Renegades won the RLCS Season 7 Gfinity Oceanic Masters Regional Championship crown, but the true surprise of the tournament came from fellow LAN qualifiers Out of Order.
Preseason favorites ICON Esports lost to Out of Order 4-3 in the Loser’s Finals, and will miss the World Championship for the first time since Season 3. Out of Order have qualified for their first RLCS LAN.
Renegades Regain OCE Championship
Renegades pulled off back-to-back reverse sweeps to win their fourth Regional Championship, and first with their new org. The #1 seed cruised past 1NE eSports in the first round, but narrowly escaped with victory against ICON Esports in the Winner’s Finals.
ICON dominated the first three games of the series, scoring eight goals in three games. Renegades’ defense found its footing in Game 4 as they picked up a 2-1 win. They shut out ICON in Games 5 and 6, then won Game 7 3-2. They earned their fifth consecutive LAN appearance and are the only OCE team to qualify for every World Championship.
Out of Order awaited ICON in the lower bracket after losing to them 4-3 in the first round. They beat 1Ne eSports 4-1 in a series where three of the five games went to overtime to advance to the win-or-go-home Loser’s Finals.
ICON won the first two games of the series before Out of Order fired back with three straight wins. Game 6 ended with ICON on top 3-1. The LAN bid came down to Game 7.
Alex “Decka” Decka put Out of Order ahead just 29 seconds in after forcing an own goal from ICON’s Cameron “CJCJ” Johns. ICON responded immediately on the next kick off and tied the game 1-1. Out of Order scored in a transition after Jonathan “Express” Slade cheated up a bit too far for ICON. Express pulled the game even just over a minute on the clock following a nice demo by CJCJ.
ICON withstood pressure from OOO and forced a Game 7 overtime. Everything, a trip to New Jersey, a season’s worth of effort and a place in Rocket League history, came down to a golden goal in OT.
Christopher “Siki” Magee rose for a rising ball above ICON’s net and slapped it onto the backboard. Decka slammed the bounce shot into the top of the net and clinched his team’s first ever LAN appearance.
Tom “Julz” Jullienne qualified for LAN with Tainted Minds in Season 5, and beat former teammate CJCJ to head back to LAN. Season 7 marks the first World Championship appearance for Decka and Siki.
In the Grand Finals, Renegades started with a default 1-0 series lead after winning the upper finals. Out of Order won the first three games of the series and led 3-1 heading into Game 5 (Liquipedia explanation of one game advantage: Team coming into the Grand Finals from the Upper Bracket receives a 1 game advantage, no Bracket Reset).
Former Order player Aidan “ZeN” Hui took over in Games 5 and 6 as Renegades grabbed 3-1 and 6-1 wins. Once again, Game 7 would be the decider. Daniel “Torsos” Parsons scored a slow pop shot in front of net to grab the 1-0 lead. He then scored another loose ball after a pass from ZeN. Decka scored a shot off the corner with two minutes to play, but Out of Order couldn’t convert on their chances late.
ZeN put the cherry on top with a nice wall read goal with seven seconds to play. Renegades sealed the win and ZeN earned MVP of the tournament for his performance.
The VOD for the Regional Championship is available here. Renegades and Out of Order are heading to the RLCS Season 7 World Championship in Newark, New Jersey June 21-23. Full schedules and teams are available on Liquipedia.
RLCS play continues May 25 and 26 with the NA and EU Promotion Playoffs on Rocket League’s official Twitch channel.
Featured image courtesy of Gfinity Australia.
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