It’s official! FaZe Clan won the North American Fall Open as the first Regional of the year came to an end. They had a 3-1 record in the Swiss Stage, falling short only to G2 Esports, before embarking on an impressive run through the Playoffs and winning the championship with just four losses.
Despite the overwhelming score in the last series, they defeated Gen.G Mobil1 Racing 4-1, which is an excellent performance for Gen.G. After bringing in Jack “ApparentlyJack” Benton and Joseph “noly” Kidd from overseas, the lineup was just recently able to begin working out, thus a Grand Finals berth so soon into the season is encouraging for the team.
The Tournament Recap
FaZe Clan won the regional tournament because to a great performance by Jason “FirstKiller” Corral, who throughout the course of 32 games had the highest Octane Rating of any player. With 1.09 goals per game and 35 total goals, he also led all other players. He scored 12 goals in 10 games on Championship Sunday alone, helping his club to win.
Following pristine 3-0 records in the Swiss Stage, G2 Esports and Spacestation Gaming both lost in the semifinals. In addition, FURIA, Shopify Rebellion, OpTic Gaming, and Version1 all advanced to the Playoffs.
The last two tournaments of the Fall Split, the Fall Cup and Fall Invitational, have both been filled by the eight playoff contenders.
Eight more teams who did not advance to the Playoffs will be seeded into the Fall Cup’s Closed Qualifier, where they will face eight teams from the Open Qualifier in an effort to advance to the championship game. NRG lost a close fifth-round series versus FURIA and concluded the Swiss Stage with a record of 2-3.
After starting the Swiss Stage 0-2 and coming close to sweeping the bracket, Complexity Gaming fell to OpTic Gaming in the fifth round, finishing 2-3. Pittsburgh Knights, who had been swept by Version1 in round five, were the final member of the 2-3 teams.
While Luminosity Gaming and Rogue fell 0-3, Team AXLE, Dignitas, and Sol each managed to pick up one victory before being eliminated. All of these teams will be trying to improve in the Closed Qualifier since, if they don’t, they risk missing the Fall Invitational (and Major).
As we can see, the event was nothing but pure fire and exceeded all of our expectations. Teams that ended the tournament badly may have disappointed their fans, but long term, their failure doesn’t have to be bad.
From a spectators’ point of view, all of the above means they’ll have to try much harder to qualify for the next Major, which guarantees highly electrified matchups, and plenty of fun for all Rocket League fans.