New York Excelsior
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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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Adapts to teamfights
May 18, 2018
JJoNak flexed his brain-melting Zenyatta in a 3-0 win over the Florida Mayhem on Thursday of the Overwatch League Stage 4.
ANALYSIS
Despite the new shield meta, JJoNak didn't have to switch off his signature Zenyatta to dominate the game. However, he still struggled with the rest of his team in certain moments. New York and JJoNak couldn't run the game how they typically play, which is playing for picks. The sheer amount of shields Florid ran made it nearly impossible for JJoNak to snap picks. This put New York in the precarious position of forcing teamfights rather than their long-range gameplay. JJoNak, was able to adapt to this shift in the meat, allowing him to lay down his outstanding damage.
Succeds in the new meta
May 18, 2018
Libero flew through a 3-0 win against the Florida Mayhem on Thursday of the Overwatch League Stage 3.
ANALYSIS
Libero's projectile heroes of Pharah and Hanzo have only grown stronger in the new meta. While Hanzo is still in a pre-Storm Bow build for Stage 4, Libero made him the lackluster hero a monster on King's Row. Not only was Libero surprisingly accurate with his Scatter Shots, but his Dragonstrike ultimate broke apart Florida Mayhem's stronger defense in New York's attack of Point C. Libero's picks were extraordinarily helpful as the Excelsior played a much slower game than usual. King's Row was barely won, due to a lack of slaying, but Libero's late-game Dragonstrike opened the map for his team to push the payload.
Slams Boston Uprising into the corner
May 8, 2018
Mano bullied the Boston Uprising's support in a 3-0 win at the Stage 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Mano's unique Winston gave New York the edge they needed. Playing on Route 66, Nepal and Volskaya Industry, Mano used his Winston to bully other players around instead of chasing kills. This was especially effective on Nepal where Mano bounced players around with his Primal Rage, even cornering Boston players in the stables on Nepal: Village. This was important since it gave New York's DPS players the room they needed to flank the enemy supports players. On Volskaya Industry, Mano was even able to bounce some players off the map on New York's first defense of the map.
Dominates as Widowmaker
May 8, 2018
Pine threw the Boston Uprising for a loop in a 3-0 win at the Stage 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Pine has always played an extraordinarily aggressive Widowmaker. In this series, he pushed his aggression to the limit. Largely sticking to his Widowmaker, Pine was able to find key shots onto players with ease on Numbani and Route 66. Numbani was his highlight map. On New York's attack on Point C, Pine pushed up behind the entrance of Boston's spawn doors and set up a sniping position. He was able to slay Boston's players as they trickled out form the spawns door, zipping around with the hero's grapple hook to avoid getting caught out. It was an incredibly bold play that gave New York the few meters they needed to win the match and the series.
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