The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) 2021/22 season is on its way and we have all you need to know about this year’s tournament!
The eSports world has evolved massively over the last few years, and Rocket League has made sure to be a part of it with huge tournaments.
The RLCS is the largest one in the Rocket League community and sees players compete in the tournament for around nine months to win the prize pool.
This promises to be Rocket League’s best tournament yet, so be sure to find out the schedule in order to watch some of the best players in the game compete.
Here is everything you need to know about RLCS 2021/22:
The schedule spans from October - July and we have got all the dates in full. These are the confirmed dates for now but they could be subject to change.
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #1: October 15 - 17
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #1: October 22 - 24
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #2: October 29 - 31
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #2: November 5 - 7
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #3: November 12 - 14
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #3: November 19 - 21
- Major: December 8 - 12
- Transfer Window: December 13, 2021 - January 2, 2022
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #1: January 14 - 16
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #1: January 21 - 23
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #2: January 28 - 30
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #2: February 4 - 6
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #3: February 18 - 20
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #3: February 25 - 27
- Major: March 24 - 27
- Transfer Window: March 28 - April 17
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #1: April 29 - May 1
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #1: May 6 - 8
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #2: May 13 - 15
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #2: May 20 - 22
- NA, MENA, OCE, APAC S Regional #3: May 27 - 29
- EU, SAM, APAC N Regional #3: June 3 - 5
- Major: June 30 - July 3
- Wildcard: July 22 - 24
- Main Event: July 26 - 31
Many across the gaming community will not know the prize pool and will also be very curious to find out what it is. Players will be amazed to hear that a huge amount of money is up for grabs as the Prize Pool is $6,000,000, which is £4,337,490.
The format for the Rocket League Championship Series has evolved for the 2021/22 season and has also expanded.
There are new regions joining for the upcoming season. The new regions that will be joining the RLCS are:
- Asia-Pacific North (APAC N)
- Asia-Pacific South (APAC S)
- Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
There are a lot of changes to the format and they are:
- The season will once again be divided into Fall/Autumn, Winter, and Spring Splits, leading to the Rocket League World Championship
- Each Regional Event begins with an Open Qualifier
- Teams are able to auto-qualify to Regional Events through their performance at the previous Regional Event; however, in the first Regional Event of the year, all teams must play in the Open Qualifier
- Each Split has three Regional Events and is capped with a Major
- Every Regional and every Major in each Split will have 16 teams
- Each Split features a different format
- Teams earn points at each event, with Majors being heavily weighted over Regional Events
- Points from Regional Events and Majors are used to qualify to the Rocket League World Championship
- RLCS: The Grid won't be returning for the RLCS 2021-22 season, but team broadcasts are taking place on the first day of every Regional Event in Europe and North America
- Teams are allowed to make two roster moves in total throughout the season, with a max of one per trade window, without forfeiting their points
Aside from these changes to the format, the World Championship will work as so:
- The World Championship will have two main stages: the new World Championship Wildcard and the World Championship Main Event
- Eight teams will auto-qualify to the Main Event
- Regions that perform the best at Majors are rewarded with auto-qualification spots to the World Championship. After all three Majors, the best regions in the top eight of Major points will be weighted against each other to see who earns the most auto-qualified slots to the World Championship Main Event.
- The Main Event will feature four double-elimination groups that feed into a high-stakes, single-elimination bracket.
- 16 teams will qualify for the World Championship Wildcard and they are
- -North America: Three seeds
- -Europe: Three seeds
- -Middle East & North Africa: Two seeds
- -Oceania (OCE): Two seeds
- -South America: Two seeds
- -Sub-Saharan Africa: Two seeds
- -Asia-Pacific North: One seed
- -Asia-Pacific South: One seed
- The top eight teams from the World Championship Wildcard will qualify for the World Championship Main Event
- The World Championship Wildcard will feature a Swiss format
There is a lot of information to read through for this upcoming RLCS Season, so make sure you understand it all in order to fully enjoy the tournament.
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