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Ex-Florida Mayhem coach R2der responds to criticism by his former players

by Joe O'Brien

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Former Florida Mayhem coach Choi ‘R2der’ Hyun-jin has responded to criticism of his coaching by his former players.

After Florida Mayhem announced they were parting ways with R2der, former Mayhem player Johan ‘CWoosH’ Klingestedt – now a head coach himself for Contenders EU Season 3 champions Team Gigantti – tweeted a scathing appraisal of R2der’s coaching, saying that letting him go was “one of the best decisions Mayhem has done.”

R2der has now responded to the accusations, apologizing to the players who felt hurt but also explaining the difficulty of the circumstances in which he was working.

After originally being brought on as an assistant coach, R2der was forced to coach alone after ‘Mineral’ took a step back for health reasons. The team was also without an interpreter for some time.

Consequently, R2der focused on the strategic element of the team, but acknowledges that he failed in other aspects required of a well-rounded head coach.

The Mayhem had a difficult season, saved from dead last only by the extreme failure of the winless Shangai Dragons. Despite the pedigree of the team formerly known as Misfits, they never really looked in contention against most of the league.

Florida Mayhem have undergone a major rebuild after their disappointing first season. Only three members of the Season One squad remain, with the once-Swedish line-up now made up mostly of South Korean players.

Season Two of the Overwatch League is due to kick off on February 14, and Florida Mayhem’s new line-up will make its debut on February 15 against newcomers Atlanta Reign.