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Everything You Need To Know about BLVKHVND

BLVKHVND is a new approach to gaming. If you pay attention to the esports landscape, then you may be wondering who and what BLVKHVND is. Here is everything we know so far about the talented team that plans on taking gaming and esports to the next level. Centered around building a Decentralized Gaming Community, the company started during the pandemic in 2020 originally consisting of three members: Blvk0ut, Rolvel, and ATM, and together, the trio worked to build BLVKHVND as a way to pass time and compete as an esports team. 

Like any growing business or organization, BLVKHVND experienced some growing pains when they realized they all had different systems, equipment, internet speeds, and access to games. They also had very different gaming interests in terms of what they liked to play, and how they wanted to play it.

The crew added on a fourth member, SIRSU, and began building the first iteration of BLVKHVND. According to the team, that first iteration was critical to them learning about the culture of streaming, building support around individual playstyles, and the importance of creating a unique branding. 

BLVKHVND officially launched this past May with Discord and Twitch accounts and has quickly become Twitch affiliates with a small community of supporters, and their ultimate goal is to become a formative gaming organization that is powered by a community of gamers, creatives, and fans that are willing to have fun, learn and build together. 

On August 23rd, BLVKHVND announced a crowdfunding campaign via Twitter, which they hope will be the first step of being able to fully execute their vision and plans for the company. The team also plans to expand design roles and budgets to further gain community support and participation. With a goal of a 100ETH raise, the funds will help support BLVKHVND’s core team and will help with future opportunities for growth and expansion.

You can find more information about BLVKHVND’s crowdfund here, and you can also learn additional information about the members on their website.

As they say, “The Future of BLVKHVND is now.”

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Pavan Lakhat Goes ‘Inside The Screen’ With Aaron “Don” Dukes

This week’s Inside The Screen, hosted by Aaron “Don” Dukes and his new co-hosts Mikey Caloca and Elton Jones, features special guest Pavan Lakhat. Lakhat is a young Madden NFL prodigy that has earned the distinction of becoming the 2019 NFL Madden Club Series Champion. As a representative of the Las Vegas Raiders, Lakhat is destined for bigger opportunities on the Madden NFL esports circuit.

Lakhat has already made great strides as a pro-Madden NFL player at such a young age. Besides his major 2019 accomplishment, he’s already racked up $260,000+ in career earnings and is recognized as the first person in MCS (Madden Club Championship) history to win four consecutive Club Championships with the same team (Raiders). Besides his time spent as a professional Madden NFL esports player, Lakhat also expands his online presence through his YouTube and Twitch channels. When asked about his decision to choose Madden NFL as his game of choice, Lakhat provided an interesting backstory: 

“Ever since high school, I’ve been playing all types of games. I was actually heavily into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. And I would play the ‘League Play’ system and feel like I was decent. I actually stopped playing that. I’m heavily into sports – baseball, basketball, football. Football is obviously the main sport I love. In high school, there’s this game called Madden [NFL] Mobile. I was kinda bored one day in class and decided to download it. And you know I was having a little bit of fun playing Madden [NFL] Mobile, getting those coins, earning those players, and just playing with my friends in school. It kinda became a wave, like I set a trend in the school. Next thing you know, everyone is on it. It kinda died down a bit and then I went ‘lemme just get on the normal Madden.’ I just got a PS4 and my parents blessed me for Christmas. I ended up getting Madden [NFL] 15 during the second half of the season.”

While Lakhat’s early games saw him losing often, he eventually went to YouTube to study all the game-winning tips needed to improve. He also spent a lot of time on Twitch watching the early pros showcase their gameplay, which led to Lakhat upping his game and taking his talents to offline tournaments. It took a while for his parents to come around to the idea of their son making a career out of playing video games, however. His mother even hid his console and controllers in order to get him to focus on his studies. After grinding extra hard for a tournament and telling his parents about it, Lakhat’s father accompanied him to the event in Orlando, Florida. After witnessing what his son was a part of first-hand, Lakhat’s father became a believer in what he was doing:

“My Pops was there at the venue and the venue is insane! It was inside the NBA Bubble. All the mascots were there and it was such a great time. My dad and a few other people were there rooting for me. I was a little overwhelmed. But once I settled in, I was cool. I actually ended up losing that game by three points. I shed a couple tears, man. After this loss, I’m doing it for my family and doing it for myself. I’ma become a savage next year. And then the next year, I won the championship. Once they [Lakhan’s parents] saw me on Twitch, they were like ‘you got this now.’ That support helped me out so much. And having that burden off my back allowed me to have more time on Madden.”

