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
A little insight into today’s news which will shape the future of @FLMayhem roster. For the month of August we ran trials in NA/EU/KR with over 50 players including every single S1 Mayhem player. No job was safe and everyone competed.
— Ben Spoont (@benspoont) September 5, 2018
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:
idk I feel like I should clarify this, I didn’t take part in Mayhem trials. I was told I could focus on OWWC and had a chance to trial at some point. The trials were concluded while I was in Korea. No hard feelings really just good luck building your vision 😁fresh start!
— Joonas Alakurtti (@zappisOW) September 6, 2018
“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…
Thank you all for the hard work you have put in from the moment you became Misfits and during season 1 as Mayhem. We wish only the best for these talented individuals. pic.twitter.com/WcGpp2wsR7
— Florida Mayhem (@FLMayhem) September 5, 2018
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.
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.”
- Andreas ‘Logix’ Berghmans
- Tim ‘Manneten’ Bylund
- Johan ‘CWoosH’ Klingestedt
- Sebastian ‘Zebbosai’ Olsson
- Aleksi ‘Zuppeh’ Kuntsi
- Joonas ‘Zappis’ Alakurtti (?)