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The 2023 Rocket League Championship Series is the biggest competition in the Rocket League esports calendar. This is the second RLCS event to take place after a change in the system. Tournament organizers Psyonix split the season into two parts, with three majors last season, and the change in the system ensures that the best team all season is rewarded with the Rocket League Championship; the process is far more thorough.
The RLCS has a unique format of its own, with 16 teams taking part in the wildcard round. Only eight of them will go through to the group stage – the official RLCS. They will join 16 teams that have already qualified for the RLCS.
The 24 teams will then be divided into two groups, with four teams from each group qualifying for the playoffs. The playoffs will be single elimination brackets. The bookies have got Team Vitality winning the tournament, with Team BDS not too far behind. Karmine Corp, Gen.G, FaZe Clan, and Team Liquid are also looking quite strong heading into the tournament.
Team Vitality’s 4-1 win against Team BDS in the spring split final gives them the edge, according to the bookies. Team Vitality has gone from strength to strength this season: they looked quite ordinary in the fall and winter splits, but a win in the Rising Stars Odyssey promised us something special was on the way, and the spring split win culminated that promise.
They’re the in-form team heading into this tournament and have been the best team for the last two to three months. They don’t have history on their side, like Team BDS, Karmine Corp, Gen.G, and FaZe Clan, but their decimation of Team BDS highlighted just how strong they are at the moment. They’ve also destroyed the likes of SK Gaming and Karmine Corps in some big spring events. It’s hard to look past them as things stand.
Defending champions Team BDS’ 4-1 loss to Team Vitality in the spring split final has taken some of the shine off of their season. Like Team Vitality, they didn’t have the best fall or winter season, but showed their quality in the spring, but couldn’t get the job done ultimately. Last season, they won the fall split before dropping a few levels in the winter and spring, but it didn’t stop them from winning the RLCS championship.
Their preparation heading into this tournament has been quite good, as they’ve been in and around the top-four for most of the spring. They offer good value, but the loss to Team Vitality will sting, and they’ll definitely lack a psychological edge if the team two meet again, which is highly likely.
Karmine Corp won the winter split this season and finished third in the spring split, so they’ve definitely got the pedigree to win the RLCS. You could argue that no other team has been as consistent throughout the 2022-23 Rocket League esports season.
The team decided to build their team around Itachi mid-season, and this decision has paid great dividends. We think they’re one of the best value picks as things stand. Unlike Team BDS, their loss to Team Vitality in the later rounds of the spring split was quite tight: they lost 3-4 on the day.
They lost by the slightest of margins, but they showed that they’re more than capable of going toe-to-toe with the favorites. We definitely think they’re one to keep an eye on and are a much better bet than Team BDS.
They started the season on fire by winning the fall split but have dropped a level or two since that big win last year. They weren’t in the top four of the winter split or spring split, and the humiliating 4-0 loss to Team Vitality in Spring majors was a big reality check.
The North American side joined Rocket League esports last year with big expectations; they’ve met some of them initially but have been found out in recent months. If they can regain some of their early season form, they can trouble any team in the tournament, but their preparation heading into the tournament hasn’t been the best. We suggest steering clear of them.
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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