Version1 Rocket League had an incredible RLCS 2021-2022 season, and it ended on a high note earlier this month, with the team securing a final placement of 5th-8th at the RLCS World Championship.
The team’s current roster has only been competing together for eight months — Kyle “Torment” Storer, two-time World Champion, has been part of Version1’s roster since August of 2020. Robert “Comm” Kyser joined the team shortly after Torment, in November of 2020. Landon “BeastMode” Konerman, the final addition to the current roster, was only 16 years old when he signed with Version1 in January of 2022.
Over the course of the RLCS 2021-2022 season, Version1 Rocket League earned $230,500 in prize money.
The Winter Split
Version1 Rocket League quickly found their stride after BeastMode joined the team in early 2022. Less than two weeks after the young player joined Version1, the team took 4th at the first regional event of the Split, and despite placing lower than anticipated at Regional Event 2, the team claimed a dominant first place victory at Regional Event 3.
Version1 Rocket League’s upward trajectory continued at their first offline event, the Winter Split Major in Los Angeles, where they went undefeated in the Group Stage and placed 5th-6th at the tournament.
RLCS Winter Major Stats
80% GOAL PARTICIPATION
1.96 AVG. SAVES PER GAME
33.33% SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
The Spring Split
After their impressive performance at the Winter Major, Version1 Rocket League set their sights on the three upcoming Spring regional events — their performance at these tournaments would determine whether or not they qualified for Spring Major in London.
There was also a larger goal looming on the horizon for Version1 Rocket League during the Spring Split — if the team earned enough RLCS circuit points, they would earn a coveted spot at the RLCS World Championship.
After a disappointing 5th-6th place finish at Spring Regional Event 1, the team quickly rebounded to take second place at Spring Regional Event 2, where they narrowly lost in the Grand Finals against G2. Eager for another chance to prove themselves on LAN, Version1 Rocket League finished third at the final Regional Event, earning enough RLCS circuit points to qualify for the Spring Major in the process.
With a chance to attend the RLCS World Championship never far from their minds, Version1 travelled to London — or, as we prefer to call it, V1ONDON — and began their Upper Bracket run at the tournament.
Comm’s passion for competing was on full display—his competitive and vocal nature made headlines and lit up social media during the tournament, and he leaned into this new “villain” role throughout the tournament. Although some may object to the way he expressed his passion for competing, his energy undoubtedly helped fuel the team’s remarkable performance.
The team made short work of Endpoint CeX and Moist Esports, advancing to the Upper Bracket Semi-Finals where they emerged victorious in an unforgettable series against Karmine Corp.
TOP. 3. pic.twitter.com/Xk5sBl3iKd
— Version1 (@version1gg) July 2, 2022
The team finished in 3rd place at the event, earning $30,000 and 600 RLCS circuit points. Although they barely fell short of directly qualifying to the Group Stage at the RLCS World Championship, Version1 Rocket League had earned enough RLCS circuit points over the course of the season to claim a spot in the Wildcard stage of the final event of the year.
RLCS Spring Major Stats
33.33% SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
2.64 SAVES PER GAME (AVG)
The RLCS World Championship
Over the course of the regular season, Version1 Rocket League played 281 games — and it all culminated in a single tournament, the prestigious RLCS World Championship. The winner of the event would pocket their share of an impressive $2,000,000 prize pool, and Version1’s first step toward that goal was battling their way through the Wildcard stage.
Version1 Rocket League only dropped a single series during Wildcard, advancing to the Group Stage. The team’s first match in the Group Stage was an uncontested blowout — Verson1 took a clean 4-0 sweep against the heavily favored The General NRG.
— Version1 (@version1gg) August 10, 2022
The celebration was, however, short-lived — their next opponent, Team BDS, returned the favor, handing Version1 a painful 0-4 loss and sending them to the Lower Bracket where they would face off against longtime regional rivals Spacestation Gaming.
Although the loss against Team BDS may have humbled them, Version1 returned to form in their match against Spacestation Gaming, putting on a jaw-dropping display of defensive brilliance and calculated offensive pressure to claim a hard-fought 4-2 series win and securing a spot in the Playoffs.
Brb, rebranding to BMO1. pic.twitter.com/yTVVtaJbpO
— Version1 (@version1gg) August 13, 2022
On the final day of the tournament, with only seven teams and three best-of-seven series standing between them and first place, Version1 Rocket League were eliminated by FaZe Clan in a tense showdown decided by moments and milliseconds on both sides of the pitch.
Version1 Rocket League’s Top 8 finish at the RLCS World Championship has sent a clear message: this team is a force to be reckoned with.