In the Intel World Open – The 2020 Tokyo Olympics tie-in event – Rocket League players will represent their nation in an official event for the first time ever. Originally, the tournament was to take place in Tokyo, Japan as an offline event with the world’s best nations. Due to COVID-19, they’ll instead be online regional tournaments. Here’s who qualified for the Asia Maritime and Oceania finals. The other regions are EMEA, Asia Mainland and the Americas.
- Luke “Amphis” Riddell (Ground Zero Gaming)
- Jonathan “Express” Slade (Ground Zero Gaming)
- Daniel “Torsos” Parsons (Ground Zero Gaming)
The Australian team is comprised of the Ground Zero Gaming roster. They most recently won the Oceanic RLCS X Championships and should, on paper, take the tournament without much resistance. The games are also expected to be played on OCE servers, so they have an additional advantage against the Indonesian teams.
Both Torsos and Express have international RLCS experience, while Amphis is currently considered as one of the best players in Oceania. If the Australians drop out before the final, they have no excuse. They are far and away the most skilled roster, both individually and as a team.
- Cameron “Kamii” Ingram (Renegades)
- Cameron “CJM” McGrouther (CJHAZAPOTATO)
- Jack “Spratt” Woodacre (Teamless)
Compared to Australia, New Zealand has just a handful of players in the Oceanic RLCS. Of these, Kamii is the most experienced, having played at four RLCS world championships. Meanwhile, his teammates CJM and Spratt have only competed in the regular season of RLCS Season X and they mostly fell short there.
With Renegades, Kamii finished in third place in Oceania last season, just below Cringe Society. He only barely missed out on reaching the Championships and he is the strongest player for New Zealand. His individual skill and experience may not be enough to keep Australia from taking it all, however.
- Dika “Ripoopi” Utama (1NE Esports)
- Handy “Gon” Setiawan (1NE Esports)
- Jassen “Ficeo” Sandrio (Integrity)
Out of the many small islands scattered around the Asia Maritime region, Indonesia is the biggest country with overwhelming numbers. With a population over 270 million, the country was the only representative of the region in the qualifiers. They are technically allowed to play in RLCS in the OCE region, but the difference in ping doesn’t allow for an equal playing field.
Both Gon and Ripoopi are teammates with Malaysia’s Thrishernn “Misty” Raaj on 1NE Esports. They have picked up Ficeo, who has also played for 1NE in the past, from Integrity. And, they will try to bring some form of challenge to Australia. Indonesia may be a couple of tiers below, but they are a decent force in the Asian region in general.
- Jordy “Squirrel” Loing (1NE Esports)
- Ryan “The Optimistic Noob” Divas (Teamless)
- Rafdoang13 (Teamless)
The second IWO Indonesian team also consists of former 1NE players. These days, Squirrel is less active due to his studies. He still managed to finish in second place (behind the A team roster) in the APL Indonesian National alongside The Optimistic Noob, though.
Like Indonesia A, the roster is not expected to keep Australia from taking the IWO crown home. But, they will finally have a chance to show off to an international audience with a proper prize pool.
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.