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In recent Overwatch League news, the Florida Mayhem has released six players from their nine-player roster. It is unsurprising that the team has decided to release some of its players after having finished in 11th place in Season 1, but a move as drastic as this was unanticipated.
Dexerto has reported that the Mayhem has opted to release Andreas “Logix” Berghmans, Tim “Manneten” Bylund, Johan “CWoosH” Klingestedt, Sebastian “Zebbosai” Olsson, Aleksi “Zuppeh” Kuntsi, and Joonas “Zappis” Alakurtti. The most surprising release is definitely the release of Logix, who is widely considered to be one of the most versatile and skilled DPS players in the Overwatch League.
Logix’s DPS partner, Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström is one of the three remaining players, with the other two being Ha “Sayaplayer” Jeong-woo and Kim “aWesomeGuy” Sung-hoon, who are both recognized as one of the top-tier players in their positions.
Similarly to the Los Angeles Gladiators, who have released four players so far, including Chan-hyung “Fissur” Baek, the Florida Mayhem is now left with a largely Korean roster. South Korea, who have won both of the Overwatch World Cups to date, and are heavy favorites to win again this year, has produced some of the most dominant Overwatch players in the world.
London Spitfire, who won the Overwatch League in Season 1, was made up of an entirely Korean roster, including top players such as Ji-hyeok “Birdring” Kim, and Joon-yeong “Profit” Park.
This is only the second-most drastic roster change that has been announced so far, as Shanghai Dragons released eight of their 11 players last week. Both the Florida Mayhem and Shanghai Dragons, who finished 11th and 12th, respectively, only have three players on their active roster at present. Although both of these teams need to sign at least five players to meet the League’s minimum requirement of eight, there are a lot of highly-skilled players who are actively looking for a team.
Among these are ex-Seoul Dynasty main tank Miro, who has two World Cups under his belt, and ex-Boston Uprising flex DPS Mistakes. However, these teams can also draw from the player pool of their respective Contenders squads, which means that Season 2 of the Overwatch League may be seeing some new faces.