In the early hours of Sunday morning Epsilon eSports have announced a somewhat surprising roster change, with Mark ‘MarkyB’ Bryceland departing, to be replaced by fan favourite but somewhat wildcard Dylan ‘MadCat’ Daly.
Currently holding down 2nd place in the Gfinity EU Pro League, the change in personnel for Epsilon eSports comes as a shock to many, particularly as MadCat only left Epsilon a little over two months ago, to join rival organisation TCM Gaming, only to then in turn be dropped for the renowned duo of Aches and TeePee.
Epsilon’s official statement is as follows;
‘’Today Epsilon.EU CoD have made the decision to release MarkyB from the team.
We at Epsilon would like to thank Mark for his hard work and efforts during his time with Epsilon.EU
The team have decided to replace Marky with a familiar face for Epsilon fans…..please welcome back Madcat!
Dylan ‘Madcat’ Daly will return to bolster our EU team with immediate effect, and we wish him and the team the best of luck, especially with the upcoming Gfinity Summer Masters imminent!’’
With the Gfinity Summer Championship only two weeks away, one can only wonder whether this new roster will have enough time to practice and maintain the high level of form currently possessed by the Epsilon banner.
It has been several months since any EU organisation has been able to hold up a candle to their American peers, with the last truly impressive performance coming from TCM at MLG Anaheim last year.
Although many Epsilon fans will be delighted to welcome Madcat back to the European scene, understandably, an equal amount will also be disappointed with the departure of MarkyB.
A veteran of the European Call of Duty scene, MarkyB has represented several of Europe’s leading organisations. Unfortunately, since his initial spell on TCM, MarkyB has struggled to find a permanent home.
However, with the Summer Championship a few weeks away, Marky will need to act fast if he hopes to secure a spot at the event. While the official rulings may prohibit a roster change at this time, Marky would certainly represent an improvement for many teams competing in the Gfinity Pro League.
Update: While there is uncertainty whether MarkyB was informed of the roster change prior to its occurrence, Marky has respectfully stated via Twiiter that:
“People make the best decisions for themselves and that's the way it's always going to be. I wish them all the best of luck in the future.”
In addition to “One thing though, I'm done being the nice guy.”
What are your thoughts in this latest roster announcement? Good or bad move for Epsilon EU? And where does MarkyB go from here?
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