Seoul Dynasty (3-2 | 14-0-8)
Week 4 Recap
Houston Outlaws: (W) 4-0
Although Houston were able to find an advantage from their eccentric DPS composition, Seoul would adapt. The way the Outlaw’s solo tank composition finds success is catching the enemy off guard and isolating targets when it is against a standard triple tank and support composition.
Even shutting down an entire ultimate phase on Blizzard world to allow just two ticks, Seoul shut down this composition and won the series with near ease. The communication and improvements show for Seoul as they are able to come to life around Minseo “Marve1” Hwang’s two different play styles.
Los Angeles Valiant: (W) 3-2
Although competitive on the scoreboard, this match was justified by the Valiant taking a disjointed Seoul team to the very end of the series. The Dynasty struggled to work their own positioning around Marve1 while loosing their own lives because of it.
Youngseo “Kariv” Park was the sole reason the Dynasty could not complete Junkertown, sending the series to a fifth map. From finding opening picks and pulling resources out from Seoul, they could not pull ahead of the ultimate economy of the Valiant. Seoul would still win the series but not without showing cracks in their armor by an up and coming Los Angeles team.
Week 5 Preview
5/4 – Vancouver Titans (5-0 | 18-0-2)
This will be the third time these two teams meet. Seoul have lost both times, once in stage one playoffs and once in the second week of this stage. Across both of those series, the Dynasty only took one map. They got blown out in the stage playoffs and rolled during the second week of the second stage.
With the new transitions for Seoul’s roster in having a new starting main tank, DPS and main support, Seoul have never looked stronger. Taking their aggressive ways to Vancouver and eliminating targets after resources are given to Sangbeom “Bumper” Park. This is where Seoul can find an opening and possibly take a few maps from the top dog of the Overwatch League.
Prediction: Seoul Lose 2-3
5/5 – Hangzhou Spark (4-2 | 12-0-15)
This will be the first time these two teams face off against each other. A small reprise from Chinese Contenders Season 2 2018 between Qiulin “Guxue” Xu vs Marve1 and Min-hyuk “Michelle” Choi. In that time Seoul’s tanks were on a dominant team named Lucky Future Zenith and ran house that season winning the championship. Guxue was on an up and coming LGD Gaming roster that couldn’t deal with the pressure of what’s now Seoul’s tank duo.
This will be a match of exhilarating tank play between the two main tanks. Expect a lot of isolation onto each support line from Winston play and team fight changing Earthshatters from Reinhardt. Although Hangzhou are a very strong team with a lot of versatility in their roster, they showed weakness against aggressive triple tank and support teams. Losing to Vancouver and San Francisco without taking a single map could be their demise.
Prediction: Seoul Wins 4-0
Player to watch: Marve1
The new main tank starter for Seoul Dynasty has fallen into place. Cleaving space for his team to walk into makes it easy for them to clean up on the damage. His flexibility onto Winston and Reinhardt shows two different play styles that all teams should be weary of. An overly aggressive one, and a passive aggressive style. One that fully throws all their resources into an engagement and the other that punishes the enemy when they do.
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