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Dignitas at RLCS Season 8 World Championship: ViolentPanda on Olympics picks, AztraL talks toxicity

December 14, 2019 - 06:51
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Dignitas might have come in as Europe’s bottom seed, but they put up one of Europe’s best performances at Day 1 of the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season 8 World Championship. They made quick work of South American champions The Three Sins, and then edged out hot North American team Pittsburgh Knights in a close 3-2 series.

After sitting out the last World Championship, this revised Dig roster has already claimed its ticket to Day 3 on Sunday. During Day 1, Rocketeers had a chance to participate in a roundtable interview with the team, and we took the opportunity to ask a couple of key questions.

We asked captain and two-time RLCS champion Jos “ViolentPanda” van Meurs about which fellow players he would choose for the Dutch national team for next year’s Olympics-sponsored Intel World Open, should he have the opportunity. He suggested that the season’s rough performances from TSM and Complexity might have impacted his expected decision.

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Rocketeers: ViolentPanda, there’s quite a lot of Dutch high-level players. Who would you take with you to Tokyo for the Olympics-related event next year?

ViolentPanda: I thought I was set—I thought I would take Flakes and Remkoe, but after this season, I don’t know anymore. Tho has been looking quite good; Tho from Team Singularity. He’s qualified for RLCS now. So yeah, we’ll see how it goes. Flakes and Remkoe… and Jessie. Jessie’s still on my mind. But I don’t know, we still need to figure out teams.

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We also asked LAN rookie Maello “AztraL” Ernst about his tweet from earlier this week claiming that he would no longer be toxic. Spoiler alert: it was nonsense.

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Rocketeers: AztraL, a little while back on Twitter, you said you wanted to be friendlier and less toxic. How long do you think this will last?

AztraL [to coach Virge]: Can I say that?

Virge: Yeah, you can say that.

AztraL: We were playing Mario Party, and the loser had the let the winner write on their Twitter account. So it was always a joke.

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Additional reporting by Andrew Hayward

Photo courtesy of Psyonix

Jens played his first 1000 hours of Rocket League on a laptop with less than the minimum specs to run the game. Nevertheless, he fell in love with the world behind those flying cars, and has been following Rocket League esports since RLCS S1.