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Inside The Screen With XSET Vrax

This week’s edition of Inside The Screen hosted by Aaron “Don” Dukes was another special show that featured guest XSET Vrax. Vrax is a sixteen-year-old content creator for XSET, with a whopping 2.8 million followers across TikTok and Twitch. Joining Don for a game of Minecraft, the two had an hour-long conversation that covered a variety of topics including: Vrax’s gaming journey, his passions outside of gaming, and what he has been up to lately. The two kick start their conversation building a house on Minecraft, which Vrax playfully admits isn’t his strong suit. As they build, Don asks the content dynamo how his summer has been.

“Things are good! It’s summer so we’re having a good time,” he tells Don before they dive into Vrax’s early gaming days. “I’m sixteen, but when I started content creation I had just turned thirteen. I was streaming, doing content, and things started to take off when I started TikTok right after turning sixteen. Don then asks Vrax who and what inspired him to become a content creator.

“For me, it was about seeing content in general. I have a twin brother, and we are big on creating content. That is one thing that we have always been able to bond over, and that is probably why it sat so well with me. I never really saw myself actually doing content to be honest. I thought that this was an exclusive thing, and it was only for those who were already in. Obviously I was wrong!”

Noting that a lot of people think gaming and creating content is “easy,” Don mentions the amount of time gamers have to put into being successful at their craft, a point Vrax definitely co-signs. “It’s definitely far from easy, especially having an audience. My story of growing my audience is a lot different than others. I would have my demotivating days, and days where I felt like nothing was going to come out of this. After three years, my Twitch was still sitting around 4,000 followers from just streaming for fun. Obviously things picked up for me after TikTok finally happened, and that was a huge factor. I learned very quickly that this wasn’t a joking matter, and if content was something that I wanted to pursue, there would be a lot of time, energy, and effort going into it.”

Continuing to build his house, Vrax elaborates on his point of just how much work a content creation career takes. “You don’t just wake up one day with everything. It’s weird when I say that now because that is kind of what happened when I started TikTok, but for the most part whenever somebody starts off they have to start from zero. Even the people we look up to now all came from zero as well. Nobody ever realizes that because they are famous, but that’s not true! When you look back on content creation from a couple years ago, you’ll realize that a lot of these guys had nothing back then.”

Don and Vrax had a great conversation, and you can catch the rest above. Be sure to follow them both on Instagram. 

 

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‘Fortnite’ World Champion Bugha Gets His Own Icon Series Skin

Fortnite’s wide assortment of character skins is spread out across all forms of media.

Players can catch W’s and eliminate the competition while adorned in the sorts of costumes that make them look like their favorite characters from Marvel, DC, blockbuster films, sports, etc. The Fortnite Icon Series is responsible for putting forth all of those recognizable skins and has even introduced ones based on popular streamers such as Ninja. Now another noteworthy streamer/content creator has joined that collective and he’s most known for winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. Of course, we’re talking about the young legend that is Bugha. And his inclusion makes all the sense in the world since he was recognized as the Best Esports Athlete at The Game Awards in 2019 and has several strong placements across numerous Fortnite tournaments. Bugha’s credentials certainly speak for themselves.

Today (July 19), it was revealed that Bugha will become the latest member of the Fortnite Icon Series. Starting on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 8 PM ET, Bugha’s Icon Series Set will become available in the Fortnite Item Shop. This set comes with the following goodies – the Bugha Outfit, the Zoey Trophy Back Bling that comes with the Fortnite World Cup trophy & Bugha’s pug placed inside of it, dual Bugha Blades Pickaxe, and the Bring It Around Emote. The Bugha outfit doesn’t just offer its default style – it also comes with the electrified Bugha Elite Style and the World Champion Bugha Style, which is reminiscent of his post-World Cup Solo Finals victory fit.

