Join us! Nintendo Enthusiast Forums
dark        

Rocket League's 2v2 tournament just got a crazy shakeup

0

All of a sudden, last year's champs are out

For the second straight year, Rocket League is taking advantage of the summer break between RLCS seasons to hold a high-profile doubles tournament. The NBC Universal Open is interesting in that 2v2 is Rocket League's most-played playlist but not something that Psyonix generally spotlights for esports. Standard 3v3 is the most refined version of the game, whereas 2v2 has this calculated chaos about it where kickoff goals are semi-normal and a single demolition can be a game-changer. There's more free space on the pitch and that alone makes doubles ripe for the unpredictable.

That's exactly what happened on the European side of the tournament today. Most of the favorites in Europe were eliminated from the double elimination bracket earlier this afternoon. The biggest casualty came from the defending NBC Universal Open champions Team Dignitas (Kaydop and ViolentPanda), as they won their opening matchup before dropping their next two series in surprising defeat.

Anything can happen in Rocket League, sure, but Kaydop and ViolentPanda have had an unfathomably good 12-month stretch. They won last year's Universal Open in August, they won the two most recent RLCS titles in November and June, they won last month's Northern Arena, and they went to the Grand Finals of the ELeague tournament in December (losing an incredible seven-game series to G2). Their only real blemish has been a disappointing Dreamhack Leipzig in January. They're masterful players who are favorites or near-favorites in every tournament they enter.

It wasn't just Dignitas though. More European top names stumbled today. Renault Vitality (Paschy and Fairy Peak) weakly dropped consecutive matches. Paris Saint-Germain (Chausette45 and Ferra) went the same route as Dignitas with one win and two losses. Dignicats (Remkoe and Turbopolsa) suffered the same fate; Turbopolsa is the third player on Dignitas and the only three-time RLCS champion. It was a crazy day where a lot of Europe's best talent just didn't perform the way they usually do. Here's the bracket with all the series results.

That means the door is wide open for all sorts of unexpected teams to be among the four qualifiers from Europe to go to the Grand Finals in Connecticut. Complexity (Mognus and Metsanauris) is probably the safest pick of the remaining six squads. But, the most intriguing team is Girls (Greazymeister and Scrub Killa). Scrub Killa is the long-time Rocket League wunderkind who only recently hit the 15-year-old age threshold to compete in RLCS. He signed to Renault Vitality this summer, instantly making that squad a favorite -- or at least a team that could take a run at Dignitas -- in Europe.

North America hasn't had nearly the same level of drama in the NBC Universal Open. There are few surprises there with three of the four Grand Finals spots already secured. The qualifiers thus far are Ghost (Lethamyr and Memory), Cloud9 (Squishy and Gimmick), and NRG2 (GarrettG and JKnaps). Those teams were probably all favored to win their regions. The West region is the only one that's undecided, with the regional finals taking place this Saturday.

The remainder of the NBC Universal Open schedule has the European qualification matches tomorrow August 9, the West finals on August 11, and the Grand Finals the weekend of August 24. Here's a full schedule for the rest of the tournament. It can all be streamed on FaceIt's Twitch channel. Only one thing's for sure: Last year's title won't be defended.

You are logged out. Login | Sign up

 
 

 

TwitterRedditEmailFacebook
 
Brett Makedonski
Brett MakedonskiManaging Editor   gamer profile

While you laughing, we're passing, passing away. So y'all go rest y'all souls, 'Cause I know I'ma meet you up at the crossroads. Y'all know y'all forever got love from them Bone Thugs baby... ... more + disclosures


 


 


Also on destructoid: Rocket League   (196)   From our database:

  • Solo plays and style led to Cloud9's first Rocket League championship - Brett Makedonski
  • Day 2 of Rocket League's World Championships has no winners, just survivors and disappointed players - Brett Makedonski
  • Rocket League fans couldn't ask for more drama out of Day 1 at the World Championships - Brett Makedonski
  • These are the best storylines heading into this weekend's Rocket League World Championships - Brett Makedonski
  • Rocket League's cross-platform parties pushed back to next year as Psyonix hopes Sony plays ball - Brett Makedonski
  • Rocket League is running a double XP weekend for the first time ever - Brett Makedonski
  • Rocket League needs to bring Midseason Mayhem back - Brett Makedonski
  • Psyonix VP is 'really happy' about Sony's cross-play decision, but 'doesn't have any updates' on Rocket League at the moment - Chris Carter
  • We'll have to wait just a bit longer for Rocket League's cross-play parties - Peter Glagowski
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #eSports #PC #PS4 #Psyonix #Rocket League #Switch #Xbox One

    READER COMMENTS LOADING BELOW...


    LET'S KEEP THE COMMUNITY GREAT


    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!



     
     
  •