LA Thieves Bench Temp; Rokkr Bench MajorManiak

Posted on March 23, 2021

As the Call of Duty League 2021 season unravels further, we’re seeing more players being switched around in a desperate bid to change up the results that some teams are producing. It all started with Methodz, who was the first player in the CDL to be benched, with Toronto Ultra pushing him to the sidelines to pick up Insight – not that it made much of a difference to the team’s performance.


Then, we saw Parasite, who was admittedly on a temporary contract anyway, get released from the London Royal Ravens, in favor of Paulehx, who also joined veteran newcomer, Zed. It can be argued that that amendment was a brilliantly-timed one, as the London Royal Ravens picked up their first win with the new roster.

However, the LA Thieves have now come forward and declared that they have benched Temp, who joined the team just three months ago, at the start of the Call of Duty League 2021 season. It wasn’t an unpredictable change, but it was an unfortunate one, with the LA Thieves instead opting to draft in Venom, a 19-year-old rookie with just two years of competitive player under his belt.

In a statement given by the LA Thieves management team, it was explained:

So, with Venom coming on board, we’re going to be moving Temp to the bench, currently. This was not an easy decision; we spent a lot of time debating and trying to figure out what’s best for the team.

They went on to highlight how the tough decision was made with the assistance of an analytics team that had pored over every single statistic that they could possibly drag out of the LA Thieves squad’s performance thus far. Although the LA Thieves picked up a win over Toronto Ultra this week, they are currently in fifth place and in need of a shake-up.

Minnesota Rokkr Making Amendments

Although, the LA Thieves wasn’t the only team to make a change to the roster this week, as Minnesota Rokkr announced that they’d be benching MajorManiak, their main AR, kicking four years of experience from the roster. While MajorManiak has only been with Minnesota Rokkr for six months, he does have considerable experience where competitive Call of Duty is concerned, having played for both Atlanta FaZe and Gen.G, among others.

MajorManiak has been benched in favour of another rookie, Standy, a 19-year-old North American player who has only been involved in competitive Call of Duty since late-2019. However, both he and Venom have been playing extremely well in the Call of Duty Challengers mode, and they’ve certainly made names for themselves.

Ultimately, Minnesota Rokkr suffered two losses last week, and it became obvious that a change of sorts was definitely needed for the roster. However, if there’s one thing that’s going to be impacted by these rookie changes, it’s the Call of Duty League betting landscape, as a fair portion of the CDL viewers might not have heard of either of these new players.

Let’s see how it unfolds.

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