On June 29, the 2022 Spring Major of the Rocket League Champion Series begins; the final major event before the World Championships in August. This weekend, the league announced exactly which teams will compete for a $300,000 prize pool and vital points towards Worlds qualification.
Here’s who will be competing in London on June 29 through July 3 and how to watch.
How to watch the RLCS Spring Major 2022
The RLCS Spring Major begins on June 29, kicking off three days of competition without a live crowd. The final two days will be played at the legendary Copper Box Arena in London, England, crowd and all. All the action can be caught on the official Twitch and YouTube channels, with each day beginning at 11 a.m. EDT.
Like the entire Spring Split, the Spring Major will be played as a double elimination bracket. On Sunday, Rocket League Esports announced the opening 16-team schedule on Twitter.
THE OPENING MATCHES FOR THE #RLCS SPRING MAJOR ARE IN 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VWIVR6VYT6
— Rocket League Esports (@RLEsports) June 12, 2022
- G2 Esports
- FaZe Clan
- Spacestation Gaming
The biggest upset here is the absence of NRG, making this the first time Garrett “GarrettG” Gordon will miss an RLCS LAN after a disappointing spring split. Envy, who had benched the legendary Pierre “Turbopolsa” Silfver, benefited from the lapse in NRG’s performance, and punched home a ticket to Europe to compete among the greats once more.
The others were, of course, present at the Winter Major and were expected to make it to London as well, with G2 Esports looking to defend their Major title.
- Team BDS
- Moist Esports
- Team Liquid
- Karmine Corp
Dignitas failed to show up when it mattered throughout the spring, allowing Karmine Corp and Team Liquid a spot that had been expected to go to Dignitas. Dignitas may be sitting this major out, but they did qualify for the World Championships thanks to the results of the final European regional. Meanwhile, Team Liquid looks to finally have broken their curse of having a permanently underperforming squad with their fresh roster of talented newcomers, while Karmine Corps’ chances are finally looking up after signing Joseph “Noly” Kidd.
Both Team BDS and Moist Esports (previously Team Queso) are looking as dangerous as ever, making them teams to keep an eye in the upcoming major.
Oceania is a bit of a three-horse race between Pioneers, PWR and Renegades. PWR (previously Ground Zero Gaming) missed out on the Winter Major, but they managed to claim this majors spot over Renegades. Having failed to win a regional, Renegades missed out on vital points that Pioneers and PWR managed to get. Renegades still lead in the overall standings in Oceania, but both Pioneers and PWR will be able to grab precious points from the Spring Major to overtake them. They will both need some important wins to do that, however, and that’s no guarantee with the level of competition at this major.
- Team Secret
The two teams that made it to the Winter Major have made it to the Spring Major as well. At the Winter Major, FURIA did what no South American team had done before: reach top six. They even got close to top four after losing 4-3 against Team Queso (now Moist Esports). They will be looking to take it a step further and prove that South America is on a steady climb.
Middle East and North Africa
- Team Falcons
One of the biggest disappointments of the Winter Major was the visa issue with the Team Falcons (previously Sandrock Gaming) players. Having impressed with a substitute player at the Fall Major (top eight), the entire community was waiting to see what the Saudi team could do in Los Angeles with their full starting roster. Unfortunately, they could not participate due to visa issues. The situation led to them transferring organizations, but are now set to make things right in London, where they have high expectations.
- Gaimin Gladiators
For the first time, an APAC South team qualified for an RLCS Major. Previously, it was the Japanese teams of Tokyo Verdy and DeToNaToR for APAC North at the Fall and Winter Majors respectively. Gaimin Gladiators had previously come close but just fallen short near the finish. But, for London they finally managed to take down the APAC North titans in the APAC qualifiers. The region as a whole has repeatedly shown great signs of growth, so it’s up to the Gladiators to try and bring home the first-ever series win for the region at an international RLCS LAN.
About the Author
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.