South Korean player Jeong "Nenne" Yeon-Kwan is set to join the New York Excelsior’s Academy team per sources within the Overwatch scene. Formerly a Tracer ace for teams like LuxuryWatch Red and Lunatic-Hai, Nenne has been one of the top prospects in the Overwatch scene since his debut around May of last year. With a solid prowess within the hitscan role, Nenne will prove to be quite capable at holding his own against some of the best talent outside of the Overwatch League.
Nenne found himself searching for a team shortly after a disappointing 4th place during the Nexus Cup 2017 - Annual Finals with Lunatic-Hai. Their tournament hopes dashed by Element Mystic and X6-Gaming. As of January 19th, Lunatic-Hai announced that their storied history was coming to an end. Shortly after, Lunatic-Hai disbanded their Overwatch team, released their players, and took a step away from Overwatch. With Nenne’s free agency, his history with a majority of the players on the team, and with NYXL performing extremely well, this is a match made in heaven. Seeing Nenne learn from some of the best DPS players in the Overwatch League such as Jong-yeol "Saebyeolbe" Park and Do-hyeon "Pine" Kim, Nenne has plenty of time to mature in New York Excelsior’s academy team.
Nenne is not the only Overwatch alumni that will be playing in and around the Contenders scene. He’s set to share the stage with former Lunatic-Hai DPS player Seung-Joon "WhoRU" Lee and support player Kyung-bo "Alarm" Kim as they’ve recently announced their involvement with the Philadelphia Fusion’s academy team, Fusion University.
We reached out to NYXL to comment, but no message was returned at the time of this being published.
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