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Five bold predictions for RLCS 2021/22

The Rocket League Championship Series is always full of surprises, but what if we took the unimaginable and ran with it?
I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again… the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) is finally back! Another season of car soccer mayhem is upon us, where we are certain dreams will come true, hearts will break, and clips will be clipped in the 10-month-long campaign.

Until then, though, we can let our minds run wild ahead of all of the action, and we can’t be proven wrong until, you know, we get proven wrong. 

From shifts in power to international and historic upsets, here are five bold predictions for the Rocket League Championship Series 2021/22 season.

1. Musty will play his first professional RLCS game

Wyatt “amustycow”, better known as Musty, is the most popular car soccer content creator in the world, with his Rocket League YouTube channel boasting the most subscribers at the time of writing.

The 20-year-old is also the official The General NRG substitute since March of this year, which has earned him in-game blue titles without ever touching the pitch under the NRG banner.

5 bold predictions for RLCS 2021-22
GarrettG, coach Sizz, jstn and Musty chilling during the RLCS offseason. (Picture: NRG Rocket League/YouTube)

However, that could change during this season as he will be in the active roster at the start of a 9-and-a-half-month-long season where anything can happen to anybody’s internet across any of the nine regionals or plenty of qualifiers.

Even if it’s for a single game in a best-of set going 21 fixtures, Musty could finally say he is a pro gamer. One day… 

2. BDS supremacy won’t be for long

The Swiss behemoth ran through the entirety of the old continent’s Rocket League scene so much so that their second place finish in the RLCS X European Championship left fans shocked.

Their first and only Grand Finals loss came in the last possible match of a season where they had won every single Major, several Grids and multiple Regionals.

5 bold predictions for RLCS 2021-22
BDS finished the RLCS X season with a 12-1 Grand Finals record. (Picture: Liquipedia)

Amassing almost half a million dollars in prize money in less than two years is every org’s ambition but few would have felt it realistically possible. It may be that where other, more experienced, teams saw decimation with COVID, BDS saw opportunity, and reaped the rewards of a online -- no LAN -- competitive landscape but can they keep it up going forward?

While BDS might still reign supreme against their European rivals, that is no certainity with competition in region fiercer than ever. And with an international LAN on the cards, its not just their noisy neighbours they need worry about. 

3. FaZe Clan will enter North America’s Big Four

Speaking of hierarchy within the regions, one of the fastest-rising orgs in NA is the one and only, FaZe Clan.

The world-renowned esports and entertainment organisation entered RL esports back in March 2021 after signing The Peeps. The roster even clinched a top six season finish that secured their participation in the North American Championship.

5 bold predictions for RLCS 2021-22
FaZe Clan’s in-game decal was one of the most expected cosmetics in Rocket League history. (Picture: Psyonix)

After getting first-rounded, FaZe benched Jirair "Gyro" Papazian and replaced him with prodigy 16-year-old Jason "Firstkiller" Corral in the blink of an eye, promising the red, white and black brand a bright future in the esports scene.

Clean sweeping the competition during the invitational qualifiers alongside defending World Champions NRG, it isn't hard to imagine a world where FaZe Clan take over the continent and rip it from the Big Four’s hands.

4. New regions will win an RLCS LAN Major

On that very same note, Rocket League is known to be the land of opportunity (look at BDS for a quick example), and with the region expansion for the 2021/22 Rocket League Championship Series, we believe it isn’t just a business decision but also the chance of a lifetime for new rocketeers.

5 bold predictions for RLCS 2021-22
MENA, APAC N and APAC S will make their RLCS debut this 2021/22 season. (Picture: Psyonix)

For the first time ever, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia Pacific North and Asia Pacific South will be competing in the RLCS with the chance to compete against the rest of the world come LAN time, and who knows? Maybe the upcoming Christmas LAN’s story will be the biggest upset in Rocket League history as a new team dethrones the popular NA or EU kings.

5. The World Championship won’t have EU vs NA

But why stop there? What if the traditional NA vs EU World Championship Grand Finals trend gets derailed, and we get to see an Asian or African roster going toe to toe against BDS or NRG.

5 bold predictions for RLCS 2021-22
The nine-month-long season leads up to the 2022 LAN World Championship two years in the making. (Picture: Psyonix)

An APAC North, APAC South, MENA, South American or Oceanian Grand Finalist would be historic in its own right -- even making it to the knockout stages at the World Championship would be noteworthy. 

Hopefully, there’s a timeline where all regions reach the stature of the game's top regions and the World Championship becomes a global clash of the titans -- and even more hopeful; we are positive we are living that timeline right here, right now.

 

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Featured image courtesy of Psyonix.