Kim Tae-Hong 
South Korea
New York Excelsior
Shuts down the enemy D.Va
June 16, 2018
Meko controlled the pace of the game in a 3-2 win over the Houston Outlaws on Friday in the Overwatch League Stage 4.
Meko's D.Va was excellent as he went head-to-head against the D.Va of Houston's Coolmatt. While Meko stumbled in the first half, he was invincible in the second half. Meko crushed Houston in Horizon Lunar Colony, Dorado and Nepal thanks to his ability to time his Defense Matrix to deny damage. On Horizon Lunar Colony, Meko was the key reason why New York held against a snowballing Houston Outlaw, simply staying alive to help his teammates stagger back onto the point. Later, on Nepal, Meko was forced to contest with Coolmatt in a series of brawls, both teams attempting to deny as much as damage as possible. But Meko's ability to properly time his Bunny Rockets between Coolmatt's Defense Matrix eventually won him the battle.
Denies enemy ultimates
June 8, 2018
Meko absorbed ultimates and burst damage in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Gladiators on Thursday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
Meko was able to fufill his role diligently, but he was unable to offer consistent protection in a scrappy series. Doing well in the first half of the series, Meko was able to pull off key plays on King's Row and Hanamura. These plays mainly involved Meko using his Defense Matrix to eat up ultimates from the Los Angeles Gladiators, such as in New York's attack of King's Row. There, Meko was able to absorb a Graviton Surge from his opponents, denying a key ultimate to secure Point B and likely winning the map for his team.
Prevents sneaky flanks
May 26, 2018
Meko kept a close eye on flanks in a 4-0 win over the Seoul Dynasty on Friday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
As New York ran on all four cylinders, Seoul could only come up with one counter: flanking. Meko, however, was there to shut down any possibility of a Dynasty reversal in this series. Playing D.Va, Meko watches his team's flanks on defense to prevent any sort of flank. This was best seen in Horizon Lunar Colony where he was able to lockdown Point A, preventing the Dynasty from even attempting a sneaky capture. On top of that, his coordination for dive compositions continues to be excellent as he worked with Mano and Janus to pounce on Seoul in attack rounds.
Suprisingly sticks to D.Va
May 18, 2018
Meko didn't take up Brigitte in a 3-0 over the Florida Mayhem on Thursday of the Overwatch League.
Briggite has massively changed the meta by phasing out dive compositions. However, Meko stuck to his guns and kept playing dive compositions with D.Va. New York would win the game in the end, but it wasn't the strong showing one would expect, mainly due to Meko's D.Va. The Excelsior couldn't fully commit to their dive as the amounts of shields Florida played prevented them from scoring picks. On top of that, Meko's D,Va couldn't mitigate too much damage, again due to Florida playing Brigitte's and Reinhardt's. This forced New York and Meko to play slowly on maps like Hanamura where his D.Va struggled to find players to dive on.
Stops the bleeding
May 6, 2018
Meko turned around a nearly disastrous snowball in a 3-0 sweep of the Los Angeles Valiant on Sunday during the Stage 3 playoffs.
Without Meko, the series may have been a win for the Los Angeles Valiant. The Valiant came out of the gate roaring on Junkertown, sweeping the first two points without the payload stopping once. It was only in New York's defense of Point C that things turned around in their favor, and it was because of Meko. Meko stalled with his signature D.Va by fluttering his Defense Matrix. However, the bigger plays he made was with D.Va's ultimate. His Self-Destruct on Point C was able to land a triple kill, immediately stopping the Valiant from pushing the payload and allowing New York to set up their defense.
Shields his team
May 5, 2018
Meko protected his teammates in a 3-1 win over the Shanghai Dragons on Friday.