Before that skin set arrives, everyone can compete in a special LTM (Limited Time Mode) one-day, cash prize tourney called Bugha’s Late Game. An Epic Games blog piece released some details about this incoming Arena mode event – “Running from July 20 until July 28, Bugha’s Late Game Arena puts players right in the middle of competitive Fortnite. With your Trio, you’ll drop on the Island while the Storm’s already closing in. We’ve collaborated with Bugha to curate nine starting inventories grouped into three team loadouts. Each Trio will be assigned one of these team loadouts at random. As you play Bugha’s Late Game Arena, you’ll be able to earn Hype that’s unique to this mode. The players who earn at least 1500 Hype before Bugha’s Late Game Tournament on July 28 will be eligible to participate in the tournament. In this version of Bugha’s Late Game, qualified players will compete against others in their region for a share of $100,000!”

Now Bugha’s in-game likeness will join the likes of Travis Scott, Loserfruit, and Ninja. It’s pretty awesome to see the young Fortnite pro stand proudly among such top-tier company.

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Subnation and Seiler Team Up to Educate NFL Players on esports

Today’s pro athletes know there’s more to life than just making insane amounts of money and spending it all on frivolous things. The young sports greats we constantly cheer for are smarter with their income and usually make worthwhile investments that benefit more than just them. In the case of pro-NFL personalities, the growing trend of notable players dipping their toes into the esports arena is an intriguing one.

Tennessee Titans guard Rodger Saffold birthed his own esports business venture RISE Nation. Jay Ajayi, a former running back for the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles, signed on with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union organization to become a member of their eMLS League Series One esports team. And NFL legends Steve Young and Jerry Rice have made a concerted effort to open learning centers that teach the youth living in underserved communities all about esports and so much more. It’s clear that esports efforts such as those point to NFL players’ continued interest in all things pro gaming.

Gaming and esports media holding company Subnation and financial wellness firm Seiler Financial Education Consultants have clearly taken heed of this growing trend, which is why they’re looking to help even more NFL players gain a better understanding of the esports realm. Both companies are doing so by holding the first annual Players Symposium, which will take place over the course of three days and emanate from the new Resorts World Las Vegas I property. From July 6th to the 9th, 100 current NFL pros will converge upon this invite-only conference to attain the know-how needed to better one’s business acumen. The Players Symposium won’t just be about getting schooled, however – everyone will get to participate in a 16-team esports tournament and compete for $50,000. So along with learning about marketing, cryptocurrency, finance, and esports, that huge lineup of NFL athletes will also get to unwind and compete on the sticks.

Some of the players in attendance include LA Chargers Running Back Austin Ekeler and Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Plus Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be on hand to be one of the Players Symposium’s many speakers – his inclusion comes as no surprise since he launched his own esports team and lifestyle brand, Trench Made Gaming. Los Angeles Chargers Running Back and Gridiron Gaming Group Founder Austin Ekeler will also be in attendance to offer some words of wisdom regarding the thriving world of esports and gaming culture as a whole.

Doug Scott, Co-Founder and Chief Managing Director of Subnation, spoke on the widening knowledge of today’s sports athletes when it comes to amassing different streams of income. “Whether it be requesting their salaries in cryptocurrency, launching esports teams or participating in health and wellness start ups, professional athletes are expanding their purview and getting involved with innovative business ventures off the field,” said Doug. “We created the Players Symposium to educate athletes on what’s new and next, while exposing them to the companies and entrepreneurs that are disrupting the tech, media and entertainment world.”

In the case of sponsors for the Players Symposium, Alienware, The Ben Moss Group, Dreamseat, Eleve Health, and Voyager have signed on to show their support. Stephen Ehrlich, Voyager’s Co-founder and CEO, commented on his company’s excitement in regards to getting behind this beneficial endeavor. “Voyager is proud to support the first Players Symposium to help educate these outstanding pro athletes about one of today’s most extraordinary wealth-building vehicles, cryptocurrency,” Stephen said. “Voyager is the ideal digital asset platform to help these athletes meet and exceed part of their long-term financial goals with crypto. With over 60 digital assets, interest offerings as high as 10%, and an easy-to-use app, Voyager is the crypto platform for champions!”

The first installment of the Players Symposium has all the makings of an annual event that could create a new array of NFL players that will dive headfirst into esports and help it continue to prosper.

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Esports Organization TSM Changes Its Name for $210 Million

Team SoloMid (TSM) first hit the esports scene in 2009. And since then, they’ve morphed into one of the top-ranking teams in League of Legends and have signed partnership deals with a laundry list of reputable companies. With additional teams across other hotly contested multiplayer games, such as Fortnite, Hearthstone, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, TSM has earned itself the right to be recognized as a force within the thriving world of esports.

