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Evil Geniuses are returning to Rocket League and the RLCS after a two-year hiatus by signing Rocket League team German Amigos, the organization announced Tuesday.
The team will make their debut in the European Rocket League Championship Series on the weekend of Oct. 15. They will join as the qualifiers begin, after previously having fielded a North American team.
A new era of dominance is ready to take over @RLEsports.
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) October 5, 2021
Evil Geniuses are back in the RLCS with a promising rookie team
German Amigos formed in March of 2021 during the spring split of RLCS X. When Riccardo “Rizex45” Mazzotta joined the duo of Leonardo “Catalysm” Christ Ramos and Ivan “ivn” Sabri, the line-up renamed themselves German Amigos. With the roster change, which resulted in decent performances, the German Amigos qualified for the spring major and finished in fifth-eighth place to conclude a relatively successful RLCS X for the newcomers. All three fresh Evil Geniuses recruits made their RLCS debut in Season X. However, they all played in the now-defunct Rival Series or its qualifiers in previous seasons. After singing one of the largest organizations in esports, their patience in waiting for an organization throughout RLCS X has finally paid off.
Evil Geniuses are expected to do well going into the RLCS 2021-22 season. They have had impressive results during the offseason, winning a large number of smaller European tournaments — including the BS+COMPETITION Invitational and the Samsung Odyssey League. However, their recent good form has yet to be properly tested against the absolute top of Europe.
The return of giants
When Evil Geniuses last fielded a team in the RLCS, the season ended poorly. After a devastating RLCS Season 7 — where the team finished in second-to-last place and relegated from the RLCS — the organization announced that radical changes were necessary. Those never happened and, upon releasing their last standing Rocket League player, EG left the scene. Now that Psyonix has ramped up the scope, EG are back in action.
“In our discussions with Psyonix, we were impressed with the direction they are taking with the RLCS and the competitive ecosystem they are building for the future,” Nicole LaPointe Jameson, CEO of Evil Geniuses. said. “Combine that with the explosion in popularity, especially after going free-to-play, we knew EG had to be involved. We’re excited to teach the RLCS what it means to #LIVEEVIL.”
Danny Engels, Gaming Excellence Director at Evil Geniuses, echoed that level of excitement.
“This roster of young and talented players deserves to be backed up by one of the best organizations in the industry and we believe our team will compete with the best right out the gate,” he said. “We didn’t enter Rocket League just to passively compete; we are here to win championships.”
Evil Geniuses will also immediately be featured in the RLCS Esports Shop, which received an extensive update on Tuesday.
The RLCS begins on Oct.8 with qualifiers for North America, Oceania, MENA and APAC South. The main events start Oct. 15. Europe, APAC North, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa will play their qualifiers in the weekend of Oct. 15 with the main event happening a week later on Oct. 22.
Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.