Certainly one of North America’s finest Apex Legends squads has their new third member—and he comes with excessive pedigree. The crew introduced the signing of Aidan “rocker” Grodin at the moment, finishing their aggressive squad forward of the third yr of the Apex Legends International Sequence.
Rocker spent the final two years of ALGS play with NRG, the place he shaped one of many recreation’s most fearsome fragging duos with Nathan “nafen” Nguyen. Although the crew gained a number of tournaments in yr certainly one of ALGS and have been certainly one of North America’s most constant groups throughout yr two’s Professional League, their ends in the playoffs and at worldwide LANs fell in need of the crew’s expectations, resulting in rocker and NRG mutually agreeing to half methods.
Now, rocker joins a C9 squad which can be additionally trying to bounce again in ALGS and already come loaded with expertise.
The duo of Zach Mazer and Paris “StayNaughty” Gouzoulis positioned second within the 2021 NA ALGS Championship. The crew sought to improve their squad for the next yr of competitors, changing present OpTic member Logan “Knoqd” Layou with TSM’s Mac “Albralelie” Beckwith. Whereas the brand new trio had a few of the finest mechanics on the planet and an extremely excessive ceiling, the crew chemistry between Zach, Naughty, and Albralelie by no means absolutely clicked at occasions, and the crew dynamics with Albralelie on Gibraltar felt prefer it hamstrung a few of the TSM fragger’s finest qualities.
Rocker, then again, has been among the finest Gibraltars in North America over the previous two years of ALGS play, whereas additionally having loads of expertise on different characters to be versatile sufficient to swimsuit C9’s wants. He’s additionally recognized for his means to perform each as an IGL and as a devoted assist participant for his squad. A number of gamers attempting to shot-call and butting heads throughout video games was a semi-frequent problem for C9 final yr, and the squad will hope that rocker’s addition helps iron out a few of these intra-team squabbles.
On the most elementary stage, one of many strongest groups within the recreation simply picked up one of many recreation’s finest free brokers. And whereas the transfer gained’t come as a shock to many individuals listening to rocker and the opposite C9 gamers’ streams over the previous month, all of North America is formally on discover.