Last Friday (June 4), TSM let the world know of a blockbuster deal that may just increase their global scale and notoriety in the coming years. The esports organization announced a $210 million, multi-year partnership with FTX that has resulted in the cryptocurrency exchange company securing exclusive naming rights for TSM. That surprising bit of news has now resulted in a name change for TSM – now you can all say hello to TSM FTX. With that shift to a new moniker and a massive influx of income, TSM FTX now has the funds needed to further its expansion efforts and dish out cryptocurrency to its players and organizational employees. Another plus when it comes to TSM and FTX’s new deal is TSM going ahead and purchasing $1 million in FTT, which happens to be FTX’s native cryptocurrency token.

Founder and CEO of TSM Andy Dinh explained his excitement over this new deal in a lengthy press release statement: “When I met Sam Bankman-Fried, I immediately knew we had to work together. Not only did TSM FTX fit perfectly as a brand, Sam is an innovative CEO that is in every way ahead of his time. Against all odds as a young ambitious entrepreneur, he has been able to disrupt markets by making smart decisions and by surrounding himself with smart people. He has proven that you can build a multi-billion-dollar business that can grow incredibly fast at scale – all while charging a fraction of what other platforms charge, and creating a culture of community and focus on social impact. This deal is extremely important to the future of our organization, but it was equally as important for me personally to partner with such a visionary leader. Just as a shared passion of gaming connects people around the world across ages, continents, and language barriers, Sam built a company that connects the world around a shared value of currency. I am extremely proud he chose to work with TSM.”

Founder and CEO of both FTX.com and FTX.US Sam Bankman-Fried responded in kind with some glowing comments about this newfound partnership: “We’re really excited to work with TSM. Their team has gone above and beyond both in-game and out, and rightfully established itself as the premier team in esports. We’ve also been really impressed working with them: they have the drive, creativity, communication, and generosity that we find combined in very few places.  In the end our partnerships will only be as strong as we make them, and we think that TSM will be able to help massively expand the presence of digital assets outside the traditional landscape. We’re also proud to work with them to give back to the world.”

While this deal yields a whole lot of positive news, there’s one major negative that has come from it. TSM FTX has been barred from using their new name or sport that name on jerseys during livestream broadcasts of Riot Games’ League of Legends and Valorant. This rule has been put in place due to Riot Games’ strict guidelines around outside partnerships with cryptocurrency exchange companies. In a statement to Dot Esports, Riot head of esports for North America and Oceania and interim LCS commissioner Chris Greeley spoke on the new ruling: “The TSM and FTX sponsorship deal does not break any LCS sponsorship rules, but crypto exchanges fall under a category of sponsorship that carries activation restrictions. As a result, TSM’s new naming convention and FTX brand placement on TSM jerseys will not apply to the LCS or other Riot Games esports in North America.”

In a Reddit post comment labeled under League of Legends, Andy Dinh responded to Riot Games’ decision: “The deal carves out name on broadcast and jersey logo on both league and Valorant. But FTX will still be sponsoring our league and Valorant players in content, social, live-streaming and in person events. Which has more visibility than Riot’s broadcast. Hope this clears things up.” That “more visibility” obviously has a hint of big boy talk in it that speaks to the larger scope and reach of TSM FTX. It’ll be interesting to see how TSM FTX’s teams will look on-screen with their new jerseys in other games without those same restrictions put in place. Watching the world of esports and crypto combine in such a manner paints a promising picture of more organizations going the same route in the future.

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Why ‘Rocket League’ Will be a Tier 1 Esport

Since Epic Games recently acquired Rocket League, the franchise has unlimited potential, especially in the world of esports.

Epic Games definitely learned a lot from their work on Fortnite, which has propelled the game publishing/development studio to make Rocket League a free-to-play experience and even bigger on the esports scene. We all know Tencent owns Riot Games and Epic Games. The differences I see between the two is Riot is dominant in esports with League of Legends and Valorant, while Epic Games dominate gaming more—that company has now allowed more devices to play their games, making more of a presence on consoles and mobile devices. Epic Games really understands that mobile gamers are a huge audience and are taking advantage of that.

