With The Call of Duty World Championships looming large, Minnesota ROKKR have dropped GodRx and brought in Exceed.
Just a few months ago, Adam 'GodRx' Brown was in contention to be the best assault rifle main in the Call of Duty League, and was widely discussed to be within the top five players on the game. In the present day, GodRx has seemingly taken the fall for the ROKKR's demise in form and has been benched, with Kaden 'Exceed' Stockdale, a young sub-flex with very little experience.
In a statement on Minnesota ROKKR's official Twitter page, coaches Brian 'Saintt' Baroskai and Jake 'Beppin' Trobaugh explained that it was the pace of the online game that didn't suit the 'two very slow assault rifle dominated players' in Assault and GodRx. The latter of the two has now been benched, just two weeks before the World Championships.
Minnesota started the season in impressive form and looked to be the team that could rival the top three sides (Atlanta FaZe, Chicago Huntsmen and Dallas Empire), however, with the change from LAN to online, the ROKKR's form collapsed, with GodRc being the fall guy.
Exceed comes in as a rookie whose only experience comes in Black Ops 4 where he played alongside Chino, Proto and Tommey at Sicario Gaming, before moving to Minnesota Rokkr as a substitute. Since his arrival, he has been loaned out to Rebel Esports and competed in the Challenger Series at Launch Weekend and the Los Angeles Open.
GodRx has since tweeted that whilst he is disappointed, he already has his eyes set on next season, saying: "This whole year started off so good then gradually went downhill, I’m just going to be focusing on streaming for now and just wait until the next season. I wish nothing but the best for the team. Gotta come back stronger next season, love y’all".
The World Championships kick off on August 20, where Minnesota will face the in-form New York Subliners in Winners Round 1, which can either set up a Round 2 fixture versus the Chicago Huntsmen, or a second chance in the losers bracket against the winners of Paris Legion versus Seattle Surge.
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