The Florida Mayhem started Stage 2 of the Overwatch League by making some big changes to their roster and coaching staff, and some fans aren’t happy about the team's decisions.
The Mayhem are one of the Overwatch League's original teams and are owned by the Misfits; during Season One, the team had plenty of fans despite their 7-33 record, with their worst being behind the Shanghai Dragons' legendary 0-40 run.
We will not be fielding an all kr roster.
— Ben Spoont (@benspoont) September 5, 2018
Following the Inaugural Season, the Mayhem made some changes to their roster in an effort to be more competitive - however, in doing so, they also got rid of the majority of the fan-favorite players from the Season 1 roster.
Now, after the latest shakeup, it’s clear some Florida fans aren’t too happy with the direction the team is headed.
On April 4, Florida appeared to part ways with offtank Caleb 'McGravy' McGarvey, DPS Kevyn "TviQ" Lindström, flex DPS Damon "Apply" Conti, head coach Vytis “Mineral” Lasaitis and assistant coach Youngsu “Yeah” Jung as they moved to an all-Korean roster.
Fans on Twitter and Reddit have been expressing their disappointment in the Mayhem for following a similar blueprint to so many other Overwatch League teams, getting rid of some fan favorite players in the process.
Overwatch meme lord BadPachimari decided to send off the last non-Korean players on the Mayhem the only way they know how - with a hilarious video.
Playing on the old joke of Tviq as the team bus driver, BadPachimari spoofed a scene from 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” where Heath Ledger’s Joker (appropriately enough) kills the bus driver.
McGravy revealed on stream following the news that he had found out about the direction the team was heading in just a week ago.
“I can say that me, Apply and Tviq had the option to play and we opted not to, we felt it was the best for their team and for us moving forward,” McGravy told viewers. “Like if the team wants to go full Korean, that’s their decision, they can do that.
Florida has brought on Coach Sang Min “Insight” Oh from Korean Contenders team O2 Blast and Andrew “Korean Mulan” Kim from the LA Valiant as an assistant team manager.
The roster changes could end up working out for the Florida Mayhem in the long run, and if they do, most fans probably won’t care if the team fields an “all-Korean” roster or not, as long as they're finally winning.