Rocket League has become one of the biggest esports in the world. With the 2021-22 RLCS season, it’s looking to go even further.
The 2021-22 season of the Rocket League Championship Series is fast approaching and it contains the biggest expansion yet. The largest prize pool in RLCS history is up for grabs, with an incredible $6,000,000 to be won.
Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming season.
Enormous prize pool aside, there are a lot of other new factors and changes to the RLCS for the impending 2021-22 season. First and foremost, the RLCS is expanding to include three new regions, those being Asia-Pacific North, Asia-Pacific South, and Middle East & North Africa. This will bring the possibility of top level Rocket League esports to millions more potential players and fans.
With the addition of these new regions comes the standardisation of the overall competition format, so that every region can be compared with one another more directly.
We’re adding new regions to the #RLCS:— Rocket League Esports (@RLEsports) September 15, 2021
– Asia-Pacific North
– Asia-Pacific South
– Middle East & North Africa
– Sub-Saharan Africa*
* Sub-Saharan Africa won’t be a full participant in the RLCS, but will have two spots at the World Championship Wildcard. pic.twitter.com/SX9k3taZP4
On top of this massive three region expansion, there will also be official Rocket League competition in Sub-Saharan Africa as well. While the region won’t be a full participant in the RLCS for 2021-22, there will be spots on offer at the all-new Rocket League World Championship Wildcard tournament for the best teams in the region.
What is the World Championship Wildcard?
The Rocket League World Championship Wildcard is a new part of the World Championship itself. It will be played before the main event, and will feature 16 teams which will have qualified from the various RLCS regions and Sub-Saharan Africa. These teams will then compete in a Swiss format, at the end of which the top eight will join the eight auto-qualified teams at the World Championship Main Event.
As for the overall RLCS season, it will look much the same as it did last year. There will be Fall, Winter and Spring splits, within each of which there will be three regional events and then one major event. Points accrued from teams’ performances in these events will count towards their eligibility for the World Championship, which will begin at the season’s end, on 22 July 2022.
There is also a stated intention to return to LAN events for the 2021-22 RLCS season. This will begin with a major held in Stockholm, which will be played offline but without fan access. While it is a shame that fans will not be able to attend these events until 2022 at least, there is still some excitement to be found in the fact that the likes of G2 Esports, Williams-Resolve and BS+COMPETITION will be battling it out offline.
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