Reigning world champs fail to make the first major

Team Liquid takes last regional, set for Rotterdam

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

Following the conclusion of the European Fall Invitational Regional of the Rocket League Championship Series, all five of EUs spots in the Fall Major have been confirmed and all 16 in total are set in stone.

In the EU Fall Invitational, Team Liquid won, becoming the third unique team to win a regional in the fall split. Team Liquid did so by taking down the reigning world champs in a sweep in round five of Swiss and then losing only four games in the playoffs. 

Atow was the statistical leader for Team Liquid as he was good for a 65% goal participation and was dominant on defense with 1.35 saves per game. 

On offense for the team, it was all Oski, who led the tournament with .95 goals per game on 26.19% shooting. 

Team Liquids’ Acronik is the vocal leader of the team and he was quite happy with the teams’ performance in the tournament. 

“We expected to qualify for the major but not in this way, like winning the regional. We decided to go back to our old playstyle and it really worked,” he said.  

While taking a relative backseat to his teammates, he was able to put up respectable numbers and was still a part of 18.45% of the teams’ goals. As the oldest member of the team at just 17, he talked about how they are able to keep a strong mentality throughout entire tournaments and through tough results in the first two regionals. 

“We basically say after every goal that we are better than any team and we remain confident,” AcroniK said. 

Despite their loss in the grand finals, Karmine Corps Vatira and ExoTiiK were two of the best players in the tournament. Vartira ended with .93 assists per game and 1.89 saves per game. However, his goal-scoring was noticeably lacking throughout the invitational, which could have cost the team their second straight win. 

ExoTiiK tried to make up for Vatira lacking on offense, as he had .89 goals per game on a shooting percentage of 30.86%, good for fourth-best in the tournament. 

Even with Team Liquid’s win, the biggest storyline was Team BDS. 

Coming off a world championship win, the team had an uphill battle to clinch a major spot in Rotterdam. Needing a big tournament, the team fell short of expectations and went 2-3 in Swiss, missing out on the major.

Despite one of the most prolific teams in the region missing the major, the final spot for that major was not decided until the semi-finals of the playoffs. Following Team Liquid making the grand finals and G1 losing to Karmine Corp, all five of EU’s spots were clinched.

Headed to Rotterdam to represent the region are the number one seed Karmine Corp, Oxygen Esports, Team Liquid, Moist Esports and Quadrant. 

All 16 teams for the tournament are set and the favorites look to be North America’s Gen.G, but anything is possible in the world of Rocket League.