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Houston Outlaws general manager Matt “flame” Rodriguez commented on Twitter about the recent decision from Los Angeles Valiant to fire head coach Byung-chul “Moon” Moon. Flame pointed out that in a scene which lacks an abundance of knowledgeable coaches and strong leaders, getting rid of one is “a bold move”.
Moon has been with LAV from the start and made them one of the best teams in the inaugural season. Moon helped the Valiant to first place in their group (second in the regular season overall) and then led them to a top 4 finish in the Season 1 playoffs, where they lost to eventual champions London Spitfire.
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LAV’s start to OWL Season 2, however, has been disastrous. At present time, Valiant are still winless at 0-7, the worst team in the league, and are one of only two teams in the whole tournament without a single win, the other being Washington Justice.
To see Moon picked up by another OWL franchise would not come as a surprise. The Korean has a career spanning three years and has coached various teams on different levels of competition. From Challengers/Contenders teams like Mighty AOD and Ardeont to OWL powerhouses like LA Valiant, Moon comes with quite the resume, which in turn explains Flame’s reaction.
LAV also lost several key players during the offseason, most notably DPS Terence “SoOn” Tarlier to Paris Eternal and Seb “numlocked” Barton to OWC’s British Hurricane. They only made one new signing, acquiring Daekuk “Kuki” Kim from Seoul Dynasty.
Until Valiant find proper replacement for Moon, assistant coach
Mike “Packing10” Szklanny will lead the squad.