We’re Taking Our Talents to South Beach: Why You Should Root for the Florida Mayhem

Credit: Blizzard

 

The Overwatch League’s preseason starts on December 6th 2017. The first game that will ever be played for the league is the Philadelphia Fusion, playing against the Florida Mayhem.  The twitterverse is buzzing with excitement. So, our very own Olivia put it to the test and created a Twitter poll. Who will win, the Fusion or the Mayhem? And with 62%, they have the Mayhem winning the first match. For once, I agree with Twitter and think they will show Philly how the sunshine state plays. But first, lets talk about who they are and what we all have in store.

 

The Team

The Florida Mayhem, or The Misfits to be precise, is composed of the 6-man roster below

  • Kevyn “Tviq” Lindström(DPS) –Sweden
  • Andreas “Logix” Berghmans(DPS)– Belgium
  • Tim “Manneten” Bylund(Flex/DPS)-Sweden
  • Johan “CWoosH” Klingestedt(Tank/Flex)– Sweden
  • Sebastian “Zebbpsai” Olsson(Support) – Sweden
  • Aleksi “Zuppeh” Kuntsi(Support)– Finland

They have all played together with their coach Vytis “Mineral” Lasaitis all coming from the organization Misfits Gaming. So, this will help them all play together, as they may not have to incur a learning curve that most teams may have to endure the first couple of games. The players will be able to fall into their roles and hopefully not worry about chemistry. The only real movement is CWoosH moving over to the tank role almost full time. When asked about it Tviq responded on the Mayhem’s discord:

“cause personality matters A LOT and he was super easy to work with and having the right mentality was really important to us in which he had”

 

 

 

One of the things that they also have that Philly do not have is they have the 2nd highest player rating of the league, behind The Dallas Fuel according to the stats site Winston Labs. Yes, these are power rankings, and I don’t fully believe in power rankings, but the graph that Karhol of Winston’s Lab put together shows the Mayhem have a higher rank by almost 50 points.

Credit: Winston Labs, Karhol

There are a lot of factors that are involved more and you should check out his article for the very intricate stats and numbers he uses.

The Player

As I stated earlier, there are only six members on the team, which may “hurt” them. Yes, people are making the team worse(here’s looking at you Reddit) because they only have 6 players. But four of the six members( Tviq, Manneten, CWoosH, Zebbpsai) playing together with the bronze medal Team Sweden in the Overwatch world cup, it may actually be better with only six members. Especially with Tviq playing with his teammates again. In a short Overwatch talking head interview Tviq said he wanted to be one of the greats.

“What I hope to acheieve next year is winning the Overwatch League obviously, but also being recongonized as one of the best players in the game. I just want to destroy the enemy team as much as possible”-Tviq

via GIPHY

 

Tviq has always been in the shadow of other great Sweadish players, specifically IDDQD and even his own teammate Zebbsai. He is one of the best DPS players out there and with IDDQD still going strong Tviq still will need to make a name for himself. I believe however, he will make a bigger name for himself in this league as more people will be watching him.

Final Thoughts

So before we wrap things up, lets see why Ben Spoont decided on the Mayhem’s colors, as they are the brightest colors in the league(but not the best colors):

“Florida Mayhem’s team colors are yellow, to represent the Florida sunshine (similar to the Orlando flag);
red, a tribute to the previous home of the Misfits roster; and black, an homage to the colors of the Miami
Heat, which earlier this year invested in Misfits Gaming. The palm tree is a common sight for Florida and
the bomb within the logo symbolize the Mayhem’s future competitive impact”

This is a great statement. It explains a lot in just two-three sentences. How this team will fare, is a different story all together. Yes, its a cop out but I honestly have no clue how well they will do until they play. I think that they will play well, as stated before, they have played together. I think that they will be fun as hell to watch. Hopefully they will prove me right and beat Philly in the first preseason game.

 

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Terrel Skellie

I write about Overwatch for Break the Game. I also do a show on Sundays and videos randomly. When I'm not playing Overwatch, I'm usually raging at Smite or any fighting game, especially Marvel Vs. Capcom. I also love cake and it will never be a lie to me.