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Excelsior, meaning ‘ever upward’ in Latin – is inspired by our home, New York City. The shorthand NYXL evokes the city at its strongest: a place of bigger dreams with unbeatable hustle and soul. The crossed flag logo represents different people, cultures, and ideas coming together to reach new heights. With these ideals at our core, NYXL has already established its legacy in Overwatch League. Home of 2018’s league best record and overall league MVP, the list of accolades continues to grow for this dynamic team. Join us as we extend this winning tradition through 2021’s OWL season.
Osan, South Korea
Seonghyun (JJonak) Bang was never able to perform well in school, no matter how hard he tried. But gaming came easy to him. He started playing a popular FPS (GetAmped) before exploring team tactics like Overwatch.His tag is a combination of two Korean words (jjomulak and nakji) meaning fumbling octopus. Widely considered one of the best support players in the world for his immaculate Zenyatta and Ana play. His performance in the 2018 season gave him a spot on the 2018 OWL All Star team and the honor of overall league MVP. He was also voted to the 2019 OWL All Star team.
+ Zenyatta, Ana, Moira
+ 2018 OWL MVP
+ 2019 OWL All Star
Busan, South Korea
A product of the New York Excelsior’s academy team XL2, Dong-wook (BiaNcA) Kim bolsters the New York Excelsior’s off-tank roster options. While on XL2, the homegrown player had the opportunity to shine in the 2019 Overwatch Contenders Gauntlet, helping the team get revenge on Team Envy after previously falling to them in the finals of the NA West Overwatch Contenders Playoffs (Coincidence that the team didn’t play Bianca in the match they lost? We think not). Having just turned 18 before the Overwatch League 2020 season, Bianca will provide NYXL with a stellar option at tank for years to come.
+D.Va, Zarya, Sigma
Seoul, South Korea
Seungwoo (FEATH5R) Lee is a rookie DPS player who formerly played on the Korean Contenders team Talon Esports. The 18-year-old began Overwatch as a Genji one-trick and, as a result, is extremely agile on mobile heroes like Genji and Echo. Expect to see some flashy plays from him in the upcoming Overwatch League season.
+ Genji, Echo, Pharah
Previously a member of the Toronto Defiant, Kyeongmu (Yakpung) Cho impressed on O2 Blast and earned himself another shot in the Overwatch League with the New York Excelsior. The 19-year-old main tank player is fearless on the frontline and more than capable of getting the better of his opponent in Reinhardt mind games. Also, in case you were wondering, his name “Yakpung” translates to “weak wind” in Korean.
+ Reinhardt, Winston
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Widely believed to be one of the best Sombra players in the game, Youngwoo (Flora) Yim boasts a large hero pool and plays those heroes at a very high level of skill. Capable of playing mobile heroes like Tracer as well as hitscan heroes like McCree, Flora adds a wealth of hero combinations and flexibility to the NYXL roster.
+Sombra, Tracer, McCree,
Daejeon, South Korea
Kwangwon (Gwangboong) Kim played on Chinese Overwatch Contenders Team Cat before joining NYXL. The rookie Overwatch League player turned 18 just in the nick of time to be eligible for the 2021 season. A hit scan specialist with incredible aim, Gwangboong has already impressed teammates in scrims and will continue to impress Overwatch League fans all over the world once he gets his chance to take the stage.
+ Ashe, Widowmaker
Daegu, South Korea
Previously part of Philadelphia Fusion’s 2020 roster, Seunghyeon (Ivy) Lee joins NYXL to bolster the team’s veteran DPS presence. His experience in the game will be extremely helpful for the team’s wealth of young talent, and his skill along with his player pool makes our team an imminent threat. His ability on sharpshooters like Hanzo along with mobile characters like Genji allows for a ton of different hero combinations and makes the team an unpredictable threat.
+ Hanzo, Genji
Daegu, South Korea
Minjae (Friday) Cho played on Korean Overwatch Contenders team Oz Gaming, anchoring the team as main support. Friday joins NYXL alongside Overwatch League legend Jjonak, an honor he is extremely humbled to have. Known to be a reliable support player for his team, Friday is no stranger to sending his opponents down to their doom with a well-timed boop.