WePlay Rocket League Invitational to Divide Competition by NA/EMEA Regions
With RCLS Season X concluding for all regions back in June, there’s been a lull in Rocket League events outside of tournaments like Wave Dash and the Intel World Open back in July. With the official Rocket League Esports account on Twitter teasing an announcement sometime today, there’s plenty of opportunities between now and whenever the next Psyonix organized event for someone to fill that void. Luckily, WePlay has stepped up with a Rocket League Invitational tournament, bringing some of the best teams from the NA and EMEA regions to compete and showcase their new rosters. However, the question remains which teams will be facing off against each other in NA and EMEA on their journey to win the lion’s share of $50,000 in WePlay’s Rocket League Invitational?
WePlay Rocket League Invitational – NA Division
For the NA division, WePlay has selected some of the best teams NA has to offer. With recent roster switch-ups, the WePlay Rocket League Invitational may offer these teams a good opportunity to feel out their opponents and establish team dynamics before the next iteration of RCLS.
The following teams will be competing against each other in the NA division:
- FaZe Clan
- Spacestation Gaming
- Team Envy
- Shopify Rebellion
- Susquehanna Soniqs
Several players in teams like FaZe Clan, Spacestation Gaming, Rogue, and NRG have played on the same team at some point in time, either cycling through The Peeps/Pittsburgh Knights or Ghost Gaming. The familiarity between these teams should lead to some even matches, with FaZe Clan vs. Spacestation Gaming being especially interesting as FaZe Clan’s coach moopy used to coach for Spacestation Gaming’s Arsenal and retals. Veteran player Dappur will be subbing for FaZe Clan after a quiet 2021 on eUnited’s roster and a tumultuous 2020 when he hopped around three different teams.
WePlay Rocket League Invitational – EMEA Division
The EMEA division will include some fierce competitions against the best teams that Europe has to offer. Saudi Arabia’s Sandrock Gaming will also be competing in what may be their first tournament against some of the biggest Rocket League teams in the world.
Hopefully, this isn’t the only time Rocket League fans will encounter the Saudi Arabian squad, as the region’s players deserve recognition for their amazing gameplay. Sandrock Gaming’s Ahman has already seen recognition by community figures like Johnnyboi_i, as seen in this Twitch vod. Ahmad’s blindingly fast gameplay will be sure to create surprise upsets in whatever matches Sandrock Gaming end up in. Regardless, WePlay should be commended for allowing this team to compete.
The following teams will be competing against each other in the EMEA division:
- Team Vitality
- Sandrock Gaming
- Team BDS
- SMPR Esports
- Vodafone Giants
- Guild Esports
- Karmine Corp
The match to watch will be Team Vitality vs. Sandrock as Vitality could be considered the top team in the EMEA region for Rocket League. While this may be a daunting task for any rookie team, Sandrock Gaming will probably relish the chance to see how they stack up against Team Vitality before moving forward in the tournament. Team BDS is also a favorite to come on top should they solve the Team Vitality question in the playbook.
UPDATE: WePlay just updated the brackets today so that Sandrock Gaming will be facing Team BDS instead. Team Vitality will be playing against Dignitas in the first round of the EMEA division.
WePlay’s Rocket League Invitational can be seen as a precursor for whatever event Psyonix has planned next, which will make it an entertaining watch for Rocket League fans. The Ukrainian tournament organizer will be sure to pull out all the stops in terms of production, even though this event will have teams competing online. If hosts and commentators are at the WePlay arena for this event, we’ll be sure to see some incredible set design come from the WePlay team. We’ll know for sure when the WePlay Rocket League Invitational goes live for both NA and EMEA divisions on September 16.