RLCS is back for North America as they kick off The Grid. We look at what's to come...

17:13, 06 Aug 2020

Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season X is fully underway. The European teams kicked everything off last weekend, and the first regional minor will conclude this weekend. Over in North America, teams will start on their adventure this weekend, competing in the first weekend of The Grid. As teams look to stamp their authority on the championships early on, we take a look at the key storylines that could unfold.

Is North America Going Rogue?

CAN ROGUE CONTINUE THEIR FORM OR HAS THE HONEYMOON PERIOD ENDED?

Rogue has undergone a huge transformation in form since the end of RLCS Season 9, with Kronovi seemingly reviving his career. After looking impressive throughout the off-season, the Season 1 World Champion has excelled alongside firstkiller and Turinturo. firstkiller has improved on his insane solo efforts by adding cohesive teamwork to his locker, and the new addition or Turinturo has gone down a treat thus far. A second-place finish at ESPN's Rocket League Invitational has the coming into The Grid as hot underdogs.

Will Energy be key?

JSTN AND SQUISHYMUFFINS PROVIDE THE WHEELS FOR NRG, WILL THEY HOLD THE KEY TO SUCCESS?

The favourites in many eyes are NRG. They've won almost everything since acquiring SquishyMuffinz, bar their first event where Turbopolsa dished out a pallette of revenge. Since then NRG has looked unstoppable with Jstn and SquishyMuffinz cutting through defences with ease. It's hard to see who will be able to stop them.

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All the gear and no idea for Version1?

WELCOME TO THE HARSH REALITY THAT IS ROCKET LEAGUE, VERSION1

That was an impressive entrance video, and the social media team deserve the plaudits for understanding the Rocket League esports community, however, Rat Enterprises struggled massively in the off-season and some quirky social gimmicks cannot pave over the cracks. Whilst we all hope to see the ex-Cloud9 duo excel, their acquisition of AxB may have come too late for success this week. 

Spacestation to rock the boat?

CAN SYPICAL, RETALS, AND ARSENAL UNSEAT NRG AND ENVY?

Whatever NRG can do, Sypical can do just as well if not better. Throughout the off-season as soon as the dynamic duo on NRG would pull off something incredible, the inner beast the stirs inside of Sypical and he pulls off something completely unearthly. Alongside retals, Syp could very well have found the winning formula to push them to the top of North America.

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Have G2 crept under the radar to take NA by storm?

WITH NO ROSTER CHANGES AND A QUIET OFF-SEASON, CAN G2 GET BACK ON THEIR PERCH?

G2 are almost the Bilbo Baggins of this crazy off-season. Coming in hard at the end of Season 9 to take home the crown in NA, they've popped on the ring of invisibility and dwelled on the Shire to cool off. Barely mentioned throughout the crazy rostermania that unfolded, G2 now have the chance to reclaim their precious crown at the top of NA, and you wouldn't bet against Rizzo, Jknaps, and Chicago to unleash the wrath of Smaug. 

Who Can Emerge As The Best of The Rest?

CAN PLOT TWIST AND OMELETTE CAUSE MORE UPSETS?

RLCS points will be crucial to secure the fifth and sixth place in North America and book a seat on the plane to the World Championships. Omelette and Plot Twist ran riot at the Summer Shuffle, and it will only take a few results like that to rack up those all-important points. eUnited, Charlotte Phoenix, Valence, XSET, Alpine Esports, Kansas City Pioneers, Pittsburgh Knights, and Susquehanna Soniqs will all look to break into the top six. Many unproven teams feature here, and the uncertainty is riveting.

The Grid kicks off in North America at 10pm on August 7, with Version1 and XSET gaming getting the ball rolling. 

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