Now you can play Rocket League on your phone via Side Swipe, which I think will help the game’s marketing and help it reach the masses even more. When you look at sports sims like Madden, 2K, and FIFA, those games have a massive outreach. However, I think Rocket League can beat all of those games’ reach and take over as an esports entity compared to those three.

Rocket League is definitely going to be major this year or in early 2022. I feel that way because you have big esports organizations looking to prosper within the game’s official league. For instance, Spacestation Gaming, G2 Esports, and FaZe Clan (who recently acquired a fresh, young team called The Peeps) are some of the teams that fall into that category.

Rocket League is also the most accessible esports to the average viewer. Whereas games like League Of Legends aren’t all that friendly to a casual watcher since they’ll have to be invested in the game to understand certain mechanics and characters. Rocket League is practically soccer with cars—what pro players are capable of doing with that unique mashup takes years of practice in order to be worthy enough to play at a top-level.

Anyone who hasn’t played Rocket League can watch how expert players perform and say to themselves, “Well, I can do something like that, too,” until they try the free-to-play title and quickly realize it takes a lot of practice to get to their level.

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Rocket League Championship Series NA Power Rankings for May 2021

You already know what time it is. After examining which Rocket League teams were on the bubble in April, we decided to revisit our list. Here’s our list of the 16 best teams in the game right now.

16. Susquehanna Soniqs

The Soniqs did the impossible this past weekend and had one of the biggest upsets in the Regional, taking down number 1 seed NRG 4-1 in their Quarter-Finals match.

The Soniqs looked super convincing until they got swept by KCP in the Semi-Finals. Was it a fluke on NRGs part? Or are the Soniqs onto something? Only time will tell.

15. Pittsburgh Knights

PK can be a solid squad, but after these past couple of performances, they’ve looked shaky. I think it’s the issue of their playstyle and the lack of diversity. If PK can get over this road bump, they aren’t far from Worlds qualification with only 700 points behind the top 6 spots.

14. XSET

Consisting of AlphaKep, Jpow, and Hockser. XSET consistently places well in tournaments, and has been applying a little more coordination within their team, XSET is a Top 10 team in North America. After placing 9-12th in the recent Spring Regional, I’m convinced that XSET is on a trend upwards.

13. Ghost Gaming

Ghost Gaming is built solid, with LionBlaze (one of the best singles players in the world). There’s no reason Ghost Gaming shouldn’t be able to compete at the top level.

12. EUNITED

eUnited, after dropping WondaMike back in February, they have recently acquired RLCS PRO ‘Dappur’ This team is looking solid after their first performance in the RLCS: Spring Split, placing 13-16th, which is higher than some top 10s like Alpine, and Pittsburgh Knights.

11. Charlotte Phoenix

Charlotte Phoenix being on the scene since late 2019, after recently shaking up their entire roster, could be on the move upward. they’ve needed to secure a spot at worlds as they now 11th on this month’s Power Ranking as they were 13th last month.

10. FaZe Clan

I really believed after being acquired by FaZe that we would’ve seen a more upbeat pace from them as they were 5th on last month’s Ranking. With that being said I think all they need to do is make some micro-adjustments before they start dominating again.

9. Alpine

Alpine is one of the most consistent teams in the RLCS, placing high in rankings in every event, and have one of the most coordinated rosters in the league. However, during this past Regional, Alpine got knocked out early in Group Stages. It will be interesting to see how Alpine comes back in the upcoming TheGrid: Overtime event.

8. Oxygen

After acquiring the up-and-coming roster “Jamal Jabary” consisting of Toastie, LJ, and Kraziks, Oxygen has entered the North American RLCS, previously performing in the EU. Currently holding 680 points in the RLCS places them within the Top 16.

In order for Oxygen to qualify for Worlds they’ll have to keep this current streak going we’ve seen with the team and whether they can really dominate over the Spring Split.

7. Version1

My favorite team as of right now goes from being 12 on our Power Ranking last month to now being number 7, which shows you that if they keep making adjustments, we might see them become a Top 4 contender.

