Rocket Surgery: The weekly Rocket League wrap (13/10)

Overlaying all issues Rocket League from Oceania and world wide.

After season finales in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and properly, Los Angeles once more, Psyonix and the Rocket League Championship Collection is heading east to place some sleepy little city referred to as Washington D.C on the map, internet hosting the RLCS Season Four World Championship LAN November 10-12. Ten groups will combat it out for the precise to be referred to as champions, and by the tip of this weekend we are going to know who eight of these groups might be.

We may also know who the European and North American champions for season Four might be. Whereas LAN looms massive over the RLCS because the “be all and end all” ultimate vacation spot, the winners of regional league play nonetheless take dwelling a wholesome paycheck of $17,250 USD and the precise to be referred to as champions. The first two video games of the day will resolve who makes LAN, however there’s nonetheless a bracket to play out to discover a champion.

This week in Rocket Surgical procedure we’ll preview these brackets for each NA and EU, whereas OCE is every week behind in league play and received’t resolve its champions and LAN members till PAX Australia on October 29. In between we may have the relegation brackets to see if the perfect of the RLRS can combat their means into RLCS subsequent season.

These essential ultimate video games might be performed on the brand new 1.38 patch, launched right now to repair among the points with the bigger Autumn Replace. Large ticket objects are the removing of supernovas above DFH and Champions Subject changing them with a much less blinding solar, fixing increase pad placement on City Central, fixes to season 4 reward trails, some crash fixes and the large one: “checks to prevent undesired demolish scenarios”. We’ll see what turns into of the demo meta following the patch, but it surely was nonetheless very noticeable in league play worldwide final weekend. Learn the complete patch notes here.

North America – RLCS league play ultimate week

Virtually every thing was up within the air coming into the ultimate week of league play in NA, however in the long run outcomes went largely as anticipated. Allegiance did break their duck and provides some hope of avoiding relegation with a collection win over Flyquest, however had been swept by G2. Cloud9 ensured their high two place by sweeping Renegades, Ghost took out a enjoyable 5 recreation collection in opposition to Rogue to make their later conflict in opposition to G2 a high two play-in, a collection that delivered on that promise after which some.

Ghost took out a good recreation one, whereas it took almost 4 minutes of time beyond regulation for G2 to even the collection with a JKnaps immediate traditional triple contact. Ghost took recreation three however once more JKnaps was the time beyond regulation hero in recreation 4, and backed it up with the one objective within the deciding recreation 5, with an enormous demo help from Kronovi. No recreation was determined by greater than a single objective, and it got here as no shock to see JKnaps named participant of the week for his efforts in placing every of G2’s matchwinners into the online, and this efficiency cemented his place as MVP of North America season 4.

The Cloud9 win earlier within the day meant NRG couldn’t make high two and their closing match mirrored two groups that had been holding playing cards near their chests, with some novelty automotive selections from Cloud9 indicating they had been having a little bit of enjoyable with issues too. I wouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into the Cloud9 victory, even when it did come from an enormous reverse sweep.

Cloud9 and G2 earn their LAN spots and an computerized semi ultimate berth within the regional championships, whereas NRG performs Rogue and Ghost meets Flyquest to resolve who joins them each within the semi finals and at LAN in November. Let’s check out these matchups in nearer element.

NRG v Rogue

Earlier outcome: NRG Three-1 (6-Zero, Three-2, Zero-2, 2-1)

Rogue have been an fascinating crew in league play, coming in with low expectations after a poor off season they’ve performed the highest groups tight however finally not crushed any of them. They took G2 and Ghost to 5 video games and took one recreation every off NRG and Cloud9, however haven’t had the consistency to complete the job.

Don’t be fooled by Rogue’s good attacking numbers, they completed second within the league in targets per recreation however scored Four.17 per recreation in opposition to the 2 relegation groups and 1.91 in all different collection. They’re harmful, sure, however they’re a momentum crew and the perfect squads have pressured them to work for his or her targets, and regardless of Rogue having a strong passing recreation they wrestle to crack the perfect defences.

As defending champions and the perfect performing NA squad on the season Three LAN, NRG have by no means seemed the dominant drive we anticipated this season. Their conventional lockdown defence stays; conceding only one.6 targets per recreation, bettered solely by G2 with 1.5, however their taking pictures proportion is center of the pack and so they have scored Three or extra targets solely six occasions in 30 video games.

NRG are properly balanced, however within the largest moments their finest performs run by means of Jacob, both his particular person brilliance or as the center hyperlink in passing performs. Insolences performs an identical function for Rogue, however doesn’t have the identical ending prowess as Jacob or his teammates, Matt and Sizz, who sit first and fourth in taking pictures proportion in NA.

