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How Will The RLCS League Expansion Affect the 2021-2022 Season?

Psyonix revealed some big changes coming to the The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) 2021-2022 season in a new announcement trailer. Along with a revamped format, the league has expanded to add three new regions. RLCS will now include the Asia-Pacific North, Asia-Pacific South, Middle East and North Africa regions.

This encompasses an assortment of countries like India, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and many more. Psyonix told press that the new regions have been scouted and possess a “competitive pool of players.” What this means for the upcoming season is that there will be a lot more moving parts and lot of new faces rising the ranks. To make the integration as smooth as possible, there will also be a new format meant to “increase the uniformity” of the league and competitions. RLCS X was admittedly their biggest format change ever, but of course a league expansion requires much needed format amendments.

The Fall, Winter and Spring Splits will return this season, with each Split consisting of three Regional Events capped with a Major. All Regional Events will begin with an Open-Qualifier, but some teams can auto-qualify for Regional Events based on their performance in previous ones. Each Split features a unique format; the Fall Split employs a Swiss format that feeds into an eight-team, single-elimination bracket, the Winter Split will have teams battle through a Group Stage with four groups which then culminates into an elimination bracket, and finally the Spring Split will employ a simple double elimination format. Points from Regional Events and Majors are used to qualify to the Rocket League World Championship; points earned in the Majors will be weighted more. Other than that, things will mostly play out the same way as last season.

The expansion of the league means expansion of competition, with seven regions vying for a spot in the Rocket League World Championship. Eight of the spots will be taken by auto-qualifications awarded to the Regions that perform the best at Majors. There’s a great chance the RLCS Main Event will look a lot different this year. RLCS returns on October 15th broadcasting on the Rocket League Twitch Channel. Signs-ups open soon!

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ThO Departs Guild Esports For The Flying Dutchmen

Thomas “ThO” Binkhorst was one of Guild Esports’ inaugural Rocket League players, having been with the organization since its genesis. He’s been benched for the last couple months, making todays news far from surprising. Guild Esports announced on Twitter that ThO would be departing the team to continue his professional career.

ThO will still be competing in the Rocket League Championship Series (RCLS) as a member of The Flying Dutchmen. The team is complete with all Dutch players, including Jos “ViolentPanda” van Meurs, and Ole “oaly.” ViolentPanda seems to be leading the charge as a renowned Rocket League legend with a track record of getting the most out of the players around him. The trio have played together before at various events and are expected to have a good amount of success next season; possibly taking a Worlds spot from one of the established top six. ViolentPanda announced on Twitter that the team is currently looking for an organization to represent, as well as a sub.

As for Guild Esports, Dan “bluey” Bluett played as a stand-in for the team while ThO sat out his final two months with the organization. It hasn’t been confirmed that he will be ThO’s official replacement, so Guild Esports is technically still on the hunt for a new third. Fans only got to see a small sample of what bluey can do with the team, but the reception so far seems to be that this would be a lateral move at best. During his peak, bluey was a Season 8 RCLS EU MVP, however, he has seen a decline over the past couple seasons. He’s also been criticized as a “toxic” teammate, but time, maturity, and the natural chemistry advantage of an all English roster could be just what he needed to turn things around if he joins the team permanently.

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Signing Chaussette45 Could Turn Semper Esports Into a Championship Roster

Semper Esports (SMPR) announced the official signing of Chaussette45 in what many call the worst kept secret in Rocket League esports. The France native made his debut for SMPR at Gamers Without Borders 2021 (GWB), helping bring home the trophy and a $200,000 donation for UNICEF. Speculation swarmed when his former teammate, Aztral, seemed to leak the news in a Twitch stream a month ago. The official announcement came as no surprise and was met with a highly favorable response from SMPR fans. Can Chaussette45 really be the piece that pushes SMPR over the hump and leads them to an RCLS Championship?

The team is coming off of a third place finish in the regular season and third-fourth finish in the championship series. Chaussette45 is also coming off a pretty successful season of his own, helping team Oxygen clinch the top 6 and a spot in the RCLS X championships. In his SMPR debut at GWB, Chaussette45 put forth an impressive performance with his new squad. He was definitely their glue on the defensive end throughout the tournament and even put forth a crucial five saves in their game five win against Team Singularity. He was somewhat inconsistent on the offensive end, however that can be chocked up to team chemistry, as well him electing to fill in the gaps needed rather chase goals.

