Haksal Wins Rookie of the Year in Overwatch League Season 2
On a segment of Watchpoint, just prior to the playoff match between the Hangzhou Spark and the Los Angeles Gladiators, the Overwatch League Rookie of the Year award was given to Hyojong "Haksal" Kim, one of the damage players for the Vancouver Titans.
Although the 2019 season is Haksal's first season in the Overwatch League, he has been involved in the competitive scene since the beginning. Haksal used to play for the famous Korean team, RunAway, from 2016 to 2018. He became particularly famous for his Genji play, often being touted as one of, if not the best Genji player in the world. He also has had stellar performances on other flanker and projectile damage heroes like Pharah and Doomfist.
This season, Haksal played for the Vancouver Titans, alongside most of his teammates who were on RunAway. Together, they were seen as the best overall team during the GOATS meta. One of the main reasons why the Titans have been so successful is largely due to Haksal's Brigitte play during the first, second, and third stages of the league.
Haksal provided excellent support to the tank line of the Titans, and consistently performed well. He was often the leading Brigitte player in the league statistically in both damage and healing output and his relentless aggression helped his team to apply even more pressure on their opponents. Haksal's contributions to the Titans have certainly earned him the title of Rookie of the Year for the 2019 Overwatch League season.
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