New York Excelsior
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Parts ways with New York Excelsior
August 31, 2018
The New York Excelsior announced via Twitter that the team had agreed to part ways with main tank Janus.
ANALYSIS
This move comes as a bit of a shock as Janus had been a quality main tank player, despite playing behind Mano for the majority of the season. Janus will be a quality tank for whichever team picks him up. It is unlikely he will spend any time in the Korean Contenders League, but if he does he will not be there for very long.
Falls out of sync with his teammates
July 21, 2018
Janus failed to coordinate with his team in a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Fusion on Saturday in the Overwatch League Semifinals.
ANALYSIS
Janus, New York's aggressive tank player, stumbled over himself in the brief moments he played. Substituting in for Mano on King's Row, Janus stuck mainly to Reinhardt as New York's lead tank. However, Janus utterly failed to coordinate with his teammate. He was often split from the Excelsior by the Fusion's Dragonstrikes, rotating the opposite way from the rest of his team. This left him easily exposed to his opponents. Janus also struggled to engage for his team on anyway level as Philadelphia were easily able to pick him off from his teammates.
Stays away from his infamous hero pick
July 21, 2018
Libero struggled to step up in a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Fusion on Saturday in the Overwatch League Semifinals.
ANALYSIS
The playoff meta looked like Libero's time to shine as Hanzo, the hero that launched Libero to fame, was significantly buffed. But surprisingly, Libero played little of Hanzo, letting Pine take up the hero instead. The only time that Libero played Hanzo was on Junkertown on New York's attack for a brief moment. This is despite Hanzo becoming a key DPS pick for most teams during the playoffs. Libero's unwillingness to play Hanzo became increasingly detrimental across the series as his other picks, Genji and Pharah, struggled to slay out. For example, Libero consistently lost Pharah battles against Eqo on Lijiang Tower, but never switched to Hanzo to take down the Fusion.
Flexes into Ana to win Hanamura
July 21, 2018
JJoNak showed off his stellar Ana in a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Fusion in the semifinals of the Overwatch League playoffs on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
JJoNak entered the playoffs with questions surrounding his Zenyatta as the meta shifted away from the ubiquitous support hero. However, JJoNak was able to fill his duel damage and healing role with Ana on Hanamura. The map's long sightlines allowed JJoNak to easily control the flow of battle from afar with the hero's kit. He would also attempt to expand into playing Roadhog on Junkertown, only to struggle with outplaying the Fusion's Roadhog. When JJoNak took up Zenyatta on maps like Dorado and Lijiang Tower, he was able to serviceably throw out damage though his output was a far cry from his Stage 2 and Stage 3 heights.
Dominates as Widowmaker and Hanzo
July 21, 2018
Pine played to the best of his abilities in a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Fusion in the semifinals of the Overwatch League playoffs on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Pine attempted to expand his hero pool in an attempt to beat the Philadelphia Fusion. And while he was able to find success Hanzo, most of his plays came from his signature Widowmaker. On Junkertown, Pine's bold flanks were able to break apart the Fusion's defenses during New York's attack. Later, on Lijiang Tower: Control Tower, Pine's Hanzo saw its full potential come to light. He was able to land two key Dragonstrikes that clutched the map for his team by playing off-angles. Pine, however, lacked slaying assistance from Libero and Saebyeolbe in order to win out maps like Junkertown and Dorado despite a stellar performance.
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