Can OCE Do Well In RLCS?
As many of you know, OCE – or Oceania, best known as Australia and New Zealand – will be entering the RLCS for the first time. It’s also the first time that many of these teams will play each other, and the OCE teams are going into this severely underrated. Markydooda of EU team FlipSid3 Tactics referred to them as an “easy win” and several NA pros feel that a loss to an OCE team is shameful. Fact is, whatever teams do make it are some of the best in the world. However, the OCE teams do have things to work on if they’re going to be successful in the RLCS.
The two teams most likely to advance are Alpha Sydney and Just a Minute Gaming. They need to apply more constant offensive pressure and rely less on booming shots. What will work against other OCE teams will not work against NA or EU teams. The big, booming shots will generally not work. They need to be much more precise with their shots on net so they can respond to rebounds quickly.
Now, as good as AS and JAM Gaming are, they need to work on their team game. Now, they’re both good at that, they just need to be consistent throughout the RLCS and they cannot ease off. Not only are they representing themselves and trying to win some big money, they’re also representing their region. The entirety of OCE wants them to do well, regardless of which teams qualify.
The teams that make the RLCS finals have a lot of work to do and it shows that only 2 teams will advance. These teams need to completely change up how they play. While the booming shots aren’t necessarily bad, OCE teams seem to just hurl the ball toward the net or downfield, and they need to rely on their teammates a bit more when it comes to putting together an offensive play.
Now, I know that Rocket League is a fast-paced game with a lot of attacks being done spur-of-the-moment. But offensive plays can force things to happen. The right sort of team play can be turned into pressure that is bound to result in a goal. These teams need to do better at their offensive pressure and that will see some big improvements with the OCE teams in RLCS.
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