off, fans were not prepared for the wild ride that was this series. Seoul would look to play a slower tempo against the controlled aggression of New York. It would appear fruitless for control. With NYXL showcasing their composed ultimate economy while having control of the point.
Taking a left turn in the series, Hybrid and Assault would be quick but interesting. Seoul would take Numbani regardless of only seeing two thirds of the point accrued. Without being deterred, Seoul would full hold, backed up by a stall from Minhyuk “Michelle” Choi, allowing Seoul to come back with man advantage forcing the attackers into overtime spawn times.
For Volskaya, however, Seoul were chasing an elimination on Nenne for their attack. Michelle, on the point, would then chase to support his team. What would appear as a communication error in not realizing the time counting down to who would be on the point for overtime, Seoul would not get any progress on point A asNYXL took the map in the end.
The Excelsior then reminded everyone why they are at the top of the leagues standings. With a full hold against Seoul on Dorado. From defense to offense, New York would take control of the entire match. Showing plays from spacing created from Taehong “MekO” Kim and their self destructs on their attack to disrupt Seoul as a team. Seonghyun “JJonak” Bang was finding so much damage on defense to pull an early transcendence from Jehong “RyuJehong” Ryu for NYXL to wrap the series up with a graviton surge.
Player of the Week:
Chanhyung “Fissure” Baek
Through the week of tough matches, Fissure was most consistent on Seoul. Taking control of what he could the veteran main tank was still able to lead his team to team fight wins. Having hard competition against Donggyu “Mano” Kim and Fusions respectively. Fissure still found openings for earth shatters quickly charged by accurate fire strikes.
Week 4 Preview
Washington Justice: 0-4 (3/9)
With taking just the two map points across their two match week, stage one playoffs hang in the balance for Seoul. They remain just out of the top eight teams to make into the playoff run with an even map record of ten wins and losses. Taking the series and as many maps as possible against Washington will help their path be easier with the final week to follow this series.
Dynasty cannot overestimate their opponent in Washington. Riley “Corey” Taylor has proven in the past that they can find damage in a team that does not deal with the amount damage produced on Zarya. The Justice have also taken a map off NYXL and two off of London. Junhwa “Janus” Song, albeit one of the most aggressive main tanks, needs to be handled accordingly so Seoul do not get disrupted as seen in previous matches.
To be prepared means Seoul will have to be composed as the veterans of the league they are. By sticking together behind Fissure and Michelle as they create the space even when it’s done aggressively. By off setting the tempo of the match with their versatile compositions shown in earlier weeks, Seoul will come out swinging with playoffs on the line.
Prediction: Seoul wins 4-0
Player to Watch
Fleta, like most star DPS of the first season, has mostly played Zarya this stage. Although having bright spots in their matches so far, Fleta is still looking for his breakout performance. Always finding charge on the front line with Fissure, Fleta needs to use the charge found on Zarya to charge quick graviton surges against enemy tanks. With the up coming match against Washington, Fleta will need to control the pace of the match and help open more opportunities for the Seoul Dynasty.
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