This was a bittersweet Dreamhack run for our Rocket League trio. Prior to the competition, Fireburner announced he would be retiring as a competitor in order to focus on other projects and coaching. No doubt, GarrettG and JSTN wanted to send the greatest competitor ever to play Rocket League off in style. But after falling to River Rats early, they had to climb through the lower bracket including a rematch with the world champs, Vitality. Oh, and did we mention the fire alarm that interrupted our match (Spoiler: we still won behind a clean sweep of the Cup holders). Lucky for us, this final match reignited a spark in Fireburner as he performed above and beyond and carried the team to the Grand Finals! The boys went out with a second place finish, but showed everyone just how special these three players have been over the years. We are very grateful for all the years Fireburner has spent with us as a player and a person. He will always be a big part of our #NRGFAM!
With our new in game leader Stanislaw on board, the boys took their shot at ESL One this past week. With only a week to prepare, they were already looking like a cohesive unit and and with a second round victory over Faze we clinched an automatic playoff spot. Team Liquid would be our first opponent in an NA #1 vs NA #2 faceoff; the perfect way to start the 4th of July! It was a close match, but Team Liquid came out ahead in the end. The boys had one more shot to advance against a red hot Vitality squad, but they unfortunately knocked us out of the tournament. Overall, it was a terrific first run for the new look CS squad with Stan leading the charge. By all accounts, the future is very bright for NRG CSGO who are back at it at the Blast Pro series in LA this weekend! Let us know if you want to attend. We will have a big NRG contingency in LA for this one... and...
With the Atlanta Reign hosting their homestand this past weekend, the team got a week off from matches to prep for their third run in a row at stage playoffs! While Widow and Torb battles ensued in Atlanta the guys were at home grinding with the occasional break for Summer fun! The Shock open up the Stage 3 playoffs on Friday against Seoul Dynasty in a #NoLagCrew rematch! Come down and root us on this weekend for a double dip of NRG/Shock LA tourney action.
Also - keep an eye out in the near future for the Overwatch League MVP candidates- there’s a good chance you’ll see some Shock in the lineup!