Los Angeles Valiant part ways with head coach Moon

After a 0-7 stage finish, changes are happening to the organization.
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After becoming the second team in Overwatch League history to record a stage without a single win, the Los Angeles Valiant have parted ways with their head coach, Moon Byungchul.  

“We want to thank Coach Moon for his contributions to the Pacific Division and Stage 4 Championships achieved by the team in 2018,” said LA Valiant general manager Michael Schwartz. Last year, the Los Angeles Valiant went 9-1 in the final stage of the season and went on to take the stage four championship.

This year, however, the Valiant seemed to be unable to find their footing, logging a 0-7 stage record. Some attribute these losses to the trade of two coaches during the offseason hiatus. Julien “daemoN” Ducros joined the Paris Eternal expansion team, while Jordan “Gunba” Graham went to the Boston Uprising.

The Valiant’s statement says that the team is working on finding a replacement for Moon. For now, assistant coach Mike “Packing10” Szklanny will stand in as the team’s head coach. Assistant coaches Warsi “Stoop” Waris and Shin “DongSu” Dong-soo will continue working in their current positions.

Update March 11 3pm CT: The Valiant have also parted ways with translator and assistant team manager Andrew “KoreanMulan” Kim.

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