Seoul Dynasty's Ryujehong gives emotional interview after Overwatch League playoffs exit.
During the first round of the lower bracket playoffs, the Seoul Dynasty faced off against the Hangzhou Spark in a first-to-four series. The Spark had the upper hand for the majority of the match, and, unfortunately for the Dynasty, they were eliminated from the playoffs in a brutal 1-4 defeat. This loss clearly took a toll on the emotions of the Dynasty's players, as several of them, including Ryu "Ryujehong" Jehong, bursted into tears.
Seoul Dynasty's Ryujehong Gives Emotional Interview after Overwatch League Playoffs Exit
Immediately after the match, Ryujehong attended a post-game interview with Danny Lim, who provides translations for all interviews with South Korean players. Ryujehong struggled to even speak, tearing up before he could even address his fans. After he finally gained some composure, Ryujehong apologized by saying "To all the Seoul fans, I am deeply sorry we couldn't win today's match. Throughout the whole season, we really tried to improve ourselves and the whole gameplay and everything that we could to go higher up in the playoffs and win everything but we, unfortunately, fell short and couldn't do that - so I deeply, deeply apologize."
After the interview, Ryujehong took to Twitter and criticized himself even further, by agreeing with the criticism of others calling him a major disappointment to the Overwatch League. He stated in a tweet, "I agree, I'm the biggest bust in the Overwatch League but you need to know that I always tried my best. Sorry."
Ryujehong promised to his fans, as well as to fans of the Dynasty, that the team will improve next season. However, with a rough loss delivering such a crushing emotional blow to the players, it is yet to be seen if the players have the mental fortitude to continue playing as a team, or if some roster changes are due.
Although the Dynasty have been eliminated from the tournament, the playoffs are still far from over. The upper bracket semifinals of the Overwatch League 2019 season playoffs will take place on Sept. 8, 2019 starting at 12 p.m. PST. The Los Angeles Gladiators will face off against the Vancouver Titans, and the Atlanta Reign will compete against the New York Excelsior for the third time this season.
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