Rogue have been strong all season lengthy and should not and not using a probability on this collection, however I anticipate NRG to take this one down. They’ve large match expertise and the composure that brings with it, and whereas i favour Cloud9 and G2 in opposition to them within the later rounds I see them getting over Rogue.

Ghost v Flyquest

Earlier outcome: Ghost Three-Zero (Three-1, Four-Zero, 6-Four)

Ghost had a conventional league collection, beating everyone beneath them and dropping to the 2 groups above them, however their numbers in doing so had been center of the street. Fourth finest in scoring, fourth finest defensively, plus 4 in objective differential. They go the attention take a look at, after a sluggish begin Zanejackey has picked up in latest weeks whereas Lethamyr and Klassux are each class gamers. For a comparatively new squad they present strong chemistry and good recreation management.

Flyquest really feel like an argument for a high 5 playoff, successful solely two collection in league play, though one among them was dealing G2 their solely defeat of the season. They wrestle to attain, forward of solely Renegades in targets per recreation with 1.71, and are equally sixth in defence conceding 2.5. They’ve each the worst taking pictures proportion and the worst save proportion in NA RLCS, and whereas CorruptedG sits second behind Gimmick in targets per recreation, Chrome and SadJunior are each backside 5 in the identical class.

Stating all of that, it’s onerous to see a Flyquest win. They weren’t aggressive of their league collection with Ghost and whereas I can see them taking a recreation it could shock me to see them do rather more than that. Ghost had been a single objective away from a high two end, they need to be too good for Flyquest.

G2 and Cloud9

G2 awaits the winner of Ghost v Flyquest, Cloud9 for NRG or Rogue. G2 have historically been thought of an inconsistent squad, as able to breaking rotations and taking part in as people as they’re of scintillating teamwork and crisp passing. Their league play loss to Flyquest was a first-rate instance of “bad” G2, however they adopted that instantly with a beatdown of Cloud9 and their playoff strain collection in opposition to Ghost this week was a world class efficiency and can strike worry into their potential opposition in each the regional finals and LAN.

G2 haven’t been an attacking drive this season, scoring 1.97 targets per recreation however crucially they’ve an RLCS finest 1.5 scored in opposition to them. They’re a defensive powerhouse, conceding three targets solely 5 occasions in 30 video games and by no means greater than three. With that stage of defensive play and the person brilliance of each member of the G2 squad they are going to be a fierce challenger for the regional championship. Ghost proved final week they’ll match G2, however personally I feel G2 get it performed once more and take down the entire bracket.

That isn’t to take something away from Cloud9, who got here into the season as favourites and lived as much as that billing, dropping solely seven whole video games and one collection, to G2. They led North America in each attacking statistic, scoring 2.65 targets per recreation, or 10% greater than the second finest squad in Rogue. Their passing recreation is unmatched, the velocity at which they’ll clear the ball then get a quick, correct go from the roof to the objective mouth is gorgeous to look at and not possible to defend in opposition to.

Then you’ve their particular person brilliance. Gimmick lapped the sector for the golden striker award with 1.12 targets per recreation, 15% higher than his nearest competitors. Squishy completed fourth in the identical class, and Torment 11th. Additional, Gimmick and Squishy tied for the help trophy, and each have claims to the title of finest participant on the planet proper now, Gimmick taking runner up in MVP voting for NA.

Studying all of that again, I really feel a bit foolish for leaping in on G2 over Cloud9, however I’m a believer in type on the board and G2 rose to the event in opposition to Cloud9 in league play. Cloud9 did take down G2 at Dreamhack Atlanta in moderately convincing vogue, on their method to a breakout LAN victory that introduced them as favourites for RLCS. Regardless it could be a cracking finale for season 4 league play.

I definitely assume they get there. They toyed with NRG final week and can steamroll them in a rematch. Rogue performed them powerful in league play however Cloud9 ought to get it performed once more in the event that they make it by means of. I’m tipping a G2 v Cloud9 decider, that goes a full seven video games however finally falls G2s means.

Europe – RLCS league play ultimate week

It’s hardly a shock that the ultimate week of European league play supplied us some upsets, however in the long run the highest two and the relegation groups had been as anticipated, with Technique becoming a member of PSG within the high two and Envy unable to interrupt out of the relegation zone, regardless of an enormous ultimate collection efficiency to spoil PSG’s undefeated season.

Envy’s destiny was all however ensured with a Three-Zero collection loss to Gale Power that’s performed a horrible injustice by being referred to as a sweep. It included an all zeroes Kaydop objective to win recreation one and a six minute recreation two time beyond regulation the place Deevo set a brand new single recreation saves file with 12. Flipside then confirmed Envy’s relegation combat with a sweep of Secret.

