Featuring the largest prize pool in RLCS history, Season 7 of the Rocket League Championship Series has the promise to be one of the greatest finals of all time! Thankfully, the first day of the maligned group stage has given us some exciting series, amazing individual outplays, and a glimpse into the direction for the rest of the event.
From INTZ taking Group A favorites NRG to a game five to Rogue upsetting Barcelona 3-1 to both Australian teams not having a fun day, day one was filled with exciting storylines to read over.
Australians struggle in Newark
DreamHack Dallas showed that the Australians had a long way to go to get back in World Championship contention form, and day one was a big struggle for both of the Aussie teams. Playing a combined two series Renegades and Ground Zero Gaming combined for a total of one map win (Ground Zero against Vitality) and neither have a particularly rosy picture for advancing to-day three.
Two teams play in Rocket League and both Renegades and Ground Zero Gaming seem to have run into extremely strong sides in FC Barcelona and Vitality, respectively. While Barcelona would go on to be upset by Rogue, they looked to be one of the stronger EU squads both at Dallas and here on day one. Vitality and Ground Zero Gaming had a tight 3-1 series, but the teamwork from Vitality helped to highlight their budding star longtime prodigy Kyle "Scrub Killa" Robertson.
It would be unfair to write off the Australians, but their day one performance means perfection from Renegades in day two and Ground Zero Gaming to elevate their game against the home team G2.