Dignitas have crowned themselves European RLCS9 Champions, taking down a renewed Mousesports and Renault Vitality in spectacular fashion. Dignitas follows in G2 Esports’ footsteps by finishing second in league play before winning the regional championships.
we have worked so hard for this, i still cant believe it. oh my god europeans champs 😍😍😍😍
— ViolentPanda (@ViolentPandaRL) March 29, 2020
Dignitas on top of European RLCS once more
Dignitas was once a dynasty of Rocket League. However, things fell apart when they lost in the grand final of the RLCS Season 6 world championships. It was a downwards spiral from there, after which Alex “Kaydop” Courant left for Renault Vitality. Shortly after, Pierre “Turbopolsa” Silfver went to NRG. Both players proceeded to win world championships on their own. This left team captain Jos “ViolentPanda” van Meurs to be the only one with a “mere” two world championship titles to his name.
ViolentPanda had to rebuild, which he did alongside Maurice “Yukeo” Weihs and newcomer Maello “AztraL” Ernst. Before the last RLCS season began, Panda warned us that AztraL was the best mechanical player in the world. Since then, AztraL has yet to disappoint. With a top-four finish at last season’s world championships, Dignitas looked like a top team again.
Marking their territory
This season, they solidified their class by finishing second in the league. Meanwhile, AztraL was crowned as the league play MVP over Kaydop and Victor “Fairy Peak” Locquet. On top of that, Dignitas took revenge on RV in the grand final of the Regionals. This came after losing the RLCS Season 8 Worlds semi-final to them. They took home the crown of European champions by winning 4-2 in an old-fashioned fantastic series between the two titans.
Before they got to the grand final, however, they had to face off against Mousesports, which looked like a whole new team after Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson abruptly left the team. Mouz’ substitute player Ario “Arju” Berdin, however, filled that void better than they could have imagined, coming close to knocking Dignitas out of the tournament. It took seven games to determine a winner, but ultimately, Panda, Yukeo, and AztraL took the win and qualified for the grand final.
This Regional Championship marks the end of the RLCS9 season, and with the global situation, no one knows when it might be back. Fortunately, however, we have the Rocket League Spring Series to look forward to, which starts in just a few weeks.