With the overwhelming success of Rival Week I, Rocket League‘s developer Psyonix provided funding for Rival Week II. Teams Fibeon, Rogue, Flyquest, Team Envy, Renegades, Method, Cloud9, NRG, Fnatic, and PSG Esports fought for a chance at a prize pool of $5000. The winner for each day would receive $700 of Pro Rivalry League’s (PRL) unique format consisting of best of 7’s done in three sets.
Rival Week Day 1: Renegades vs Fibeon
On the first day of Rival Week II were teams Renegades and Fibeon. These two teams had polarizing match scores during Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS). Fibeon performed well while the Renegades had a difficult time making headway and unfortunately, that polarization carried over into Rival Week. Series one ended with four games won by Fibeon while Renegades only managed two wins. In the second best of seven set, four games were won by Fibeon after some calculated shots from player “Chicago”. Renegades only managed to win two games during the second set.
Rival Week Day 2: Team Envy vs Fnatic
Team Envy and Fnatic was the first matchup to play three best of seven games. In series one, Fnatic took a dominating foothold by winning four games allowing team Envy one win in the first set. For series two, Team Envy managed a victory by taking four games but not without Fnatic taking two wins. Finally, the third series brought Fnatic back into the limelight only allowing Team Envy one win out of seven.
Rival Week Day 3: Flyquest vs Rogue
Day number three of Rival Week had Flyquest pitted against the infamous Rogue. While Flyquest is an insane team, Rogue gave them a run for their money. In the first series, the two teams were close in score. Rogue won four games though Flyquest did take three games giving viewers all seven games in the first set. The second series was fairly close with Rogue taking four games to Flyquest’s two. It was a well fought out victory.
Rival Week Day 4: Method vs PSG Esports
Up until this rival week, I tended to root for “Mognus” or “Metsanauris” on team Method. During the show matches between these two teams, my perspective changed to be in favor of player “Al0t”. During series one, Method won four games because of Al0t’s insane ability to read ceiling shots. Though, PSG Esports did take one game off the European team. Series two had a similar result with Method taking the series four games without allowing PSG Esports any wins. In fact, the last game of the series had Method destroying their opponents 8 – 2.
Rival Week Day 5: Cloud9 vs NRG
Finally, day 5 had the most anticipated matchup of the week between Cloud9 and NRG, two of the best teams in Rocket League. It was the second time that played three sets. The first series was close with four games won by NRG. However, Cloud9 gave them a solid run by taking three of the seven. In the second series, NRG leveled the playing field in a dominating sweep of four games. Then, the third series wrapped things up in disappointment for many as NRG won series three. Their opponents were only able to take one game in the series, leaving the scoreboard clear of the clouds.
Speed to the Finish Line
PRL has improved leaps and bounds since its inception. In a previous article entitled “A Look Back at Pro Rivalry League in 2016” we looked the community’s progression. After running weekly tournaments, expanding into an EU division, and impressive high production levels, PRL landed a gig to host the RLCS qualifiers. Since the bar keeps elevating higher for this group, Psyonix saw the potential allowing a cash infusion to put on another Rival Week.
The story doesn’t end there because many members of PRL will be attending the Rocket League Championship Series from November 10 – 12th sporting a hefty $150,000 prize pool. Who will take the title and some fast cash? Find out on Twitch TV when the finals go live!
Until next time.
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