The Seoul Dynasty team’s journey throughout the Overwatch League has been turbulent for both players and fans. As someone who has been a Seoul Dynasty fan since day one, it’s been an emotional roller coaster. The team has a polarizing image: depending on who you ask, they are either insanely good, notoriously bad, or somewhere in the middle.
And Seoul Dynasty fans really get a taste of all each season. Emotions have run low with the losses, but the wins would revitalize the team in extraordinary ways.
Seoul Dynasty’s turbulent journey
The Seoul Dynasty came into the Overwatch League with high expectations. The team was composed of former Lunatic-Hai players Jehong “ryujehong” Ryu and Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim, and contained more than a few of Korea’s top players.
The Dynasty broke into the League with a mediocre performance that decayed into a whimper. The Korean team never dropped to the level of the Shanghai Dragons, but ended Stage four in 10th place.
The Seoul Dynasty’s psyche was destroyed by the end of their first season in the Overwatch League. Analysts questioned the fate of this team, and fans were disappointed in the downhill performance. Season 2 was a much better display from the Dynasty, but once again, towards the latter half they fell short.
In stages 3 and 4 of seasons 2, the Seoul Dynasty lost match after match, only claiming victory over the bottom teams in the League. Around this time, the 2-2-2 role lock came about and the players’ comfortability was swept out from underneath their feet.
Seoul’s success at the May Melee
Now that the Overwatch League is halfway through, and the Seoul Dynasty is riding high. Their performance during the May Melee was phenomenal when compared to their performances earlier this season. They began the tournament bracket by sweeping the Hangzhou Spark 3-0, and followed it up with a back and forth match between the Guangzhou Charge. The Dynasty didn’t stand a chance against the Chengdu Hunters in Week 15, but the Dragons were another story.
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Watching the Seoul Dynasty take on the Shanghai Dragons was exhilarating. At the end of it all with the loss, the May Melee tournament was a success for the Seoul Dynasty. The team put up three consecutive maps against the Shanghai Dragons, each with fair ease.
Going into Map 4 on Gibraltar, something snapped in the Shanghai Dragons, and the team came alive. The Dragons took each map with dominance, exuding confidence, and overwhelming Seoul. The final showdown took place on Junkertown, and when it came down to the last moments, Fits flailed like a fish trying to swat Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim -- now playing for the Dragons on Echo -- out of the sky. Unfortunately for Seoul, their prodigal son had come back to bite them in the butt, claiming victory for his new team.
The future of the Dynasty
The tournament had no hero restrictions, and some teams defaulted back to the last hero pool, whereas Seoul -- who have previously struggled to adapt to most metas -- pushed themselves. Over the weekend, the Dynasty played their safe double-shield composition and experimented with dive, with moderate success. Gaining exposure to the chaotic playstyle of the Asiatic teams was beneficial for the team in the long run.
All this begs the question, is the Seoul Dynasty doomed to repeat the past, or will they break the cycle and continue their success? The next two weeks will be critical for the team to practice and improve before competition resumes on June 13. The Seoul Dynasty has the potential to use the May Melee to get momentum on their journey into the rest of the season.