Shalthis Says: A Look at the RLCS Finals
Northern Gaming won Season 3 of the Rocket League Championship Series, having us all looking forward to Season 4 and congratulating the new champs who defeated Mock-it eSports in back-to-back best of 7 sets, a loss Mock-it repeated from Season 2 (albeit with a different roster) against former champions, FlipSid3 Tactics. Though that team would compete in Season 3, they’d be sent to the lower bracket by NA’s Sole Survivors NRG and be eliminated by The Leftovers.
No one expected them (like the Spanish Inquisition) to make it as far as they did, but The Leftovers surprised everyone. The team of Snaski, Sikii, and Ferra surprised a few people with their elimination of both OCE teams, but they shocked the world (and earned the nickname “Kingslayers”) by eliminating FlipSid3 Tactics. They’d be sent to the Lower Bracket by Rogue, another NA team, before being eliminated by eventual-champions, Northern Gaming. Ultimately, the team without a sponsor would finish 4th overall.
For NG to win it all, they had to go through the Lower Bracket. They had a relatively easy time against JAM Gaming, going 3-0 against the Oceanic #2 seed before being swept to the Lower Bracket by NRG. They would then eliminate Denial Esports, Rogue, The Leftovers, and NRG on their way to the finals. Northern Gaming would only drop two games on that road, one to Denial and one to NRG. That performance may have been a prediction of their championship.
NG would lose two games in the first series of the Grand Finals against Mock-it. The second series would go a full seven games with the last game only decided by one goal to zero. Deevo, Remkoe, and Turbopolsa would all get the win. Though Maestro would normally be the third, he was unable to make it to LA, so Turbopolsa took his place. Whether or not Turbopolsa becomes the new third for Northern Gaming is unknown, but he did earn his share of the World Championship, even if his team finished 4th after the European Regionals.