Meko continued his defensive D.Va gameplay to assist his team in overtaking the Shanghai Dragons, despite some mistakes. The biggest problem for the New York Excelsior was their over-eagerness. Meko and his teammates underestimated the Dragons on Numbani, the one map New York lost this series. But it wasn't the fault of Meko. Meko did an excellent job of keeping Libero alive during his ultimates by protecting him with his Defense Matrix. Meko also had to contend with Shanghai's Geguri, who was also playing D.Va. The two battled aggressively on the payload, and Meko only barely won out thanks to his priority of protecting his teammates instead of the objective. This allowed Meko to ensure the odds were in his favor for teamfights.
Eats up heavy burst damage
April 22, 2018
Meko held his team safe in a tight 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Gladiators on Saturday of the Overwatch League.
Meko may not be a big playmaker like Libero, JJoNak, Saebyeolbe or Pine, but he was essential this series. Los Angeles Gladiators' roster runs a heavy focus on tanks making plays for them, which took New York off-guard early on. Meko struggled to assist Janus' dives or protect his backline from tanks due to him having to over-extend to perform either role. This led to a disorganized New York in the first two maps. But when the Excelsior played a slower, long-range game he was able to easily protect core DPS players and support players. Meko was excellent at fluttering his Defense Matrix to eat up burst damage while using his Bunny Blasters to push back dives. This gave his team the room needed to make plays.
Sticks close to supports to keep them safe
March 25, 2018
Meko pressured the Los Angeles Valiant's frontline in a 4-0 sweep on Saturday of the Overwatch League, securing the No. 1 seeding for Stage 2 Playoffs.
The Los Angeles Valiant tried to fight the New York Excelsior by targeting down JJoNak, New York's all-star Zenyatta player. But thanks to Mek0, the Los Angeles Valiant never got a solid grip of the game. Mek0 stuck to D.Va, using his unique style to defend JJoNak and ArK from Valiant's aggression. His stylistic Defense Matrix mitigated key moments of burst damage, while his more defensive playstyle this series allowed him to zone out Valiant's tanks. Also key to his success was how he used his Self-Destruct ultimate. Rather than using the ultimate to engage into fights, Meko used his ultimates to zone the Valiant into choke points or out of the objective, such as in the final moments of New York's offense on Route 66.
Plays more aggressively than usual
March 2, 2018
Mek0 out-bullied Boston Uprising in a 4-0 stomp on Thursday of the Overwatch League Stage 2.
Mek0 is often overshadowed by Mano and Janus, but today he showed he can hold his own. Sticking to D.Va for most of the series, he was able to get through Boston's shields while also zoning their support. The passive playstyle of Boston allowed Mek0 to play very aggressively, taking the fight to them before Boston could enact their famous "dive." For example, on King's Row, Mek0's D.Va tore through Uprising's Reinhardt by just unloading his arsenal on Reinhardt's shields. This opened a ton of space for New York's DPS to slay.
Sublime tank play in close series
February 12, 2018
Mek0 was constantly in the London Spitfire's face in the NYXL's 3-2 victory on Saturday.
Mek0 was so close to the Spitfire that he lost his life. While this would be deadly for most teams, with the Excelsior, this type of play thrives. It forced Spitfire to deal with him first and allowed the Excelsior's DPS to push up. Meanwhile, having such an aggressive tank allows Excelsior to play at their own pace. They were able to jump onto an attacking Spitfire instead of waiting on the point. Mek0 understands his role within Excelsior and performs it admirably.
Tears through LAV while on defense
January 18, 2018
Mek0 shredded through Los Angeles Valiant's dive-like composition on Thursday, Week 2 of Stage 1 of the Overwatch League in 3-0 win.
Mek0 was the right man for the job against Los Angeles Valiant's lineup. Playing mainly Roadhog, Mek0 was able to fully counter LAV's star Winston and D.Va players thanks to Roadhog's kit. The massive blast radius of his scrapgun tore through Winston shields and melted D.Va's MEKA. It also helped he paired excellently with Mano, who played complimentary heroes like Orisa to better zone LAV. On Oasis, for example, Mek0 was able to set up by stairs on near the control point. From there, it was easy to pick out important targets, like Genji, while making sure to shut down damage mitigation from LA's tanks.
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