Florida Mayhem cave and go full-Korean one day before Stage 2 debut

Overwatch's Icon By Alexander Lee · Apr 5, 2019 7:05 PM · 


Photo via Florida Mayhem

Last night, the Florida Mayhem announced a number of significant changes to their roster, only one day before the team’s Stage Two opener against the London Spitfire.

In their official announcement post, the Mayhem cited communication issues caused by the lack of a common language between players and coaching staff as one cause for their disappointing results during Stage One of the second Overwatch League season. To circumvent this issue, the team is switching to a fully Korean-speaking roster and staff. Embracing the Korean language is a strategy that has worked well for other OWL teams such as the Los Angeles Gladiators.

As part of this shift, the Mayhem have announced their decision to release non-Korean players Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström, Damon “Apply” Conti, and Caleb “McGravy” McGarvey from their roster, along with coaches Vytis “Mineral” Lasaitis and Young-su “Yeah” Jung.

“We are currently in talks with several other Overwatch League teams to find new homes for these players and coaches,” wrote the Mayhem.

The Mayhem also have hired new Korean-speaking staff in the form of coach Sang-min “INSIGHT” Oh and translator Andrew “Korean Mulan” Kim.

On Twitter, one fan pointed out that this announcement contradicts CEO Ben Spoont’s promise last year that the Mayhem would not field an all-Korean team.

Promises notwithstanding, it’s hard to deny that Koreans form the bulk of the OWL’s strongest players in the current metagame. Tune in to the Mayhem’s Stage Two opener tonight at 7 p.m. ET to see if their Korean gambit will pay off.

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