Seoul Dynasty Parts Ways With Zunba
On Friday the Seoul Dynasty announced the departure of tenured and veteran tank player, Kim "zunba" Joon-hyuk.
Debuting on CONBOX T6 late in 2016 for OGN’s Overwatch APEX Season 1, Zunba quickly made a name for himself with his stellar Zarya play among piloting D.Va and Roadhog to a respectable level as well.
He then joined South Korean superstar team, Lunatic-Hai for APEX Season 2. There, he and the team would have a storied and historic run together winning both APEX Season 2 and Season 3 as well as the Seoul Cup - OGN Super Match, an international exhibition tournament held just before the inaugural season of the Overwatch League.
With his prowess on Zarya and D.Va, Zunba also helped lead both the 2016 and 2017 South Korean Overwatch World Cup teams to gold medals, defeating Team Russian in the former and beating Team Canada in the later.
With Zunba’s departure, this leaves Yang "tobi" Jin-mo as the sole remaining member of the original Lunatic-Hai roster that played as the cornerstone to the Seoul Dynasty’s roster-building process.
Zunba played an integral role within the team throughout the inaugural season of the Overwatch League. His best efforts were in vain as the Dynasty dropped the ball and eeked out a meager 8th place seasonal finish behind the Houston Outlaws but managed to place third in the Pacific Division.
For the 2019 season, Zunba saw progressively less playtime and, with the advent of new franchises that year, managed a mid-table placing along with their freshman playoff berth after capturing one of the two play-in seeds. During their playoff run they managed to keep the eventual silver medalists, the Vancouver Titans, on their toes with a 2-4 loss. And sadly, in the losers’ bracket, the Zunba’s Seoul Dynasty fell short against the Hangzhou Spark, 1-4.
As more of a flex tank player, Zunba’s absence now leaves Choi "Michelle" Min-hyuk to fill the role for the foreseeable future, barring metagame constraints or changes.
The roster, as of December 21st, now consists of;
Hong "Gesture" Jae-hee (Tank)
Choi "Michelle" Min-hyuk (Tank)
Hwang "Marve1" Min-seo (Tank)
Kim "FITS" Dong-eon (DPS)
Park "ILLICIT" Je-min (DPS)
Park "Profit" Joon-yeong (DPS)
Yang "tobi" Jin-mo (Support)
Kim "Creative" Young-wan (Support)
On February 15th the Seoul Dynasty are looking to avenge their 2019 playoff hopes in their debut match in Shanghai, China, against the Hangzhou Spark.
Images via Robert Paul/Blizzard Entertainment and Seoul Dynasty