RLCS 2021-22: A Recap
by Tom Coles

The 2021-2022 Rocket League season came to its conclusion last weekend in Dallas, Texas. After 2 years of absence, it was fantastic to see a sold-out crowd at the Dickies Arena, setting a new in-person attendance record for the RLCS, and officially being the largest crowd Endpoint have ever played before – a surreal experience for our team.

Heading into the off season, we want to take this opportunity to reflect on the remarkable season we have had as an organisation, and touch upon the future of the Endpoint brand within the RLCS.

We entered the new season as the 14th seed in Europe back in October of 2021, and immediately set a precedent for what you could expect from the team moving forward, with a first-place finish in the season’s first Regional European Open. This was succeeded by a follow up victory at the final Regional event of the split. The split was closed with a top 8 finish at the international major in Stockholm.

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Heading into the Winter Split, the team continued their impressive form, with a 2nd and 4th place finish during 2 of the Winter Regional Opens.

A lot of this early success could be attributed to the talent and ability of Enzo "Seikoo" Grondein, who started his season with Endpoint, before being sold to Team BDS after the conclusion of the Los Angeles Major. With roster changes in effect across several teams, a player loan was agreed with SMPR Esports, where Endpoint acquired the young talent Archie “Archie” Pickthall, to complete our roster heading into the second half of the season.

After some early teething issues in the Spring Split, the new look Endpoint team went on to secure top 6, and a 3rd place finish, at the final 2 Regional events of the season. The point accumulation throughout each split made us one of only 2 teams in the region to qualify for every Major, and the World Championship. We concluded the regular season as the 3rd overall seed in Europe, guaranteeing us a place at the World Championship Main Event, after 2 hard-fought battles, the team finished top 16 at our first World Championship.

In addition to our success within the RLCS, Endpoint also acquired a leading female Rocket League team, competing under Endpoint CeX UV, in the Women’s Car Ball Championship, as well as open events throughout the season. This addition to our talent pool demonstrates the brand’s pursuit to create more inclusivity and representation within esports. One member of the team, Maisie "Takara" Stanley, was recently chosen to represent England at the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championship, securing a first-place victory and gold medal, alongside India "Alanis" Browne, who has joined the team since the event. The team will look to continue this success at the Insomnia Gaming Festival Rocket League Open event, and we wish them the best of luck.

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With the season now over, several organisations have begun making roster amendments. We recently said goodbye to Archie, whose loan period had come to an end, and we thank him for his contributions to the team - his talents were instrumental in us securing our attendance to the World Championship for the first time. In addition, the contracts of Otto "Metsanauris" Kaipiainen, Lucas "RelatingWave" Rose, and Aron "Eclipse" Jones have come to an end at the close of the season, and the three of them are unrestricted free agents, able to explore other team options going into the 2022-2023 season. After a long tenure of hard work and dedication to Endpoint, they have been released on excellent terms, and the door will be open for a future return to the brand, in the meantime, we will be continuing to explore our options as an organisation heading into the new RLCS season, expanding on the success we were able to achieve in 2021-2022.

For anyone who wishes to get in touch, reach out to: [email protected]

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