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South Korea changes their roster for the Overwatch World Cup knockouts – Daily Esports

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In the aggressive scene of Overwatch, the primary attraction proper now could be the World Cup. Overwatch League season two gained’t be right here till February 2019, however BlizzCon is approaching. With the group levels already over, we all know which groups will likely be preventing for primary at BlizzCon in November. The largest shock, nonetheless, to come back out of the group levels was the parity of the groups. South Korea misplaced a map for the first time in their World Cup historical past. While they nonetheless are the heavy favourites, they’d some shut calls. Winning in opposition to underrated Finland by three-2 in a tiebreaker was extraordinarily entertaining, nevertheless it confirmed weak spot.  While most viewer merely noticed it as being unprepared, it seems to be like the administration for the workforce determined to make some massive changes. First of all, let’s take a look at their authentic workforce and their performances in the group levels this 12 months.

Who was in the authentic squad and the way did they do?

The authentic squad consisted of Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park, Hae-seong “Libero” Kim, Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee, Tae-hong “MekO” Kim, Pan-seung “Fate” Koo, Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang, Yeon-joon “ArK” Hong. Very closely based mostly off of the New York Excelsior lineup, Carpe and Fate had been the solely non-NYXL gamers in the workforce.

The first match in the group levels was attention-grabbing in some ways. Ark primarily sticking to his outdated primary Lucio, JJonak persevering with his good type, however nothing extra shocking than their second match in opposition to Finland. While Finland was anticipated to be second in their group, no one anticipated them to take two maps off of South Korea. It was solely in the third map of a tiebreaker (in time beyond regulation, no much less) the place South Korea sneaked away a win. Nobody stood out as a nasty participant on the South Korean workforce, however they had been getting outplayed on sure maps.

This should’ve been a shock to the teaching employees. While they did find yourself profitable each sport in the group levels, there was extra rigidity in the air at the very begin. People would at all times assume, “South Korea is probably gonna win, but what if they almost choke like they did against Finland?”.  They ended the group stage dominant on paper, however questionable in the minds of followers. The query of ‘what if Korea lost’ arose in peoples minds for the first time. The teaching employees should’ve taken this critically, they usually made some massive changes lately.

Who is out of the squad?

While the causes for these gamers departures isn’t clear, all of them make sense. Starting off, we have now Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim from the Seoul Dynasty substituting in for Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park from the New York Excelsior. While Saebyeolbe performed final 12 months for the World Cup workforce and performed extraordinarily nicely in the Overwatch League, certainly one of his weak spot was his flexibility. Even although he’s certainly one of the finest Tracer gamers in the world, his flexibility is outclassed by Fleta. The solely drawback I’ve with Fleta being added was that he performed inconsistently in the Overwatch League. I don’t assume it’s going to be that dangerous of a difficulty although, as a result of he performed nicely with different South Koreans when he may (the All-Star weekend).

Secondly, the most shocking one, in my view, Tae-sung “Anamo” Jung being substituted in for Yeon-joon “ArK” Hong. While each are phenomenal Mercy gamers, Ark was identified for being an incredible shot caller and chief. If you watch certainly one of his streams, he tries to teach others or assist viewers with suggestions and recommendation. While I haven’t seen a lot of Anamo’s skills out of gameplay, his gameplay warrants him on the workforce. Especially due to Anamo’s improved flexibility over Ark. Plus, Ark appeared to simply accept it nicely.

I used to be completely satisfied to play as mainsupport for owwc 2018 group stage. It was enjoyable to play in entrance of house crowds and in addition was an incredible honor as a participant to symbolize the nation.

— ArK (@Arkyjun) October 22, 2018

 

Lastly, Jun-ho “Fury” Kim substituting in for Tae-hong “MekO” Kim. Meko is the solely participant on the Excelsior who performed in each single sport. Fury did have one factor over Meko although: an inaugural season title win. It can be prison to not embody a participant from the season-profitable London Spitfire, and Fury was an incredible thought. Meko is arguably higher than Fury on paper. But, based mostly on type, I don’t thoughts Fury going. His expert off-tank play isn’t solely extra flashy, however his flexibility is extra identified than Meko’s.

What does this imply for the workforce?

Clearly, because of this the teaching employees was not proud of how they carried out in the group levels. While individuals may see this as harsh for a 5-zero document with solely two maps misplaced, South Korea has excessive requirements. Their World Cup-winning workforce is the workforce to beat, which implies they need to adapt higher than the relaxation. Unfortunately, with the meta changes and sure gamers’ type, meaning gamers needed to be substituted out. It’s no coincidence that the gamers that obtained substituted out had been gamers who’ve gotten criticized in the previous as a result of their lack of flexibility.

While you can argue Meko was versatile, he wasn’t as in type as Fury. Ark isn’t as versatile as Anamo, and Saebyeolbe isn’t as versatile as Fleta. Arguably, this additionally means they’re taking away lots of talent on a pair characters for true flexibility. In this meta, nonetheless, that is the one time it looks like it’s completely needed.

Although, there’s one factor that I’m afraid of. Were these changes too late? We’re only one month away from the knockout levels. While most of the workforce continues to be snug with one another’s playstyles, new gamers imply new mixtures. Right now, the solely gamers who’re teammates exterior of this competitors are the trio of Hae-seong “Libero” Kim, Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang and lately added Anamo. Unless the remainder of these gamers have educated rather a lot earlier than this announcement, they’ll have to work collectively nicely quick. Consider this: the dominant South Korea of final 12 months with Overwatch League MVP JJonak virtually misplaced to Finland. They wanted changes, sure, however had been these the proper ones? We gained’t know till November.

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