The New York Excelsior announced the signing of flex DPS Hyojong “Haksal” Kim.
The New York Excelsior welcomes the 2019 OWL Rookie of the Year: Hyojong “Haksal” Kim.
— NY Excelsior (@NYExcelsior) June 5, 2020
Kim’s nickname, meaning “massacre” in Korean, is consistent with his gameplay. Kim is mainly known for his insane Genji plays, harassing enemies’ backlane and wrecking an entire team with his nanoblade. He was awarded for his gameplay for the first time in 2017, winning the MVP Vote award with RunAway during the Overwatch APEX Season 4. When the RunAway roster joined the Overwatch League with Vancouver Titans, Kim helped his team secure second place at the tournament — winning the Overwatch League 2019 Rookie of the Year award.
Is Haksal the right pick for NYXL?
New York Excelsior already has a packed damage line, with no less than 4 DPS players. Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park, the team captain, mainly plays hitscan heroes. When he cannot play or when the situation requires two hitscan players, Yeon-kwan “Nenne” Jeong joins in with his Widowmaker or McCree.
The team also has two flex DPS players: Hae-seong “Libero” Kim and Seung-jun “WhoRU” Lee.
Libero has been with the team since 2017. He is a former player for Meta Athena and has been consistent in his gameplay ever since. With New York Excelsior, he won the Overwatch League Inaugural and ended up in the third-place after losing to Philadelphia Fusion in Semifinals. He also represented South Korea in the 2018 Overwatch World Cup and brought the trophy to his home country.
WhoRU is the latest recruit for New York Excelsior. The 18-year-old is mainly playing Genji, Doomfist and Tracer. With his former team Lunatic-Hai, he won the APEX Season 2 and Season 3. He then won the Overwatch Contenders 2018 North America Season 1 and Season 2 with Fusion University.
As Haksal is joining the New York Excelsior, three players now share the same hero pool. Whether the team will bench a player permanently, trade them to another team or make a 3-player rotation is still unknown. The Overwatch League resumes on June 13, which gives enough time to the team to find their perfect damage players’ balance.