The Toronto Defiant have relieved Beoumjun “Bishop” Lee of his coaching duties according to an announcement on Twitter. Newly promoted coaches Matthew “Optidox” Sims and Sungbo “Mobydik” Shim along with analyst Dennis “Barroi” Matz will oversee coaching for the foreseeable future.
Our coaches Matthew “Optidox” Sims, Sungbo “Mobydik” Shim, and Dennis “Barroi” Matz will take over coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the season. Head Coach Beoumjun "Bishop" Lee has been relieved of duties, effective immediately. We thank him for his contributions.
— Toronto Defiant (@TorontoDefiant) August 8, 2019
Bishop’s tenure in the Overwatch League began with coaching the London Spitfire during the inaugural season. The team would secure the first Stage title after defeating the New York Excelsior. Afterwards, Bishop would step away from the organization with little explanation leaving many speculating. He wouldn’t be heard from again until the Defiant announced that he would be the head coach for their new organization. From there, he would lead the team to the Stage 1 Playoffs. Unfortunately, the team began to decline farther and farther after several retirements and inability to adapt to the GOATs. Thus they would find themselves out of playoff contention.
Changes in the team need to happen in order to find success. The release of Bishop indicates that the team wants to continue with a western approach and may continue to move farther after the season concludes. Time will tell if the move will ultimately be beneficial. Bishop, despite this season’s results, has shown the capabilities to be a successful coach. An organization that fluctuated as much as Toronto would have taxed even the best coaches.
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