Overwatch League franchise Florida Mayhem is the next team to make roster changes to its coaching staff as it tries to fix mistakes in the offseason. The Florida Mayhem placed dead last during Season 2 of the Overwatch League, with 6 wins and 22 losses. The organization has now announced that assistant general manager Scott “Bearhands” Tester will be parting ways with the team. Additionally, the second assistant general manager, Albert “yeHHH” Yeh, will be promoted into the main General Manager position.
— Florida Mayhem (@FLMayhem) October 4, 2019
The Florida Mayhem got its start as one of the first seven franchises in the Overwatch League. While in the Inaugural Preseason, the team tied for 9th with the Houston Outlaws and Shanghai Dragons. The team then repeated this result with an 11th place finish out of 12 teams during the Inaugural Season. The only organization below the Mayhem were the Shanghai Dragons, which infamously went 40 games without winning a single match.
The team released many of its players and opted for a full Korean roster. But even after making roster changes for both players and coaching staff, the team still failed to succeed in Season 2 under the direction of Bearhands. The Mayhem placed at the bottom of the Atlantic Division.
General Manager Matt Akhavan had previously revealed his departure from the organization in August. With home games being required for the 2020 Overwatch League season, some staff may be taking the relocation factor into account when thinking about their future.
“Throughout my Overwatch career, I’ve filled a plethora of roles, ranging from professional player to management. I’m confident in my ability to take over the helm for the 2020 season,” said Albert “yeHHH” Yeh. “Despite a disappointing start to Season 2, with our strong Stage 4, we have a strong foundation for next season and my priority will be to continue to build upon that.”
Albert Yeh got his start in competitive Overwatch in 2016 as a player on teams like eLevate, SLAM, Street Hoops, Prestige Worldwide, and Rockets Esports. He later transitioned to NRG Esports as a coach before joining Florida Mayhem as an analyst.
Bearhands has not given any statement on social media about his departure or his future plans. The Florida Mayhem will host two Homestand events during the 2020 season. One will be in March at the Watsco Center in Miami and the other in May at Full Sail University in Orlando.
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