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Florida Mayhem Coach Announces He’s Temporarily Stepping Down

Published: 3/May/2018 4:40 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:08

by Joe O'Brien


Florida Mayhem head coach Vytis ‘Mineral’ Lasaitis has announced he’s taking a break from the team.

Mineral has been with the team since they were known as Misfits, prior to taking up the mantle of Florida Mayhem.

In the final week of Stage 3 of the Overwatch League, Mineral has announced that he will be taking a break from the team. He did not state when he will return, although if his absence is long enough to warrant a statement it seems likely that he will miss some if not all of Stage 4.

In the statement Mineral released on the matter, he cites burn-out and both physical and mental health strains as the cause for taking a step back.

Florida Mayhem is already mathematically eliminated from the end-of-season playoffs, currently sitting in eleventh place in the overall standings at a 6-23 record. The team has looked distinctly improved with the roster additions for Stage 3, but other teams improving at a commensurate rate has left Florida still struggling for series wins.

It is expected that assistant coach Choi ‘r2der’ Hyun-jin will take over Mineral’s responsibilities for however long he is absent.

Mineral’s full statement can be read below:

I want to preface this statement by saying that I love all the Florida Mayhem players, staff and fans. Working alongside all of you is nothing but a pleasure, and you’re all fantastic. It’s no secret we’ve had a tough run so far, but the collective group has remained gritty and hungry, persevering through adversity. I firmly believe brighter days are ahead for all of us.

The last six months represent the most educational period of my life. Thanks to the privilege of leading an OWL franchise, I’ve learned an incredible amount about myself, people, competition, emotions and, of course, Overwatch. It’s something I truly appreciate and never dare to take for granted.

Unfortunately, OWL is a frantic marathon. While it’s mostly an exhilarating journey, it also pushes all competitors to the limit and brings a heavy burden. Figuratively speaking, I’ve had to wear a lot of different hats since the regular season began, and it has now caught up to me. I’ve been experiencing burnout and various health issues since stage 2, but it’s something I chose to neglect for a long time.

Even when I was offered a break by management, I didn’t want to take one under any circumstances. I felt like I had to be there for the guys, especially as we struggled and worked to integrate our new additions. I reasoned that I wouldn’t be able to relax anyway, not until the season was over. But I’ve also felt physically and mentally unable to be as efficient as I know I can be, and the guys deserve nothing but the best.

It’s extremely tough to be a role model and leadership figure under these circumstances, and I’ve learned the hard way that it’s essential to take care of oneself before taking care of others.

Because of this, I’ve asked the Mayhem to allow me to temporarily step aside in order to recharge my batteries, catch my breath and take care of my health. Words can’t explain how much it breaks my heart to do it before the conclusion of the season, and it’s an incredibly tough decision.

I’m sorry to everyone for having to do this, but I promise to come back stronger than ever. Meanwhile, I have full faith in r2der, yeHHH and every single one of our players. You are all extremely talented and deserve the best.


Simple Overwatch trick lets any hero reach King’s Row high ground

Published: 26/Oct/2020 23:34

by Bill Cooney


A surprisingly simple Overwatch trick is making the rounds that lets any hero in the game reach the high ground of the King’s Row attacking spawn.

King’s Row might be one of the original Overwatch maps, but it has definitely stood the test of time and is still one of players’ favorites when it comes up in the queue.

One of the most popular features on the map is the little sniper’s nest platform located at the very top of the first attacking spawn that gives a commanding view of everything up to the capture point.

It seems like only heroes with movement abilities like Pharah, Widow, or D.Va for example could get up there, but there is a way to get any hero in the game up to the position as well.

King's Row Attacking spawnThe sniper’s nest has been there since day one, but not every hero has been able to get up there, until now.

The person we have to thank for this technique is Reddit user jordensmet who somehow discovered that you can use a more mobile character to reach the space, then quickly change to another.

First, they select Baptiste and use his Exo Boots to boost up to the second-highest level, just under the top platform. Once there, they position themselves on top of the scaffolding in front of the main exit and jump again while barely touching the spawn room.

If you pull up the Hero Select menu at the right time, you’ll be able to switch to any hero you like. So if you’ve never had the chance to try out Ana, McCree, or whoever else from on high, now’s your chance.

I found a way to get the highground on the attacking side of King’s row for Ana (or other characters that usually can’t get there). from Overwatch

For instance, if you really want to catch an aggressive enemy team off-guard, why not take Reinhardt for a spin and hit them with a charge from the very top rope. For those wondering, yes, a Rein charge out of the top window will get you all the way to Mondatta’s statue, so make sure your team is ready to push!

One final note to add is that doesn’t necessarily have to be Baptiste that you use for this trick either, Echo and Pharah would both work, and if you’re really fast and in need of a challenge, you can even get it to go with Sombra’s Translocator as long as your timing is absolutely perfect.