AS Monaco Esports entered the European Rocket League Rival Series over the weekend by announcing its acquisition of Fadeaway, a roster that includes a pair of RLCS veterans.
The AS Monaco Esports roster now includes former Team SoloMid player and ELEAGUE Champion Jordan “EyeIgnite” Stellon, ex-Mousesports player and Gfinity Elite Series winner Maik “Tigreee” Hoffmann, as well as Alex “Extra” Paoli, who competed for Baguette Squad during last season’s Rival Series. Simon “s1moN” Bicking serves as the team’s manager and substitute.
Fadeaway has understandably been seen as a Rival Series favorite, given the experience and firepower on this roster, and they’ve thus far lived up to expectations. Now under the AS Monaco banner, they sit at 3-1 so far this season, with a strong 10-4 games record. AS Monaco sits only behind Discombobulators in the standings, and actually dealt that 4-1 team its first loss this past weekend.
Après un premier match compliqué, perdu 3-1 contre @TeamEchoZulu, @TigreeeRL, @Extra_RL et @EyeIgnite se reprennent et s’imposent 3-1 face à @DiscombobRL pour prendre la deuxième place des #RLCS8 !#DagheMunegu pic.twitter.com/qshRq5hAP6
— AS Monaco Esports ? (@ASMonacoEsports) October 19, 2019
The Rival Series stakes are raised this season in both Europe and North America, as the Rocket League Championship Series will expand to 10 teams for Season 9. That means that there are even more spots up for grabs for hungry Rival Series teams. The football club’s esports division has previously fielded Rocket League rosters, but none that competed in high-level tournaments or leagues.
“One year after our launch [in] Rocket League, we decided to add an international and ambitious team to our roster, with the aim of getting promoted to the RLCS in the short term,” wrote AS Monaco Esports manager, Simon Rémoussin. “We are very pleased to welcome Extra, Tigreee and EyeIgnite, a trio of talented players who have achieved promising results this summer. Our renewed ambition of winning the Rocket League title confirms our great interest and high expectation to take a step forward in the esports scene. It also consolidates AS Monaco Esports’ will to remain relevant, competitive, and ambitious in several titles.”