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The top 5 plays of RLCS Season 9 – Week 8

March 25, 2020 - 21:24
Rocketeers / Recap / RLCS /

Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season 9 league play has come to an end, and with no World Championship on the horizon this time around, we’re almost all done—it’s just this weekend’s regional championship and then the promotion playoffs ahead.

While we dread the big question mark on the horizon for Rocket League esports, given the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, at least Week 8 entertained in a big way. Here’s a look at our favorite plays from North America and Europe last weekend, including some super-sub theatrics and the return of one of our favorite plays named after a pro.

5) Vitality’s playmaking battle

There’s backstory here, as explained after the match by teammate Victor “Fairy Peak” Locquet. See, both Yanis “Alpha54” Champenois and Alexandre “Kaydop” Courant were near the top of the standings for the “Clutch Playmaker” award, given to the player in each region with the highest percentage of assists each season, and there’s a $1,000 bonus attached.

After battling back and forth for the honors during this final series against Veloce, this Game 5 go-ahead goal came from Kaydop going in for what looks like a pinch attempt, but ultimately gives Alpha another assist and secures him the award. Sorry, Kaydop. But hey, you got the series win and finished atop the standings!

4) Garenn steps in

The season of super-subs continued during Rogue’s season against Flight this weekend. When Nicholas “Wonder” Blackerby’s connection died after two games, Rogue called on inexperienced sub Garen “Garenn” Havanjian to step in—and that he did, scoring two goals to help secure the win.

Granted, he wasn’t doing anything particularly mind-blowing out there, but for a sub to play his first-ever RLCS match under that kind of pressure and work well alongside his teammates to take the win, we can’t help but celebrate him.

3) Arsenal gets Musty

Who topped the North American standings this season? Was it NRG, G2 Esports, or the Susquehanna Soniqs? Nope: it was Spacestation Gaming. They quietly put together a pretty amazing run, finishing 8-1 and losing only to the Soniqs in Week 2.

In any case, Tshaka “Arsenal” Taylor Jr. showed off more of his mechanical prowess during SSG’s sweep over fellow Season 8 World Championship contender eUnited, pulling out a sick Musty Flip to sink in this shot over… well, all of eUnited.

2) Mouz’s super sub

The union of Mousesports and Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson proved very short lived, as the past RLCS champion parted ways with the team last week before the season even ended. That put Italian rookie Ario “arju” Berdin up to the unenviable task of replacing a Rocket League legend.

No sweat, eh? Arju helped his teammates take out both Endpoint and FC Barcelona in close 3-2 battles to secure a pair of final-week wins, pushing Mouz to a 6-3 record and 4th-place regular season finish. He also earned EU player of the week honors with sick shots such as this one. Well deserved, sir.

1) The Kuxir pinch (V2)

Most players don’t have a Rocket League play named after them, but Mousesports player (and past RLCS champion) Francesco “Kuxir97” Cinquemani does. He first whipped out the “Kuxir pinch” a few seasons back, leaping to pinch the ball against a wall and blast it into the goal.

He just did it again against Endpoint near the end of Game 3 regulation, tying up the match with just seconds left to push it to overtime (which Mouz ultimately won). Look, we’ve all had absurd, unexpected pinch shots while playing Rocket League, but only Kuxir seems to consistently score them with intent. He’s a legend for a reason.

Andrew is the Lead Editor of Rocketeers, and has been covering Rocket League esports since RLCS S1 for publications such as Red Bull Esports, The Esports Observer, Waypoint, and GINX TV. He has also written about games, gadgets, etc. for 90+ publications since 2006.