Minnesota Rokkr have picked up NA Challengers superstar Colt “Havok” McLendon. They’ll move Majormaniak to the bench to fulfil the change.
Havok won the MVP award for Stage 1 of the NA Challengers Elite.
He also finished one round off making it into the Pro-Am at the Rokkr Challengers LAN event.
His former team, Texas Nation, has since disbanded.
Minessota Rokkr coach Brian “Saintt” Baroska spoke about how excited he is to have Havok on the roster.
Saintt said: “Going into trials, a player that we were really high on was Havok.
“He’s been dominating Challengers and won seven Cups in a row. He immediately made an impact.
“All of the repetitions he’s got in Challengers have really given him an added layer to his game.”
Havok also reacted to the announcement of his arrival at Minnesota on Twitter.
He said: “The grind has gotten me back to where I belong but this is only the beginning. We got work to do.
“[I’m] excited to represent such an amazing organisation.”
To accommodate for Havok moving to the starting roster for Rokkr, the team have moved Mike “Majormaniak” Szymaniak to the bench.
Majormaniak had previously come into the Rokkr starting lineup in place of Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, towards the end of the Cold War season.
He now moves to the bench role and will probably be allowed to pursue other opportunities in the Challengers scene.
When he was last on the bench for Rokkr, he was loaned to the Challengers team uT Crew, where he found success.
He won the Stage 3 Elite series in Cold War, alongside Yeez, Wrecks and Phantomz.
He was then part of the Rokkr lineup that reversed swept the Best of Nine against Toronto Ultra in the Grand Finals of the Stage 5 Major.
Coach Saintt acknowledged how difficult the decision was to drop Maniak down to the bench.
Saintt said: “We discussed all roster options for about 20-25 hours. The decision took us a lot longer than expected.
“We were split between two rosters that were incredibly good during the trials.
“It hurts us to move Mike to the inactive roster. He’s brought so much to the team in terms of leadership. There’s so much about him that makes him an incredible player.
“We’ve had so many great moments with him over the last year and a half, including one of the best Championship wins in Call of Duty history.”
Majormaniak didn’t seem too pleased with the decision.
Maniak said: “I’ve been benched by Rokkr for the second time.
“I not only feel disrespected, but let down by those around me. [I’m] not sure what’s next but I’ll elevate even from this situation yet again.”
Photo via Call of Duty League 2021
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