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New York Excelsior
The New York Excelsior (NYXL) is an American professional Overwatch esports team based in New York City, New York. The Excelsior competes in the Overwatch

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American professional esports team New York ExcelsiorShort nameNYXLFoundedJuly 12, 2017LeagueOverwatch LeagueDivisionAtlanticTeam historyNew York Excelsior
(2017–present)Based inNew York City, United StatesColors              OwnerJeff WilponHead coachHyun-sang YuGeneral managerYohan KimChampionships0Stage titles 2 WebsiteOfficial website Current season

The New York Excelsior (NYXL) is an American professional Overwatch esports team based in New York City, New York. The Excelsior competes in the Overwatch League (OWL) as a member of the league's Atlantic Division.

Founded in 2017, the team is one of twelve founding members of the Overwatch League and is the only professional Overwatch team based in New York. The franchise is owned by the venture capital fund Sterling.VC, who is supported by New York Mets principal owner Sterling Equities. Hyun-sang "Pavane" Yu was appointed the team's first head coach and lead New York to a league best 34–6 season record, four stage playoff appearances, two stage titles, and a season playoff berth in 2018.

  • 1 Franchise history
    • 1.1 Beginnings
    • 1.2 Inaugural season
  • 2 Team identity
  • 3 Sponsors
  • 4 Seasons overview
  • 5 Roster
    • 5.1 OWL All-Star selections
  • 6 Head coaches
  • 7 Academy team
    • 7.1 Roster
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links
Franchise history Beginnings

On July 12, 2017, Overwatch developer Activision Blizzard officially announced that Jeff Wilpon, co-founder and partner of Sterling.VC and chief operating officer of the New York Mets, purchased the New York-based Overwatch League franchise for an estimated $20 million.[1][2] "We sort of skirted around it in the periphery, looked at a couple of teams, made a couple of investments in some companies that do work within esports but never had the real opportunity to buy a team like this," Wilpon said in an interview. "Knowing how committed Activision Blizzard is in this space, it made sense to come in. With people like the Krafts involved, it just gave a good feeling to this."[3]

On October 30, the franchise revealed they would be called the New York Excelsior, as well as unveiling their team branding and inaugural season roster. The roster would entail the acquisitions of the complete LuxuryWatch Blue team, LuxuryWatch Red's Hong "Ark" Yeon-jun and coaches Yu "Pavane" Hyeon-sang and Kim "WizardHyeong" Hyeong-seok, and Meta Athena's Kim "Libero" Hae-seong.[4][5]

Inaugural season Main article: 2018 New York Excelsior season

On January 11, the Excelsior played their first regular season Overwatch League match in a 3–1 victory over the Boston Uprising.[6] They would end Stage 1 of the 2018 Season with a 9–1 record, earning them the top spot and first-round bye in the Stage 1 Playoffs.[7] However, the team lost in the finals to the London Spitfire (3–2) in a reverse sweep.[8]

Stage 2 played out much like Stage 1 for New York, as the team went on to post again a 9–1 record and a first-round bye into the Stage 2 Playoffs. Also like Stage 1, the playoff finals ended in a 3–2 reverse sweep, but this time New York was on the winning side, defeating the Philadelphia Fusion on March 25 to claim the Stage 2.[9][10]

In Stage 3, New York once again posted a 9–1 record, giving them the second seed for the Stage 3 Playoffs. In the semifinals, the Excelsior swept the Los Angeles Valiant 3–0. The team won in the Stage 3 finals against Boston Uprising in another 3–0 sweep, giving New York back-to-back stage titles.[11]

New York posted their worst record (7–3) in Stage 4, but still claimed the third seed for the Stage 4 Playoffs. Their first matchup was in the semifinals against the Dallas Fuel, in which the Excelsior won 3–2. However, they lost in the Stage 4 finals against the Los Angeles Valiant by a score of 1–3.[12]

New York ended their season with a league-leading 34–6 record and qualified for the Season Playoffs prior to the beginning of Stage 4.[13]. The team had a first-round bye and faced the Philadelphia Fusion in the semifinals on July 18 and 21. New York lost both matchups by scores of 0–3 and 2–3, eliminating them from the playoffs.[14]

