The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Promotion Playoffs for North America pitted the bottom two RLCS squads and the top two Rocket League Rival Series (RLRS) teams against each other in a double elimination format on May 5, 2018. Fighting for their place in the RLCS was Counter Logic Gaming and Out of Style. FlyQuest and Allegiance were representing the RLRS as they were the top two teams in the NA region. Each round pitted two teams in a best of 7 series, with only one sweep happening where Allegiance eliminated Out of Style.
Counter Logic Gaming vs. Allegiance
The upper bracket saw CLG defeated Allegiance winning with a score 4-1. ALG was not quite ready for CLG and the speed that Chris “Dappur” Mendoza, Timi “Timi” Falodun and Jesus “Mijo” Gutierrez are known to play with. CLG did not have a great season in RLCS but they were coming up in play quality so they were the favorites in this match-up. This round saw a large number of shots from CLG which Allegiance could not shut down.
Out of Style vs. FlyQuest
The other match-up saw Out of Style from the RLCS go up against FlyQuest, who were looking to get into the RLCS for the first time. According to shoutcaster Michael “Achieves” Williams, Ronin “PrimeThunder” D’Auria from FLY was “very confident” and “feeling very good about his chances”. Out of Style came from the RLRS in S4, so they were very familiar with what was at stake. This time though, FLY came out on top, sending OoS to the lower bracket with a 4-2 series win.
Upper Bracket Finals
Counter Logic Gaming vs. FlyQuest
Those results then saw an upper bracket final where CLG took on FLY. Both teams fought tooth and nail with game 1 seeing an overtime goal by Dappur in only 24 seconds. Games 2 and 3 saw FLY win 4-2 and 4-1 respectively. CLG took game 3 with a 3-1 scoreline, showing that they were still in it to win. FLY took game 4 to force match point though, 4-2. Game 6 sat at 2-1 CLG till the timer hit zero and Nicholas “Wonder” Blackerby moved the ball from own corner with an aerial touch, followed by another lift by PrimeThunder towards the CLG net. Austin “AyyJayy” Aebi then secured the goal for the tie. 22 seconds into overtime, Wonder made the connection with a centering pass to PrimeThunder off the left corner of the CLG side. PrimeThunder barely made the shot past a side-rushing Timi, securing their spot in RLCS Season 6.
Allegiance vs. Out of Style
Allegiance saw themselves going up against Out of Style after taking a tough loss against Counter Logic Gaming. Out of Style were the favorites since they were coming to the Promotion Playoffs as the #8 finisher in RLCS. Brandon “Lachinio” Lachin, Jonathan “EpicJonny” Ramrattan and Hayden “Hato” Balsys simply could not figure out the defense of ALG though. Ty “TyNotTyler” Helewa, Sebastian “Sea-Bass” Becerra and Braxton “Allushin” Lagarec, revered by the community, ended up taking down the RLCS veterans in a 4-0 shutout. OoS have been relegated to the RLRS after dodging this fate last season by knocking down ALG. Allegiance played like they had something to prove, and has only allowed one goal in the last 3 games.
Lower Bracket Finals
Allegiance vs. Counter Logic Gaming
Allegiance then went on to face CLG. Game 1 showed that CLG had done their homework and ended up taking it 2-1. ALG then pulled it together and took the next four games in succession. Games 3 and 4 were very close with the fourth installment in this final series going to OT with a nail biting ALG win. ALG took a three goal lead at half time with Sea-Bass scoring 4 goals. Dappur then popped off twice with great shots. ALG then made the triple commit, allowing Timi to score and bring it to 4-5, still with CLG holding on. With 23 seconds remaining, all three CLG squadmates came together in a dangerous pass play in the orange box for the tie.
In overtime, Allegiance took control and did not allow the ball to cross into their zone. TyNotTyler passed from the right side of the net and allowed Allushin to score the game winner with a perfectly placed far side shot. Game 5 was a near stalemate though, as the final score was 2-1 in favor of Allegiance.
FlyQuest and Allegiance: Community Heroes
Both the Allegiance and FlyQuest squads came up through the ranks of community tournaments. Allegiance was known as Emotion in those days and saw solid success in early 2017 in the various NA weekly tournaments. Since then they have stayed together, and now find themselves back in RLCS after being relegated by Out of Style last season.
AyyJayy, PrimeThunder and Wonder were picked up by FlyQuest after the now Evil Geniuses squad were plucked away. This FlyQuest roster played under the Ambition Esports banner before being picked up by their current organization. The Wonder/Thunder pairing made massive waves in the Universal Open 2v2 tournament before being eliminated by Ghost. AyyJayy fit right into the void that was left by Marcus “Air” Rodriguez from the original roster. AyyJayy of course being another fantastic community warrior.
Both teams are determined to prove that they belong at the top of Rocket League Esports. Only next season will tell.
The full replay of this tournament can be found here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/258066277