Rocket League Championship Series week four for North America did not disappoint. We had one of the most unpredictable victories in RLCS history, as well as the most game fives we’ve seen in quite some time. With only one week left in the Group Stage, making a statement during these next two weeks is ideal.
Breakdown: RLCS Week Four
Allegiance (2) vs Rogue (3)
Week four kicked off with the first of four game fives to be experienced of the evening. With ROG taking both game one and two by a 3-2 win, only to lose game three and four by a score of 2-1 with ALG taking the win on overtime in game four. These were all well played matches as both teams showed composure throughout their matches. Just keeping the scores close and winning by just 1 goal for either side shows how this could have gone differently for ALG who gave it their all but fell apart in Champions Field losing by a 2-0 against Rogue.
The upset of all upsets, the match that everyone was talking about, and yet no one could believe. What a game this was for FQ who going into week four were ranked in last place with no wins in this series, and against all odds they won over the first ranked, undefeated C9. Game one was an absolute change of pace for both teams, with C9 being uncoordinated and FQ capitalizing on this. They would score six goals to C9’s one. Game two seemed promising for C9 keeping the score close. However it ultimately came down to an FQ victory during overtime with a 2-1 finish. After realizing what had just happened on the previous two games, C9 snapped out of it and we got to see them play like they normally do, they destroyed FQ in game four by four goals to nil. Just when we all thought a reverse sweep was on the way, we were brought to a nail biting game four where the full five minutes was just not enough to determine C9’s fate. Forcing an overtime, we witnessed one of the most crushing yet exciting goals of the series so far. This cemented FQ in history for this season at least for not only giving C9 their first loss of the season, but for also this being their first win of the season.
Allegiance (2) vs Evil Geniuses (3)
The second series to go the full distance this week with an interesting turn of events after the game two. The first two were close matches with EG defeating ALG by one goal each game, 3-2 and 4-3. Then ALG completely flipped the script and won game three with a 2-0 score and game four with a 4-0 final score. Now, tied at 2-2, EG had to pull it together after not scoring for an entire 10 minutes. With both teams facing off on Champions Field, we were shown a great match that went back and forth only to end with EG taking the win with a 4-3 victory.
FlyQuest (3) vs Ghost Gaming (2)
With FQ in cloud nine after defeating C9, and GHO having every match of their’s go to game five, this was destined to be an interesting match. We’re finally left with a back and forth where game one went to FQ with a 5-1 victory, followed by a win by Ghost on game two at 2-0. Game three was a close 4-3 victory for FQ. GHO flipped the script in game four taking it to OT and winning 4-3. Then back to Champions Field, we get a 2-1 finish by FQ, who performed amazingly in week four. We can’t wait to see them open up the final week of placements during week five.
Rogue (2) vs NRG Esports (3)
ROG went into this game dominant after winning their first match of the week against ALG. taking game one and game two by 2-1 and 4-2 respectfully. Suddenly something sparked in NRG that made them a wrecking force for the next three games. First comes game three, which started the downfall of ROG who could only score one goal in each of the three games. Game three ended 6-2. Game four ended with a 2-1 final score and NRG absolutely showed no mercy in our final visit to Champions Field for week four with a whopping 10-1 win over ROG.
Cloud9 (3) vs G2 Esports (1)
After taking their first loss of the series, C9 had to figure out how they would close out the night against G2 as this was one of the most anticipated matches of the evening. With G2 being the second ranked team in the standings so far, watching these two titans go at it was sure to be a treat. Game one went to G2 with a 4-1 victory only to further leave C9 fans disappointed as their performance in week four has been sub par thus far. When almost all hope was lost, they win game two with a 3-1 score, followed by game three with an impressive 6-1 win. Lastly they closed out the night with a 4-1 win. C9 was back and managed to stay on the top of the leader boards while G2 remained in second.
North American Standings as of Week 4:
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