Rocket League has lost one of the best players the game has ever seen as gReazymeister retires from competing.
Announced on Twitter, Marius ‘gReazymeister’ Ranheim, has retired from Rocket League. The previous RLCS World Champion has hung up his sticks after being eliminated from the RLSS, leaving behind some incredible memories.
gReazymeister, who has been one of the best RL players since the game was created, won the RLCS Season 2 World Championships back in 2016 and has been a constant feature within the Rocket League esports scene ever since. We take a look at some of gReazymeister’s highlights as we say thank you to one of the greats of the game.
RLCS Season 1 - Where It All Began
gReazy started his competitive RL career at Supersonic Avengers back in December 2015, competing in a series of small weekly cups as he looked to stamp his authority on the early Rocket League competitive scene. But as the competitive scene started to grow and evolve, gReazy and his Supersonic Avengers partner Nicolai ‘Maestro’ Bang moved over to We Dem Girlz in March 2016, where they began to form one of the defining teams of the RL era. Joined by Remco ‘remkoe’ den Boer, WDG competed in the first-ever Rocket League Championship Series, where they became an instant success. Coming second in the first European Qualifier, and kicking on to win the second European Qualifier, gReazy, remkoe and Maestro became a formidable team as they started to win over the RL fan base. WDG was picked up by the organisation ‘Northern Gaming’ as they went into the RLCS finals, where they finished as the third-best team in the world. gReazy had quickly become one of the leading players on the game.
RLCS Season 2 – World Champion
Heading into season 2, gReazy departed Northern Gaming (WDG) and signed with FlipSid3 tactics, who were the second-placed team in the world in Season 1. The competition was spicing up as players were becoming increasingly skilful improving the mechanics, especially in the aerial department. Teams and organisations headed to Rocket League, with some of the top players being spread out over various teams. Jayson ‘Fireburner’ Nunez was spearheading NRG Gaming, remkoe took the reins at Northern Gaming, Dillon ‘Rizzo’ Rizzo was breaking all sorts of boundaries with his skills at Take 3, and Mock-it-eSports EU boasted an incredible trio of Jos ‘ViolentPanda’ van Meurs, David ‘Deevo’ Morrow and Philip ‘Paschy90’ Pashcmeyer.
gReazy instantly formed a great partnership with Francesco ‘Kuxir97’ Cinquemani at FlipSid3 as they began to dominate the European league. Being challenged closely by Mock-it-eSports, both sides swept away the North American competition in the World Finals to reach the final. In a highly competitive best of seven, gReazymeister opened the scoring and set up a second for FlipSid3, taking control on the big stage and stepping up. gReazy, Kuxir and Mark ‘Markydooda’ Exton took the series by the scruff of their neck, winning 4-1 with an overtime goal from Kuxir, and started their dynasty at the top of the game as Rocket League Season 2 World Champions. gReazy had gone from strength to strength to become World Champion and become a crucial player in the best team in the world.
Rocket League Universal Open: Season 2
After becoming World Champion gReazy stayed on the roster at FlipSid3 for Season three, where they fended off competition from former teammates at Northern Gaming as remkoe and Maestro was accompanied by Deevo. FlipSid3 was able to finish second in the European League but fell short in the World Championships finishing fifth/sixth. gReazy then moved to Team Envy for Season 4, which then lead to a reunion with remkoe for Season 5, with Deevo making up the trio, as the Season 3 World Champions joined the Season 2 World Champion in an all-star roster. The trio came third in the World Championships, asserting their dominance within the Rocket League esports scene, proving that they still have what it takes to be the worlds best players.
Whilst gReazy was going through some roster changes in trios, he dabbled at duos the Rocket League Universal Open: Season 2 with upcoming star Kyle ‘ScrubKilla’ Robertson. Their duo, named ‘Girls’, went head to head with Cloud 9, who had won the RLCS Season 4 and were at the top of their game. In the eleven games that Girls played against Cloud9, in the Winners’ Finals and the Grand Finals, gReazy and ScrubKilla fell just one game short, but earnt the respect of the Rocket League community, pushing the, arguably, best two attacking players in RL at the time in Mariano ‘SquishyMuffinz’ Arruda and Jesus ‘Gimmick’ Parra to their limits. Usually known for his game control and perfecting the basics, gReazy answered his critics, showing that he had the flair and skill to be compared as one of the most skilful players on the game, as well as one of the most successful. The RLUO: S2 was gReazy’s best duo performance but shown why he was held in regard as one of the best the game has seen.
DreamHack Pro Circuit 2019 & A Return to RLCS in Season 8.
After leaving Team Envy after Season 5, gReazy moved to Complexity Gaming who struggled to mix it up in Season 6, where they were relegated to RLRS. But gReazy remained faithful to the side and shown his quality overall at DreamHack Valencia, where CoL was able to come third overall, seeing off Ghost Gaming, Renault Vitality and Randy Gibbons’ River Rats in the process. Whilst compLexity had their problems, they had success whilst gReazy was there. Having been relegated gReazy shown his expertise and leadership to get the side reinstated in RLCS after earning promotion, and in the off-season, they went on to come third in DreamHack Valencia. Whilst a plethora of younger players were stepping up to the stage, it was brilliant to see gReazy back in RLCS where he belonged after working so hard with coL.
Full Circle and the Perfect Ending – A Champion Bows Out.
In a final tournament, gReazy was reunited with ScrubKilla at Girls. In just their second appearance together in a big competitive tournament, they were accompanied by George ‘Breezi’ Rusiecki who was currently part of We Dem Girls alongside gReazymeister. In a full circle, gReazy had joined the team at where he started and bowed out of the competitive scene having fun with ScrubKilla who he’d been so successful within RLUO duos. Although they were eliminated at round four by the European Season 8 champions and ex-reciprocity team Oxygen Esports, gReazy went out with a bang and a perfectly circular career.
A champion bowed out of the esport thoroughly enjoying it and doing what he loved. In a career which started at the beginning, Rocket League has lost one of the best players the game has ever seen. Best of luck in the future, Champ.
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