The second week of the Rocket League Championship Series’ seventh season concluded this weekend. The season has almost reached its halfway point and the leagues are beginning to take shape.
NRG (2-0), Cloud9 (2-0) and G2 (2-0) are predictably at the top of the NA table. EUROPEAN TEAMS have started the season strong and sit at the top of the rankings with BLANK records.
Kronovi Falls Short in Grudge Match Against G2
G2 Esports won in overtime of game five to secure the series win over Rogue 3-2. The match was highly anticipated as former G2 star Cameron “Kronovi” Bills played his first match against his old team. Kronovi’s replacement, Reed “Chicago” Wilen, scored four goals in the series, including the clincher in game five. Kronovi also played well in the series, knocking in five goals and making seven saves.
Cloud9 swept Ghost Gaming in a dominant performance. The defending champs outscored Ghost 8-2 in the series. This was a statement victory for C9 as they controlled the pitch and could not be stopped on the offensive end.
Spacestation Gaming picked up their first RLCS series win in a 3-0 sweep against Evil Geniuses. Caden “Sypical” Pellegin stole the show scoring eight goals on 13 shots in the series. EG struggled on the defensive end throughout the series. Gabriel “CorruptedG” Vallozzi made an errant touch as time expired in game three that Sypical slammed home. He scored again in overtime to seal the victory.
NRG Esports followed C9 and Spacestation’s lead with another sweep over Splyce. Justin “JSTN” Morales scored a spectacular flip reset goal to begin the series and NRG never looked back. They outscored Splyce 7-1 in the series.
G2 won their second series of the day in four games against EG. Both teams traded blows throughout the series, but Chicago proved to be too much for his former team. Each of G2’s victories came by a one goal margin. They took advantage of infield passing plays to unlock the EG defense and move to 3-0 on the season.
Renault Vitality Emerge as EU Favorites
Renault Vitality started EU play with a perfect sweep of FC Barcelona on Sunday. Vitality didn’t allow Barcelona to score a single goal in the series. This was the first ever perfect sweep in European RLCS history. Barcelona could not move past RV’s excellent defense and opened themselves up at the back allowing 10 goals in three games.
PSG Esports upset Dignitas with a 3-0 sweep in the second series of the day. The first match ended with a score of 7-2 and PSG didn’t slow down from there. Dignitas didn’t know how to slow down the attack of
Thibault “Chausette45” Grzesiak and Victor “Ferra” Francal who both scored five goals in the series.
The sweep streak continued as Team SoloMid easily beat Triple Trouble 3-0. The series was fairly defensive but TSM’s solid rotation and shot accuracy gave them the win. Triple Trouble made some defensive mistakes that led to TSM goals and struggled with shot accuracy on the offensive end.
The Bricks edged out mousesports 3-2 in a hard fought series. Francesco “kuxir97” Cinquemani scored 53 seconds into overtime to earn the game five victory. David “Miztik” Lawrie was all over the field for The Bricks and had six assists and 15 saves. Mouz played well, but couldn’t contain Miztik’s pesky passes and bump plays.
Vitality ended the day with a second sweep, this time over reigning EU champ Dignitas. Dignitas haven’t been swept in league play since Season 5, but were swept twice on Sunday. Former Dignitas player Alexandre “Kaydop” Courant earned player of the week honors for his performance against his old team. Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson played his best series as a pro scoring four goals and flashing the mechanical skill that landed him with RV before Season 6.
Next Week’s Action
All Week 2 action will be streamed on twitch.tv/rocketleague. Full standings, schedule and info are available on Liquipedia.
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