Minnesota RØKKR despatched a shockwave via the CDL group, benching Dillon “Connect” Worth for Kevin ‘Fame’ Bonanno days earlier than Main 4 Qualifiers.
After putting third at CDL Main 2, Minnesota’s kind dipped tremendously in Stage 3. RØKKR dropped all 5 Qualifier matches and didn’t win a map in opposition to LA Thieves within the first spherical of CDL Main 3.
Regardless of coming into the season with excessive expectations, and a star-studded lineup, Minnesota introduced a serious roster change for Stage 4. Minnesota RØKKR Academy star Fame will get his first crack on the CDL, changing star AR Connect.
Minnesota RØKKR bench Connect forward of Main 4 Qualifiers
Connect completed 2022 with the league’s third-best KD, 1.20, incomes CDL All-Star second-team honors. Going simply off primary stats supplied by Breaking Level, his MW2 SnD performances barely wavered, however his KD stayed above constructive in Hardpoint and Management.
And in addition to his numbers on paper, Connect gives loads of championship pedigree, turning into the youngest participant to ever win a CoD World Championship in 2015 on the age of 18. Connect dominated as a league-leading SMG participant earlier than transitioning to an AR function throughout CoD Vanguard.
In the meantime, Fame has had a red-hot begin to MW2, successful the Elite Stage 1 playoffs and putting second at two CDC Open occasions with the Minnesota RØKKR Academy.
Minnesota RØKKR coaches Daniel ‘Loony’ Loza and Brian ‘Saintt’ addressed followers of their decision-making course of behind a roster change.
Cameron “Cammy” McKilligan takes over as Minnesota’s important AR rather than Connect, whereas Fame will probably be a flex.
Saintt spoke extremely of Fame’s skill to transition into a professional roster. “He’s a participant I’ve been actually excessive on for over a yr now, particularly watching the CCL,” Sainnt defined. “He’s an unimaginable participant with an unimaginable thoughts for the sport which is why I used to be actually considering bringing him on ROKKR on the tail finish of the Vanguard season.”
Saintt believes Fame will probably be an ideal “glue man” able to blocking spawns, selecting uphill time, or doing no matter soiled work Minnesota must win.
“There have been occasions the place everybody was attempting to do an excessive amount of on the map and I believe with Kev, we’re going to have much more freedom for gamers like Cam and Marcus to run round and do what they need.”
Minnesota at the moment holds a 20-point lead over Vegas within the CDL standings for the ultimate CoD Champs berth. Primarily based on how the workforce performs on the Residence Collection and in Stage 4, Loony didn’t rule out additional modifications to make sure Champs qualification.
“If additional change is required, we’ll make it as a result of we need to compete for championships.”
This alteration comes proper earlier than Minnesota hosts Main 4 Qualifer matches in entrance of its dwelling crowd. On Saturday, April 1, The RØKKR will host the Florida Mutineers and LA Guerrillas for a LAN occasion.