Solo plays and style led to Cloud9's first Rocket League championship

November 11, 2018 1 min read

At long last, there's a new king of Rocket League. Cloud9 (Gimmick, Squishy, Torment) has dethroned Team Dignitas, who had won the past two championships. For the first time since Season 1 in 2016, a North American team has the rightful claim to World's Best Rocket League Squad.

The path wasn't easy. After a disappointing first-round loss on Friday, Cloud9 was forced to the lower bracket where another defeat would've spelled the end of its tournament. That didn't happen. Cloud9 played the most matches in RLCS history with an eight-match run. They were responsible for knocking six of the other ten teams out of the tournament. Truly, no one could threaten Cloud9 when they were clicking -- and Sunday was the most dominant we've ever seen them. 

The Grand Finals against Dignitas seemed like a tall order. They needed to win a best-of-seven match to force a bracket reset. Because it's a double elimination tournament, that first series was only Dignitas' first loss. Then Cloud9 needed to turn right around and beat them again. Dignitas hasn't lost a series since Season 5 RLCS in June. They have literally been perfect for all of Season 6.

Cloud9 made it look nearly as effortless as they could. Both best-of-seven series went quickly, with Cloud9 winning each four games to Dignitas' one. The consensus before Sunday started was that it was unfathomable for Dignitas to lose twice in one day. That's exactly what happened, and it wasn't ever really close.

Solo plays and style led to Cloud9's first Rocket League championship screenshot