The New York Excelsior was one of the strongest teams in Season 1 of the Overwatch League. Despite not winning the eventual Championship, NYXL was by far the best team in the Season. They had a huge map difference and qualified for the Playoffs during Stage 3 itself. A big reason for their splendid performance was the synergy in the roster as well as their coach, WizardHyeong.
Season 2 will see some changes to the team as well as Support staff. As such it is important to note that New York Excelsior also has an academy team. The Academy team, XL2 has produced good results and housed former Luxury Watch Blue Player, Fl0wer [ now known as Nan0hana].
Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Our firepower is world class,@Fl0w3RGOD has joined the NYXL crew.
— NYXL (@NYXL) October 29, 2018
Yeon-oh “Fl0w3R” Hwang gained fame during the Overwatch World Cup 2017 when he was the best player at the event. His ability to shut down opponents with the Widowmaker and excellent aim made him a fan favourite. However, due to not being of age at the start of the Overwatch League Season 1, Hwang could not participate in the Overwatch league.
NYXL had previously stated that he will be a part of the team during Season 2. This announcement strengthens the New York Excelsior bench which already has superstar performers such as Pine, Liber, Saebyeolbe etc. Each of the DPS players on this team has earned a lot of praise for their positioning and superior aim.
Fitting into the team.
For Hwang, fitting into the team and actually finding a spot on the starting roster is going to be tough. The team is already filled with strong performers and the likes of Saebyeolbe and Pine are some of the best in the Overwatch League. In addition to this, he also needs to find the synergy with the rest of the roster in order to cement his place.
However, the fact that the team is fully Korean is definitely a huge advantage for Flower as he enters OWL. Most of the International teams are mixed rosters and they have faced a growing problem of integrating their Korean and Non-Korean speaking players. The language barrier has proven to be a deal breaker in some situations.
The Overwatch League Season 2 starts on February 14, 2019.