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BDS benches 11-time RLCS champ for full French-speaking roster

Despite a GOAT-calibre Rocket League esports run, Spaniard Marc_By_8 was benched by BDS to let a third Frenchman complete the trio.
BDS benches 11-time RLCS champ for full French-speaking roster
If you're familiar with the Rocket League esports scene in the slightest, you have heard the name “BDS” thrown around next to words like “dynasty”, “legacy” and “dominance” – the highest standard for a team effort.

It goes without saying that the roster has set a bar that may seem unreachable at times due to the competition getting better or the chemistry getting worse. The Swiss menace decided on the latter, turning the esports scene on its head and poaching one of their toughest opponent’s star players in the process.

On 26th April, BDS announced the signing of French prodigy Enzo "Seikoo" Grondein, formerly of Team Endpoint, ultimately benching Spanish veteran Marc "MaRc_By_8." Domingo for the remainder of the RLCS regular season.

Poaching Seikoo at his young age and uncapped potential is a move that kills two birds with one stone for BDS – completing the French-speaking roster whilst also weakening the competition.

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Marc helped put BDS on the map when it came to car ball esports, winning it all 11 times for the Swiss org: seven regionals, two online majors and the Stockholm LAN back in December 2020. (Picture: BDS)

The Frenchman will join compatriots Evan "M0nkey M00n" Rogez and Alex "Extra" Paoli on a line-up that needs the World Championship win in August to prove their worth.

The move was made possible during the second and last transfer window of the RLCS campaign, a window that allows teams to add one more player without forfeiting garnered points. Because BDS signed Seikoo but failed to trade Marc during that time period, the Spaniard will have to sit on the bench regardless of any org’s interest or wallet size; despite winning the first-ever RLCS LAN in two years less than six months ago where Marc was named MVP.

This last point has the Spanish RL community fuming as Marc is the biggest representative of the Spanish-speaking community and Spain as a country in the esports scene in general.

It ultimately means Marc will not be a part of the official RLCS competition until the Spring Split is over – after the London Spring Major in July.

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"High expectations” is an understatement when it comes to the new BDS roster. (Picture: BDS)

Whilst Seikoo was able to secure two European regionals in the span of six events, the Extra-M0nkey-Marc trio achieved GOAT status during RLCS X where BDS won 6 out of 9 regionals and all three major events.

Most likely seeking a Spanish roster but not closed to international comms, Marc_By_8 will enjoy the rest of his BDS contract from the sidelines while he prepares his next move.

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Featured image courtesy of BDS.