In the last four meetings between the two teams, New York has been nothing less than dominant. Winless in the previous four matchups, the Dynasty had a vengeance and came out of the gates swinging. Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek vs Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim, Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu vs Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang; this is the matchup of the week that you need to know about.
New York Excelsior 3 – 1 Seoul Dynasty
Ilios: NYXL 2 – 0 Seoul
The first round started slow, but gradually became in control for New York. Seoul happened to win most of the team fights, but the Excelsior simply held the point for longer points of time. Round two seemed to be against the Dynasty on all levels the rest of the way.
Seoul seemed slightly timid overall, but New York simply outplayed their win conditions. In one instance, Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim and the Dynasty had a Graviton Surge ready to rock and roll on NYXL. Keeping track of ultimates, New York recognized the aggression and was able to split up, wasting the Grav and winning the fight.
Numbani: Seoul 1 – 0 NYXL
Numbani ended up being the definition of grit and determination for both teams. Seoul opened up on the attack first, and they ran a solo tank (Hammond) Pharmercy composition. Fissure opened up the map with a quick elimination, but that didn’t take NYXL out of the fight. Yeon-kwan “Nenne” Jeong immediately replied with coming out of spawn on Tracer, and took control. The Dynasty would be held to just two ticks.
NYXL moved in on the attack and struggled in the all but one team fight. Fissure continued to lay down fantastic shatters, taking two Excelsior players in one instance, as well as quickly bringing down Mano after a Tae-sung “Anamo” Jung sound barrier. All hope seemed lost when Min-hyuk “Michelle” Choi was de-meched, but his stall was just what Seoul needed. As NYXL was gaining the point in overtime, Fissure swung onto the point as Hammond once again. This point-saving tactic provided just enough time for the rest of the Dynasty to crawl back from spawn, as they eventually held the Excelsior to no ticks.
Volskaya: NYXL 1 – 0 Seoul
Seoul came out in their GOATs composition on the attack against NYXL’s Winston-GOATs setup, and the offense continued to struggle for the Dynasty. Ryujehong fell just shortly after Fissure, handing New York the fight team fight win. At one point, Seoul had great positioning when they isolated JJoNak between the two points, forcing a transcendence early. What they didn’t expect was for Mano to reply so aggressively, utilizing his primal rage to knock Fissure off the map to start a team fight win. Things looked high again for Seoul when they had an advantage, picking off Hae-seong “Libero” Kim. Michelle was on the point, but poor communication led to Michelle simply pulling a C9, resulting in no ticks.
After a tough result in Seoul’s attack, their defense seemed outmatched. The Dynasty couldn’t protect ryujehong, as he was forced to use his transcendence early before Nenne could use his Graviton Surge. Although the fight started to spin for the Excelsior, Michelle was able to remech and push the fight a little longer. The round ended with fruitless efforts, as New York were able to gain the tick that they needed to take a map lead.
Dorado: NYXL 3 – 0 Seoul
Just simply catching the score at face value wouldn’t describe the heavy battle that these two teams presented. New York was able to attack first, and they were strategically sound. On the high ground, Seoul was baited to go down the stairwell after New York juked them, pushing under the bridge. Nenne used a graviton surge in two consecutive fights, flipping the Dynasty into spawn once again. Seoul had two good pushes before and after point B, as Michelle placed a self-destruct perfectly to claim two eliminations on the NYXL. Tae-hong “MekO” Kim provided his own bomb, but the lack of eliminations didn’t mean the bomb was a waste. The bomb moved Seoul completely out of position, and the NYXL capitalized. Taking down Fleta and Fissure grouped in the back, the Excelsior was able to take the cart all the way through overtime.
Seoul tried to duplicate NYXL’s juke on their attack, but Nenne wasn’t falling for it. Staying on top of the bridge, his sight was able to catch the Dynasty off guard and wipe them off the payload. Fissure wasn’t losing to NYXL without a fight, as he replied with a shatter after Mano missed his shatter to pull the fight into Seoul’s favor. Right behind point A, stagger back to the payload in an attempt to halt the Dynasty. Ryujehong was forced to use his transcendence after he was cornered, and this was all the Excelsior needed. Nenne replied with a well-timed Graviton Surge into the wall, throwing right clicks into eliminated Seoul players. Seoul wouldn’t reach point A in the match.
A 3-1 score is certainly not an accurate representation of how Seoul competed against the NYXL. Seoul could not get their offense moving, as they looked great on defense. All the blame shouldn’t be placed on ryujehong, as the isolated transcendences were necessary to stay alive. The team needs to come together and protect their supports, so they can stack their ultimates for effective combinations.
Now down to 13th in the standings, Seoul is going to need some stellar matches in order to make the stage playoffs. Seoul moves to 3-2, and the NYXL stay undefeated at 6-0.
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