Florida Mayhem vs Seoul Dynasty
For our second match of the day we have a rather uneventful clash between two teams -- the Florida Mayhem, and the Seoul Dynasty. Now, this is by no means a fight for a spot at the top, but it should be fun scrap regardless. In other words, it carries no title or playoff implications, but for a team that is so close to the playoffs like Seoul, every single win matters.
In fact, every single map win matters, and their road to the Stage 3 playoffs start here -- against a pretty underwhelming opponent. Now, if you're a Seoul fan, this is cause for celebration.
But before taking a closer look at this clash by itself, let's take a look at where we left off just a couple of weeks ago once Stage 2 concluded.
Seoul Dynasty missed out on the stage playoffs by the slimmest of margins, and it was a painful blow regardless of the way you look at it. They ended up at tenth place, with a fairly acceptable 3W-4L record and a neutral map differential. Nothing spectacular, but nothing to be ashamed of either.
Regardless, the fact that they had a pretty nightmarish schedule for stage two, they did admirably well. Then again, watching them play was often a bit frustrating because you could just see their potential, but for one reason or another, they were unable to get the job done when it mattered the most. They were perhaps a victim of a meta shift, or transition rather. We were moving from a GOATS-centric meta towards something that was a confusing mix. A lot of DPS comps re-emerged back into play and Seoul should've been able to capitalize -- but they didn't, at least not fully.
They are, however, a fantastic team all-around, and they have the right tools in order to compete at the highest level. Other than their one clash against the San Francisco Shock in week two, they have a relatively easy schedule going forward. They have a chance to not only reach the Stage 3 playoffs but also secure a solid enough spot -- if they play their cards right. Even though they're a veteran team at this point, there are no guarantees in the Overwatch League.
If the meta continues shifting in an expected direction, Seoul should be able to climb the ranks sooner rather than later. Seoul is also going up against Guangzhou just a couple of days later, so there's no immediate threat on the horizon.
Opposite them, we have the Florida Mayhem. There's not much that one can say about Florida at this point in time that hasn't been said before. Their lack of flexibility and prowess has been talked about ad nauseam. They were so mediocre, in fact, that they ended Stage 2 with zero wins and seven losses with a negative fifteen map differential. That is absolutely abysmal, in every way, shape, and form.
Even their Stage 1 showing was slightly better, with their one win and negative twelve map differential. No one's really giving them much of a chance, and with good reason. They're an okay team overall, but in the hyper competitive Overwatch League landscape, they simply lack the tools that necessary in order to tango with the teams above them.
They might slightly improve going forward, but don't bet your money on it happening.
In the end, we're siding with Seoul Dynasty on this one and with good reason. They are simply too strong and capable, and they shouldn't have any problem in taking Florida Mayhem down in clean 4-0 fashion.