The offseason is volatile. It is natural that players leave and new players come into a team. It is always hard to say goodbye to the players that over the seasons fans grew attached to. Retirement, trading, and military are three of the top reasons that a player would leave. Military specifically for Korean born players. But other than roster there are other questions related to the upcoming Season 4. After a high of being in the Grand Finals, Tiger Nation has relaxed into the offseason and now start the waiting game for answers. Here are the top 5 questions Tiger Nation have for the offseason.
5. New Hashtag?
Each season the Seoul Dynasty has had a new hashtag. In the inaugural season it was #TheDynastyBegins representing that the team were going to be starting a new dynasty in this new league as the team had the Lunatic-Hai dynasty players on their roster. This was then changed for Season 2 where the new hashtag was #RoarOn. This was a favorite with the fans. It was short and made sense with the Seoul Dynasty’s logo that is a tiger. Roar On lasted only for Season 2, before moving onto #TigerNation.
This hashtag is different from the previous ones. Tiger Nation has been embraced by not just the fans and the Overwatch League team, but has been branded across all of Gen. G’s esport teams. This can be seen in their organization’s merch that they sell to all their fans. Will there be a new hashtag? If so what will it be? Or will they stay with Tiger Nation for Season 4?
4. Format of the OWL S4
This is not just a Tiger Nation fan question, but a whole league wondering. What will the format be for the next season? With the CDL and the leaked information about the potential bubble, it is hard to imagine that Activision would not be offering the same to the Overwatch League. The Overwatch League has had this before when the teams stationed in LA and playing at the Burbank Arena. It is not out of the question that teams might want to revert to this format for more stability and variety of teams to play during the season.
This could be huge for the Korean fans whether or not they will get to see their team in person at a homestand, if it will be back online, or if it will be in a bubble. It could further digress into whether the two region set up that was created because of Covid will continue as well?
Tiger Nation must be wondering with the recent success of the Seoul Dynasty, whether or not the coaching staff will stay the same? Though they found success in the later half of the season, at the beginning did have struggles. Does this say more about the meta or about the coaches abilities? Last season fans saw Changgoon promoted to head coach, while KDG moved to the Philadelphia Fusion. Will Gen. G and the Seoul Dynasty continue on with the current coaching staff or will they shake up the the coaching staff to see if that will bring home the Grand Championship title.
2. Rosters — current members
This is the biggest fear for most Tiger Nation fans. Though the contracts are not publicly known there can be some guess work to hypothesize who may be up for contract negotiations. The first would be the players who came in during Season 2. That would be Minhyuk ‘Michelle’ Choi, Minseo ‘Marve1’ Hwang, Jemin ‘Illicit’ Park, and Dongeon ‘FITS’ Kim. If these players signed a two season contract they would all be up for renegotiations. Michelle and Illicit did not see that much playtime this last season, while FITS and Marve1 were starters. Some may be looking for more play time opportunities and others a potential raise or other opportunities to grow such like Byungsun ‘Fleta’ Kim did last off-season.
Sungjun ‘Slime’ Kim in his tweet about the Grand Finals used the past tense of ‘…I was happy being on Seoul’ which made fans wonder whether he will be returning to the squad. Of course the heart and soul (no pun intended) of the team, Jinmo ‘Tobi’ Yang. He was resigned last year when his original contract was up. It was unknown whether he resigned for one or two seasons. The anxiety of waiting to see if he is going to still be the part of the team will only be squashed when the Dynasty makes an announcement.
1. Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu
Will Ryujehong come home? This question is on the minds of all Tiger Nation. Since Ryujehong announced that he will try and come back in Season 3, there was the quiet murmur hoping for what no fan dreamed to think. The hope continued to grow when during the playoffs Ryujehong did a companion stream of the matches at the Gen. G HQ. Not only that but his interaction with the team members melted the hearts of fans, especially the Tobi and Ryujehong interview. Only time will tell if Ryujehong will come home or if he will want to go and try another team out for Season 4.
All Questions are Answered in Time
All of these questions will be answered in time. It is the waiting that will slowly test the patience of Tiger Nation. Though there is a certain amount of dread with a notification pops up as whether it is good news or bad. The fans will keep their trust in the Seoul Dynasty to do what is best for the team and the players in this offseason.
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