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Overwatch League team Florida Mayhem announced they have signed Jae-ho “RaiN” Park to the organization. The South Korean support player usually plays Lucio, Mercy, and Ana. He has also previously played under Overwatch Contenders team O2 Blast. Florida Mayhem is owned by Ben Spoont, the CEO and co-founder of Misfits Gaming.
Keep an eye on the weather… Rain is coming to Florida. 🌧️
— Florida Mayhem (@FLMayhem) June 17, 2019
Overwatch League Stage 3
This comes two weeks into Stage 3 of the 2019 Overwatch League. Florida Mayhem currently sits in the standings with 0 wins and 3 losses. In the first week, Florida Mayhem lost to Seoul Dynasty. Afterward, they lost again to the Paris Eternal. Vancouver Titans, New York Excelsior, and the Shanghai Dragons all have no losses.
Overwatch League’s current stage is the third stage of four total. Wins and losses in each stage count toward a team’s entire season total that is summed up for seeding. All matches are played with four maps, where a fifth map is only played if there is a tiebreaker needed. The top eight teams from Stage 3 will advance to the Playoffs.
Rain joins Florida Mayhem
Rain first started his competitive Overwatch career in 2017 under South Korean organization EHOME Shield. The team was then disbanded in June of 2017, after which he joined O2 Blast. O2 Blast currently competes in Korea’s Overwatch Contenders League. In Season 1 of Korea’s Contenders, O2 Blast tied for 3-4 with Element Mystic in the regular season. However, they ended up in second place in the playoffs after losing to Element Mystic.
Just two weeks ago, Florida Mayhem released Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström, Damon “Apply” Conti, and Sunghoon “SNT” Kim. The organization also added tank player Panseung “Fate” Koo and support player Seongjoo “Byrem” Lee beforehand. These continuing roster changes are a good choice. Florida Mayhem is currently almost dead last in the League Standings for this stage. Washington Justice, Atlanta Reign, and Boston Uprising have even more losses but have the same nonexistent win count.
Florida Mayhem will play the San Francisco Shock on June 21 and the Houston Outlaws on June 23. What do you think are some improvements Florida Mayhem can make to improve their roster?
Currently, the team has a full Korean roster. As this becomes more and more common, do you think teams should have an “import rule” like League of Legends does?
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Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.