For the second time in Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) history, the two teams from the RLCS have defended their spot for next season during the promotion/relegation tournament. Having finished eighth and ninth place during the regular season, Rogue and eUnited had to battle it out against lower division teams Stromboli and Charlotte Phoenix. Those teams had finished the Rival Series season in second and third place but ultimately fell short during the playoffs for promotion to the RLCS.
Kronovi remains in the RLCS with Rogue
Cameron “Kronovi” Bills is a legendary name in the Rocket League scene, being world champion of RLCS Season 1 and competitor in every season. He’s had his highs and lows throughout his career, and this season was his first time in the promotion/relegation tournament when Rogue finished in eighth place. But in Kronovi’s own words, it takes more than that to take him out.
I've been here since the start, it's gonna take more than that to stop me from competing in the RLCS 💪
See you next season 😉
— Rogue Kronovi (@KronoviRL) April 11, 2020
Where Rogue had disappointing results throughout the season with a 3-6 record, they stepped it up in the promotion tournament. Kronovi, alongside Nicholas “Wonder” Blackerby and fresh-faced wonderkid Jason “firstkiller” Corral, pulled it back together and cruised their way back to the RLCS, qualifying for next season without dropping a series.
Heartbreak for Karma and JWismont as eUnited defend their spot
Charlotte Phoenix has been on the cusp of RLCS for a long time. Jaime “Karma” Bickford and long-time companion Jake “JWismont” Wismont are no strangers to the promotion tournament, whether it’s to try to promote or defend their RLCS spot. They hover around that border between the Rival and Championship Series, and this season was no different.
EUnited, last season still competing on the RLCS World Championship stage, also have a disappointing season under their belt. They finished in ninth place with a 2-7 record and looked like a shadow of their former selves.
After taking care of Charlotte Phoenix at the start of the bracket, they fell to Rogue in the upper final, which saw Rogue secure their RLCS spot. In the lower final, that same Charlotte Phoenix awaited them, who had quickly shoved Stromboli back into the RLRS with a 4-0 sweep. What was next was a legendary battle for promotion.
EUnited started strong by taking the first game after an 11-minute overtime, but then Phoenix picked up the pace and pushed back with three wins in a row to reach match point. Twice, eUnited then came back in overtime. With crucial mistakes on Phoenix’s side, eUnited capitalized and sent Karma and co down back to the Rival Series.
never been more stressed in my life. GGS charlotte we are coming back next season. SOMEONE PLEASE PUNCH ME IF I PLAY LIKE THAT AGAIN
— eU hockser 2-7 (@hockserRL) April 12, 2020
It marked just the second time in RLCS history that both teams from the RLCS defended their spot after Cloud9 and G2 did the same last season. Today in Europe, Endpoint and the boys formerly of TSM get to try as well, but the historical records are against them.