6. Shopify Rebellion

You may not recognize this team. The Shopify Rebels consists of the old KCP roster. As of last week, the Pioneers sold their RLCS roster to the Starcraft team ‘Shopify Rebellion’ With billions of dollars behind The Rebels, it’s interesting to see Rocket League as their first title to dump money into, and almost solidifies my thought that Rocket League is a Tier 1 eSport.

5. Rogue

Ever since dropping RLCS PRO and community loved, ‘Kranovi’ Rogue has been doing nothing but greatness; however, it is super surprising to see Rogue this low on this list because I see them as a super dominant team.

4. G2 Esports

With the announcement of RLCS PRO ‘Rizzo’ retiring. G2 acquired 15-year-old Andres “dreaz” and since then has been a HUGE asset in G2’s success. Taking down the ranks of NRG in the most recent Regional 3.

3. Spacestation Gaming

SSG is one of the most dominant offensive teams in the game. With a majority of their series being high scoring, it’s hard for any defense to keep up with it. It takes a roster with speed and solid coordination. This is why SSG is one of the best teams in the league.

2. NRG

With the overbearing success and dominance of NRG’s playstyle, they have lost to teams such as The Soniqs/ G2/ and SSG. Is this a hint that other teams are getting better? Or is NRG’s playstyle becoming outdated and easy to read?

1. ENVY

After winning 4 Regional Titles this season, this roster has been dominant since their formation of Atomic, Mist, and Turbopolsa. No doubt this team is #1 NA. Maybe even the world.

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Rocket League Championship Series NA Power Rankings for April 2021

After examining which Rocket League teams were on the bubble in March, we decided to revisit our list. Here’s our list of the 16 best teams in the game right now.

16. Ghost Gaming 

Ghost Gaming is built solid, with LionBlaze (one of the best singles  players in the world). There’s no reason Ghost Gaming shouldn’t be able to compete at the top level.

15. Susquehanna Soniqs

The Soniqs did the impossible this past weekend and had one of the biggest upsets in the Regional, taking down Number 1 seed NRG 4-1 in their Quarter-Finals match. The Soniqs looked super convincing until they got swept by KCP in the Semi-Finals. Was it a fluke on NRGs part? Or are the Soniqs onto something? Only time will tell. 

14. Alpine Esports 

Alpine is one of the most consistent teams in the RLCS, placing high in rankings in every event, and has one of the most coordinated rosters in the league.

However, during this past Regional, Alpine got knocked out early in Group Stages. It will be interesting to see how Alpine comes back in the upcoming TheGrid: Overtime event.

13. Pittsburgh Knights 

PK can be a solid squad, but after these past couple of performances, they’ve looked shaky. I think it’s the issue of their playstyle and the lack of diversity. If PK can get over this road bump, they aren’t far from Worlds qualification with only 700 points behind the top 6 spots.

12. Oxygen Esports (Formerly Jamal Jabary)

After acquiring the up-and-coming roster “Jamal Jabary” consisting of Toastie, LJ, and Kraziks, Oxygen has entered the North American RLCS, previously performing in the EU. Currently holding 680 points in the RLCS placing them within the Top 16, in order for Oxygen to qualify for Worlds they’ll have to keep this current streak going.

11. Faze Clan (formly “The Peeps”)

I really believed after being acquired by FaZe that we would’ve seen a more upbeat pace from them as they were 5th on last month’s Ranking. With that being said I think all they need to do is make some micro adjustments and before they start dominating again.

10. EUNITED

After dropping WondaMike back in February, they have recently acquired RLCS PRO ‘Dappur’ This team is looking solid after their first performance in the RLCS: Spring Split placing 13-16th which is higher than some top 10s like (Alpine, and Pittsburgh Knights.)

9. Charlotte Phoenix  

Charlotte recently parted ways with their entire roster but made some moves in the interim that could be the spark they need to turn things back around. They were 13th on our rankings last month, and now they’re ninth, so they are trending in the right direction.

8. Rogue 

Ever since dropping RLCS PRO, and community loved, ‘Kranovi’ Rogue has been doing nothing but greatness. However, what is super surprising is to see Rogue this low on this list because I see them as a super-dominant team. 

