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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 2020’s OWL season.
Seonghyun Bang 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
Jong-ryeol Park Yangju, South Korea
Saebyeolbe (aka Jong-ryeol Park) is a god-tier Tracer who consistently plays the character at the highest level. Originally on the path of professional bowling, Jong-ryeol has worn many professional hats, including barista and soldier. It was only when he broke his knee and was discharged that he got into Overwatch, leading him to befriend Pine before joining NYXL. A loving husband and NYXL’s team captain, Saebyeolbe has demonstrated the ability to stay cool, calm and collected under pressure. His terrific performance in the 2018 season earned him a spot on the 2018 OWL All Star team.
+ Tracer, Widow, Sombra, Brigitte
+ 2018 OWL All Star
Yeon-gwan Jeong Taebaek, South Korea
Yeon-gwan (Nenne) Jeong is a masterful DPS player. He started gaming with friends at internet cafes in South Korea. Although he was a strong student, he didn’t enjoy studying. This led to more time spent in the cafes where he honed his skills. When he’s not bonding with the team over karaoke, Nenne enjoys hanging out with friends. Nenne plays outstanding Tracer, McCree and Widowmaker, and was voted to the 2019 Overwatch League All Star team.
+ Tracer, McCree, Zarya, Widowmaker
+ 2019 OWL All Star
Haeseong Kim Anyang, South Korea
Because of his ability to play a wide number of DPS-focused characters, Haesong (Libero) Kim is widely regarded as one of the best players in Overwatch League. Haesong grew up wanting to help others and longed to study medicine, but his love for gaming helped others in a different way. A true team player, Libero loves the team aspects of gaming. His love of archery led him to play as a Hanzo main when the game released, however he expanded his hero pool to become a more valuable team asset.
+ Genji, Pharah, Brigitte, Hanzo, Echo
Tae-sung Jung Ponhang, South Korea
Tae-sung (Anamo) Jung is a strong support player and one of the best in the world playing as Lucio or Ana. Anamo’s gaming history starts back in 3rd grade when he played Minehunter and Pinball on early computers. With the dream of becoming a pro gamer solidifying in high school, Tae-sung locked into Overwatch at just the right time. A 2019 Overwatch League All Star, Anamo has proven to be an invaluable addition to NYXL’s team comp.
+ Lucio, Mercy, Ana
+ 2019 OWL All Star
Dong-gyu Kim Busan, South Korea
Dong-gyu (Mano) Kim had dreams of professional gaming from a young age. But it wasn’t until Overwatch was released that he took those dreams seriously. An absolute beast when it comes to Reinhardt and Winston, there are plenty of players who can perform with either character, however Mano plays at the highest level with both. This has earned him plenty of match MVP titles throughout the 2019 season, as well as a place on the 2019 OWL All Star team.
+ Reinhardt, Winston, Orisa
+ 2019 OWL All Star
Hong-joon Choi Seoul, South Korea
Hong-joon (HOTBA) Choi was an instrumental part of the Philadelphia Fusion’s success in the inaugural Overwatch League season, taking them all the way to the Grand Finals against the London Spitfire. After falling just short of winning the ultimate prize, Hotba shined on the Guangzhou Charge and now has his best chance of achieving championship glory with the New York Excelsior. The off-tank player joins former LW Red teammate Nenne, hungry for a championship. No fight is over as long as Hotba is in the mix; when all hope in a push looks lost, look for Hotba to clutch up with a game-saving play.
+ D.Va, Winston, Sigma, Zarya
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Chan-hee Kim Bucheon-si, South Korea
They say Lucio mains are a different breed, and Chan-hee (Mandu) Kim is no exception. Known to be one of the best at playing the character, Mandu brings an invaluable utility to the New York Excelsior. Only 17 years old, Mandu helped carry his team O2 Blast to the finals of the 2019 Overwatch Contenders Pacific Showdown, falling short to the eventual champions Element Mystic. Too young to play in the Overwatch League just yet, Mandu eagerly awaits his birthday in June when he can finally compete on the main stage.
+Lucio, Baptiste, Mercy
Dong-wook Kim 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
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Seung Jun Lee Gwangju, South Korea
Seung-jun (WhoRU) Lee, the Korean “Genji God” himself, joins the New York Excelsior for the 2020 Overwatch League season. Although he is young, WhoRU is no stranger to the Overwatch esports scene; the DPS prodigy played with Overwatch League stars like Ryujehong and Miro on Lunatic-Hai in OGN Overwatch Apex and played on the Fusion Academy in the 2018 Contenders season when they beat XL2 in the North America Contenders Finals (we forgive him). Already a starter for the NYXL, it won’t take long for WhoRU to show the league exactly who he is and what he’s all about.
+Genji, Doomfist, Mei, Echo
Hyojong “Haksal” Kim Seoul, South Korea
Haksal has always regarded NYXL highly, and we can say firsthand that the feeling is mutual. We know Haksal well…he played a major role in ending our Overwatch League Finals journey last year as a member of the Vancouver Titans team that ousted us in the Winner’s Finals. But we don’t hold that against him and are happy he’s on our side now. The former RunAway and Titans DPS player has already achieved a ton in a short amount of time, reaching the Overwatch League Grand Finals and being named 2019 Rookie of the year in his first year with the league. Unfortunately, he and his team fell short in the finals to the San Francisco Shock, but that’s only left the Genji-God hungrier than ever for success. His hero pool is vast: He was arguably the best Brigitte during the GOATS era and is also one of the best Genjis and Doomfists in the league. Haksal is excited to make new fans and call New York home as he focuses his sights on championship success.
+ Genji, Doomfist, Mei, Brigitte
+ 2019 OWL Rookie of the Year