Codename: COVERT ready for playoffs

North America has seen an action packed couple of days, with Dazerin’s Codename: COVERT showcasing the best of the scene in its round robin group stage.

The event saw the six survivors of the qualifier join the ten teams that are assumed to be playing in RLCS Season 10. The sixteen teams were divided into four round robin groups as follows:

Group A (Team Envy, eUnited, Pittsburgh Knights, Valence)

The eUnited roster were slow off the mark, but once they got into the swing of things the Knights could not hold them back. The gold side was reverse swept 2-3 (2-1, 3-2, 0-3, 0-2, 0-1). After the Knights had mentally recovered, they swept Valance, but the damage had been done. They were eliminated by Team Envy in their third game.

The key game in the group was between Envy and eUnited, with the winner pretty much securing top of the group. Envy claimed the first game 2-1, but dropped the next three, and with a simple victory over Valence, eUnited went unbeaten.

Group B (Flight, Loco, NRG Esports, Rat Enterprises)

This group pitted NRG, with new acquisition Squishy, against Squishy’s old team, Rat Enterprises, who played with Retals. Needless to say, the former Cloud9 roster’s night didn’t start well. They were unable to transfer the momentum following their sweep against Flight into their game against Loco. They dropped the ball, going 1-3 (2-5, 5-0, 1-2, 0-4).

Meanwhile, NRG dropped just two games in two series in the run up to this fateful matchup. To secure a playoff spot, Rat Enterprises needed two games, they got none. Loco, the minnows in the group, qualified for the playoffs alongside NRG on game difference. Rat Enterprises is in the red, and will need to improve dramatically in the near future to avoid going under.

Group C (Affinity, G2 Esports, Rogue, Stromboli)

This group featured one of the most heated rivalries in Rocket League history. G2 have always had the upper hand on Rogue, winning every one of their eleven 3v3 matchups. Rogue seemed to have a fairly standard evening, beating Affinity 3-1 (3-4*, 2-1, 3-2, *2-1) and reverse sweeping Stromboli to go 2-0.

On the other hand, G2 started off their evening with a 2-3 (3-0, 2-3, 1-4, 3-2, 2-4) loss to RLRS side Stromboli. This was an uncharacteristic start from the side that has won every 3v3 event they’ve entered since the start of the year. G2 recovered to beat Affinity, who then swept Stromboli. Rogue had already secured a playoff spot, but winning their first game against G2 would give them a high seed in the playoffs. Rogue swept G2, which achieved not only this, but promoted Affinity to the playoffs.

Group D (Mirage, Plot Twist, Spacestation Gaming, Susquehanna Soniqs)

Contrary to everyone’s expectations going in, the Soniqs were no more than an afterthought in this group. They won two games in the two series they played before forfeiting their third game against Plot Twist. Spacestation had a comfortable evening, dropping two games over the course of the group stage (to the Soniqs and Mirage), meaning that the pivotal matchup was between Mirage and Plot Twist, the first game of the evening. This early 3-1 (*1-0, 2-3*, 1-2, 1-2*) victory secured Mirage’s playoff spot.

The double-elimination playoffs start early on Sunday morning in the UK. You can catch all the action on Twitch!

Tom Hurrell

Community Manager for Rocket Kingdom. Sigmσyd first joined the Rocket League scene in late 2016 as an editor at Liquipedia, but he is better known in the high school esports community for founding and managing AGSB Esports. Tom is the community manager for Rocket Kingdom, meaning he's in charge of managing website content, liasing with other UK event organisers and keeping the mod team happy.

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