The Rocket League Championship returned with a bang this weekend. The weekend was full of upsets and the exciting action that has come to define the esport.
Season 7’s World Championship LAN will be in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey from June 21-23, 2019. This is the second consecutive World Championship held in the United States.
Splyce Make Splash in RLCS Debut
NRG Esports kicked off RLCS Season 7 with a 3-1 victory over Ghost Gaming. The series was close throughout, but NRG rode a stellar performance from Justin “JSTN” Morales to start the season 1-0. JSTN scored four goals in the series and rocketed NRG to the top of the table to begin Season 7.
Cloud9 swept Splyce in the second series of the day, but the series was closer than the score line indicates. All three games went into overtime, and there were many tie games throughout. Cloud9 showed the benefit of experience however and capitalized off of Splyce’s mistakes to win the close games.
Evil Geniuses took down Rogue 3-2 in the highest scoring series of the day. The series saw 27 goals between the teams including a 5-4 overtime victory by Rogue in game three. New signing Matthew “Drippay” Den-Kaat scored five goals in his debut for EG. Gabriel “CorruptedG” Vallozzi scored six goals and picked up 12 saves in the series. CorruptedG earned player of the week for his performance.
Splyce overcame Ghost 3-2 in their second series of the day. The teams traded blows throughout, but Splyce had the last laugh winning game five 3-2 after Trevor “Nose God” Hannah scored the go ahead goal with 35 seconds left. Splyce earned their first RLCS victory after two seasons in the Rival Series.
G2 Esports beat Space Station Gaming 3-2 in the final series of the day. Space Station jumped out to a 2-0 lead but G2 stormed back and picked up the reverse sweep to move to 1-0. New G2 signing Reed “Chicago” Wilen put G2 on his back by scoring five goals in the last three games of the series.
Barcelona Outpace Dignitas in Upset Heavy EU
Sunday’s first series pitted The Bricks player Jack “Speed” Packwood-Clarke against his former team, Triple Trouble. TT won the grudge match 3-2 and set the tone for an upset-filled weekend. Andy “Kassio” Landais scored five goals in his debut as Speed’s replacement. Kassio scored a wall shot 58 seconds into the game five overtime to secure the victory.
Team SoloMid easily dispatched of mousesports 3-1 in the second match of the day. Mouz kept each game close, but TSM looked in control throughout the series. Jordan “EyeIgnite” Stellon scored a goal in each game of the series.
Renault Vitality’s offense proved too much for PSG Esports in the third series of the day. Victor “Fairy Peak” Locquet scored four goals and made twelve saves in the the 3-1 victory. Alexandre “Kaydop” Courant looked strong in his first series with his new team and was all over the field. Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson made good on his guarantee that he would “clap [PSG] this season.”
Mousesports upset Triple Trouble 3-1 in the fourth series of Week 1. Linus “al0t” Möllergren looked like the world class player of old. He scored eight goals in the series and had consecutive hat tricks to begin the series. Many predicted Mouz to finish toward the bottom of the table, and the upset win could be the deciding factor in their escape of relegation.
Barcelona followed suit with a surprising 3-1 victory over defending EU champs Dignitas. Each game in the series was separated by just one goal. Barcelona are the only EU team other than Flipsid3 Tactics to beat Dignitas in the last year.
Next Week’s Action
All Week 2 action will be streamed on twitch.tv/rocketleague. Full standings, schedule and info is available on Liquipedia.
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