This type of player just might be what SMPR needs right now. Kassio and Archie are a strong two who can provide goals, masterful shot percentages, and have experience playing together. Chausette45 compliments the duo very well, and proved to be an adaptable third on the field. The offense he was able to bring to the table, though inconsistent, came at all the right times when SMPR needed it the most; like when he helped notch a 1 goal win against Payback in game 2. As time goes by, SMPR will only get better together and is already a dangerous team when RCLS Season 11 rolls around.

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What can we expect from The Peeps?

Don’t let the Faze Clan reveal fool you, The Peeps are still the underdogs. They emerged from Dreamhack Montreal 2019 with a Cinderella story that put them on the map. Fans have now gotten their first glimpse of what The Peeps can do in the Rocket League Championship Series with a big organization behind them. This season taught fans a lot about them as a team and will set the tone for expectations going forward. What are their biggest strengths, their biggest weaknesses, and how far will they take Faze next season?

Gyro, AYYJAYY, Allushin, and Moopy reaffirmed their ability to play aggressively while remaining defensively responsible. They also displayed their ability to maintain pace down the stretch, with or without a lead. It seems like AYYJAYY especially is all over the field at all times, making saves and scoring points. Faze always finds a way to transition the ball to the opposing half and apply pressure. They did begin to struggle converting this into points as the tournament went on…

When it comes to weaknesses, a lot of pitfalls in their game can be chalked up to inexperience. In their second game against Spacestation, they made a questionable call to go 2v2 down the stretch that ended up costing them the game. AYYJAYY is probably their biggest offensive threat and placing him out of position to utilize his strengths did them no favors. This was a good attempt at versatility though since they’ll need to find new ways of attacking and working outside their comfort zone. Teams they’ve beaten before, like G2, seemed to completely shut down any offensive momentum Faze could muster, and even scored more and more easily on their defense as the series went on.

So what does this mean for Faze next season? They got sent home early in round 1 after going completely scoreless in the final two games. Even AYYJAYY couldn’t come up with a goal for them, missing what should have been an easy conversion in series 2. Expectations will probably fall following such an exit, but The Peeps play their best Rocket League as the underdogs. If they want to continue this pattern on the RCLS stage though, they have to build their offense and rely less heavily on AYYJAYY and Gyro. Their ability to swarm the field and adapt to the pace of the game lends itself well to their defense, but seems to fatigue them as the games go on. Even if they find a way to focus that energy, they need more experience and versatility to place much higher next season.

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Team BDS win RLCS X EU Winter Regional 3

Team BDS overcome Giants Gaming to win their second regional event of the RLCS X EU Winter Split.

One of the most exciting regionals to date culminated in a bracket reset win for BDS. They took home the maximum of $30,000 and did it in style.

Giants Gaming and BDS both started in winner’s round 2. Giants remained unbeaten on their way to the grand final beating the likes of Team Vitality and even BDS in the winner’s final.

Team BDS were knocked down to the loser’s final by Giants, where they faced Dignitas. They made light work of the series sweeping Dignitas 4-0.

The grand final was a rematch between Giants Gaming and Team BDS. However, Giants couldn’t beat them for a second time as BDS won back-to-back series to be crowned champions. Here is how they did it:

Giants Gaming vs Team BDS – Grand Final

Giants Gaming struck first blood in the grand final as they went 1-0 up in the first series. However, BDS were quick to bounce back as they levelled the scores at 1-1.

After two more games, the series drew level once again at 2-2 but a hero play from Zamue in the fifth game put Giants on championship point.

The champions were not going down without a fight though as they took it to a game 7 and forced a bracket reset.

The second series was once again back and forth between the two teams who were in peak form. It was level at 2-2 but BDS showed their true desire and ran away with the series, winning 4-2.

Final Placements

1st – Team BDS ($30,000)

2nd – Giants Gaming ($15,000)

3rd – Dignitas ($10,000)

4th – Oxygen Esports ($7,000)

5/6th – WOO & Endpoint ($5,000)

7/8th – Triple Trouble & Denied ($3,000)

Leaderboards

Here is a look at the current leaderboards after the RLCS X EU Winter Regional 3. This shows both the overall season totals and the Winter Split totals:

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