After the performance of MAMMOTH in 2018 left them in 6th place, big changes are on the horizon as the organisation looks to rebuild their roster for the 2019 OPL season.
They had almost qualified for the gauntlet run by the end of the competitive season only falling short after dropping a heartbreaking set 2-0 to Legacy.
“We at MAMMOTH and ROAM want to thank each of the individual players for their professionalism and their efforts in MAMMOTH’s OPL debut split. The organisation and the players shared high aspirations in 2018,” MAMMOTH Team Director, Ahilleas Papantos commented in regards to the team’s performance.
“Today, we announce the official departure of our standing OPL roster of Juves, Mash, Chippys and Remind,” Papantos stated.
“Although we fell short of our goals, we hold the players in the highest regard and wish them all the best in 2019 and for all future endeavours.”
Ahilleas Papantos, Team Director
The organisation has parted ways from their standing roster as they seek a fresh start for the new season. As of yet, the only move to be announced from the previous roster has been the addition of former jungler Brandon “Juves” Defina as the General Manager of the new Sports Geek team, with the others currently free agents.
“We are ecstatic to officially announce the signing of Richard “Phantiks” Su as MMM’s Head Coach, pending Riot approval” said Papantos.
Following the reset of their entire OPL roster, MAMMOTH has picked up OPL veteran Richard ‘Phantiks’ Su as their coach for the 2019 season.
The announcement of the new coach follows rumours of Jihoon “Topoon” Kim joining MAMMOTH’s roster in the top lane.
“MAMMOTH has provided me the best opportunity to accomplish my goals: delivering a fan captivating performance on the world stage and paving a way for the future of League of Legends in Oceania,” MAMMOTH’s new coach, Phantiks stated.
Phantiks’ presence in the scene dates back to the Oceanic Regional Tournament in 2013. His other previous affiliations have built him a generous resume, including the Dire Wolves, Chiefs and most recently, Intuition where he served as a coach and substitute top laner, leading them to a 1st place victory in the OCS Regular Season and 2nd place in the playoffs against Chiefs Academy.
“We believe in the brilliance of the young coach and are excited to witness our OPL team develop under his strategic vision,” said Papantos.
His competitive experience as a player across a variety of roles including middle, top and bot lane provide him with credible insight for coaching, especially as he has worked with some of the more consistently performing teams of the OPL. For MAMMOTH, Phantiks has potential to be an extremely valuable asset at the base of a strong team.
“I believe that this framework [of players] is the recipe for success in 2019,” said Phantiks, holding confidence in his “hand-picked” roster.
Although their roster is yet to be announced, the lineup of “established veterans” may be force to be reckoned with. MAMMOTH will looking to take the OPL crown when the 2019 season begins.