Cringe Society have defied the odds to hit back against last season’s champions Renegades with a 4-2 victory in yesterday’s Rocket League Championship Series X: Fall final.
The win is Cringe Society’s first in six grand final attempts in 2020, finally breaking Renegades’ hold in the region for major tournaments and, in doing so, securing a vital 351 RLCS Finals points ahead of the second RLCS X event in early September.
Falling agonizingly short at both the RLO Grand Slam and the Rocket League Spring Series to bitter rivals Renegades, Cringe Society hit back hard at RLCS X, claiming both the winner bracket final and the grand final over RNG in thrilling fashion to lead Oceania’s RLCS X Finals standings.
Former Evil Geniuses frontman Matthew ‘Drippay’ Den-Kaat locked down both the Stage 2 & playoffs MVP awards, with unforgettable contributions from veteran & former Renegade Daniel ‘Torsos’ Parsons and stoic defender Alex ‘Decka’ Tsoutsouras seeing Cringe Society through to the win.
With international travel limited and offline events off the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, developer Psyonix opted for a new online format for each region—North America, Europe, South America & Oceania— for the 2020/2021 season, where the best squads over three seasonal series, each with three events, would qualify for the world finals.
Both finalists cruised through the opening group stage, with the 32 entrants halved to 16 ahead of the second stage Swiss bracket. There, it was Renegades claiming first blood over Cringe Society in the 3-0 match to lock in the top seed for the playoffs, while Drippay’s squad finished 4-1 as 3rd.
Mindfreak & Gaming Gamers claimed the second and fourth seeds from the Swiss bracket respectively, while top four favourites Ground Zero Gaming fell short in a tough end to their Fall campaign, falling twice to Cringe Society as their only losses in Stage 2.
A fast 4-0 in the opening semi-final saw Cameron ‘CJCJ’ Johns’ Renegades head to the winner bracket final, while Cringe Society did it tough against a valiant Mindfreak, ultimately needing six games to meet their rivals in the grand final qualifier.
Cringe Society had won just two from their eleven series against Renegades this year, and the Season 9 champions were not going to go down quietly as Cringe Society needed overtime in the opening two games to lead, before Decka’s solo goal in game three proved enough to lead 3-0. Once again it would be a goal in overtime that would see Cringe Society booking their grand final spot 4-0, sending Renegades into the lower bracket.
Mindfreak’s strong start proved the difference over Gaming Gamers, taking the lower bracket semi 4-2, before repeating the strong start against Renegades in the lower bracket final to lead the favourites 1-0. RNG struck back in the following two before putting away Mindfreak 4-2, finishing with a strong 7-1 to secure the rematch in the grand final.
Starting with a one-match advantage, Cringe Society secured the opening match 1-0 to lead the series by two before an attacking bonanza led by CJCJ levelled up the final. Game 5 would again need an overtime goal—the fourth of the event between the two finalists—with Cringe Society locking down championship point 3-2.
It was a back and forth Game 6, but overtime was once more required and it was ex-Renegade Torsos finding the net for his side to put the nail in the coffin and lock in Cringe Society as OCE’s top squad, winning the match 3-2 and the series 4-2.
Event 2 in the Fall series begins on September 6, and this time the pressure will be on Renegades to fight from an unfamiliar position to level up the standings. Stay tuned to Here’s The Thing for news, commentary and more on esports in Oceania.
RLCS X: Fall - Oceanic Standings Top 8