Overwatch League franchise New York Excelsior has the most hype announcement yet

It's "ever upward" for the new boys in blue.

Screengrab via New York Excelsior/YouTube

The New York Overwatch League franchise, owned by Sterling.VC, is the next to reveal its branding and roster.

As rumored, the New York team will be called New York Excelsior and field the former LuxuryWatch Blue roster. And if Excelsior is too hard to say or spell for you, you can just call them NYXL.

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“‘Excelsior’ represents the extreme scale and boundless ambition of the city, and the passionate drive of a team committed to reaching the top and never letting up,” NYXL said in a press release. “Excelsior represents the heroic optimism and positivity of Overwatch, a game that empowers everyone to become a hero.”

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The players will wear the colors of NYXL—two different shades of blue with a hint of red. The roster is as follows:

  • Joong “Janus” Hwa – Tank
  • Dong-gyu “Mano” Kim – Tank
  • Kim “Mek0” Tae Hong – Off-Tank
  • Kim “Pine” Do Hyeon – Flex
  • Park “Saebyeolbe” Jong Yeol – DPS
  • Hong “ArK” Yeon Joon – Support
  • Bang “JJoNak” Sung-Hyeon – Support
  • Kim “Libero” Hye Sung – DPS

Most of the roster is comprised of former LW Blue players, though Libero comes from Meta Athena and ArK from LW Red.

“It is an amazing opportunity to have NYXL be part of a brand new professional league and representing the city of New York,” Sterling.VC co-founder Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “We’ve put together a strong team and look forward to competing at the highest level.”

The Overwatch League begins on Dec. 6 with its preseason exhibition matches, where all 12 founding teams will compete. The regular season is scheduled to begin on Jan. 10 and continue into June. Finals will be held in July 2018.