7. Kansas City Pioneers 

 Kansas City Pioneers were 7th on this list last month and are 7th again which shows they are being consistent. This team is super underrated and hopefully we get to see them make a breakthrough sometime soon. 

6. Version1

My favorite team as of right now goes from being 12 on our Power Ranking last month to now being number six, which just shows you that if they keep making adjustments that we might see them become a Top four contender.

5. Team Envy

Envy has one of the best defenses in the game. Holding 3 Regional Titles this season. This roster has been dominant since their formation of Atomic, Mist, and Turbopolsa. Even though they are 5th on this month’s power ranking and are still a dominant force, this is likely just a phase.

4. XSET

Consisting of AlphaKep, Jpow, and Hockser, XSET consistently places well in tournaments and has been applying a little more coordination within their team. XSET is a Top 10 team in North America and after placing 9-12th in the recent Spring Regional, I’m convinced that XSET is on a trend upwards.

3. Space Station Gaming

SSG has one of the most dominant offensive pressures in the game. With a majority of their series being high scoring, it’s hard for any defense to keep up with it. It takes a roster with speed and solid coordination and this is why SSG is one of the best teams in the league.

2. G2 Esports

With the announcement of RLCS PRO ‘Rizzo’ retiring. G2 acquired 15-year-old Andres “dreaz” Jordan, and with this pickup, G2 has been looking super dominant.

1. NRG

The Champs are hitting it again, Squishy, Jstn, and GarrettG (all RLCS World Champions) have held the #1 title in the League this whole Season. It’ll be a challenge for any team to take down the #1 seed in the game.

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Call of Duty League Rookie Standy is Proving to be a Standout

There’s always a sense of doubt and worry whenever an established team of any kind makes changes to its current roster. In the case of the Call of Duty League’s Minnesota ROKKR crew, a major switch-up came to pass within their ranks and caused a slight bit of concern – a 19-year old prodigy by the name of Eli “Standy” Bentz recently got rotated into ROKKR’s starting lineup in place of Mike “MajorManaik” Szymaniak. But judging by the amazing performance put on by Standy during a match that saw his team sweep OpTic Chicago, that player change decision has turned out to be a positive one.

Standy has been deeply involved in the world of eSports and the Call of Duty League since 2019. Before joining ROKKR, the 19-year old pro played alongside teams such as Vanity, Aspire eSports, Team Insite, and Triumph. His debut performance alongside his new squadmates resulted in him producing the best rookie performance of all time within the Pro League. By pushing his underdog team to victory against two of the best teams in the league (Dallas Empire and OpTic Chicago), Standy has emerged as the player to watch and the team MVP that could aid his team in delivering even more upset wins over top contenders.

During an interview with ESTNN’s Charlie Cater, Standy detailed his early gaming origins. “My interest in COD starts with my love for video games when I was younger, I love video games,” Standy said. “I played with my friends from school and from there I met a few friends online throughout gaming that taught me and guided me and told me what competitive COD is. So from there, when I was about 14, 15, I learned about the competitive side and that’s when I kind of began my journey.” Standy’s love for COD has resulted in him nabbing some #1 placings in various tournaments, such as his most recent win during the Call of Duty Challengers 2021 Cup #9 North America.

Standy also came out on top during the following 2019 and 2020 competitions (feel free to check out his other tournament results right here, too):

– 2019 National Gaming Events Season 6 Playoffs

– 2019 MLG GameBattles Premium $1000 4v4 Search and Destroy

– 2019 GameBattles NA Challengers: 2000 Series Tournament #4

– 2020 GameBattles NA Challengers: 1000 Series Tournament #6

Call of Duty Challengers Dallas Open 2020 North America

Call of Duty Challengers Florida Open 2020 North America

Call of Duty Challengers 2020 Cup #3 North America

– 2020 GameBattles Premium $1000 4v4 S&D

Call of Duty Challengers 2020 Finals North America

– 2020 Atlanta FaZe Black Ops 4 Invitational Open Qualifier

All eyes are on Standy at the moment and hopes are high for his future performances alongside his ROKKR cohorts. Judging by his masterful playstyle and affinity for notching huge wins, those hopes will certainly be fulfilled as the Call of Duty League rolls on.

