Cloud9 Wins Northern Arena Rocket League Invitational 2017
Northern Arena, the leading Canadian Esports organisation, has recently held the major Rocket League Invitational tournament. A total of the 7 best RLCS teams were invited. The 8th slot was reserved for a Canadian team that secured its spot earlier through the online qualifiers:
- G2 Esports
- Gale Force eSports
- Ghost Gaming
- NRG Esports
- PSG eSports
- Mirage Sport Electronique (Canadian qualified)
It was a perfect opportunity for these teams to gauge each other’s strengths and weaknesses prior to the Season 4 World Championship in November.
The action took place on October 21st and 22nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The format was the best of five in a double elimination bracket, giving every team ample opportunity to advance into the Grand Finals. With the prize pool of $30,000 USD, fighting for the top spots was well worth it.
|5th & 6th||$1,500|
|7th & 8th||$500|
Match Results & Final Standings
Mirage Sports Electronique, the Canadian qualified team, had the unfortunate prospect of facing the newly crowned Season 4 EU RLCS champions, Gale Force eSports, in the first match of the quarterfinals. Needless to say, GFE dominated in all 3 games, scoring 14 goals in total, while MSE only scored 1.
NRG Esports and PSG eSports faced each other next, and it went the distance. PSG managed to beat the NA veterans in the deciding game, but it certainly looked like NRG could take the win here.
G2 Esports and Cloud9 had another chance at each other, and it ended as expected. The NA champs Cloud9 overwhelmed their rivals G2 3 to 1, scoring a lot more goals in the process.
The last quarterfinals match was between NA and EU #2, Method and Ghost Gaming. In this instance, the EU team dominated quite convincingly, scoring 5 goals in each of their three wins.
Later that day, the semifinals had PSG against GFE, and Cloud9 vs. Method. Both matches went the distance, with PSG defeating their EU rivals and champs GFE, and Cloud9 reverse-sweeping Method for the win.
The following day, it was time for final resolution in the losers’ bracket. MSE and G2 Esports got easily dispatched by NRG and Ghost in the first round. NRG then proceeded to win the next round against Method with a dramatic reverse-sweep (3-2). GFE fell apart completely against Ghost (3-0), raising concerns and doubts afterwards. Wasting no time, NRG dominated Ghost in the third round as well, finishing strong at 3-1.
Now was the time for the winners’ finals. Cloud9 displayed marked improvement once again, sending PSG into the losers’ finals. There, PSG put a nail in the coffin of NRG hopes, winning 3-1. Fresh off of this win, PSG proceeded to narrowly beat Cloud9 in the first match of the grand finals.
Due to Cloud9 winning the upper bracket, PSG had to defeat them twice to win the tournament. Unfortunately, they failed to do so in the second match, with Cloud9 Squishy pulling off some breathtaking solo plays, crushing PSG in the process 4-1.
|5th-6th||$1,500||Gale Force eSports|
|Mirage Sport Electronique|
Overall, the Northern Arena Rocket League Invitational provided a sneak-peek into Season 4 Rocket League World Championship in November. The NA and EU teams never looked closer to each other in terms of raw skill, teamplay and coordination. However, it seems that Cloud9 towers over everybody else this year. It remains to be seen whether they can maintain this dominant position – the rest of the teams will surely work tirelessly to catch up with the NA Season 4 champs.