Psyonix officially announced Season 8 of the RLCS and have made some big improvements to the Rocket League Rivalry Series. Psyonix has teased the prize pool, making sweeping changes to the RLRS qualification process, and has shown off some key dates for the RLCS and RLRS this year! So far, Psyonix has not teased/announced their finals location, but they teased more announcements in the future.
The Rival series has long been the "second tier" of Rocket League competition, but it was not viable for a long term stay because of how volatile the qualification process was. This year, Psyonix is making sweeping changes to improve the viability of becoming a RLRS team for more than one season.
The big ticket change is adding two more slots to increase the RLRS to ten teams total. Every season there is a big name snub from the RLRS, and adding two more slots only improves the league. The second big change was adding six permanent RLRS spots for teams to attain. This should incentivize teams to not have rostermania after an RLRS season, and hopefully see teams stick together and improve rather than look for cheap upgrades.
Dates to know
Psyonix revealed some key dates in their opening tease, and those include Rival and RLCS season dates, qualifiers, and signup dates. Unlike Fortnite, the age to play professional RL stays at 15 years old, and OCE/South America dates have yet to be announced.
Now through August 26 - 12:00 p.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. UTC
North American Qualifiers
August 31 - 10 a.m. PDT
September 14 - 10 a.m. PDT
September 17 - 3 p.m. PDT
September 21 - 10 a.m. PDT
September 1 - 11 a.m. UTC
September 15 - 11 a.m. UTC
September 18 - 4 p.m. UTC
September 22 - 11 a.m. UTC
Rival Series Play-Ins
North America - September 28
Europe - September 29
RLCS League Play Begins
North America - October 5
Europe - October 6
Rival Series League Play Begins
Europe - October 11 10 a.m. PDT / 5 p.m. UTC
North America - October 11 4 p.m. PDT / 11 p.m. UTC
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