It’s a glorious day for support players, especially those who favor Zenyatta. The Overwatch League’s first MVP isn’t a DPS: It’s Seong-Hyun “Jjonak” Bang of the New York Excelsior. Jjonak received 31 first-place votes from a group of coaches, broadcasters, and media to secure his spot as the MVP. He also firmly secured the T-Mobile fan vote.
Chan-Hyung “Fissure” Baek of the Los Angeles Gladiators earned the second place spot, and the Philadelphia Fusion’s Jae-hyeok “Carpe” Lee came in third.
Jjonak has established a legacy as the Zenyatta in the Overwatch League. While other players used the omnic monk to pump out healing and stall pushes, Jjonak used the character to push offenses. His damage per 10 minutes sat a 6,942 (22 percent higher than the average Zenyatta in OWL), and he also sat at 5.08 final blows per 10 minutes (36.6 percent higher than his peers). Zenyatta is a character all about balance, discord and harmony, and no one showed this better than Jjonak who managed to heal and support while also using precise orb volleys to crank out reams of damage.
The NYXL sits as the first place seed heading into the playoffs, and will be competing at the semi-finals in New York. After claiming two stage championships, and now having their support named MVP, the team will look to win the season finals.