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Overwatch League Recap: New York Excelsior vs Paris Eternal

NYXL vs Paris Eternal

New York Excelsior (14-2) vs Paris Eternal (7-9)

Final Score: NYXL 3-1 Eternal

Outside of a slow start on the first map, the NYXL heated up and took the rest of the series by storm. In the end, they were simply too much for the Eternal, taking the series 3-1. The entire cast of NYXL managed to have standout moments at different points in the series as they continued to primarily run Sombra.

Nepal: NYXL 2-1 Eternal

NYXL vs Paris Eternal

Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The NYXL came out with Tae-hong “MekO” Kim on the starting lineup, running the predictable GOATS composition as a result. Paris came out on a frustrating Mei strategy that game New York lots of problems, winning the first three team fights. But, in the end, Paris was simply too strong on the first map, going up 1-0.

The second map started off with a fight that seemed to go on forever, even long enough for Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang to earn two different Transcendences (JJoNak charged us ult every 44 seconds on this map – it’s got to be that new ink, right?). New York used this momentum to keep the ball rolling, taking the round to Sanctum. NYXL got first control and took the percentage to 99 after picking some Paris players out of position. After some scrappy fights, the NYXL eventually took the first round, 2-1.

Volskaya Industries: NYXL 2-0 Eternal

New York brought Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park in for this map, showing that they would be committed to running Sombra. 19 eliminations later, NYXL had taken the first two points in a quick, snowball offense, leaving 5:21 left in the timebank. On the Eternal’s offense, things could not have gone any worse. After only netting three total eliminations and having an EMP completely taken away by Hae-seong “Libero” Kim, the round was over. NYXL went up a convincing 2-0 at halftime.

Numbani: NYXL 3-0 Eternal

New York came out of the half running a very unorthodox damage composition to get point A, before switching to Sombra-GOATS. After a tough Paris defense before Point B, New York managed to get on the better side of the ultimate economy and complete the map with 1:07 remaining. On defense, the NYXL kept up their momentum and prevented the Eternal from even making it to Point B. Credit NYXL for completely shutting down Paris’s attempt to run Sombra on this map.

Dorado: NYXL 1-2 Eternal

With the series already decided, the players relaxed a bit and headed to the dark streets of Dorado. For this, Yeon-oh “Fl0w3R” Hwang came on to the stage to get some playing time on Sombra. While NYXL fans were able to enjoy Libero playing some Hanzo, their first offense seemed to struggle a bit as they only made it through the first point. On defense, the stream cut out and fans began updating viewers via Twitter. Reportedly there was a fairly big play for Paris and they ended up taking Dorado, 2-1.


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