Author: Grayson Neander

Major Changes Coming to the RLCS for the 2021-2022 Season

After canceling their 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, Psyonix is bringing major changes to their latest iteration of the Rocket League Championship Series for the 2021-2022 season. After being acquired by Epic Games in 2019, Psyonix and the RLCS’s pockets have expanded quite a bit.With Epic Games bringing home roughly $5.1 Billion dollars in revenue last year, Psyonix has some money to spend for the upcoming season of the RLCS, and they are definitely showing it. Next season will introduce the largest prize pool of any RLCS tournament by a landslide.With an advertised $6,000,000 prize pool, the RLCS is making major leaps since their last active LAN season (pre-COVID) in 2019 which promoted a comparatively low $529,500 prize pool.What’s New?After adding two OCE (Oceanic Region) slots in Season 3 and two SA (South American Region) slots in Season 7, Psyonix decided that wasn’t enough. They want to go bigger, much bigger. Coming in RLCS Season 11, Psyonix is introducing three new regions:Asia-Pacific North (APAC N)Asia-Pacific South (APAC S)Middle East and North Africa (MENA)Following the massive changes announced for, the now-canceled, RLCS Season X, RLCS Season 11 will continue to operate in accordance with those changes with a few minor changes.While there will once again be 3 seasonal splits, Fall; Winter; and Spring, now each regional event will start with an Open Qualifier.The first open qualifier of the season will require all teams to play; however, teams can automatically qualify for the following regional events based on how they rank in the previous regional events.Each split will include 3 Regional Events and one MajorEach Regional event and Major will have 16-teamsIndividual teams earn points at each Regional and Major, with Major wins being worth morePoints accumulated at Regionals and Majors will be used to qualify for the Rocket League World ChampionshipTeams can make two roster moves in a season without having to forfeit their pointsEach split will feature a different format, but each region will share the same formatSplit and Championship Formats and Seed DistributionThe Fall, and opening, Split will open with a Swiss-style format before transitioning into an 8-team single-elimination bracket phase. The Winter Split will host a Group Stage with 4 groups that will transition into a double-elimination bracket phase. Lastly, the Spring Split will follow the default double-elimination style as well.The Championship is receiving a massive overhaul, now being separated into two stages: the World Championship Wildcard (WCW) and the World Championship Main Event (WCME). Based on points from Regionals and Majors alone, the top 8 teams will be automatically qualified for the WCME; for the first time ever, the remaining 8 slots at the WCME will be distributed to the winners of the WCW. The WCW will start with 16 teams with the following seed distribution:NA: 3 SeedsEU: 3 SeedsMENA: 2 SeedsOCE: 2 SeedsSA: 2 SeedsSSA: 2 SeedsAPAC N: 1 SeedAPAC S 1 SeedOf the 16 qualifying teams, the top 8 via a Swiss-style format will take the remaining seeds of the WCME before duking it out in one of four double-elimination groups before transitioning into a single-elimination bracket. For more information on the RLCS comeback, visit the official RLCS information page:

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Sentinels TenZ is incomparably better than Envy’s yay

Let’s face it, Envy had the easiest group stage of every team at VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Stage 3 Masters: Berlin. Playing against two of the worst teams in the tournament (ZETA DIVISION and Keyd Stars) and a team that was run over in round one of the bracket stage 2-0 by G2 Esports (KRÜ Esports), Envy was practically guaranteed a spot in the bracket phase. There’s very little to analyze in their group stage as it was a total sweep against teams who had no chance of winning since the groups were determined.Sentinels, on the other hand, actually had to play against an EMEA team (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), a region known for its historical dominance in shooter games. While EMEA team G2 Esports were not nearly as dangerous as the VCT Stage 3 Champions, Gambit Esports, they gave Sentinels a run for their money. Handing Sentinels their first LAN loss ever and their first loss in months. G2 Esports actually made the group stage difficult for the NA team in their bracket.Despite these vastly different group stages, Sentinels’s TenZ still managed to demonstrate a consistently high level of play across the tournament, while Envy’s yay demonstrated just how low K/Ds can go without losing a match until Grand Finals.TenZ > yayWhile yay’s performance for Envy was some of the most dominant shooting we’ve seen in a VCT since Sentinels’s VCT Stage 2 run, he seriously choked against Gambit Esports in the Grand Finals. With a less than stellar performance on map 1 Bind, and an abysmal showing on map 3 Split, yay demonstrated nothing worthy of being compared to TenZ.Admittedly, both map 1 and 3 were Gambit Esports’s picks, but even so, yay’s performance was nothing short of disappointing. Although he sported a 0.95 K/D in map 1, yay’s egregious 0.61 K/D in map 3 was appalling. It should be mentioned, however, that yay’s showing in map 2 was incredibly impressive.He sported the highest K/D across both teams on map 2 even though Envy lost. However, one good map doesn’t make a champion. Inconsistent performances like that are not how champions, like TenZ, play.The Stats Don’t LieLet’s take a look at TenZ’s showing in the tournament compared to yay’s. Having only played one extra map, TenZ demonstrated a higher KDA (by 0.01), a higher assist and assist/map count (10 more assists, 0.6 higher assists/map), and a lower death and death/map count (4 less deaths, 1.6 less deaths/map) than yay. Even more impressive, this performance is coming off of two back-to-back 0-2 losses.Envy’s yay, on the other hand, demonstrated a higher kill/map ratio (3.1 more kills/map), a higher kill total (15 more kills), and a higher combat score/map (11 more ACS/map). While these numbers might seem more impressive, only 3 of yay’s 11 maps were losses. When compared to TenZ’s ratio of 6 out of 12 losing matchups, yay’s performance is much less impressive.Envy’s Star Player yay’s ShortcomingsSimply put, putting up higher numbers when your team has a better economy and consistent access to better weapons than the opposing team is unsurprising; however, what is surprising is having a better economy and consistent access to better weapons and dying more often with less team contribution (assists) than a player who does not have similar economic and weapon advantages; Sentinels lost half of the maps they played, and TenZ still managed to pull off incredible numbers. Envy only lost the last 3 maps they played, and yay only showed up for one of those losses.Furthermore, TenZ’s ability to drop consistently high numbers across multiple characters (Reyna, Jett, and Raze) is unmatched. On Jett alone, yay’s inconsistency is his greatest flaw. Despite only playing a single character, yay can demonstrate both K/Ds as low as 0.61 and as high as 3.44.That kind of range is incredibly volatile for someone who is meant to be considered the best. Let’s face it, it is not even a competition. When the cards are stacked against TenZ, he’s consistently elite.When the cards are stacked against yay, he chokes and drops a 0.61 K/D. These two players shouldn’t even be in the same conversation. TenZ is better and the numbers prove that.