There are so many more intriguing details to soak up from Lakhat’s description of his pro-Madden NFL career and everyday life, so be sure to check them all out in the full interview above.

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MicawaveTV Goes ‘Inside The Screen’ With Aaron “Don” Dukes

This week’s Inside The Screen hosted by Aaron “Don” Dukes features special guest MicawaveTV, a New York Native Twitch partner, hooper, content creator for Team Diverge, and entrepreneur. A young multi-hyphenate prodigy determined to be the greatest gamer of his generation, MicawaveTV has already managed to build a dedicated community and fanbase with his lively interactive streams, vibrant personality, and reliability.

While the young streamer (he’s only two years into this content creation thing) has accomplished quite a bit thus far, he makes it clear that this is “only the beginning” of what he plans to be a very successful career full of longevity. Joining Don for an hour-long conversation, the two kick it off with MicaWave giving a quick background into his early beginnings in the world of gaming content.

“I stress this a lot; I spend a lot of time on myself and a lot of time evaluating my situation,” he tells Don before diving into the importance of personal happiness and self-care while pursuing what you love. “I like to stress that being happy should be your number one priority. A lot of people only think about the money part of it, and I need to be in this place or that place. The bottom line is you have to be happy.

Growing up, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I played basketball and stuff like that, but it wasn’t until I spent time with myself and thought about what I liked that I realized I always loved gaming, entertaining, and making people laugh. Content creating and streaming on Twitch is the perfect combination for that, and I set goals for myself, did my research, and used money from the part-time job that I had to fund my occupation.”

Agreeing with everything Micawave said, Don points out the notion that many people believe you have to wait until everything is perfect in your life to fully go after your dreams. While everybody’s path is different, Micawave’s journey shows that you can indeed go against the grain. “At the end of the day you’ve got to do what you love,” says Micawave as he and Don start playing Fortnite. “If you wake up every day and don’t feel like doing your occupation, then it’s probably not for you.” 

As the two begin their Fortnite match, Don asks the content master what drew him specifically to playing Fortnite, and what the game itself means to him. “I was playing Fortnite before I started creating content. A lot of people were skeptical about the game before it blew up because it looked so “childish,” and that was the same thing I was thinking. My friends would be playing Fortnite having fun while I would be on Call of Duty. I kept thinking “Nah I’m not doing that!”

I decided to give it a try one day during Season 3. I actually had a good time and started watching people who were growing the game like Ninja. A few months later I got all of the stuff needed to start doing streams like the Elgato HD60, things with just enough specs to start up a stream and handle the game capture. I set that up and started doing my thing!”

There’s plenty more to Don and Micawave TV’s conversation, and you can check out the full interview above. 

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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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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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100 Thieves Has Officially Entered the World of NFTs

100 Thieves holds a lot of weight as a lifestyle brand and gaming organization. The group has built up multiple esports teams that fight for relevancy and championship glory across games such as League of Legends, Fortnite, Valorant, and Call of Duty. They also produce super stylish apparel lines that unsurprisingly sell out in minutes. And you have to give props to 100 Thieves for having its very own headquarters smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles. The moves that have already been made by one of gaming’s largest esports establishments are major. As for their latest campaign, 100 Thieves is hoping to leave an indelible mark on the world of NFTs.

The newly announced 100 Thieves Enter Infinity NFT Collection is currently live and four of its designs will be available for auction for 24-hours only. This special collection of NFTs features eight 1-1 digital art pieces – Gateway 001-004 can only be obtained via auction bids on Foundation, while Gateway 005-008 are set up as giveaway prizes for 48-hours. All eight NFT designs sport the 100 Thieves logo within a black-hole space that features a vortex of some kind protruding out of its center. As for the background art, all eight of those same NFT art pieces feature different designs. If this NFT sale is hugely successful (which it most likely will be), then we can probably look forward to some other premier gaming organizations hopping into the NFT space. Would anyone be interested in FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, or Cloud9 NFTs, perhaps?

NFTs aren’t the only products 100 Thieves is delving into for the month of April, by the way. They’re also getting ready to drop their next line of signature clothing with the Enter Infinity Collection, which is slated to go on sale at 12pm PST on April 10. Fans are most likely going to engage in a frenzy that day if they have any hopes of acquiring 100 Thieves’ latest collection of hoodies, hats, shirts, and sweats, and more. To say that 100 Thieves’ brand awareness is on a whole ‘nother level is an understatement – they’re constantly making headway as a force in the realm of esports, apparel, and now, NFTs.

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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
Spacestation Gaming (Twitter)

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
Envy (Twitter)

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
NRG (Twitter)

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.