Mockit took an emphatic recreation 5 win to defeat Excel and achieve a psychological edge forward of the regional finals, then put a fully cruel beating on Workforce Secret, racking up 21 targets in 4 video games, Paschy scoring an unbelievable 14 of them to steal the golden striker award. Excel had an sad collection in opposition to Technique, dropping in a sweep and outscored 12-5 with Alot working wild, then Envy denied PSG each an undefeated season and the highest seed in league play with a Three-1 collection win that flashed their unbelievable potential far too late.

Envy and Secret will now combat for his or her RLCS lives and are vulnerable to relegation, whereas a pair of mouthwatering matchups await within the first spherical of the regional finals; Mockit v Excel and Gale Power v Flipside.

Mockit v Excel

Earlier outcome: Mockit Three-2 (1-Four, Three-Zero, 2-1, 1-2, 6-1)

Mockit working up the rating on Secret has blown out their attacking numbers, earlier than they piled on extra targets than “party time” floats balloons they had been scoring at 2.07 targets per recreation, that will put them third final within the league however nearer to first (2.43) than second final (1.67). Publish Paschy’s objective celebration they completed with 2.5 per recreation. Excel are mid pack in attacking numbers as properly, however each squads are on the high of the league in taking pictures proportion, a stat that largely accounts for Envy’s place within the relegation bracket as they completed useless final. Excel are additionally somewhat questionable in defence, second worst within the league letting in 2.33 targets per recreation. Mockit let in 2.07, fourth worst. Mockit definitely seemed higher of their collection this weekend, however that was pushed by one other insane run of scoring from Paschy.

Excel’s efficiency has gone with Nielskoek this season, the European MVP completed high 5 in targets scored, led Europe in rating per recreation and made probably the most saves per recreation for good measure. He has been excellent, however solely sometimes supported by standout particular person play from his teammates Pwndx and Zensuz, Pwndx specifically sits backside of the desk in most statistical classes. Mockit are equally structured with Paschy being the point of interest of assault, however Freakii and Fairy Peak are higher contributors than Pwndx and Zensuz and that would be the distinction on this collection. I predict Mockit to grind this one out over six video games.

Gale Power v Flipside Ways

Earlier outcome: Gale Power Three-2 (1-Three, 1-Zero, Three-1, 2-Four, Four-Three)

Gale Power began league play slowly, however taking a look at their efforts as a complete they weren’t far beneath the sky excessive expectations set for them coming into season 4. Their solely losses had been to Technique and PSG, each collection taken to 5 video games, they completed as the perfect defensive crew in Europe and whereas they had been mid desk in assault I doubt anyone goes to be taking this roster of all star gamers calmly when they’re on the offensive.

Flipside had a really comparable statistical season to Gale Power, sturdy defensively, mid desk assault, with each groups glorious at denying their opposition photographs. The foremost distinction between the 2 is Gale Power taking greater than two additional photographs per recreation than Flipside, an indicator of missing accuracy contemplating the comparatively slim margin between them in scoring per recreation.

But in league play Gale Power received 5 collection, Flipside solely two. Each solely beat the groups beneath them on the ladder, however Flipside did drop three collection over the complete 5 video games, relinquishing their title as kings of clutch. Gale Power want to enhance their shot accuracy, Flipside have been nice at denying their opponents alternatives and Gale Power have struggled with taking pictures proportion, however that battle of Gale Power creating probabilities versus Flipside denying them will go an extended method to resolve the collection winner. Each squads have a great deal of particular person expertise, however Gale Power ought to get the outcome right here.

Technique and PSG

Technique might be ready for Mockit or Excel, PSG for Gale Power or Flipside. Numbers smart neither of those two stands tall above the sector, definitely not sufficient to justify the primary conflict of 5 recreation undefeated squads in RLCS historical past, however each groups go the attention take a look at, they give the impression of being a category above the sector this season and their epic collection in league play solely confirmed that even additional. The different 4 squads have their probabilities to trigger the upset, however I totally anticipate a rematch within the European regional ultimate.

Technique are simply so good at absorbing strain and manipulating the tempo of the sport. They play quick higher than any crew on the planet, and among the ending touches from Alot are frankly ridiculous. They’re so environment friendly, Alot and Mognus are each high 5 in taking pictures proportion, and don’t want many probabilities to interrupt a defence down. PSG tried to pull them out of their consolation zone and it obtained them what proved to be the essential win in league play, however Technique might be prepared this time.

PSG have comparable ranges of recreation management, however have dominated league play on the again of some superb particular person performances. Chausette was my choose for European MVP, finally ending runner up, he and Ferra each completed high 5 in objective scoring whereas Bluey was proper up there for assists. The solely weak spot for PSG proper now’s Bluey’s taking pictures, he bottomed out Europe in taking pictures proportion, changing solely 18% of his photographs into targets, barely greater than half of Chausette’s conversion charge. When a mechanical freak like Bluey is your “weakness”, you’re trying fairly good.

