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This was the expectation all along, as Minnesota didn’t appear to be poking around for any free agents. They also extended their players who were on expiring contracts, making the roster all but official until today. The team released a video and held a press conference shortly after to officially confirm it.
Dillon “Attach” Price, Eli “Standy” Bentz, Mike “MajorManiak” Szymaniak and Preston “Priestahh” Grenier make up the 2022 Røkkr roster. They came on strong during the latter half of the 2021 season after replacing Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi with MajorManiak. Their Stage 5 Major win was an all-time comeback, but the team didn’t do so well at Champs, placing fourth. However, they should be hungry to run it back in 2022.
RØKKR expect to compete all year, no matter the meta
During the press conference event, Minnesota players and coaches explained how excited they are to represent the team for another year. They’re also intrigued to see how the continuity plays out from last season, as they’re going to be one of the only teams to not make an off-season change.
They’re hoping this allows them to hit the ground running when Call of Duty: Vanguard arrives. Of course, this involves trying to take down Atlanta FaZe. MajorManiak even claimed that, “if you can’t compete with FaZe, scratch it, you need to do something else.”
The team projected much confidence heading into the 2022 season. Most of this stems from the belief that they have one of the deepest rosters in the CDL. Upcomer asked Røkkr about their expectations for the roles in Vanguard, and MajorManiak explained why they’re not worried about the role situation.
“I don’t think roles are going to be an issue for this team,” MajorManiak said. “Dillon [Attach] and Preston [Priestahh] are completely flexible players, which I think is the most important thing in Call of Duty right now, to have that third player that can pull out a sub or AR. If it’s three subs, I think we’re going to be disgusting in that meta.”
Flexibility is one of Minnesota’s strong suits heading into Vanguard and something that sets them aside from other rosters. However, they still need to put it all together in 2022 to have the same success as they did in 2021.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.