Mayhem releases Contenders team, announces season off to "retool"

Overwatch Contenders takes a blow as yet another team is dropped.

Overwatch's Icon Alexander Lee · 20 May 2019


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The Florida Mayhem have indefinitely disbanded their Overwatch Contenders team, the Mayhem Academy. The team will be taking a season off in order for the Mayhem’s management to “retool” their roster and strategy, according to the team’s official announcement. The Mayhem Academy were relatively successful in Contenders play, tying for third place in the 2019 Season One North America East playoffs last month.

This is the latest shake-up to come to the Mayhem organization following the team’s April commitment to building an all-Korean-speaking roster. In the wake of their announcement, the Mayhem initiated a series of trades with the Los Angeles Valiant, first trading assistant coach Marvin “Promise” Schröder to the Valiant before swapping Caleb “McGravy” McGarvey, along with Academy members Russell “FCTFCTN” Campell and Johannes “Shax” Nielsen, in a three-for-one trade for Pan Seung “Fate” Koo.

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With FCTFCTN and Shax already off their roster, the Mayhem are now putting the kibosh on their entire Academy team, forcing remaining members Cameron “Wub” Johnson, Liam “Mangachu” Campell, Andreas “Epzz” Wallvingskog, Tim “Manneten” Bylund, and Nolan “Paintbrush” Edwards into free agency. Additionally, Academy staff Justin “Reprize” Hand, Vishal “CurryshotGG” Nathani, and Daumantas “Ryuu” Krugliakovas will be left without jobs following the closure of the Contenders team.

“We’ll be working closely with remaining members to assist in finding new opportunities,” wrote the Mayhem in their announcement.

The Mayhem Academy are the second Contenders team to be dropped by their parent team this month, following the shutdown of NRG Esports, the San Francisco Shock’s Contenders squad, on May 8. However, the Overwatch League is making it mandatory for all organizations to field Contenders squads next season, so it’s all but guaranteed that the both teams will return in some form. For the Mayhem, that form will likely feature an all-Korean roster.


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