On December 8 at the top Rocket League Squads from around the world gather in Rotterdam, Netherlands for the Rocket League Championship Series Fall Major. This Major represents the first LAN event of the 2022-2023 RLCS season — and our first chance to see the best teams from each region go head to head.
Teams qualify for the Major by earning points at regional events based on their performance; every event has one Swiss stage, followed by a single-elimination playoff bracket. After three rounds of regional events (the Open, Cup and Invitational), the sixteen qualified teams have been assembled.
To prepare for the Fall Major, below is a briefing on each of the five qualified North American teams, along with what they must do to win the 2022-2023 Rocket League Championship Series Fall Major. The winning team will take home $100,000 and 32 points towards qualifying for future RLCS events.
Gen.G Mobil 1 Racing – 44 points
Gen.G has consistently topped the North American region all season, taking second place in both the Fall Open and Fall Cup before finally seeing gold in the Fall Invitational with a dominant 4-0 sweep over the as second placed FaZe Tribe.
Gen.G turned up the heat at the perfect time – dropping just one game during the Invitational playoff series and going into the Fall Major with the best momentum of any team in North America.
After Noly and ApparentlyJack moved from England to compete in North America (a huge point of contention in the ever-raging EU/NA battle for dominance) with Chronic, the side has played some of the most high-pressure, in-your- face Rocket League we’ve ever seen. The team swarms the ball, forcing their opponent to fight for every clearance, meaning only elite opponents can maintain possession, let alone score.
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North America’s top-seeded team has only lost six series at RLCS events so far this season, but two of these losses were major finals. Gen.G is clearly one of the most talented teams in Rocket League, but will need to keep their momentum going and stay focused to win a tournament against opponents from other regions.
FaZe clan – 38 points
FaZe Clan has proven to be the best team in North America when they click, and are the second seed in North America by placing first and second at the Fall Open and Invitational.
The team placed 3rd/4th at last season’s RLCS Worlds and have only strengthened their roster by adding defensive specialist Mist for the 2022-2023 season. With an incredibly solid backline, Firstkiller and Sypical are free to explore cross-field passes that easily slice through the opposing defense, leading to some of the most dynamic offensive play in the game.
In addition to an impressive series record of 14-4 via regional play, FaZe is also the only team to beat Gen.G twice at RLCS events. Despite the disastrous 0-4 series against Gen.G at the Invitational Grand Finals, FaZe has since beaten the NA leaders again in their most recent matchup at a community tournament, proving once again that they are among the best in the region .
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FaZe’s roster changes have paid off so far this season and the team’s ceiling seems uncapped as they head into the Major. That said, FaZe’s dominance sometimes seems to rest on individual performances, like Firstkiller’s unreal show for their Fall Open Victory. If Firstkiller, Mist and Sypical can play at their peak togetherthey will be unstoppable.
Version1 – 32 points
If one team illustrates how exciting the race is at the top of North America, it’s Version 1. Across the three playoff rounds of regional events, Version1 lost to Gen.G twice in the first round and defeated them once in the finals, showing that any top team can beat another on their day.
While they tend to make things difficult for themselves by dropping matches into the Swiss stage of events, Version1 are a talented squad that defies convention to say the least. The squad includes RLCS veteran Torment, mechanical dynamo BeastMode and the nonsense-talking wildcard Comm, who recently scored a record 20 destruction in one game against NRG.
Featuring some of the most technically gifted and, frankly, entertaining players Rocket LeagueVersion1’s matches are a must-watch whether you love them or hate them.
Key to success:
Version 1 only ranks third in North America for their lack of consistency. If the team had just a few more wins via the regional Swiss stage over teams, they probably should have defeated, Version1 could have evaded Gen.G and probably scored a few more points through regional playoffs.
It’s clear they can beat top teams, but V1 needs to set themselves up for success by staying focused through the Swiss leg of the Major. With a solid playoff seed, this trio could certainly go on a deep run and even challenge for the title.
Space Station Gaming: 31 points
Entering just below version 1 is their polar opposite, Spacestation Gaming, a team that lost just one Swiss Stage match across all three regional events. Despite this, the team struggled through the playoffs, being knocked out in the semi-finals at every event with a 4–1 loss.
Space station mainstay Arsenal will have Lj. and Rocket League prodigy Daniel at the Major, where they take on the Middle East Falcons in the first round of the Swiss leg. Despite numerous opportunities, Spacestation has never managed to beat North America’s top teams, so they may struggle with top-flight opposition from other regions.
Key to success:
Simply put, Spacestation Gaming needs to get over the hump. They deserve their spot at the Major, but need to make a statement at some point to build their confidence and maintain momentum for as long as it takes, either in the Major tournament or the upcoming winter split.
G2 Esports – 26 points
After a second-place finish at last season’s RLCS Worlds, G2 are struggling to get going and return to their dominant form. The experienced roster of JKnaps, Chicago and Atomic (last season’s NA MVP) reached the semi-finals of two of the three regional events, but failed to even qualify for the cup play-offs after three consecutive defeats in the Swiss leg.
While most teams would be thrilled to qualify for the Major, especially after series victories over FaZe, Version1, and Gen.G, this team was certainly poised to outperform them. With this in mind, G2’s alleged underperformance may also be a by-product of North America’s overall talent growth last season – the transfer of Furia and Gen.G players from other regions has certainly raised the bar and brought in even more talent added to an already packed top five.
Key to success:
While G2 may have an unfavorable seed for the Major, don’t count them out. The experienced roster have seen their fair share of LANs and have proven they have the skills to win a match against the best teams in their region.
Unless the team has a really unlucky run of losses like they did at the Fall Cup, G2 has a good chance of surviving the Swiss stage and making some noise in the playoffs if they keep their cool throughout the tournament. The team’s experience in front of a live audience will definitely come into play, so a deep run from G2 at the Major wouldn’t be surprising.
It’s hard to pick a clear top team from North America’s best. It’s busy at the top and regional events have shown that no team is invincible. As the first LAN event of the 2022-2023 season, it’s our first real chance to see North American teams compete against opponents from other regions.
While Europe may have won the World Championship last season, talent in North America is clearly on the rise and I think we’ll see great representation from North America well into the playoffs. This major will be an excellent test for players from all regions, and fans certainly have a lot to look forward to during the Fall Major, which kicks off December 8 on Twitch.tv/RocketLeague.
This article is the first of three Fall Major primers – keep an eye out for the European and other regional briefings coming before the LAN event!