Florida Mayhem parts ways with Jung-woo “Sayaplayer” Ha, Jun-soo “Kris” Choe, San-ha “Karayan” Choi and Seong-ju “Byrem” Lee.
The Overwatch League off-season began, and with it the usual roster changes. After the Los Angeles Gladiators, it is now turn for the Florida Mayhem to release several players. The team announced releasing Jung-woo “Sayaplayer” Ha, Jun-soo “Kris” Choe, San-ha “Karayan” Choi and Seong-ju “Byrem” Lee.
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”@byrem2, you made all of our lives more beautiful. Thank you! #LightItUp pic.twitter.com/M8XWZOfunb
— Florida Mayhem (@FLMayhem) October 14, 2020
Worth noting in these troubled times for manager-player relationships; on their Twitter accounts, the Florida Mayhem and Team Manager Jade “Swingchip” Kim paid their respect to each leaving member. Instead of featuring in-game highlights, the team shared wholesome quotes and memories between the players and their teammates.
Ahhh, Karayan!! ; A;
The gentlest giant, always asked favours from me so softly and kept triple checking that he wasn't being burdensome despite my constant reassurance that he was more than welcome to ask!
Our car's DJ, and our sweetest maknae, I will miss you dearly! pic.twitter.com/625k4mejaC
— swingchip (@swingchip930) October 15, 2020
The Florida Mayhem redemption arc
After two disastrous seasons where the team staggered in the last position of the Overwatch League, the Florida Mayhem rebranded and turned things upside down in 2020. They managed to climb their way back to the top, and ended the Overwatch League 2020 North American Playoffs in 4th place.
If this season was better for the Florida Mayhem, the team still decided to part ways with four players. Jung-woo “Sayaplayer” Ha, Jun-soo “Kris” Choe, San-ha “Karayan” Choi and Seong-ju “Byrem” Lee are all free agents, and no longer associated with Mayhem.
Four players set to depart
Jung-woo “Sayaplayer” Ha, the team’s hitscan specialist, faced health issues this year preventing him from playing. Despite playing only a few games this season, Sayaplayer excelled as a Widowmaker player and made a lasting impression in the Overwatch League. He announced leaving Overwatch for Valorant, and will now play for T1.
The team is also releasing its only main support player, Jun-soo “Kris” Choe. Despite good performances on his Brigitte, Choe had to flex a lot this season, preventing him from performing at his highest level. His flex support teammate, Seong-ju “Byrem” Lee, is also leaving the team. The Florida Mayhem have now two empty support positions to fill in during the off-season.
Last but not least, Florida Mayhem is also parting ways with main tank player San-ha “Karayan” Choi. The Reinhardt specialist couldn’t find his position in the team, as Pan-seung “Fate” Koo and his off-tank Beom-jun “Gargoyle” Lee formed the default tanking duo for the Florida Mayhem.
Florida Mayhem 2021 roster
Besides the tanks Fate and Gargoyle, the Florida Mayhem can also count on the DPS duo Sang-bum “BQB” Lee and Jun-ki “Yaki” Kim, as well as flex support player Nam-jin “Gangnamjin” Kang.