Alright, so I think every team’s chances come down to the three “C” factors: Consistency, Clutchness, and Ceiling.
-Consistency is self-explanatory, but it plays a humongous role in the other factors
-Clutchness is also self-explanatory, but I’m looking for a little extra here. How often does the team make the plays it needs to? When are these plays made? Who makes the play?
-Ceiling is a bit trickier to actually gauge. Any player in the pro scene can pop off at any time. What I’m looking for is a team that fulfills the other two categories and excels beyond that. This is a team that would very much resemble Dignitas in the last world championship and the league play leading up to it. Not only did they play consistently (thanks to Kaydop being the most consistent player in all of the pro scene), but they made plays when they needed to. On top of that, they were DOMINANT.
TL;DR 1.Dignitas 2.NRG 3.C9 4.G2 T5.Complexity,EG,Chiefs 8.Vitality
1. Dignitas may become the first roster (their roster switched to Dignitas after some legal issues with the old team Gale Force) to win the RLCS more than once and it would be their third time. Turbopolsa would be looking for his fourth consecutive world championship on his second roster. He was a sub on his first roster XD. I think they hold the number one seed in all of Rocket League right now. They always show up and play well, and with the passing of the 2nd annual NARLI, they have broken their inability to play well in grand finals that weren’t for world contention. Kaydop isn’t respected enough for the level of consistency that he brings to the table. In my opinion, there is no better player in the game at decision making than this guy right here. ViolentPanda (Best name in RLCS) has found himself in an interesting spot. He’s between the most consistent player in the world and the only player to win RLCS Worlds, three times. He’s developed in every facet of his game to become the multi tool that he needs to be for those guys.
2. NRG holds this spot for some very good reasons. It’s fair to say that they could be number one with their roster playing out of their mind, except for one glaring detail. The last two grand finals they have played in they lost to Dignitas. That should not hold them from being a contender and the most likely team to knock off the tyrants. The rookie of the year, JSTN, has proven that he is the guy to fill the void that Jacob left. Talking about the Clutchness factor, if you haven’t seen it yet, look up his goal against Dignitas, Game 7, second best of 7, after the ball had been kept off of the ground for a 0 second play. Absolutely insane. Fireburner, the rock of this team, he’s the consistent defensive player who excels and positioning himself where he needs to be to help his teammates. Finally, GarrettG, the lifeblood. He sets up plays; he finishes plays and is no stranger to being the clutch player. Possibly the North American version of Kaydop, but it’s hard to say considering Kaydop’s track record contrasted against GarrettG’s.
These next few spots are hard to place, but I’ll do the best I can.
3. I really, really, want to place Complexity in this spot, but the departure of Metsanauris makes that an impossible task. This spot belongs to
Cloud9. Falling into a really bad place after such a strong start to league play, they bounced back at LAN. Sweeping Vitality, losing to Complexity, sweeping Chiefs, and being swept by Dignitas. A bit of a disappointing LAN, but still bouncing back from the pitiful end to their League Play. Squishy, the legend himself is the spearhead of this team. He’s the mechanical monster. Ceiling shots, crazy passes, and nutty dribbles. This guy can do it all, but he very well may be the leader of inconsistency on the team. Torment, possibly the opposite of Squishy. A super vanilla player, but in the best way possible. Awesome consistency and positions super well. You’ll be hard pressed to find a defensive player like Torment, what.a.rock. Gimmick, a player known for his shooting ability. All angles, all speeds, he catches a pass and turns it into any sort of shot or pass he can. Plays some defense, but could use some consistency help like Squishy.
This is where I lose my mind. All of these teams have the potential, but they have a consistency or roster change issue that drives me nuts.
4. I’m, with some hesitation, going to put G2 in this spot. This isn’t a fan boy position, this isn’t a pity position, this is me showing a roster that has stuck through some really bad play and gradually gotten better. If this isn’t the season that G2 makes a run through the worlds, I foresee the roster splitting entirely and a possible Kronovi retirement. JKnaps, the former carry of this team. He still plays so well and continues to make stellar plays, but he is plagued with consistency issues. Don’t sell JKnaps short though, he may have the highest ceiling of play in the entire world if he can be more consistent. Rizzo, in my opinion, is the consistent monster of this team. He plays defense very well, he passes very well, and he makes very smart shots. I would be the one to argue that without Rizzo, G2 would crumble. Kronovi, the Season 1 World Champ. One of the biggest names in Rocket League. Is such a wild card. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if his inconsistency is due to him trying to do too much or trying to make a crazy play. The master of prejumps, could use some consistency help. The team’s potential is high enough that they should contend with the upper echelon of teams.
