Overwatch is a team game, as each component is important for the whole to work properly. There are moments where a certain player will ‘pop off’ and carry the team, which is why the term ‘Fleta Deadlift’ exists. In Week 16 for the Seoul Dynasty, though the DPS persevered and created many amazing moments, the unsung hero was Hyeonwoo ‘Toyou’ Lim. His skills on off-tank, D.Va, helped led the Dynasty to a 2-0 weekend. During the two matches that the Dynasty played against the Hangzhou Spark and the LA Valiant, his neutral game, as well as his matrixing of ultimates, played a major part in allowing his teammates to shine.
Toyou the Hungry Hungry Hippo Off Tank
The Seoul Dynasty seemingly has attracted the hungriest off-tanks. Minhyuk ‘Michelle’ Choi who was previously the player who would play D.Va on the Seoul Dynasty was also well known for his D.Va ultimate eating abilities. It has become almost a meme in Tiger Nation about the off-tanks and eating ultimates. With Michelle departing from Seoul the fans weren’t sure if that was ending, but Toyou has shown that he is here to hold up the tradition.
피츠 (@Fits_ow) "자탄 먹은 게 크죠!"
— Seoul Dynasty 🐯 (@SeoulDynasty) February 22, 2019
During both matches against the Hangzhou Spark and the LA Valiant Toyou was consistently eating up ultimates from the enemy. It was mostly pulse bombs that were being chucked into the team that got eaten, but also a dragon strike was consumed that prevented the Spark from being able to close the gap. The dragon strike wasn’t able to do what it was intended, which was to force positioning from the Seoul Dynasty. The team had so much faith in Toyou that they kept their formation on Kings Row.
His ultimate eating takes the long-earned abilities, as well as the opportunities those bring, away from the enemy team. Any leg up in a fight is big and the community knows that one good pulse bomb stick can change the tide of the fight and match. Toyou has impressively been consistent in his ability to gobble up the enemy’s ultimates, which this weekend highlighted perfectly.
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Toyou wasn’t just useful for his ultimate eating abilities. It was his neutral game that was the most significant. He was able to do small things to be proactive in better the team’s chances in a fight, map, and match. For example, Toyou is constantly shooting D.Va’s guns even when the enemy team is respawning to spy check for the enemy Sombra. This made it so it was harder for their backlines to be pressured out and he could more easily keep the squishy supports alive by spy checking for dangers.
His intentionality of positioning was also key. This was seen on Numbani against the LA Valiant. While some teammates were respawning and coming back to the point, Toyou positioned ahead to stop the Valiant. He drew the attention to him and took damage, but stopped the progression to the point so that the Dynasty could be at full strength once the Valiant got there.
His positioning was so that he could dive with the DPS, support his fellow main tank, but also peel back to his supports. He used D.Va’s abilities to stretch himself as thin as possible to be able to be what each role needed him to be.
His peeling for not just the supports but also his DPS is essential for keeping momentum on pushes. On Rialto against the Hangzhou Spark, on the attack, right before point A, Dongeon ‘FITS’ Kim was hacked by Sombra and low. Toyou immediately flew back with his Defense Matrix to peel and protect his DPS player from being taken out. As well as peeling he has also taken eliminating harder targets such as Pharah as a priority of his. This can be seen on Oasis the Map 5, City Center, Toyou was able to fly up and take down Minho ‘Architect’ Park who was Pharah. That took the pressure off of the DPS of Seoul.
Toyou’s neutral game empowers the rest of Seoul Dynasty so that they are able to make those impressive plays. It isn’t a huge flashy elements like other off-tanks, but it is just as useful. His defensive, follow-up, and offensive skills match well with the other members of the team.
Player of the Match?!
The North American Player of the Match for both matches robbed Toyou of the honor. Though it went to worth candidates on Jaehui ‘Gesture’ Hong for his main tank comeback in the Hangzhou Spark match and to Junyoung ‘Profit’ Park for the LA Valiant Match. Though on the Chinese Broadcast in Seoul’s match against the LA Valiant he was given the honor of Player of the Match for his contributions. (FITS was the POTM for the series that Seoul played against the Hangzhou Spark).
IBM Watson still does not recognize Toyou as one of the top D.Va players as he is not one for flashy plays. He is a solid foundation for his team to rely on when it is in the match. His intelligent plays and calls help the team in the coordination and focus fire. On the broadcast, DoA, who was casting the LA Valiant, mentioned that he thought that Toyou was one of the most technically skilled D.Va he had seen in a long time. That is high praise from a caster who had been around the scene for a long time. Toyou was the uncrowned king of Week 16 for the Seoul Dynasty. Hopefully, he can continue to be that rock for the team as next week Seoul is facing two of the hardest teams in the Philadelphia Fusion and the Shanghai Dragons.
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