Onslaught eSports, with their acquisition of professional Rocket League team “Retrospect”, entered the inaugural Rocket League Championship Series as one of the top seeds and favorites to potentially advance to the Group Stages. The massively popular tournament featured over 20,000 players from both North America and Europe, kicking off April 30-May 1st and was partnered with Twitch.tv. The tournament was so large that the brackets were broken into pods to accommodate the massive number of teams. Onslaught entered it’s pod with a showdown looming with another top professional team, Orbit to determine who advanced into the coveted Group Stage.
After dispatching many challengers, Onslaught advanced to the top-128 team bracket without dropping a map and running up some impressive scores and plays. The T128 bracket also marked the beginning of the cast matches, and to kick off the RLCS, Onslaught eSports was chosen to as the very first streamed team, an awesome honor and a treat for the 10,000-15,000 viewers on stream. Heavily-favorited, Onslaught came out on top with some aggressive offense and timely defense. Check out the VOD from our 2-0 win here:
As the matches continued, the penultimate match up with Orbit finally materialized. Orbit and Onslaught have battled it out quite a few times recently, including in last weeks Rocket Royale (hosted by Rocket League Central) with Onslaught coming out on top. However this time, the tables were turned as a series of hard-fought and close battles saw Orbit come out on top 2-0, advancing them into the Group Stage and sending Onslaught down to the championship game of the lower bracket to try to qualify to try for Group Stage. You can watch the VOD from this mega-hyped match here:
After a brief wait on the remaining games in the lower bracket, Onslaught finally was able to punch their ticket into the RLCS by winning the championship game of the lower bracket 2-0 in thrilling, close games. Congrats to the team of Klassux, Huskih, Espeon, and subs Flow and KyleMasc on qualifying for the next stage of the $75,000 Rocket League Championship Series!