JJoNak and NYXL Part Ways Before the 2022 Overwatch League Season
Bang “JJoNak” Sung-hyeon, one of the best Overwatch supports of all time and former MVP recipient, has parted ways with the New York Excelsior. Where this venerable support will land next for the 2022 season still remains to be seen, but JJoNak shouldn’t struggle much (if at all) to find a new team given his incredible talent and sizable fan base.
“Zenyatta. 44. MVP. There are a lot of words synonymous with @JJoNakLove. And yet, there aren’t enough words to express how honored we are to have shared time with him. To the Octopus King: Thank you,” as per the official NYXL Twitter account.
A Big Surprise
This news, in short, definitely comes as a surprise. JJoNak is one of the few OG players who have managed to thrive in the ever-changing Overwatch landscape and has played a mind-blowing number of games ever since stepping foot on the OWL stage back in 2018. His Zenyatta play has always taken our breath away — JjoNak had often dealt about as much damage as his carries, a feat practically unmatched by any of his peers and adversaries.
After a fairly mediocre season (especially by their standards), the Excelsior have opted for a thorough refresh yet again for 2022, only this time without the former MVP standout in JJoNak.
An Uncertain Outlook
It’s no secret that NYXL struggled mightily throughout the most recent season of the Overwatch League. They certainly had moments of brilliance, no one’s denying that, but they were too few and far between to actually warrant any concrete amount of success. Their few upsets simply weren’t enough, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that NYXL were on the receiving end of things for the vast majority of their 2021 run.
Hopefully this venerable organization that was once atop the world will be able to correct course and return to their winning ways — the 2022 season is right around the corner. The odds are certainly stacked against them, but NYXL have more than enough clout, so we’ll give them our benefit of the doubt on this one.