As we kick off the first double-digit season of RGL we look forward to seeing some new faces and some returning ones with the season’s conclusion across an explosive weekend of playoff action on December 10th and 11th.
#1: Like A G6 (13-1)
vs. #2 20zc (2-0)
vs. #3 FROYO (1-1)
vs. #4 MAL X (2-0)
- Pocket Scout: caps
- Flank Scout: botmode
- Roamer: SOOOOOAPYMEiSTER
- Pocket: kobe1920
- Demoman: logan
- Medic: LOLGUY
Flying into first seed, Like A G6 has gone from building roots in Season 7 to making their way to the bank to hopefully cash in their first win since their inception, with an almost identical roster to last season, this time adopting RGL Season 6 champion LOLGUY. The team sits almost undefeated, only losing once to froyotech early on in the season on Metalworks 4-5. Other than that, they have dropped at most 3 rounds to other teams during the regular season.
Not much is to be gathered from G6’s flight recorder other than to not play Metalworks.
I asked recent DreamHack champion, caps, for a statement about his team’s endeavors to make it home and secure their first RGL championship:
#2: 20zc (12-2)
vs. #1 Like A G6 (0-2)
vs. #3 FROYO (2-0)
vs. #4 MAL X (2-0)
- Pocket Scout: jayhyunpae
- Flank Scout: branslam
- Roamer: artist
- Pocket: ash
- Demoman: habib
- Medic: hhhwrd
From the ashes of Witness Gaming, the year is 20zc, and this is what the future has to offer. Traveling from time and space, the second seed this season has some former wG and ex-FROYO players. The team has had a few roster switches since the beginning and end of the season, so there is a lot to talk about here.
Hoping to snag the championship from G6 this team has (hopefully) stayed stable with this roster so far this week; although anything can change. Despite jayhyunpae playing out the season as Demoman, none should be unfamiliar with his Scout play from his time on teams like 100 Beasts and froyotech. His partner-in-crime is branslam who takes up the role of Flank Scout rather than Combo for this latest lineup. For the Soldier duo, we have ash and artist; ash has previously worn the championship belt on Soldier. While artist has yet to do so, he has proven that he’s dauntless for that belt. hhhwrd is reprising his role of Medic, where he was last seen taking bronze with Like A G6 in Season 8. Finally to round out the roster on Demoman, habib has come out of retirement. The team doesn’t have a lot of time to shape up before playoffs, but on paper the team seems really well rounded.
Like most of the recent seasons in which these powerhouse teams have formed (during the RGL-era that is), the team stands at a humbled second place (12-2) barely losing a game 3-4 on Metalworks to Like A G6 and securing some fairly comfortable wins over the other playoff teams.
ash had this to say in his prep for playoffs:
after cutting our dead weight (kyle and zilly) im confident we can roll anyone.
#3: froyotech (10-4)
vs. #1 Like A G6 (1-1)
vs. #2 20zc (0-2)
vs. #4 MAL X (1-1)
- Pocket Scout: b4nny
- Flank Scout: yumyum
- Roamer: donovin
- Pocket: cin
- Demoman: ether
- Medic: hubida
The once unbeatable froyotech is not the first seed this season. We haven’t seen the American powerhouse fail to take the first seed into playoffs since ESEA Season 29; regardless of that they still won that season. Now to address the elephant in the room, the roster has undergone some changes since their last competition at Insomnia 69. After habib’s retirement and the departure of meyy the team has completely revamped the roster with the notable exception of b4nny; starting off we have some experienced Invite playoffs players like ether on Demoman and cin on Roamer helping the bulk of the roster stay in shape, alongside some new faces who are less known in the division such as yumyum, donovin and hubida.
The 4G.bandits sit at a comfortable 10-4 record, getting a reverse sweep over Like A G6 on Metalworks and clashing with playoff team MAL X.
Sitting in third place the team goes against 20zc first, and I asked yumyum for some words on the upcoming match, and the future of their playoffs run:
I think we will play well smile
#4: MAL X (9-5)
vs. Like A G6 (0-2)
vs. 20zc (0-2)
vs. FROYO (1-1)
- Pocket Scout: scratchh
- Flank Scout: shamoo
- Roamer: tripbwai
- Pocket: aim
- Demoman: sighguy
- Medic: Dank
The tenth iteration of the famous MyAnimeList, better known as MAL, has proven themselves worthy of making their way into playoffs. This time the team takes a slightly different roster than their previous iteration with sighguy back on Demoman, shamoo debuting his Flank Scout, and some new blood scratchh making this his second Invite season and his first playoffs run. Longtime anime enjoyers tripbwai and aim shape out the roster on Soldier while Dank is the Medic responsible for healing them. As former MAL fans would know, the last time they were together was right before RGL LAN where they netted fifth place, just shy of the playoffs berth; this season is looking differently, only getting a win over one other playoff team, froyotech. The underdogs this season don’t look as desperate as others though, so do not count them out yet.
MAL X comes in at a strong fourth seed, just barely at the doors of third, with a 9-5 record. They play against the top dog, Like A G6, in the upper-bracket semifinals.
MAL X’s Medic Dank had this to say about his championship dreams:
well i think we have a good chance of getting first since we've been rolling all the other teams in scrims recently
Playoffs Round 1:
Like A G6 vs. MAL X
Previous encounters: 2-1 Like A G6 (Sultry, W2A), 5-1 Like A G6 (Process, W5B)
MAL X might look like the underdog, but having a close game on this season's new map Sultry, they pack a mean bite. Hopefully if they take notes from their fellow playoff team froyotech, they could potentially get a map or even take the series home; despite this there aren’t many downsides of Like A G6 making them a pretty formidable opponent for the championship.
20zc vs. froyotech
Previous encounters: 3-1 20zc (Process, W2A), 5-1 20zc (Sultry, W5B)
I promise you I did not copy paste the previous encounters. Despite the early season’s close game, the gap has expanded a little between these two teams as the season has progressed, with froyotech even losing a close affair to the fourth seed team MAL X. The grind doesn’t stop though for the world champions, as they try to seal the deal with their new roster. This is definitely an uphill battle but not an impossible task.
With that I hope to see you all on the RGL Twitch on December 10th and 11th to see how this season concludes. I wish all the teams good luck, and let’s see what the best of North America have to offer!