In the first match of the Overwatch League Preseason the San Francisco Shock takes down the Florida Mayhem in 3 maps. Wrekk breaks down the Shock win over the Mayhem as the favored Mayhem fail to finish early on.
The Florida Mayhem started the inaugural Overwatch League season with only six players, adding mid-season pickups in an attempt to put together a cohesive team on the fly. With a disappointing bottom 2 finish, the Mayhem are starting with a blank slate for Season 2…literally. Having dropped the majority of their Season 1 roster (aside from DPS TviQ), they are rebuilding around star DPS Sayaplayer with a mostly-Korean team. Time will tell if these changes will allow them to climb the ladder this season.
|Yoon “Swon” Seong-won||Florida Mayhem||Tank|
|Lee “bqb” Sang-bum||Florida Mayhem||DPS|
|Kim “aWesomeGuy” Seong Hun||Florida Mayhem||Tank|
|Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström||Florida Mayhem||DPS|
|Jae-mo “xepheR” Koo||Florida Mayhem||Tank/Flex|
|Hyeon-woo “HaGoPeun” Jo||Florida Mayhem||Support|
|Ha “Sayaplayer” Jeong-woo||Florida Mayhem||DPS|
|Damon “Apply” Conti||Florida Mayhem||DPS|
|Choi “Kris” Jun-soo||Florida Mayhem||Support|
The Florida Mayhem bear a unique structure unlike other teams in the league right now. While other teams have a stacked roster that offer a chance for player swapping, the Mayhem stands at only 6 members: Tviq, Logix, Manneten, CWoosH, Zebbosai, and Zuppeh. The budding team has Mineral of Misfits Gaming as the Head Coach and the Misfit’s CEO, Ben Spoont, as owner.
Miami Mayhem may just be the name of the Misfits Overwatch League team. Sources have been hunting around the Trademark Search to see who files their team names. This is how the Los Angeles Gladiators and New York Excelsior were found. The Misfits look like they will continue their fun style if this name turns out to be accurate, which it 99% probably is.
Still not word on the team roster or how many players will be coming over from Europe to make up the team. However, the Misfits had a great run in Contenders only to lose in the finals to Team Giganti. We interviewed Cyril MICHEL and Joe El Ouassi back in August about their prospects going into Contenders and the Overwatch League itself. Back then the guys could not give much information.
However, now as the team name looks to be revealed, we should expect to see more news come out of Miami in the next few weeks. This organization does have a solid foundation and should be able to announce a roster soon. Many of the Misfits players remain on the team and there have been few reports about people being let go like we have see with so many other teams. There current team is:
Sebastian ‘Zebbosai’ Olsson
Tim ‘Manneten’ Bylund
Kevyn ‘TviQ’ Lindstrom
Aleksi ‘Zuppeh’ Kuntsi
Johan ‘CWoosH’ Klingestedt
Andreas ‘Logix’ Berghmans
We will have to wait and see if this roster changes at all in the future. Also what players will be added to the roster to fill out the talent. As far as the name goes we love Miami Mayhem! Hope it sticks and they have a logo just as cool as the team name. Other cities should be announcing soon, at this point we expect all team names and logos to be ready for BlizzCon, likely to sell team swag.
The Misfits are coming off a great win last week against Cloud9 in Contenders. We sat down with Manager Cyril MICHEL and GM Joe “InnerFlame” El Ouassi to talk about the Misfits strategy for the Overwatch League. They have a ton of great answers about their roster changes and approach to the Overwatch League’s upcoming first season. Read on!
Overwatchscore.com – Can you give us your view on the Overwatch League as a whole? What are the keys to success?
Joe “InnerFlame” – I think we can all agree this is a monumental moment for esports. Other games have leagues already, but franchising is something new and Blizzard has a great approach. This game is only a little more than a year old. It is already seeing more than 100K on Twitch for the bigger tournaments. Giving fans the opportunity to have a local connection with a team is something new and exciting.
Today marked the first match day for the Overwatch Contenders Season One for both Europe and North America and it lived up to the hype. With Cloud9 and the Misfits both announcing big rosters changes recently, this was our first opportunity to see how the teams were shaping up in the lead up to the Overwatch League getting started. In a battle of more established rosters, the Immortals took on EnVyUs in the North American division.
Of late there hasn’t been a whole lot of public movement going on with Overwatch League rosters. With teams buying into franchises and so much going on behind the scenes, you have to look closely at where players are being picked up when news breaks. In an interesting move Cloud9 has picked up Laser Kittenz roster to compete in the Overwatch Contenders tournament.
Florida is not the place you think of when talking tech or Esports, more like, retirement and bull sharks. However, Florida is home to Misfits Gaming, a pro-team syndicate that has ties to the Miami Heat. Ben Spoont is the CEO and named as the Owner of the Overwatch League franchise.
Misfits are no stranger to Esports and their teams compete in multiple games including: Counterstrike, Hearthstone, League of Legends, and Super Smash Bros. However a detailed look at their Overwatch team shows an interesting break down.
One the Misfits site, the majority of their players come from Europe, Sweden specifically. This crew is solid, however none of them are home grown. The questions begin to come in as to how Spoont and the Miami Heat will pull local talent from Florida? You cannot just import a group of players from another country and expect the local fans to follow. Or can you?
The other battle that Misfits have is they are only a year old. Grants, New York and Boston teams do not even have that level of history. At least Misfits have a name in Esports. With the money behind the Miami Heat it may create the foundation to what would be the true underdog in the league. A franchise made of primarily of Europe talent, in a market that is somewhat removed from the rest of the high tech areas, they are coming into the League with some interesting challenges.
Overall though, within one year, the Misfits have made a very solid name for themselves. In such a short amount of time their teams have done well in Europe and continue to grow quickly. They also are starting to amass a following. As early as back in March the European players were talking about the move to North America. Sebastian “Zebbosia” Olsson was caught talking about the topic on Twitch in the spring. So, this could be an example of a team that is transported into a local market. A big difference from the team in Seoul who are actively promote a home grown team, however, Seoul has the talent to pull it off.
You can find the current Misfits Overwatch team roster here. Just how many of these players will be feeling the warm sun in Miami soon? With the season hoping to start soon, many players will be seeking to get picked up in this market. We just hope they can draw the local crowds with local talent. That will be their biggest challenge. For now, the team has a strong European line up and a good following overseas. Just because you are in the town with a local team, does not mean you can follow someone else? Many fans of franchises like the Raiders, Dolphins, and Cowboys live outside their respective markets.
Who knows, Misfits may be the first team with an overseas foot print to gain a following before the league begins. We will have to wait and see how their team builds in the coming months.