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Overwatch League Recap: New York Excelsior vs London Spitfire

NYXL vs London Spitfire

New York Excelsior (13-2) vs London Spitfire (10-5)

Final Score NYXL 4-0 Spitfire

After NYXL struggled with the Outlaws earlier in the weekend, there was speculation that this match would be one in which London could have been considered favorites. Yet, New York quickly showed that wasn’t the case. They ran a dominant Sombra composition throughout the series that London struggled greatly to overcome. In the end, New York was able to get the full 4-0 sweep in the series.

Ilios: NYXL 2-0 Spitfire

NYXL vs London Spitfire
Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

Each team came out on Well with some very unorthodox DPS compositions. Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park started over Tae-hong “MekO” Kim, which forced NYXL to run Sombra rather than D.Va. On Well, this ended up playing in NYXL’s favor, as they went up 1-0 after a considerable back and forth battle.

Moving to Lighthouse, the two teams once again went at it but instead opting for more tank-heavy compositions. After only a few team fights, NYXL was able to maintain point control for the entirety of the map, taking the first round 2-0. The first map seemed a close one but also one that was over very quickly.

Horizon Lunar Colony: NYXL 1-0 Spitfire

The NYXL started off on defense with an impressive cycling of ultimates. Then, in back to back Transcendence uses from London, Jae-hee “Gesture” Hong was caught out each time and taken out of the fight, essentially nullifying the support ultimate. This kept the Spitfire from ever really getting a good fight together and led to their getting full-held. On New York’s offense, they were able to simply garner their EMP and other tank ultimates and force a fight on the point. In a flash the map was over and the NYXL were up 2-0 going into halftime.

Hollywood: NYXL 4-3 Spitfire

NYXL vs London Spitfire
Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

New York struggled coming out of the half, as London looked to have a renewed aggression on the defense. Saebyeolbe seemed to be consistently caught out on Sombra for several of the first few fights on point A. But, after stringing some good ultimates together, the NYXL were able to claim point A and steamroll through the rest of the map.

On defense, New York struggled to deal with London’s occasional aggression but netted overall success continuing to run Saebyeolbe on the Sombra. London were still able to force a time bank round but only just barely. After a great initial defense and a strong offense, the NYXL managed to take the time bank round, the map and a guaranteed win in the series.

Havana: NYXL 3-0 Spitfire

In the required fourth map, the players released some of the tension in their shoulders and went to the newest map in Overwatch, Havana. New York continued with their Sombra-centered composition on offense, getting all the way through the new map with only a few seconds left in the time bank. On defense, New York continued their dominance, full holding London and taking the series win 4-0.


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