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Minnesota RØKKR to trial Gunless, Dak after Miami Challengers title

March 28, 2024 7:42 PM

Peirce "Gunless" Hillman and Dakota "Dak" Morr, half of the Lore Gold roster that won the Call of Duty Challengers Miami Open, are expected to trial with the Minnesota RØKKR, a source tells Breaking Point.

Minnesota, which have had Joseph "Owakening" Conley, Lamar "Accuracy" Abedi, Thomas "Lynz" Gregorio, and Reece "Vivid" Drost under contract since the start the beginning of the 2024 Call of Duty League season, plan to try out out multiple variations of rosters with Dak and Gunless.

The RØKKR began the CDL season with four consecutive losses before winning five of the next six, including a sweep of the defending world champion New York Subliners, to place fourth at Major 1 in Boston.

Since that surprising run in Boston, however, Minnesota have lost all but two of their nine matches. The team finished 1-6 in the Major 2 qualifiers and lost to the Los Angeles Guerrillas in the second round of the Major 2 losers bracket to tie for seventh place.

Dak, who placed top six at the Boston Open as part of the OMiT roster earlier this season, shined with Lore Gold in Miami and particularly, in the best-of-seven grand finals against FC Black. During the series, Dak reached double figures in all three Search and Destroy maps, peaking with a 16-7 Invasion SND performance in Game 2.

Despite Dak’s strong showings, Lore Gold, which also included "04" and Nicholas "Classic" DiCostanzo, fell behind 3-0 after two narrow losses to open the series and a one-sided Highrise Control. Starting with Rio Hardpoint, however, Lore Gold found a groove and rattled off four consecutive map wins, including a 6-5 Rio SND victory, to become the Miami Open champions.

Unlike Dak, Gunless is a much more well-known commodity to CDL teams and fans. Gunless has played for three CDL franchises in his career (Chicago Huntsmen, Seattle Surge, and Guerrillas) and is possibly best known for his successful stints with Rise Nation, Luminosity, and eUnited.

Gunless won his first event and MVP award at CWL Atlanta 2017 alongside Alec "Arcitys" Sanderson, Preston "Prestinni" Sanderson, and Justin "SiLLY" Fargo-Palmer on eUnited before being traded to FaZe Clan for Clayster. With Rise in 2018, Gunless again won the Atlanta Open tournament, as well as events in Seattle and Anaheim, both of which he was also named MVP.

After winning CWL Fort Worth in 2019 with Luminosity, Gunless was named tournament MVP for the fourth time in his career. He joined the Huntsmen franchise at the outset of the CDL and won the London Home Series event. Since then, Gunless played for the Surge in 2021 and Guerrillas in 2022.

Minnesota have more than two weeks to come to a decision regarding the roster and prepare for the crucial Major 3 qualifiers. The RØKKR kick off the online qualifying matches on April 12, when they play Atlanta FaZe, the Major 2 champions.