Copenhagen Flames bench maNkz
The Danish team is shaking things up with a roster change in a bid to get a fresh start after a string of bad results.
Marcus "maNkz" Kjeldsen's time in Copenhagen Flames' starting five has come to an end after a four-month tenure during his second stint with the organization, which he re-joined at the beginning of the year following a short period with x6tence at the tail end of 2020.
The Danish organization has moved the player to the bench in hopes of putting an end to a slew of bad results, including a seven-match losing streak, that has ended up with the team dipping down 20 positions in the world ranking since the beginning of April, going from peaking at No. 26 to their current 46th place.
"It’s with a heavy heart we’ve made the decision to place Marcus on the bench. I truly do believe that Marcus can become a top tier player but it was hard for him to evolve in that direction in the system we had," says Copenhagen Flames' Director of Esports, Daniel Vorborg, in the organization's official statement.
"We’ve had some underlying issues within the team that have slowly gotten worse and worse – affecting the performance of our players. I take full responsibility for these issues not being identified and fixed way earlier as they should have been. While I do believe we have identified both the issues and the solutions; sometimes it can be incredibly hard to restore the faith, trust and good energy in a team. We felt the team needed to shake things up and get a fresh start.
"We have had an incredibly tough time, underperforming the past 7 weeks or so, but especially hitting new lows in our performance the past week. However; we are under no illusion that Marcus was the sole cause of this performance and we will need to do a lot of things differently moving forward, starting with myself and Daniel ["djL"] Narancic’s abilities to help the team grow in an efficient and healthy way."
The Danish organization has not yet found a replacement for the benched 23-year-old, but are already on the lookout for a new fifth player to reinvigorate the team.
Copenhagen Flames are currently:
Daniel "djL" Narancic (coach)
Marcus "maNkz" Kjeldsen (benched)