I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: professional Rocket League is an S-tier esport.
A game like no other with players trying to figure it out along the way since its 2015 release. Pros trying to remain relevant in such a fast-paced scene because once you get to the top, who knows how long you’ll be able to stick around and few have navigated those highs, lows, and inevitable pitfalls than Pierre "Turbopolsa" Silfver.
The Swedish star will always be synonymous with two things: Rocket League and the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS).
Winning three straight World Championships, winning his fourth with former rivals and doing so with four different organisations -- in such a team esport like Rocket League, is unheard of.
With Team Envy’s return to the Rocket League scene, Turbo, alongside teammates Massimo "Atomic" Franceschi and Nick "mist" Costello, are dominating North America and currently hold the #1 spot in the leaderboards.
Finishing Top 4 in the Fall Split Major, winning three NA Regionals in a row and going into the Winter Split Major as fan-favourites, Team Envy is doing not too shabby despite their two-year absence from the game.
Turbopolsa is metaphorically on cloud nine -- but it wasn’t always like this. There was a time when his name provoked relief instead of fear in his opponents.
The Benchwarmers’ Fairy Tale
For Turbo, school was never an option. Although he graduated and can practice as an electrician just fine, his mind and soul followed where video games went.
Introduced to gaming at an early age by his father, Turbo started by playing FIFA, NHL and later Rocket League as he made the switch from console to PC.
He then joined the professional Rocket League scene only five months after its release.
Playing for teams like Ka-Pow and myXMG, Turbo would find a home in Northern Gaming as a sub, where a life-and-career-defining moment was waiting to happen.
Turbopolsa had to sub in for Nicolai "Maestro" Bang as he wasn’t able to join his teammates David "Deevo" Morrow and Remco "remkoe" den Boer for the LAN event.
It's a moment that lives in the memory of many OG Rocket League fans and one which set the stage for the game's first superstar player.
Northern Gaming went on to win the RLCS Season 3 World Championship and Turbo went from sub to world-beater just like that.
Can’t spell ‘superb’ without ‘sub’
Only 19 days after winning their first World Championship, Northern Gaming disbanded, releasing their roster to later be acquired by Team EnVy Us (sound familiar?).
But Turbopolsa’s career was just beginning and even though he had no team just yet, there were plenty of headhunters looking to make room for the free agent. Enter: Gale Force Esports.
Gale Force entered the Rocket League scene after acquiring the Pocket Aces roster, ultimately only keeping Jos "ViolentPanda" van Meurs and building the team around him.
Hence, Alexandre "Kaydop" Courant was added to the roster and our poster boy, Turbopolsa, followed soon after. In the span of three months, Gale Force had assembled Europe’s dream team.
This roster went on to win two RLCS World Championships in a row in Seasons 4 and 5 with Gale Force later-turned Dignitas, accumulating three consecutive championships for Turbo.
One of the two World Championship wins was in the iconic bracket-reset 0-second Justin “jstn.” Morales’ goal and Grand Finals against NRG.
The goal we all know and love to this day that still makes us say: “This is Rocket League” every chance we get was shut down from a Championship by none other than Turbo himself, who ultimately scored the OT goal to seal the win.
ViolentPanda, Kaydop and Turbopolsa are currently the winningest RLCS players, having won the RLCS World Championship two times, three times and four times, respectively.
If you can’t beat them…
NRG was at a crossroads. After replacing fan favourite Jacob "Jacob" McDowell with jstn. and after the unforeseen retirement of Jayson "Fireburner" Nunez after RLCS Season 8, the future was uncertain for the org.
Who better to fill the gap left behind by Fireburner than a player known as the greatest Rocket League player of all time?
In the first-ever North America-Europe transfer, Turbopolsa left Dignitas and brought the long-awaited RLCS Championship to NRG after being the one to take it away a few seasons back. The birth of the four-time.
While there was some drama in a "he said-she said-fashion" after the Championship win, NRG signed Mariano "SquishyMuffinz" Arruda, moving Turbopolsa to the inactive roster and eventually releasing him.
This would not sit well with Turbopolsa and instead of returning to Europe, Turbo found a home in his old home, Team Envy -- the org that brought Northern Gaming back from the grave.
Turbo was out for revenge.
Rocket League’s Greatest of All Time
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With a feisty personality and a fierce competitive streak, Turbopolsa knows where he stands in Rocket League and he isn't afraid to say so.
In what sounds too poetic to be true, Turbo is currently crushing it in North America -- the continent he beat several times in the Grand Finals is now his region. His yard.
He did what he had to do and is showing that to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.
The four-time, four-time, four-time, four-time king we all know and love/hate is taking down everyone and everything that gets in his way -- and that threat is worldwide.