T-5. Complexity. Mognus and Alot are studs and they are going to miss Metsanauris. If gReazymeister can come in and play well, I think this team will perform as well as they did in the last season. Alot is the redirect master, he can play all facets of the game, but he excels at shooting from stupid angles. Fairly consistent, but relies hard on his teammates. Mognus, a really strong shooter is also capable to play anywhere. He’s played with Metsa for a long time and it will be interesting to see how he performs without his sidekick. gReazymeister, won RLCS with Flipsid3 in season 2 and has been around since then. I don’t think it’s an ability problem with him, I think it’s consistency.
T-5. Evil Geniuses. These guys are down here, and not in the 4 spot for one reason. They dumped Chrome seemingly out of the blue. Klassux had his best season ever and was tough to beat at that. His problems, maybe some rotational, maybe some consistency based, or maybe it’s something else yet. I think he rides the “emotional rollercoaster” too much. When the plays are strong, he’s strong. When the plays are weak, he’s weak. I think it boils down to him having more balanced emotions during game time. CorruptedG. A season ago he was a top tier shooter and that stayed true through this season. A strong player for the team all around, could use some higher level of consistency. Finally, Chicago, Chrome’s replacement. This is a tough give. Chrome played so much better than he ever has before. However, Chicago has been a strong player in the rocket league community for a very long time. He’s been the “it” player for the teams he’s been on. If he can find a way to mesh with Klassux and CorruptedG, this Evil Geniuses team could be very dangerous.
T-5. Chiefs Esports. These Aussies can play with the best of them, but it’s often talked about that the entirety of Oceania servers are not as high a skill level as the NA and EU servers. I believe they will be able to set up some strong scrims with the teams in EU and NA. As long as this happens I think they will be able to continue their Oceania dominance and become an even stronger contender on the World Stage. Torsos, the most notable keyboard and mouse player in the world. Makes strong plays and is able to play all over the field. Getting used to consistently good competition is going to make him get better and better. Jake is this team’s carry. He’s scores from everywhere and plays defense. He sets up passes and is their “field general.” Drippay is the multi tool. He is always the guy to fill the role that the other two let go. He the positional player, but is very capable when they need a big play. As these guys get used to the NA, EU, play styles, I believe they will become strong contenders.
8. Renault Vitality. My goodness I just don’t know where to start. FairyPeak! is often slated as the best player in the world. If he continues having such bad performances at tournaments and what not (his strongest tournament came with Mock-It when he had Miztik and yes, Kaydop. they lost to Northern Gaming in the grand finals 4:3), I don’t think he deserves the title; especially when he may not be the best player in France(Kaydop). However, when FairyPeak! plays his best game, he absolutely is the best player. He has more than enough ceiling, one of the guys who is in the JKnaps category, but his consistency is lackluster at best and his clutchness is…. inconsistent. This isn’t a hate thing for FairyPeak!, in fact, I’m rooting for him. There haven’t been clear superior players in this game since IBuyPower and Flipsid3 ran the gambit. I think he can do it too; he just needs to pull together and be one person for every tournament instead of trying to be everything. pashy90. This guy has, for the longest time, pulled a team from the ashes and made a contender. At the center point for these teams is paschy90 hitting shots, tossing passes, and making saves. I do think, for the first time, that his teammates inconsistency has become contagious. What are they going to do for a third? Here’s what they do. They grab a strong third player who has been struggling as of late to give them some veteran play. Then they go and get quite possibly the best young player in the world by the name of Scrubkilla. A dominant 1v1 player who will transition strongly into the RLCS. This team could be very exciting to watch, but I have them here for a reason. Team cohesion is absolutely key. If these guys can’t find a consistent running pattern, then it doesn’t matter who they play.
Wow, great write up. This was a very insightful read on the new RLCS season. I might be biased because I’m currently watching the Universal Open 2v2 but Rizzo and Kro are dominating. Always been a fan of G2 in Rocket League so I’d hope they’d do a little bit better than 4th place.
I agree my friend. I definitely want to see them rock the RLCS. If you’ve been watching, they just picked up an absolutely stellar sub too in Mijo. He is widely considered one of the best players in NA. His last roster should have been a force to be reckoned with, but for reasons that would take a monster post of their own, they were not. (That roster of CounterLogicGaming[2-5] from Mijo’s past that included Timi, the sparkplug himself, and Dappur-Widely considered a top 5 1v1 player.) A 4th place finish would be a big improvement for them and they are very capable of doing better!
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