Overwatch League Interview – Fleta, Offense For Seoul Dynasty

by Andrew Reiner on Feb 20, 2018 at 03:53 PM

Byung-Sun Kim, who plays under the name Fleta for Seoul Dynasty, is one of the most targeted players by opposing teams. He is a proven game-changer, using well-placed sniper shots and rocket blasts to crush defenses, much to the joy of fans watching online and live in Los Angeles' arena. Kim's extraordinary play was one of the reasons the Dynasty jumped out to 5-0 record to start the season.

I had the chance to talk to Kim about his path into Overwatch League, what he wants to see next from Blizzard, and why the Dynasty ran into trouble mid-season. Like the bullets he fires in game, Kim doesn't waste many words, and gets right to the point with his answers.

What games did you play prior to Overwatch? Did you compete in any of them?

Before Overwatch, I played League of Legends, FIFA Online, and Sudden Attack, but I was just slightly above average in those games.

When did you know you had a chance to turn Overwatch into a career?

After I started playing [Overwatch], one of my friends invited me to join his team, and I realized I had some potential in the game, so I pursued the dream of becoming a professional esports player.

If you didn’t go into gaming, what career do you think you would be pursing right now?

I honestly have no idea.

How did you settle on the name FLETA?

I wanted to make a new nickname before joining a professional team. I searched online for a unique nickname and one of them was Fleta, and since no one was using it at the time, I took it for myself.

Overwatch League is positioned to be a global sport, but for the initial season, every team is based in Los Angeles. Can you walk me through your move to the United States, and adapting to this largely English-spoken territory?

From OGN Seoul Cup to life with Seoul Dynasty, I found myself in USA after the announcement of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season. Here in LA, the staff takes care of me very well, but I personally want to speak English well, so I am studying as much as I can.

The camera is often on you when you take to the skies as Pharah or scout the perimeter as Widowmaker. The crowd in the arena roars with applause when you lineup a headshot, or hit Mercy with a rocket. Does hearing the crowd's reaction affect your play at all?

The louder the cheer, the more confident I get.

We sometimes see you switch heroes mid-match. Who determines to make the switch?

I try to use my hero pool as much as possible, and by switching, it sometimes counters the opposing composition.

Seoul Dynasty was the team to beat in the first six weeks of the season. It seems like teams put their sights on Seoul after that. What did you see change the most in the strategies you faced?

Our playing style was scouted very well by opposing teams, so we tried some innovative strategies, but the execution suffered a bit. I think that is the biggest reason for our lackluster performance.

The nerfing of Mercy is going to affect the team comp in Stage 2. How will this affect Seoul’s strategies moving forward?

I am still adjusting to the new meta, so it is difficult for me to say, but I think we will start to use Lucio more often.

If Blizzard asked you for input on how to change the game, what advice would you give?

I’d like the releases of new heroes to be faster.

What would you want to see out of a new hero?

I want the hero to be distinguishable in the hands of a professional and novice player.

If you could give Pharah any additional abilities what would they be?

I’d switch out the ultimate for something similar to Soldier: 76’s, where the rockets automatically follow the opposing team, but lower the damage to 80 percent capacity. This way, Pharah will be much deadlier in the air.

What do you do in your downtime when you aren’t practicing or competing in Overwatch?

I normally sleep, listen to music on YouTube, or simply relax in the comfort of my home.