The Kickoff Countdown: Florida Mayhem
We’re back again with The Kickoff Countdown to the Overwatch League! Exhibition matches will feature all twelve teams and will take place at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles from December 6-9. After those games, the Overwatch League itself is only a short month away, starting on January 10. To mark the occasion, we’ll be covering two teams every week until right before Stage 1 of the League begins, ending our series of articles on January 8. In these posts, we’ll give you a rundown of the team members, some fun facts, and their schedule for the first leg of the Overwatch League. Today, we’ll be looking at Florida Mayhem.
The “Sunshine State”
Representing the state of Florida and the cities of Miami and Orlando, Florida Mayhem was born in July this year, making 2018 their first official season. Ben Spoont, the CEO and co-founder of Misfits (an eSports organization that has teams participating in League of Legends, CS:GO, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Super Smash Bros. professional tournaments) owns the Florida Mayhem. Their team coach is Vytis ‘Mineral’ Lasaitis, originally a Swedish eSports player himself. The unknown team announced in July was revealed to be Florida Mayhem in November this year, after presenting their logo, team colours, branding, and roster.
Sporting the team colours of yellow, red, and black, Florida Mayhem represents the inaugural stereotypes related to their “Sunshine State”. The yellow refers to the beaches and sunshine that Florida has to offer, while the red is a quiet acknowledgment of their mother organisation, Misfits. Their logo, a red bomb with a palm tree, refers back to the tropical climate of Florida, as well as their explosive and fiery play style (hence Junkrat being the first hero to sport their team colours).
In November of this year, the entire Misfits roster was announced to have joined the Florida Mayhem, just in time for the Overwatch League. The roster is as follows:
Kevyn 'TviQ' Lindström
Originally a competitive Team Fortress 2 player, TviQ is no stranger to the world of esports. The Swede has played for top-level European teams in Team Fortress 2, but is extremely well known for his versatility and undeniable skill in Overwatch. His signature heroes are Genji, Soldier: 76, and Tracer.
Andreas 'Logic' Berghmans
Logic is a Belgian king of DPS, previously playing for the Spanish team Movistar Riders. His signature heroes are Tracer and Soldier: 76.
Johan 'CWoosH' Klingestedt
Hailing from the north, Swedish player CWoosH has experience in the eSports world. Having played previously for a number of different eSports organisations, he is regarded as a truly versatile player. His signature heroes are Winston and Genji.
Sebastian 'Zebbosai' Olsson
Yet another Swede on the roster, Zebbosai has a decently impressive competitive Overwatch scoresheet. His signature heroes are Lucio, Ana, and Widowmaker.
Aleksi 'Zuppeh' Kuntsi
Previously playing for Ninjas in Pyjamas, Rest in Pyjamas, and Team Gigantti, Zuppeh is no stranger to eSports. The Finnish competitor is a viable addition to any team, but shines in the support hero role. His signature heroes are Ana and Zenyatta.
Tim 'Manneten' Bylund
Manneten is a Swede who is deadly in any position. With his flexibility and ability to adapt in order to balance his team's composition, Manneten is one to watch out for. His signature heroes are Zarya, D.Va, and Roadhog.
Keep an eye out for next week’s look at the Houston Outlaws!