Analysis with Shalthis Week 6
Though the Throwdown LAN is just around the corner, so is the RLCS World Championship LAN in Los Angeles, California, USA, which is 2nd-4th June. Let’s take a look at the RLCS bracket and what certain matchups mean. First off, either spot will have a difficult bracket to face. Either seed has to face Denial Esports or Northern Gaming first, then Mock-It Esports or NRG next, the respective winners of the EU and NA Divisional Playoffs and their region’s #1 seed. OCE will be glad that it’s a double elimination bracket, though. There’s no telling what teams will be in the Lower Bracket.
Alpha Sydney and JAM RL are the two most likely OCE teams to advance to RLCS. Even Alpha Sydney would likely have a hard time with the bracket. It’s unfair that OCE is immediately relegated to the first round without the opportunity for a bye, Also, in addition to them needing more NA and EU spots, only 2 for OCE is a bit of an insult and Oceania still feels like a bit of an afterthought in the RLCS. Guess we’ll see what happens for RLCS Season 4.
Next season in the RLCS is kinda up in the air. We don’t know what to expect because even Psyonix and Twitch aren’t sure about the next RLCS season. If Season 3 is any indication, they’ll announce some things mid-season, like they did with the player accolades and auto-qualification. There’s also the offseason and Summer Series that we don’t know much about.
It’s a little early to talk about RLCS Season 4, but we already know some teams have automatically qualified for League Play next season and none of them are for OCE, which is disappointing. We’ll see what’s announced, if anything, at the Throwdown LAN on 20th and 21st May.
Written by JAM Ambassador @Shalthis