Rocket League takes a massive leap in its Esports segment with the Intel World Open. The championship, backed by ESL, Intel, Visa and other big brands, celebrates national teams across four regions qualified to play in Regional Finals from July 11 to 14.
The event is supported by the International Olympic Committee, shining much-needed spotlight on Rocket League as a competitive sport. And here we are pondering how a video game that revolves around shooting goals with vehicles can become this grand.
Intel World Open Regional Finals Format
Putting aside the regional finals, the Intel World Open was a month-long event. Where approximately 2400 teams participated in open qualifiers, eliminated to only 84 teams in closed qualifiers.
Now, we are down to only 24 worthy teams who have made it thus far into the Intel World Open. The Regional Finals are split between four regions, namely:
- Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
- Asia Mainland
- Asia Maritime & Oceania
The Americas and EMEA regions will have eight contestants, respectively, while the other two Asian regions have four per region. As such, Americas and EMEA also have more generous prize pool of 80,000$. Whereas the Asian regional have 45,000$ per region to split the reward.
The Regional Finals have group stages, which consist of round-robin best-of-five series. This will determine the top seeds, who will advance into the playoffs, and vice versa.
Countries in Intel World Open Regional Finals
While most candidates have team names, it’s more convenient to identify them by representatives of their respective regions. For instance, the Americas region has representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, United States (USA), Uruguay, and Puerto Rico.
The EMEA region has Norway, South Africa, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, France, and Germany as their eight best.
Although the Asia Mainland region only has four participants, it should not be underestimated. There are two teams from Singapore, one from Japan and lastly from Malaysia.
Lastly, the Asia Maritime & Oceania feature two Indonesia teams, one from Australia and New Zealand.
Intel World Open Favorites
The team from USA has some big-name players on their roster. Most notably, Garrett “GarrettG” Gordon is the official player for The General NRG and a very accomplished player. Having won countless RLCS Seasons throughout his career, team USA certainly has the upper hand in legitimate pro players. The rest of the USA team’s roster consisted of Reed “Chicago” Wilen, a decent pro in his own right, and an upcoming prodigy in the making, Jason “Firstkiller” Corral.
Yet, the Americas Regional Final is a very competitive one, as the Canadian team also spots a stack of seasoned pros. Mariano “SquishyMuffinz” Arruda, GarrettG’s teammate, is responsible for the team’s success. Of course, we can’t exclude Jacob “JKnaps” Knapman and Braxton “Allushin” Lagarec for being top performers in the Rocket League scene too.
Over at EMEA, France enlisted the entire squad from Team Vitality, which is terrifying news for their foes. Team Vitality is a grandaddy in the European scene, after all, so we anticipate that they would go pretty far into the finals. The Norway team also sports an actual Esports team from AW3 Esports, albeit not as accomplished as the lather.
For Asia Mainland matches, Japan is the absolute favorite in the 4-way group with Malaysia likely getting the runner-up spot. Both countries rosters have built solid rosters and it will likely come down to on-the-day performance.
Lastly, the Asia Maritime & Oceania region also have their own warriors. The Australian representative features the Ground Zero Gaming team, a massive favorite in the RLCS Season X. However, even in the secluded regional finals of four teams, there’s another rival team that can give the Aussies a run for their money. Team New Zealand is represented by a mixed stack, but one of its most established players is no other than Cameron “Kamii” Ingram, a team Renegades player.
Intel World Open Underdogs
Lookin at potential underdogs we already mentioned Malaysia and New Zealand in the Asian/Oceania Regional events respectively. In Europe the biggest underdog is team England featuring two Guild Esports players and the coach. If one team can suddenly rise to the occasion, it would be them.
As for the Americas region, Brazil and the roster of Rebel are likely the 3rd biggest favorite next to USA and Canada. Rebel finished as runner-ups RLCSX Spring Major in South America and are a solid stack that has played plenty a Rocket League.
Finally, Intel World Open is the first grand Rocket League tournament of such scale. Fans are hoping that with such overwhelming support, we can expect a championship that invites these regional winners for an all-out brawl someday. Rocket League Betting enthusiasts should rejoice, as esports bookmakers feature all the regional events in their offerings.