Zappis Brings the Mayhem Over Roster Chaos

Bring the Roster Mayhem

After only winning 40 of their 167 played maps in Season 1, Florida Mayhem has undergone one of the most dramatic roster changes in all of esports history. Of the team that was once known for their meme-tastic, bromantical entrances to the Blizzard Arena stage, only three players remain.

Six Mayhem boys were released after the team held open trials in NA, EU and KR in August. Said CEO Ben Spoont on Twitter: “Over 50 players [competed], including every single S1 Mayhem player. No job was safe and everyone competed.”

To many Mayhem fans this seemed quite harsh. But after finishing in second to last Season 1 – only placing above the Shanghai Dragons – even more Overwatch League viewers seemed hungry for more, well, Mayhem. Twitter users responded to Spoont with inquiries on when all of their coaches and managers will also be replaced.

Everything’s Coming Up Explodey

This mass wipe-out didn’t sit well with many of the former Mayhem players, though. Most notoriously, former Mayhem flex tank Zappis, who made a shot at the team on Twitter:

“A small punch back at them, I guess,” he continued, “but I still love the guys. I really have no resentment against Mayhem and I wish Season 2 will be a new beginning for the squad.”

In response, Chief Gaming Officer Joe Elouassi told the angry Twitter community – including Tom “Stylosa” Stewart, the British Consultant of the London Spitfire, who called Zappis’ treatment “disgraceful” – that “the trial process is not finished.” He also claimed that the team had offered Zappis a coaching role, which would “play to his strengths.”

Interestingly enough, Florida Mayhem had indeed already announced Zappis cut…

At the time of all this chaos, it was reported that Zappis was thinking “the new role” over. But it was later announced that Zappis will be given a chance to try out for Mayhem in November when the Overwatch World Cup ends.

Management Mayhem

Florida Mayhem fans didn’t only expect this mess because of the team’s name. It’s been reported throughout Season 1 that Mayhem’s management has been, well, not the best.

In a clip from British esports journalist Thorin’s stream, commentator MonteCristo states that TviQ drove the team bus to from the players’ apartments to the practice facilities – which were more than an hour away – for most of stage 1, backed up by a photo. The team spent almost half of Season 1 with no substitutes and little support staff. Reddit user FischyB2514, joked, “There’s a reason they kept Tviq I guess.”

Despite all this madness, Florida Mayhem has until Sept. 9 to finalize transfers within the League, or sign players from their Contenders team or Mayhem Academy. Then, Mayhem will be able to sign free agents on Oct. 7 onward after the expansion team window closes.
As of now, three original players are signed: TviQ, Sayaplayer and aWesomeGuy. The following dudes were dropped:
  • Andreas ‘Logix’ Berghmans
  • Tim ‘Manneten’ Bylund
  • Johan ‘CWoosH’ Klingestedt
  • Sebastian ‘Zebbosai’ Olsson
  • Aleksi ‘Zuppeh’ Kuntsi
  • Joonas ‘Zappis’ Alakurtti (?)
Olivia Richman
Olivia is a professional journalist and editor who loves playing video games and watching esports, especially the OWL. When she isn’t writing or gaming, Olivia enjoys hanging out with her ugly cat, eating sushi and traveling across the country to compete in Pokemon TCG tournaments.
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