Many thought that Seoul Dynasty, the esports team formed of the excellent Lunatic Hai roster, would win the first season of the Overwatch League.
Instead, they came 8th out of 12, meaning they didn’t even qualify for the season playoffs.
Now, they’re undergoing a complete restructure of their coaching staff, promoting one to General Manager, but parting ways with everyone else.
Seoul Dynasty were expected to perform a lot better in the first season of Overwatch League
Last night Seoul Dynasty confirmed that former coach Ho-cheol ‘Hocury’ Lee has been promoted to General Manager as part of the restructure, taking over from former GM and head coach Kwang-jin ‘beast’ Baek.
Hocury was a coach at GC Busan in 2017 when the team won Overwatch APEX Season 4. That squad went on to join London Spitfire, while Hocury moved to Seoul Dynasty.
He will be working closely with Ji-hun Lee, the GM of Gen.G, Dynasty’s parent organisation, to find new coaching staff.
The rest of the coaching staff will no longer be with the organisation. Ho-jeong ‘alwaysoov’ Chae, Yo-han ‘nuGget’ Kim, and Yoon-ho ‘Bubbly’ Cho have all come to the end of their contracts.
Seoul Dynasty currently have a full squad of 12 players, and it’s clear something isn’t working. Whether a new team of coaches can get them playing up to their potential is a question that won’t be answered until the new season begins in January.
Beyond replacing coaches, they might be looking to make some trades in the player department. New York Excelsior became number one seed with a relatively small roster, and teams like London Spitfire have followed suit by trimming down their rosters.
When we spoke to Spitfire and Cloud9 owner Jack Etienne ahead of their crucial playoff comeback win against Los Angeles Gladiators, he said that they were able to focus more on their core players now they weren’t trying to swap players out for different situations.
The player transfer window is closed for now, but will open up against following the end of the season.
Does Seoul need to trim some of the fat? Will they bringing in replacement players in an attempt to improve next season? Or will simply changing the coaching staff be enough? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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