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New York Excelsior releases entire 2022 roster

That’s one way to get a clean slate for next season.

The Twitter feeds of Overwatch League fans have been filled with heartfelt send-offs to players as teams make tough decisions to release players heading into the 2023 season. Some teams have opted to drip information to fans over the course of several days, but others are intent on ripping the proverbial bandage off in one fell swoop. 

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The New York Excelsior released its entire six-player roster into free agency today. Considering the team’s 2022 record, this isn’t exactly a shock for fans, but the sudden and swift announcement took the community by surprise. 

All of New York’s players are now free agents, able to hear offers from any team in the league.  

Heading into the 2022 season, the Excelsior did another complete team revamp, only holding on to DPS Lim “Flora” Young-woo from the year before. The team added veteran talent from other parts of the league, bolstered by rookies from various parts of Overwatch Contenders.  

New York acquired DPS phenom Kim “Yaki” Junki and support Kang “Gangnamjin” Namjin after the two were released from the Florida Mayhem. Support An “ANSOONJAE” Soon-jae also joined from the Toronto Defiant. 

To fill in the tank role, the Excelsior relied on Kim “Kellan” Min-jae out of Talon Esports. Former O2 Blast support Jeon “Ho1” Ho-won also joined the team midway through the season. 

With all the veteran talent New York acquired, hopes were high for the team. But things never quite meshed for the Excelsior, which also weathered several strange roster moves and social scandals. 

New York ended the 2022 season with a 4-20 record, making them the team with the second-worst record in the Overwatch League this year, only ahead of the 1-23 Paris Eternal.     

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Liz Richardson
Liz is a freelance writer and editor from Chicago. Her favorite thing is the Overwatch League; her second favorite thing is pretending iced coffee is a meal. She specializes in educational content, patch notes that (actually) make sense, and aggressively supporting Tier 2 Overwatch. When she's not writing, Liz is expressing hot takes on Twitter and making bad life choices at Target.