OWL Haksal Week 19
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The Overwatch League (OWL) returned this weekend after a short hiatus, and the Week 19 games didn’t disappoint. We even got a look at the New York Excelsior playing with their recent addition of Hyo-jong “Haksal” Kim. Here are some key takeaways.

The New York Excelsior with Haksal

New York looked amazing with Haksal, the 2019 Rookie of the Year. They swept the Seoul Dynasty 3-0 in their first match with Haksal on the team. He played on all three maps in their victory. With Haksal in the lineup, New York looks like a real contender in the OWL.

One thing to consider here, however, is that the Seoul Dynasty has been extremely inconsistent this year. While they do seem like a good team on paper, they haven’t been able to piece things together well enough to sit at the top of the standings like New York. It will be fun to see how they perform against top teams like the Philadelphia Fusion and the San Francisco Shock.

Few OWL upsets

There weren’t any big surprises in Week 19. The Shanghai Dragons won, the Philadelphia Fusion won, the Vancouver Titans lost, the Boston Uprising lost, and the Florida Mayhem continued to impress. The biggest surprise was probably the Los Angeles Gladiators beating the Atlanta Reign.

The Reign looked great on paper at the start of the year, but things haven’t turned out so well for them so far. They are now 5-6 and currently 12th in the OWL standings. They have a talented roster, but they still need to work through their issues if they hope to win anything this season.

We will get to see more exciting matches next week. The New York Excelsior will have more chances to showcase Haksal against the Hangzhou Spark and the London Spitfire. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Reign will have a chance to start turning things around against a weak Toronto Defiant team. Be sure to catch all the action on the Overwatch League’s YouTube channel!

Nate Searl
Nate is a college graduate with a B.A. in Journalism who loves gaming and esports. He has reached Legend rank in Hearthstone, Master Ball tier in Pokémon Sword, and pretends to be good at League of Legends and Overwatch.