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Major changes announced for Rocket League’s Championship Series

Published: 12/Jun/2020 11:08 Updated: 12/Jun/2020 11:09

by Joe Craven


Psyonix, developers of the immensely popular Rocket League, have revealed an overhaul to the game’s esports scene, following criticism from a number of the league’s teams. 

Back in May, 13 professional Rocket League teams penned a letter to Psyonix regarding their issues with the competitive scene. Among other things, the developer’s communication with teams was highlighted as a particular low point.

While many teams were expecting minor changes and adjustments to the existing model, Psyonix have surprised the community by revealing a complete overhaul to the existing esports model, which will now be replaced with a Rocket League ‘open circuit’.

The existing RLCS is being overhauled.

The new format will consist of three splits per season. Each split will consist of three regional events (EU, NA etc.), culminating in an international major tournament. There will still be a separate World Championship (alongside the three splits), taking place in the same calendar year.

The regional events, taking place prior to the international competitions, will award team points based on their performances. These points will enable teams to qualify for the larger tournaments, potentially deciding seeds and brackets too.

The RLCS’ current format is being done away with.

Exisiting success in the RLCS will not be discounted however, with Psyonix taking existing standings into account moving forward.

“Additionally, all currently qualified RLCS and Rival Series teams will have automatic qualification to the first Split of a weekly league that will run from beginning to end of each Split,” the letter, obtained by EsportObserver, said.

Psyonix concluded by reaffirming their commitment to better communication, another change that will be welcomed by nearly every team.

The news follows Cloud9’s departure from professional Rocket League, and may help dissuade other organizations from following suit.

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Psyonix responds to Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenge concerns

Published: 12/Nov/2020 0:42

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Rocket League Season 1 is underway, but many players felt like Tournament Challenges were too difficult. Fortunately, Psyonix responded quickly and made them easier.

Rocket League has developed in leaps and bounds since it’s release back in 2015. The player-base has increased exponentially since the game became free-to-play, and the competitive scene is alive and well.

Rocket League’s fun and unique gameplay are what draws players in. However, Psyonix has always been pro-active and implemented player feedback into the game, which keeps them coming back.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
It’s hard to find a game that mixes genres as well as Rocket League.

Still, that process has to start somewhere, and it often happens when enough players voice their opinions on social media. In recent weeks, Psyonix has been rocked with a wave of concerns about two Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges. 

The first one is the Stage 2 Challenge ‘Make It To The Quarter Finals In 4 Psyonix Scheduled Tournaments’. The consensus was that this was too difficult, at least for most casual players.

“Can we talk about the Season Challenges Stage 2 task which requires us to make it to Quarter Finals 4 times?” wrote one player. “I think it’s not okay to tie this to performance and making it to quarterfinals.” 

“This ruins the fun for me, and since it’s a free challenge, we NEED to perform it,” he added. It was one of several threads on the issue. However, it was upvoted more than 150 times and sparked a discussion with 100 comments.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Rocket League tournaments are arguably the game’s most intense mode.

The second one is the Stage 3 Challenge ‘Get 200 Assists in Online Matches.’ Again, players felt like this was too difficult to achieve. But this time, it was more about how long it took to do.

“I don’t think it’s possible for me to get 200 assists,” said one player, who called for a petition to remove it. “It took me half the season to get 40. I’m sure [there are] people also in the same boat. I guess I just think it’s [a] ridiculous number to hit in half a season.”

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Assists in Rocket League are almost as important as goals.

Fortunately, Psyonix heard and have already responded. “After seeing your feedback over the last few weeks about some of the Season 1 Challenges, we’ve decided to make two changes,” they said.

The first challenge has now been changed to ‘Play in 4 Psyonix Scheduled Tournaments.’ This means players only need to compete in four tournaments rather than make four quarter-finals.

The second challenge has also been changed to ‘Get 50 Assists in Online Matches.’ That means the number of assists has been decreased from 200 down to 50, which takes a quarter of the time to do.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Psyonix have already made two of the Rocket League Season 1 Challenges easier.

“These changes are live now,” they said. “If you don’t see them live in your game just yet, please restart and they should appear as intended.”

Rocket League players are thrilled with the changes. But perhaps more importantly, they’re content knowing that Psyonix always seems to have their back in the end, although it can take a bit of time.