On July 11, 2018, Blizzard officially named support player Bang "JJonak" Seong-hyun the inaugural Overwatch League season MVP.[15]

Team identity

The franchise's name is based on the New York state motto, Excelsior, which means 'ever upward' in Latin. The motto was selected for embodying the team's commitment to "reaching the top and never letting up". It and its abbreviation XL, also represent the endless ambition of ever-growing New York City at its most powerful.[16][5]

Unique as the only flag-based logo in the Overwatch League, the logo symbolizes the coming together of people, cultures, and ideas. The lines and shapes featured on the flag are also representative of New York specific things, such as the subway systems, skylines, and grid of the city.[16]


New York Excelsior currently has two partnerships.[17] In November 2018, New York Excelsior partnered with Raynor Gaming as its official gaming chair partner.[18] In February 2019, New York Excelsior partnered with telecommunications brand T-Mobile as a new sponsor.[19]

Seasons overview Season MP W L Win% Pos. (div.) Pos. (league) Stage 1 Playoffs Stage 2 Playoffs Stage 3 Playoffs Stage 4 Playoffs Season Playoffs Earnings 2018 40 34 6 .850 1st 1st Finals Champions Champions Finals Semifinals $650,000 2019 7 7 0 1.000 1st 2nd TBD TBD TBD – TBD – Roster
As of March 18, 2019.[20]
No. Handle Name Nationality Date of birth (age) Previous team Damage 8 Fl0w3R Yeono Hwang South Korea (2000-05-14) May 14, 2000 (age 18) N/A 9 Saebyeolbe Park Jong-ryeol South Korea (1995-12-23) December 23, 1995 (age 23) N/A 10 Libero Kim Hae-seong South Korea (1999-07-12) July 12, 1999 (age 19) N/A 21 Pine Kim Do-hyeon South Korea (1997-08-15) August 15, 1997 (age 21) N/A 31 Nenne Yeon-Gwan Jeong South Korea (1996-10-31) October 31, 1996 (age 22) N/A Tank 7 Mano Kim Dong-gyu South Korea (1996-04-12) April 12, 1996 (age 22) N/A 11 MekO Kim Tae-hong South Korea (1997-07-25) July 25, 1997 (age 21) N/A Support 44 JJONAK Bang Seong-hyun South Korea (1999-12-20) December 20, 1999 (age 19) N/A 97 Anamo Jung Tae-sung South Korea (1997-09-02) September 2, 1997 (age 21) N/A OWL All-Star selections

The following Excelsior players were selected to the Overwatch League All-Star Game.
Players selected as starters are denoted with an asterisk (*)

  • Ark (Hong Yeon-jun) – 2018*
  • JJonak (Bang Seong-hyun) – 2018*
  • Libero (Kim Hae-seong) – 2018
  • Mano (Kim Dong-gyu) – 2018
  • Meko (Kim Tae-hong) – 2018
  • Pine (Kim Do-hyeon) – 2018*
  • Saebyeolbe (Park Jong-ryeol) – 2018*
Head coaches
As of March 19, 2019.
Handle Name From To Span Ref. Pavane Hyun-sang Tu October 30, 2017 – 7002506000000000000♠1 year, 141 days [21] Academy team This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (July 2018)

On February 20, 2018, the Excelsior formally announced their academy team would go under the name "XL2 Academy" for Overwatch Contenders North America, as well as revealing their initial 6-player squad.[22][23] Shortly afterwards, on March 24, they announced that 17-year-old star DPS player Hwang "Fl0w3R" Yeon-oh (now known as Nanohana) would be joining the academy roster.[24] The 17-year-old had been an inactive member of parent team Excelsior, after being deemed ineligible to compete in the inaugural Overwatch League season due to age restrictions.[25][26]

As of March 18, 2019.[27]
Handle Name Nationality Yaki JunKi Kim South Korea Rina Justin Jeon United States Akawa Adrian Kawa Canada Jer Jeremy Santacruz United States Kirby Dong-wook Kim South Korea Moopey Jeromy Lensky United States Frill Corey Scoda United States HaKu Robert Blohm United States References
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