I can’t wait to see these two squads play once more, and I hope both regional play or the LAN conspires to make sure it occurs. PSG might have taken their first assembly however I feel Technique can reverse that lead to a rematch, however the actual winners would be the viewers. Hey, that’s us!

Rivals Collection Wrapup

In each Europe and North America we weren’t pressured to tiebreakers to separate the highest two and thus the contenders for RLCS subsequent season, nor had been they required to find out the automated RLRS qualifiers for subsequent season as we additionally had a transparent high 4. In North America, Fibeon completed the season undefeated and Out of Model 6-1, simply forward of Hollywood Hammers (5-2) and Ambition (Four-Three). There have been no upsets by means of your complete RLRS bracket, and Fibeon solely dropped 4 video games whole over their collection, Ambition being the one squad to take a collection in opposition to them to 5 video games.

In Europe, the largest information was worldwide mega-org Fnatic moving into Rocket League by taking up the previous Leftovers, who completed the European RLRS undefeated and are a sizzling probability to make it into RLCS subsequent season. The Juicy Youngsters will be a part of them within the promotion video games, with league losses solely to Fnatic and Exray. Endpoint and Exray stepped up above the sector to take the ultimate high 4 spots, each managing a sole win in opposition to a crew that completed above them on the ladder.

Oceania – Throwdown Week Four, ESL Week 2

Phew, apart from all of that worldwide motion we now have an intriguing ultimate week of Oceania league play in Throwdown, headlined by a conflict between season Three RLCS representatives and very long time rivals JAM Gaming and Chiefs. Seven groups are alive for the 4 spots at PAX Australia in two weeks, creating an absolute mess of doable eventualities.

Final week’s league play began with an extended string of sweeps, starting from the stunning as Conspiracy took down Avant, to the anticipated as Noizee Isn’t Poisonous couldn’t take a win in opposition to both Pale Horse or Avant. Chiefs beat down Conspiracy and Pale Horse cleaned up Legacy, whereas within the large collection of the day JAM Gaming proved too good for Scylla.

The loss to Conspiracy leaves Avant on life assist, unable to get something getting in assault and persevering with their inconsistent methods. Their place within the finals now depends upon Noizee Isn’t Poisonous getting their first league collection win in opposition to Scylla, who themselves might be taking part in for his or her LAN place. It appears most unlikely.

Of all the doable eventualities, a Chiefs, Pale Horse, JAM and Scylla ultimate 4 is the almost certainly outcome. Legacy have to beat Avant and JAM to have any shot, and Conspiracy want a lot to go proper alongside a win over Pale Horse. It’ll be a nightmare to maintain observe of all through the day, and after Avant’s loopy comeback to make the Mockit finals something is feasible.

If that wasn’t sufficient, this week will see the double spherical of ESL video games on Monday evening, after a comparatively chalk week two that was capped with a enjoyable 5 recreation collection between Chiefs and Pale Horse that Chiefs solely simply obtained away with in recreation 5 time beyond regulation, Pale Horse paying for a few essential errors.

The double spherical delivers us a pile of superior matches, beginning with a second JAM v Chiefs collection in two days, persevering with with Pale Horse v JAM and Chiefs v Scylla (which sadly will occur off stream), as will the “bubble battle” between Lynx and Sq. One. You could find a full draw and outcomes for ESL Season Three here.

Lastly we now have the Vapour Nordic finals set for October 22, Extricity persevering with their sturdy run with now eight consecutive league play victories. That also was not sufficient to dislodge Lynx from the primary total seed, whereas poor outdated Guardian Aero couldn’t end the season with a single recreation win. Lynx, Extricity, Feint and the previous Readability squad will now play off for the inaugural VN title.

Dates and Instances

RLCS North America Regional Playoffs – Sunday 15 October, 6:00AM AEDT
RLCS Europe Regional Playoffs – Monday 16 October, Three:00AM AEDT

Throwdown OCE Season 4 (RLCS) – Sunday 15 October, 11:00AM AEDT
ESL AU/NZ Season 3 – Monday 16 October, 6:30PM AEDT


All NA and EU RLCS streams are archived on Twitch and (finally) Youtube.

Collection of the week: G2 v Ghost


Stuart Gollan

From Amiga to Xbox One, Doom to Future, Megazone to Stevivor, I have been gaming by means of all of it and have the (psychological) scars to show it. I like native multiplayer and gathering ridiculous Dreamcast peripherals. Discover me on Twitter @gollennium