The Overwatch League (OWL) will finally see the addition of a highly-talented player who has come of the legal age to participate in the official Blizzard competition. Hwang “Fl0w3r” Yeon-oh is now 18 and he will be afforded the opportunity to leave his mark on the OWL
Hwang Yeon-oh Joins the Overwatch League
Blizzard have officially welcomed one of the most talented OW players to the OWL. Hwang “Fl0w3r” Yeon-oh is now joining the competition by signing up with the New York Excelsior’s (NYXL) roster.
Yeon-oh is taking the role of a damage dealer (DPS), a term used to describe offensive players in the game, as the Overwatch League is preparing to enter its second season of competition.
Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Our firepower is world class,@Fl0w3RGOD has joined the NYXL crew.
— NYXL (@NYXL) October 29, 2018
The news broke on all channels, including NYXL’s Twitter. In a brief 24-second video, Fl0w3r is introduced to fans and viewers.
Previously, Fl0w3r was part of LuxuryWatch Blue, a squad that entered in a partnership with NYXL. While Yeon-oh has been making a strong showing in the Contenders league, he has always been eyed as a potential recruit for the Overwatch League itself.
His expertise lies in controlling the “Widowmaker”, an in-game character that specializes in offensive plays using a set of skills. NYXL’s roster has remained fairly unchanged ahead of Season 2 of the competitive league, with major changes happening around Overwatch.
Just recently, esports journalist Richard Lewis has confirmed in an article that the feeder league, the Overwatch Contenders (OWC), will no longer have LAN playoffs nor finals. This is a major reshuffling that has been met with mixed feelings in the community.
The narrowing of the scope of the OWC appears to be a strategic move whereby the funding can be focused on the Overwatch League and Academy. Contender teams will no longer continue to retain their spots in the following seasons of the OWC. Instead, they will have to re-qualify regardless of any previous standing they had in the league.
Hwang Yeon-oh Joins at a Moment of Expansion
Blizzard are pushing ahead with plans to continue adding more cities and franchises to their League, with most recently the addition of Toronto Defiant who will shape up as the next contenders in the Atlantic Division.
Toronto has signed up with Splyce to manage the day-to-day activities of the team and oversee their development in the league. Rumors that a great number of Overwatch League franchise slots will be sold first emerged after ESPN reported that the deals for obtaining a slot varied between $30 to $60 million.
While deals are still kept under wraps with no numbers shared openly, the amount reported by ESPN is more than likely to be the accurate number. With the addition of Toronto, the total number of franchises has been brought up to 20.
Conversely, the Contenders League will start dropping teams and slots, keeping a bare-bones version of itself in order to allow Blizzard to financially focus on the Overwatch League instead.
Flow3r has switched his allegiance at a time that is crucial for his further development as a player.