Collegiate Rocket League battles for a shot at CRL World Championship
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Last week, the CRL Spring 2022 Championship concluded with Northwood University Blue winning for $4,000 in prizes. Meanwhile, Europe is going through a major challenge to select its representatives at the 2022 CRL World Championship.
Northwood Blue wins big at CRL Spring 2022
Arguably the most consistent varsity team on the North American scene are the boys Northwood Blue delivers again. This team consists of five players who take turns replacing each other:
- Alexander “Dude” Che
- carter “pirates” chumper
- Stefan “squat” H.
- Hunter “Lionfire” Woitas
- Aaron “noxes” Cadiz
The Stack went head-to-head in two grueling best-of-seven matches during the grand finals Columbia College. At first, Northwood Blue seemed overwhelmed by their opponent after losing 4-0 in the first series.
Luckily, Northwood Blue made it through to the grand final via the top bracket, which gave them a lifeline. In Series Two, Northwood Blue narrowly won the series 4-3 to capture the title at the CRL Spring 2022 Championship.
Tickets to CRL 2022 World
Nonetheless, this isn’t all bad news for the six participants in CRL Spring 2022 as they have qualified for the upcoming CRL 2022 World Championship. In addition to the above finalists Stockton University, University of Nevada, University of Texasand St Clair College all made it.
EURC 2022 rages on for European teams
With the NA region on hiatus until May 2022, Collegiate Esports fans can tune into the 2022 European University Rocketeers’ Championship (EURC 2022) for more Rocket League betting action. 36 teams from different universities have been battling it out in group phases of 8 to 10 teams since the beginning of March 2022. So far, only 16 teams are in the playoffs.
Unlike the NA bracket, the EURC 2022 hosted a single playoff bracket for thirty-two teams, each of which was a best-of-seven series. The top seeds in each group eventually play their first round of the playoffs, having earned privileged spots in the upper quarterfinals.
Honorable Mentions in EURC 2022
Considering the UK-based team advanced from the open qualifiers, Keele Kraken has put on an impressive run for an outsider. More impressively, they only lost one series against UEA Bluejays. Of course, this doesn’t give Keele Krakens any leverage over the other top seeded players who are also on a clean winning streak. Emerging from the established NSE Winter Championship last year, Salford Lions and Portsmouth Paladins are the best that Great Britain has to offer. Last, Berlin Phoenix is also a top candidate from the Uniliga Winter Season.
Therefore, don’t miss the upcoming Upper Quarterfinals, which will surely show the potential of these top contenders.
All eyes on the 2022 Collegiate Rocket League World Championship
Ultimately, all of these regional leagues boil down to the CRL World 2022, which the EURC 2022 will award to the top four winners with slots. The remainder of the competition will be filled by both regions’ Last Chance Qualifiers, with four slots awarded to NA and two to EU. This adds up to the fine selection of just sixteen teams that have struggled to make it this far.
The exciting thing about CRL World 2022 is that the winners and other phenomenal candidates can be scouted by professional teams. While this may sound like the Cinderella story we’ve read in our past, it’s certainly not the case. In fact, there are several early college players like Braxton “Allushin” Lagarec currently in team Envy and Alexander “Dude” Che in Litecoin gaming.
Therefore, it is undeniable that collegiate esports is nurturing a new generation of Rocket League enthusiasts and growing in popularity among partner alma maters.
What can we expect from CRL World 2022 and Collegiate Esports?
Many collegiate teams have performed consistently well lately, which is evident when we saw several seemingly experienced teams being overwhelmed by Open Qualifier entrants.
Perhaps more investment by esports organizations to seek out these students would be an enticing motivation to have more talent on board. To this day, there are still many consecutive CRL championship teams that still play without a sponsor, such as the University of Akron.
Collegiate Rocket League certainly isn’t as flashy as G2 Esports’ Massimo “Atom” Franceschi scores game-winning shots on goal at RLCS Winter Split Major. However, the games these youngsters can pull off are well worth it, especially in an adrenaline-pumping seven-round match with overtime. Honestly, Psyonix’s investment in nurturing the new generation of Rocket League players is certainly a step in the right direction. After all, they already have a goal of making Rocket League a staple of esports for decades to come. Therefore, they would need an army of eager Rocket League players to pull off such a feat.
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