Overwatch Contenders week two kicked off on Sunday, March 18, 2018. You can find the full schedule for the entire season on the official Contenders website as well as a listing of teams and their home regions.
A fan favorite of the inaugural season, the New York Excelsior was the only team to win multiple stage titles at two. With a mix of charisma and talent, the boys in blue managed to gain dedicated fans across multiple countries. Saebyeolbe and “Big Boss” Pine made up one of the most terrifying DPS duos in the league while Support JJonak made his mark – and was named Season 1 League MVP. Much of NYXL previously competed as LW Blue and recently made up the bulk of the South Korean team at the Overwatch World Cup 2018.
|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|
|Jong-yeol “Saebyeolbe” Park||New York Excelsior||DPS|
|Jeong “Nenne” Yeon-kwan||New York Excelsior||DPS|
|Jeong “ANAMO” Tae-seong||New York Excelsior||Support|
|Hye-sung “Libero” Kim||New York Excelsior||DPS/Flex|
|Hwang “Fl0w3r” Yeon-oh||New York Excelsior||DPS|
|Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim||New York Excelsior||Tank|
|Do-hyeon “Pine” Kim||New York Excelsior||DPS|
The Philadelphia Fusion upset the London Spitfire to take the Semi-Finals win 3-2 and get the opportunity to play NYXL for $100,000. Philadelphia is a team on the rise and looking to make a statement by winning Stage Two. NYXL has been the most dominant team in the League through two stages but lost the Stage One finals to London and is looking to shake their reputation for choking in big games.
The New York Excelsior enter the arena looking to secure their spot for the Stage 2 playoffs and extend their reign as the undisputed best team in the Overwatch League. The Dallas Fuel enter the match trying to put the outside distractions aside and focus on getting a win to be deserving of being the Twitch Cheer Leader in the Overwatch League.
The New York Excelsior enter the arena with Saebyeolbe leading them to the deck and looking to once again become the king slayers. The Seoul Dynasty come into week 4 thus far undefeated in Stage 2, an identical position as Stage 1 when they were handed their first defeat by the very team on the other side of the stage. They enter the arena stoic and determined for history not to repeat itself.
New York vs San Francisco, we got ourselves an East vs West showdown. New York coming off a sweet revenge victory is coming into this match looking for a perfect 2-0 week. San Francisco will be having upset on their minds after just seeing the Spitfire fall to the Gladiators. Which of these teams was able to come up on top and continue its progress towards the stage two playoffs.
New York vs Philadelphia, East Coast showdown, the Giants of Overwatch vs the rising Fusion. Philadelphia was the only team to take down New York during the regular season Stage 1. Could they do it again, or would their lineup changes (EQO in for Shadowburn, and Dayfly in for the sick ) would they Excelsior take revenge?
In a day full of fantastic matches, this might stand above the rest, as the #1 seeded NYXL take on the up and coming Houston Outlaws. Can Houston maintain their momentum against the top dogs? Or will New York remind us why they’re the #1 seed?
The New York Excelsior enter the arena set on cementing themselves as the dominant Overwatch League team for the northeast. The Boston Uprising come into week 2 after a very difficult week 1, where they didn’t even take a map, looking to turn it around with the upset win and ignite the revolution.