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Overwatch League Recap: New York Excelsior vs Washington Justice

NYXL vs Washington Justice

The New York Excelsior swept yet again, earning a clean 4-0 victory over the Washington Justice in a predictably one-sided match. New York further proved, even with a rookie starting, they are not a team to be underestimated.

 

STARTING LINEUP

Tae-Sung “Anamo” Jung

SeongHyun “Jjonak” Bang

Yeon-Gwan “Nenne” Jeong

Dong-Gyu “Mano” Kim

Yeono “Fl0w3r” Hwang

Tae-Hong “MekO” Kim

 

LIJIANG TOWER: NYXL 2 – 0 JUSTICE

With the NYXL running goats into the Justice’s triple DPS composition on Garden, they seemed to have a bit of difficulty securing kills. The NYXL captured the point and pushed through in overtime, and after a lengthy overtime battle, the Excelsior managed to win the round.

On Night Market, the Excelsior were able to capture the point first. However, at 45%, the NYXL finally lost their grip on the payload. Switching Nenne onto Tracer, the NYXL attempted to push back into the point by force. However, Corey “Corey” Nigra’s Widowmaker proved to be strong enough to push the NYXL off of the point. In overtime, however, the NYXL finally were able to recapture the point from the Justice. In an intense final battle, the Justice recaptured the point from the Excelsior at 99%. The teams fought hard, but in the end, it was New York whose Overtime clock ran out on the Justice.

 

HANAMURA: NYXL 3 – 2 JUSTICE

The NYXL, running an triple DPS composition on offense into the Justice’s traditional 2-2-2 set up was able to quickly take the first point and end up with a time bank of over six minutes to capture the second point. Jjonak, securing five kills, helped the NYXL secure point B without much of an issue.

NYXL ran GOATs on defense with Fl0w3r on Baptiste, playing very defensively into the Justice’s strong snipers. It did not work for long, though, as the Justice took point A and forced the NYXL to play a bit more aggressively. The NYXL switched over to a typical 2-2-2 comp, and were able to hold the Justice off with a stronger grip. With 20 seconds left, the Justice pushed hard onto point B, forcing the round into overtime. They finally managed to capture the second point, but with NYXL having 5:34 in their time bank, the outlook for the Justice was not looking too great.

With hopes to draw the match, the Justice ran their 2-2-2 composition on defense into the NYXL’s triple DPS again. The NYXL, only having to get one tick, were looking very strong once the Justice’s main tank was taken down. Ultimately, the NYXL were able to quickly and easily capture the point and the map.

 

EICHENWALDE: NYXL 3 – 1 JUSTICE

Despite a clean defense on the NYXL’s first push, the Justice fell as soon as the NYXL pushed behind and around them. They forced the Justice off of the high ground and securing the payload. The NYXL, playing very

Eichenwalde
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aggressively, dove on the Justice every time the team set up on the high ground, and were able to consistently keep Washington off of the payload. The NYXL captured the third and final point largely uncontested, booping the Justice back into their spawn as the payload arrived.

The Washington Justice ran a quadruple DPS composition into the NYXL’s goats, capturing the point relatively quickly. The Excelsior were able to hold them right at the castle gates. When Mano and Nenne fell, however, the Justice were able to finally push the cart around the corner before getting shut down again. With only one minute left, the Justice’s fights began to feel more and more frantic. With only 13 seconds remaining, Washington managed to push through the NYXL’s defenses and nearly push through point B, but after a close fight, the Excelsior finally cleared the Justice off of the point.

 

JUNKERTOWN: NYXL 3-2 JUSTICE

The NYXL managed to push through point A with a clean and easy attack, but things got tense when the

Washington Justice
2019-02-28 / Photo: Stewart Volland for Blizzard Entertainment

NYXL tried to get underneath the bridge. Corey’s Widowmaker managed to push the NYXL off of the point twice before the NYXL were finally able to take point B. In overtime, the NYXL pushed back in and attempted to push through the Justice’s defense, but were unsuccessful.

The NYXL held the Justice strong just ahead of the first point before Sansam’s EMP finally came through, earning the Justice a team fight win. The NYXL were unable to defend point A and attempted to hold the choke point beneath the Junkertown sign. With Hyang Gi “Sansam” Kim waiting near by with an EMP, Washington, once again, pushed through the NYXL’s defense to point B in overtime yet again. The Excelsior fought forward aggressively, forcing the Justice off of the point with 30 seconds left to spare. Sansam, landing a triple kill on the NYXL, was able to help the Justice push around the corner, but with one last graviton from Nenne, the NYXL were able to clear Washington off of the payload and secure the 4-0.

 

CONCLUSION

Despite this being a predictable match, fans got to see a new side of the NYXL today. The usually slow and steady NYXL played aggressively, and it definitely worked in their favor. Additionally, the debut of the highly anticipated Fl0w3R was definitely impressive. Moving forward, hopefully, fans can expect to see more of this aggression along with the rest of the NYXL’s benched DPS roster.

 

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