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Rocket League Championship Series NA Power Rankings | March 2021

As Rocket League‘s North American Championship Series gets set to kick-off, it’s only right that we take another look at which teams are on the bubble of being truly great and what teams still have something to prove. Here’s our list of the 16 best teams in the game right now.

16. Oxygen Esports (Formerly Jamal Jabary)

After acquiring the up-and-coming roster from “Jamal Jabary,” which consists of Toastie, LJ, and Kraziks, Oxygen has entered the North American RLCS after previously performing in the EU. Currently holding 680 points in the RLCS places them in the Top 16 rankings and in order for Oxygen to qualify for Worlds, they’ll have to keep up this current trend and really dominate over the Spring Split.

15. eUnited

After dropping WondaMike back in February, eUnited has recently acquired RLCS Renowned PRO ‘Dappur.’ This team is looking solid after their first performance in the RLCS: Spring Split and placing 13-16th, which is higher than some top 10s like Alpine and Pittsburgh Knights.

14. XSET

Consisting of AlphaKep, Jpow, and Hockser, XSET consistently places well in tournaments. If a bit more coordination is applied to the team, XSET could potentially be a Top 10 team in North America. After placing 9-12th in the recent Spring Regional, XSET is certainly on an upward trend.

13. Charlotte Phoenix

After recently parting ways with their entire roster, which consisted of Karma, Shadow, AlRaz, and Jimmer, CLT is seeing an upward trend shortly after acquiring Team Loco. Team Loco originally consisted of Andy, Beastaboniam, Delta, and FireRaptor. This could be the move CLT needs to secure a spot at Worlds since being on the scene since late 2019.

12. Ghost Gaming

Ghost Gaming has a solid team with LionBlaze, who also happens to one of the best 1s players in the world. There’s no reason Ghost Gaming shouldn’t be able to compete at the top level.

11. Version1

Version1 is one of the most underrated teams on the scene. Their squad consists of Torment & gimmick (both RLCS Season 6 Champions) and Comm. Ever since it acquired Robert Kyser (Comm), V1 has been consistently been making waves by upsetting teams such as Alpine, PK, and KCP when every game against BIG 4 teams are super close nail-biters. After a few adjustments, it should be nothing but smooth sailing to Worlds for Version1.

10. Pittsburgh Knights

PK can be a solid squad, but they’ve looked kinda shaky after these past couple of performances. I think the main causes for that issue are their playstyle and lack of gameplay diversity. If PK can get over this road bump, they should make it to a better standing since they aren’t far from Worlds qualification with only 700 points behind the Top 6 spots.

9. Susquehanna Soniqs

The Soniqs did the impossible this past weekend by pulling off one of the biggest upset wins in the Regional by taking down Number 1 seed NRG 4-1 in their Quater Finals match. The Soniqs looked super convincing until they got swept by KCP in the Semi-Finals. Was it a fluke on NRGs part? Or are the Soniqs onto something?

8. Alpine Esports

Alpine is one of the most consistent teams in the RLCS, placing high in rankings for every event they’ve played in. They’re also one of the most coordinated rosters on the scene. However, during this past Regional Alpine, they got knocked out early in Group Stages. It’ll be interesting to see how Alpine comes back during the upcoming The Grid: Overtime event.

7. Kansas City Pioneers

KCP has certainly had its ups and downs. But I think after this weekend, they’re going nowhere but up. KCP made it to the Grand Finals during the last Spring Split Regional, but they, unfortunately, fell to Rogue. KCP consistently takes down Tier-1 rosters, such as Envy this past weekend. If KCP doesn’t play as they did in the Winter Split, the team could be bound for entrance into Worlds, which could happen as they are within 90 points of overtaking G2/Faze Clan.

6. G2 Esports

With the announcement of RLCS Pro Rizzo retiring, G2 is looking shaky. Rizzo has been an integral part of G2s success, consistently placing MVP for his team. It will be interesting to see how G2 performs without Rizzo.

