Defending champs just went down
A new Rocket Leagueking will be crowned in Los Angeles. Early into the third day of the Season 3 RLCS, the defending champions have been eliminated. The throne is for the taking.
FlipSid3 Tactics has been beaten by fellow European squad The Leftovers. The Leftovers won three games to one in the best of five series. The first two games went to sudden death overtime; FlipSid3 won the first, The Leftovers won the second. After their initial win, The Leftovers dominated the remaining games to oust FlipSid3.
FlipSid3’s roster is mostly the same as last season when it won the title. Kuxir97 and Markydooda both returned; their third player, M1k3Rules took a break from competitive play after the last RLCS and was replaced by gReazymeister for this season.
RLCS is a double elimination tournament, and they’re working on sorting out the lower bracket of teams that all have one loss. Both Australian teamsare already out. So is Rogue (formerly Atelier), who seemed to be the crowd favorite. Of the ten teams that started, only four are left — one from North America and three from Europe.
The two squads that are in best position right now are North American regional champion NRG and European regional Champion Mock-It Esports. Neither of them have a loss yet, and they’ll square off in an hour or so. However, because it’s double elimination, one loss doesn’t necessarily spell doom for anyone as they can always come back through the lower bracket. It’s not unprecedented; that’s precisely how FlipSid3 did it last season. If it’s to happen again, it’s going to be a different team that does it.
RLCS lasts another three hours or so from time of posting. It can be streamed on Twitch.