Psyonix is making some huge modifications to the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) for the 2021-22 season, together with a revamped format, more areas, and a prize pool totaling more than $6 million.
Beginning in October, the RLCS will broaden into three new areas: Asia-Pacific North, Asia-Pacific South, and the Center East and North Africa. Moreover, there will probably be three official regional splits held for the Sub-Saharan Africa area, with two spots assured for the unofficial area on the Rocket League World Championship Wildcard.
With this growth, each area will compete utilizing the identical, up to date format through the 2021-22 RLCS season. It will open up Rocket League’s top-level competitors to many new international locations, serving to Psyonix attain new markets whereas additionally preserving the league uniform.
Iterating off of RLCS X, Psyonix is preserving the Fall, Winter, and Spring Splits seasonal structure, with every regional occasion beginning with open qualifiers hosted on smash.gg. However every break up will characteristic a distinct format:
- Fall Cut up: Oct. 15 to Dec. 12
- Swiss format
- Switch Window from Dec. 13 to Jan. 2
- Winter Cut up: Jan. 14 to March 27
- Group Stage format
- Switch Window from March 28 to April 17
- Spring Cut up: April 29 to July 3
- Double-elimination format
- Rocket League World Championship
- Wildcard: July 22 to 24
- Primary Occasion: July 26 to 31
RLCS: The Grid gained’t be making a return this season and groups will probably be allowed two regulation roster strikes per season the place they gained’t forfeit efficiency factors. This features a most of 1 commerce per regulated window.
Every break up may have three regionals, which can feed right into a Main to finish the break up. Groups will nonetheless find a way to routinely qualify for regionals by incomes efficiency factors at numerous regionals. However for the primary regional, each crew will want to compete in an open qualifier.
Factors from regionals and Majors will stack up and assist groups qualify for the Rocket League World Championship, with Majors being closely weighted over regionals when it comes to efficiency level distribution.
For the Rocket League World Championship, Psyonix has massively overhauled the occasion, beginning with a break up into the Wildcard and Primary Occasion.
Eight groups will routinely qualify for the Primary Occasion, with regional weight and slots being assigned on the finish of the common season. A further 16 groups will qualify for the World Championship Wildcard, the place they’ll battle it out in a Swiss bracket for the ultimate eight Primary Occasion spots. Right here’s how the Wildcard seeding will work:
- North America: Three seeds
- Europe: Three seeds
- Center East and North Africa: Two seeds
- Oceania (OCE): Two seeds
- South America: Two seeds
- Sub-Saharan Africa: Two seeds
- Asia-Pacific North: One seed
- Asia-Pacific South: One seed
Psyonix is planning to deliver LAN occasions again beginning with the Fall Main, which will probably be held in Stockholm from Dec. 8 to 12. However it will likely be gamers solely. The intent is to have each Main and the World Championship at the least be performed as LAN occasions.
“The RLCS is a worldwide league and it requires LAN occasions for the format to operate as supposed,” Psyonix stated. “The preliminary return to LAN occasion (the Fall Main) may have no crowd and may have stringent well being precautions in place for each participant, expertise, and employees member that is on-site. We would like to get followers again into arenas with their favourite gamers and we miss listening to the group go wild throughout clutch performs, however we gained’t find a way to re-evaluate that possibility till 2022.”
You’ll be able to learn more concerning the schedule, updates to formatting, and further particulars on sign-ups by visiting the official Rocket League blog.