After a surprisingly good first season in Premiership for dd+5abs, the team has decided to cut their medic and maincaller Honey Badger, in order to bring in previous pocket feeling. dd+5abs finished 3rd in the regular season but went out 4th in the ETF2L S23 Playoffs against Publiclir.se, unable to continue their run of upset performances. dd+5abs’ roster move comes after they previously decided to cut ex-pocket feeling, who is unable to cohabitate with Honey Badger.
Honey Badger is known for his strong maincalling on medic, and appeared as the driving force behind this season’s breakthrough performance for his team. Season 23 was his first in Premiership, managing to guide four other Premiership debutants to a Playoff spot after forming the team in Season 22 High. He was previously instrumental in the removal of feeling from pocket, also known for his strong maincalling and headstrong personality, as he felt that the calling styles clashed. dd+5abs brought in qnx to replace feeling and performed strongly for the rest of the season.
qnx had to leave the team to focus on his studies, and dd+5abs found it difficult to find a pocket to fill the gap. Rather than continue trying to find a suitable pocket soldier, they have decided to bring back their old pocket feeling and cut Honey Badger as they do not feel they can work alongside each other. The team is now attempting to find a medic to complete their combo transplant, with cube and Raptor allegedly trialling.
The eponymous dd5f gave us the team’s reasoning behind this decision:
qnx was not able to keep playing with us because of real life stuff, so we had to make a decision between getting a new medic or a new pocket since feeling and honey just don't work together. We decided to stick with feeling and that's about it. It's not because he's a bad medic, but because him and feeling don't work well together in the same team. I guess honey is known for getting upset quite fast but other than that he's a really good med and caller.
For a team that will be attempting to build on their performance this season, changes like these must be carefully considered. With the team rumoured to be trialling further players in the off-season, it remains to be seen whether significant roster changes will send dd+5abs into improvement or decline.
The roster for dd+5abs is currently:
- Scout: ixy
- Scout: Sjoeberg
- Roamer: dd5f
- Pocket: feeling
- Demoman: chappie