5. Faze Clan (Formerly The Peeps)
FaZe Clan

FaZe Clan announced their entrance into the RLCS with the acquisition of The Peeps, which was an unsigned roster that made it to the Top 6 by consistently taking down BIG 4 teams and placing 1st in Winter: The Grid NA – Week 3. Also, they constantly place between 2nd and 5th lace in RLCS events. With Faze now on the scene, this is huge for the overall growth of the RLCS.

4. Spacestation Gaming
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SSG has one of the most dominant offensive pressures in the game. With a majority of their series being high scoring, it’s hard for any defense to keep up with it. It takes a roster with speed and solid coordination to step up to SSG’s game. This is why SSG is one of the best teams in the RLCS league.

3. Rogue
Rogue

Ever since dropping RLCS PRO player Kranovi, Rogue has been doing pretty great. With Firstkiller (who’s viewed as one of the best in the game right now) and its victory at the first RLCS Spring Split Regional, Rogue is looking solid as Worlds is on the horizon.

2. Team Envy
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Envy has one of the best defenses in the game. Holding 3 Regional Titles this season. This roster has been dominant since their formation of Atomic, Mist, and Turbopolsa.

1. NRG
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The Champs are hitting it again -c Squishy, Jstn, and GarrettG (all RLCS World Champions) have held the #1 title in the League this whole Season. It’ll be a challenge for any team to take down the #1 seed in the game.

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Call of Duty League Power Ranking | Stage 2, Week 2

Stage 2, Week 2 of the Call of Duty League is here! With this being Week 2 of Stage 2 and a lot of recent roster changes this list is based on the most recent games of Major 1 and Week 1 of Stage 2. For some teams, there really wasn’t anything to put due to there being nothing too impacting or distinctive to say. We believe this year’s CDL season consists of a lot of “Wild Card” teams outside of the Top 3 (FaZe, Empire, and OpTic).

12. Seattle Surge
1-6 | 10 CDL Points
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11. London Royal Ravens
2-6 | 20 CDL Points
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I think last week’s showing from the Ravens has them looking a lot better. I expect them to start performing at the level expected of them. So after their long road of loss matches, I think Stage 2 might see them reach Top 8 by the end of Stage 2. 

10. Toronto Ultra
3-7 | 30 CDL Points
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I really wished they kept Methodz, honestly…

9. Minnesota Rokkr
3-5 | 40 CDL Points
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A team that I strongly believed to be underrated seems to be falling down the chain slightly with the recent roster change of benching MajorManak and bringing young gun Standy from  Triumph.

8. Paris Legion
3-5 | 30 CDL Points
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7. Florida Mutineers
4-6 | 40 CDL Points
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This is definitely one of my favorite teams and them being in 8th hurts my feelings. However, I strongly believe they will pull through as they are definitely one of the dominant teams out of the 12.

6. Los Angeles Guerrillas
6-4 | 80 CDL Points
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This is a team that really doesn’t have any super-dominant players. However, there are still hopeful standouts in this roster.

5. Los Angeles Thieves
6-4 | 80 CDL Points
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The Thieves were looking super strong in Stage 1. However, coming into Stage 2, they’ve been just clutching. The new roster change with Venom replacing Temp will hopefully see them breakthrough like many are expecting. 

4. New York Subliners
7-5 | 90 CDL Points
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Before the season started, I was saying all the teams that were not in the Top 3 are “Wild Cards.” However, since the beginning, the Subliners have made it known that they’re definitely bigger and better than a “Wild Card’” classified team with shake up they’ve been causing thus far. 

3. Los Angeles Optic Gaming
7-3 | 90 CDL Points
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OpTic is doing what they usually do. What’s crazy is that OpTic always has a weird low point Hopefully we see them stay Top 3 until the very end.

2. Dallas Empire
7-3 | 90 CDL Points
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The reigning champs are definitely showing us why they won last year’s CDL. However, it will be interesting to see if they can keep this up. Especially when all other teams that I consider “Wild Cards” working hard to upend them (with the exception of FaZe & OpTic).

1. Atlanta Faze
10-0 | 145 CDL Points
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If you were to look up the term “God Squad” on Google, it would give you FaZe. Until someone comes up with an answer to their strong performance in Search & Destroy (11-1), Atlanta will remain undefeated. However, I strongly believe the teams that could beat FaZe are the Subliners or Mutineers.