Previously competing as LW Blue the New York Excelsior are one of the twelve teams in the inaugural season for the Overwatch League. After finding a great deal of success in the Korean scene LW Blue was signed by NYXL to represent New York and compete for the inaugural season title. Star player Flow3r isn’t yet of age to play, but he dominated at the world cup and will join the team for the second season of the Overwatch League.
|Yeon-joon “ArK” Hong||New York Excelsior||Support|
|Tae-hong “Mek0” Kim||New York Excelsior||Tank/Flex|
|Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang||New York Excelsior||Support|
|Joong-hwa “Janus” Song||New York Excelsior||Tank|
|Jong-yeol “Saebyeolbe” Park||New York Excelsior||DPS|
|Hye-sung “Libero” Kim||New York Excelsior||DPS/Flex|
|Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim||New York Excelsior||Tank|
|Do-hyeon “Pine” Kim||New York Excelsior||DPS|
The Boston Uprising took on a stacked NYXL squad and performed well. Despite losing the match Boston showed more promise than expected silencing most of their critics. Our analyst Zerk has the breakdown.
New York Overwatch League Team is finally talking! Scott Tester who is running the New York Organization just recently did an interview with Polygon’s Overwatch site HeroesNeverDie.com. The interview with Scott is a solid look at his insight into building the team and strategies. Coming from Blizzard directly, he has a unique insight. There had been rumors that NY would acquire LW Blue nothing like this is confirmed in the interview. However, Scott does answer a question about cultural changes for players.
I think to a certain degree there is gonna be some culture shock that people are going to deal with, whether they are moving to Los Angeles from Kansas or Seoul, players are still going to have to deal with that to a certain degree. Whether it’s living in a team house or in apartments or whatever each team decides to do, for people who haven’t lived in that environment before it could be a big change. And it’s going to be a lot to get used to really quickly. So, teams ability to adapt to that is going to be a big deal in the first season. – Scott Tester via HeroesNeverDie.com
The San Francisco Shock and London Spitfires? Overwatch League team names and hype surrounding them are starting to become the latest trend in news hunting among journalists. Even we took a look around to see if there were any hints out there. What we do know is many teams are filing for trademarks of their respective properties. We have seen a few hints out there so far, but nothing is officially confirmed yet. So far the unconfirmed names we have learned are:
In a report over at ESPN today, sources are saying that LW Blue may be taking the New York spot in the Overwatch League. This may be a really interesting turn of events after HuK explained that Boston would be bringing in players from around the world. Now reports are that NY will simply import the team and bring them over from South Korea.
You can find the feature here.
The report continues to state that Scott Tester a former Blizzard developer has taken over the position of running the team.
In the unlikely city of New York, Esports is alive and well. At least, we think it is. Blizzard’s big announcement about the first seven teams includes New York and Boston. Two East Coast rivalries with decades of history. Now however, they are entering into Esports with little experience in the sport, but they have something else…
Money and influence. Recently, you may have seen this article regarding the East Coast endorsements from Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, Jeff Wilpon, and Bob Kraft. They all appeared on CNBC together to promote a solid foundation for the East Coast. These teams will have huge financial resources behind them. They will pull on traditions in both cities to build a following and create an atmosphere around them like no other. New York will be at the epicenter based on population alone.
In the interview, Jeff Wilpon said the following:
“Basically, because of the structure Bobby put together with his team. That there is going to be a sharing of revenues from the central point, which we don’t have in baseball as much. Some of the other sports do, and I thought that it was a great model to be able to really grow this, and in five to ten years, the franchise values should be quite a bit more than they are today.”
This brings up a solid point that teams will share in the overall profits. Side note, Kotick was fantastic in Moneyball, even if you are not a baseball fan, that movie speaks volumes of what the Overwatch League may have to deal with in terms of Esports athletes.
Which brings in our next point, how is NY going to get players? Will they import like everyone else? Or will there be home grown talent. One thing is for sure, many early NY teams are built on tradition, a tradition which started so far back you had to have local players involved. This is the big trick for NY, home grown talent.
The other battle will be NY media. They are brutal. Every sports team suffers horrific headlines and pictures if they fail, but on the flip side are praised and rewarded if they win. People will talk about you for years. You can never do wrong again, and you if you were on a winning team you will likely never pay for a dinner in town again either!
So New York will be critical to the league overall. NY is THE biggest market in the U.S. hands down. How it will shape up and build around the city is going to be the true meter of success or failure. You have the best venues in NY with Madison Square Garden and about six other major stadiums that can host huge events. It would make sense for NY to be an early contender in the possible championship event just based on population and venue availability alone. Heck they even held a Super Bowl here in February! NY will be the team to watch, how it plays out will make headlines worth reading that’s for sure.