Is motm the new TenZ?
When Collin "CarbonDogma" Davis spoke with ATK's Johnny "JT" Theodosiou at the MDL Global Challenge, the South African player told us that the team had not yet decided what they would do to replace Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek in the long-term.
Fast forward two weeks, and it now seems that the South African team have set their sights on Party Astronauts member Ian "motm" Hardy, as the former Singularity man is signed up with the team for today's MSI MGA qualifier.
Additionally, Dust2.us have learned that ATK coach Tiaan "T.c" Coertzen has returned to South Africa for medical reasons, and the team have been granted a roster change for ESL Pro League Relegation. However, it is unknown at this time if the team will be permitted to use motm.
ATK's roster for today's qualifier will be:
- Johnny "JT" Theodosiou
- Rhys "Fadey" Armstrong
- Dominic "Domsterr" Sampaio
- Robby "blackpoisoN" Da Loca
- Ian "motm" Hardy
When contacted by Dust2.us, a member of Party Astronauts said that motm is still on the roster, though a move to ATK is "looking like a permanent thing."
Dust2.us has also learned that the MDL team will not be participating in the qualifier today, and as such Brenden "stellar" McGrath will be playing alongside his friends in Final Feature.
Final Feature's roster today will be:
- Malick "dangle" Abid
- Austin "RenZ" Dickman
- Shawn "Magowi" O'Malley
- Rahul "curry" Nemani
- Brenden "stellar" McGrath
The Advanced team will be looking to put on a strong showing following the addition of Rahul "curry" Nemani from Rugratz yesterday.
absolute mad lads are another Advanced squad who will be playing today's qualifier with a modified lineup, seeing Jarod "Douglas" Onorato step in for Nolan "Temperature" Pepper. When contacted by Dust2.us, team captain Kyle "OCEAN" O'Brien said the team are currently in the process of trying players out.
absolute mad lads roster for today will be:
- Kyle "OCEAN" O'Brien
- Zander "FIEND" Bates
- Derek "desi" Branchen
- Brandon "BOOBIE" Roberts
- Jarod "Douglas" Onorato
- Matthew "knc1" Arnold (Coach)
Finally, MDL side Variance will be using a a new-look roster as well, since George "Powerzz" Yaede stepped down from the team at the beginning of the month. In his place will be Brendan "Bwills" Williams, who has seemingly brought along former Thunder Logic buddy Anhduy "nguyen" Nguyen to fulfill coaching duties.
Variance's roster today will be:
- Justin "FaNg" Coakley
- Kevin "4pack" Przypasniak
- Bilal "SPAMMER" Ali
- Erick "Xeppaa" Bach
- Brendan "Bwills" Williams
- Anhduy "nguyen" Nguyen (Coach)
The third and final MSI MGA 2019 North America qualifier will kick off a few minutes after this article is published, and see two more teams secure spots in the Closed Qualifier.