M80 coach dephh to play with roster at IEM Katowice 2024 as maNkz moves to the bench


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Veteran UK Counter-Strike player talent Rory ‘dephh’ Jackson (pictured) has been moved from the position of coach to play for M80’s active roster.

The Brit, who started out in Counter-Strike, before moving to Valorant in 2020 and back to CS last year, has been working as a coach for M80 since July 2023.

American organisation M80 published a tweet earlier today saying that their Danish IGL maNkz had been moved to the bench, and will be replaced by dephh at Intel Extreme Masters IEM Katowice 2024 and the American RMR events.

“M80 Counter-Strike update: maNkz will be moving to the inactive roster and dephh will be stepping in for the upcoming IEM Katowice and American RMR events,” the org said in the announcement tweet above.

maNkz to miss IEM Katowice 2024 due to personal reasons

dephh told dust2.us that maNkz has moved to the inactive roster due to personal reasons.

“Sometime this week, maNkz informed the team he felt he needed to leave the team for personal reasons,” dephh said.

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“As much as it came as a shock to all the players, we must respect his decision. I will be filling in for the two upcoming tournaments due to roster lock restrictions and look forward to competing at both Katowice and the RMR.”

Other M80 players also commented on the situation.

Swisher said: “Heartbreaking. I was very much looking forward to playing with the full squad since our addition of slaxz. We respect [maNkz’] decision but UK CS shall rise again.”

slaxz said: “Everyone would have loved for Marcus to be here with us, but it is what it is so it’s time for the Rory show again.”

malbsMd added: “Sadly we will have to play with a ‘stand-in’ again but we completely respect his decision and also completely trust dephh as an IGL and we hope to make a nice showing at both events.”

IEM Katowice will once again take place in Poland from January 31st 2024.

The IEM Katowice 2024 broadcast talent were recently announced, including Brits James Banks, Freya, Machine, Harry, Hugo, Dinko and OJ Borg.

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