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Sinatraa’s 6-Month Valorant Suspension Concluded

2019 Overwatch League (OWL) MVP and former Sentinels VALORANT player Jay “Sinatraa” Won’s 6-month suspension from VALORANT has ended. The suspension was applied following allegations of sexual assault levied against Won by one of his former partners. An investigation was launched by law enforcement and, subsequently, Riot Games who issued the suspension following Won’s refusal to “cooperate with the investigation in a way expected of a professional VALORANT esports player.”While the exact details aren’t readily available, Riot Games stated that “on at least two occasions Sinatraa misrepresented certain facts [and] made false statements.” However, they did cite that Won failed to uphold his agreement to share a full audio and video clip referenced by his former partner in her social media post alleging his sexual assault.This refusal to cooperate, in addition to the absence of a definite conclusion as to the validity of Won’s allegations, led Riot Games’s Competitive Operation Team and investigative team to suspend Won, citing the importance of cooperation in regards to allegations “as serious as sexual assault.” The suspension was officially issued on March 10th, and set to conclude on September 10th 2021. Won was also required to “complete professional conduct training” before he can return to professional play.Sinatraa’s Future in GamingAfter Won’s suspension was incurred, Sentinels were forced to outsource a rented player from another team. At that time, Tyson “TenZ” Ngo had just left the Cloud 9 Blue roster and signed to Cloud 9 as a content creator and VALORANT streamer.Realizing the potential of such a talented player, IGL (in-game leader) and head of the Sentinels VALORANT team, Shazheb “ShaZham” Khan agreed to sign a loan contract with Cloud 9 Blue with the inclusion of a buyout clause.After Sentinel’s success in VCT Stage 1 and VCT Stage 2, Sentinels and Cloud 9 agreed to initiate the buyout clause, where Ngo reportedly landed a seven-figure deal with Sentinels. With no room on the roster for Won, ShaZham issued a statement after being questioned about the status of Won and Sentinels. While the response was short and simple, it sufficiently defined Won’s future with Sentinels moving forward: “No, this is our team now.”More recently, Daniel “dafran” Francesca, a former OWL player for the Atlanta Reign and someone who was also suspended from competitive play (in Overwatch, not VALORANT), issued a statement on Twitter regarding the status of Won in the professional Overwatch space:“Sinatraa is no longer banned and alot of teams are interested in him. Cle0h dropped the charges. I am incredibly dissapointed by all the streamers/organizations who immediatly judged him as guilty. We will never know what happend, its annoying as fuck but nothing was proven.”Won’s ex-partner and alleger Cleo “Cle0h” Hernandez quickly responded to the post stating that she “didn’t drop the charges btw LOL,” referring to Francesca as being “off his rocker” in a follow-up tweet. Further investigation concluded that while Hernandez opted not to pursue an investigation, she can reopen the investigation with Riot Games at any time.While this threat of legal action looming over Won’s head isn’t great for future prospects, Francesca’s comment did have some merit. Won was a prolific OWL player, claiming MVP in 2019. While his future in professional VALORANT is likely over, he still has potential in Overwatch, and specifically OWL due to his prowess as an elite contender in the space.Stay tuned for more esports betting picks and news over at!

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