Rocket League Championship Series North America Fall Cup – Team Version1 Claims The Trophy while Gen.G Secures Their Spot in Rotterdam Major.
Version1 are the North American champions for the second time since joining the RLCS in Season X! They had an outstanding playoff run, winning seven games against FURIA, five against NRG, and seven games against Gen.G Mobil1 Racing in the Grand Finals.
Gen.G Mobil1 Racing made their second straight appearance in the Grand Finals, and as a result, they are the first team to secure a spot at the Rotterdam Fall Major. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for a club that struggled to practice as a unit throughout the offseason when Jack “ApparentlyJack” Benton and Joseph “noly” Kidd were making their way from Europe.
Gen.G Mobil1 Racing is closely followed in the rankings by Version1 and the Fall Open champions FaZe Clan, who may win the championship the following time out by taking at least two series in the Swiss Stage. NRG and Spacestation Gaming, two other teams competing in this event, have clinching scenarios for the Fall Invitational where they have complete control over their fate.
The Next Stop – Fall Invitational
For the first time in the Open Circuit Era of RLCS, Open Qualifiers are not required to advance to the following Regional, the Fall Invitational; instead, simply points earned this Split will do. All ten teams in the graphic above, as well as Dignitas, Team AXLE, Pittsburgh Knights, and Rogue, have qualified for the Fall Invitational.
The remaining two spots in the 16-team competition are shared by three teams: Sol, Flashes of Brilliance, and 26 Rising. On Wednesday, October 26th, the three teams will play for a spot in the Fall Invitational in the first tiebreaker of the season.
Sol competed in the Fall Open, whereas 26 Rising and Flashes of Brilliance each took part in the Fall Cup, hence they will receive seeds in the upper bracket, while Sol will receive seeds in the lower bracket. For a berth in the Fall Invitational, 26 Rising and Flashes of Brilliance will face off, with the losers competing against Sol for the final spot. On Wednesday, October 26th, at 7 p.m. EDT, the tiebreaker will begin.
Early Stage Surprises
The most unexpected outcome of the weekend was G2 Esports failure to make the Playoffs. After starting 2-0, they suffered three painful series losses to place 9th–11th overall. They easily defeated 26 Rising and the eventual winners Version1 before facing FURIA in the third round.
The game went all the way to Game 5 overtime, but G2 failed to win and fell to 2-1. After that, they faced off against Spacestation Gaming, losing 0-2 before compel a pivotal Game 5. Once more failing to reach their goals, they were forced to play Gen.G Mobil1 Racing in a win-or-go-home series, which Gen.G Mobil1 Racing won 3-1.
Shopify Rebellion also failed to advance to the Playoffs after falling to Version1 in the fifth round. This time around, Complexity Gaming and NRG replaced G2 Esports and Shopify Rebellion as the new teams in the Playoffs.
Shopify Rebellion’s outcome was unexpected given their great performance in the Fall Open to advance to the Playoffs, but they are still very much in the Fall Major race. If G2 Esports or Shopify Rebellion triumph at the Fall Invitational, they will both have the opportunity to go to Rotterdam.