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Overwatch League Recap: New York Excelsior vs. Seoul Dynasty

Excelsior 3-1 Dynasty

The New York Excelsior continued to look unstoppable this week as they took a 3-1 win over Seoul Dynasty. While Seoul certainly made a case for their own strength on Numbani,  the other maps highlighted NYXL’s continued dominance over each of their opponents so far. 

Ilios – Excelsior 2-0 Dynasty

2018-03-25 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

New York fell prey to an aggressive first engagement by Seoul on Lighthouse. They only took the point after giving up 72% capture to the Dynasty. A bit of point flip-flopping ensued until the point was at 99-99, but the final team fight went in NYXL’s favor. They took Lighthouse for an early 1-0 lead.

An early pick from Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim onto Sang-beom “Munchkin” Byeon helped New York capture Ruins early. Subsequent team fights continued in NYXL’s favor, leaving Seoul unable to retake the point. New York took the point 100-0, securing a 2-0 win for the map.

Numbani – Excelsior 1-2 Dynasty

NYXL
NYXL DPS: Yeon-kwan “Nenne” Jeong

An exciting opening push from the Dynasty featured a 2-2-2 composition with Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek on Wrecking Ball, which he used to secure an early kill onto Yeon-kwan “Nenne” Jeong. Just as things looked like they were going in Seoul’s favor, New York reengaged – this time with Nenne on Tracer – stabilizing after giving up just over two ticks. Fortunately, New York was unfazed by Seoul’s subsequent attacks, giving up no more capture percentage before the time ran out.

Surprisingly, the NYXL had a fair bit of trouble on their attack round. They tried two attempts at both high ground and low ground offensives, but were repeatedly shut down by Seoul. When an early demech onto Min-hyuk “Michelle” Choi allowed Nenne’s grav to hit successfully, New York quickly gained two ticks on the point. When Seoul rejoined the fight, they came back swinging, catching the NYXL off guard as overtime ticked down. Their attempts at a final engagement were unsuccessful, and they lost the map 1-2.

Volskaya – Excelsior 1-0 Dynasty

Volskaya Industries. Courtesy of Blizzard

New York looked utterly dominant on Volskaya. Mano was nigh unkillable on the NYXL defense, repeatedly forcing Seoul out of position with his primal rages. After staving off push after push, a final boop from Tae-sung “Anamo” Jung prevented Seoul from touching the point before overtime kicked in.

With only one tick required to take the map, New York ran standard fare: Rein GOATS vs. Rein GOATS. While their first push was ended early after early picks onto Mano and Seong-hyun “JJoNak” Bang, they successfully captured a tick on their next push to take the map 1-0.

Dorado – Excelsior 3-0 Dynasty

2018-03-25 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

New York’s steamroll continued onto Dorado as they took point B with 4:30 left on the clock. Seoul looked more confident on the final streets phase, able to repeatedly take team fights away from New York. As time ran down, New York’s final push started strong thanks to Tae-hong “MekO” Kim’s self-destruct putting Munchkin out of position, setting him up to be eliminated by Mano. NYXL managed to complete point C in overtime.

On defense, New York looked just as unstoppable. Team fights from Seoul were shut down early, with NYXL repeatedly securing early kills. Even when Seoul was up two picks on their final push, NYXL regrouped effectively to rebound the fight in their favor. New York prevented Seoul from capturing point A, taking Dorado 3-0.

Conclusion

New York secured their playoff spot with today’s win against Seoul Dynasty. They continue to look like one of the most well rounded teams, with no apparent weak links for opponents to focus down. As they continue on their six-game winning streak, New York has shown that they have what it takes to lead the pack.

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