The Seoul Dynasty has announced several changes to its coaching and management team after an underwhelming season in the Overwatch League.
The team has moved head coach Lee ‘Hocury’ Ho-cheol to the position of manager, and appointed former head coach Baek Kwang-jin as senior manager of player operations. The team’s three other assistant coaches have all be released.
Hocury certainly has winning credentials, having helped lead GC Busan to victory in APEX Season 4. Having been with the Dynasty in a coaching capacity since November of 2017, Seoul is hoping that his vision will lead them to the greatness that was expected of them in Season One.
The move comes in the wake of a disappointing first season in the Overwatch League. Despite coming in with high expectations, picked by many as a favorite for the entire league, Seoul Dynasty ultimately failed to reach the season playoffs, finishing in eighth place. The team also failed to reach a stage playoff throughout the season.
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Though Seoul certainly had an extensive roster of coaches, some analysts speculated that the team might be struggling for a clear, singular direction, with too many voices and no single authority. It seems that the Dynasty will look to rectify that for season two, starting almost from scratch with a new coaching staff.
Arnold Hur, CGO of Gen.G Esports – the organization that operates the Seoul Dynasty – commented on the move:
“We believe in Ho-cheol’s leadership ability and the Seoul Dynasty team's potential. They will work closely with the wider Gen.G organization to position the team for greater success in 2019."
"This was a challenging decision, but a necessary one. During the past season we did not meet the expectations of our fans and organization so we knew we had to make a change. With that said, we want to thank the coaches for their contribution and wish them the best for the future."