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Florida Mayhem: Stage 3 Week 1

Paris Eternal, June 17th (7-9)

The Paris Eternal came into the league with great expectations lumped upon them. As a team with the greatest amount of Goats knowledge, they surprised many by looking uncoordinated and unthreatening all year. However, it was last week that the Eternal turned some heads. They managed to win both their matches over Boston and Toronto by a three map to one margin. Both Boston and Toronto were sporting newly arranged rosters, but nethertheless, they were both strong victories for Paris.

Paris Eternal

2019-03-17 / Photo: Stewart Volland For Blizzard Entertainment

In both of these series the Eternal looked well practised however, there were layers on their roster that performed better than others. Karol “DANYE” Szcześniak was disappointing on Zarya, often being overlapped in Zarya Ultimate charge and his projected bubbles often came out too early.

Harrison “Kruise” Pond is the kind of player that could win a team fight for his team, or lose it. He often underestimates an opposing Zarya’s skill and damage potential by challenging them on his Lucio. Both DANYE and Kruise have room to grow, despite being undefeated so far in this very young stage.

On the Mayhem…

The Florida Mayhem lost in dramatic fashion to the Seoul Dynasty last week. Although it needs to be stated that Seoul are a team on the rise, and the Mayhem should have won Havana. A loss is a loss, but a team in the midst of roster re-arrangement which, were keeping some maps competitive with a team like Seoul, is impressive. Florida’s Koo “Xepher” Jae-mo once again showed to the world that he isn’t capable of putting forth OWL level performances. Fans of the Mayhem are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Florida’s new Flex player.

Florida also played both Jo “HaGoPeun” Hyeon-woo and newly signed Seong “Byrem” Joo-lee in their match last week, which suggests that perhaps the matches they play before the arrival of their other acquisitions will be used to trial the current players for the remaining spots on this roster. This approach will of course impact the competitiveness of this team until then.

The Match

This match may be closer for the Mayhem than the Seoul game, just because Paris are not as strong of a roster. As mentioned above, Paris do not have a strong and potent Zarya player. Thus the weakness of Florida’s somewhat poor Zarya play may be nullified in this matchup. In saying this, Paris should be heavily favored to win this game. A Paris win by the margin of three map wins to one would seem likely.

Player to Watch: Lee BQB Sang-bum. If BQB plays to his potential, he will finally be in a matchup in which he can keep up with the opposing Zarya. His Sombra will also be crucial on some maps to give Florida a different approach in the matchup.

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