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After a long two months of Rocket League, Endpoint has capped the fall split with a top 4 finish in the major. Points earned during the major were doubled, which means the team secured themselves 400 points for the table, bringing their total to 820. This is good enough for 4th place in Europe – trailing only Team BDS, Renault Vitality and Top Blokes.
Endpoint qualified for the major after finishing in the top 16 in points after the three regional events for the fall. The journey through the major began on the 17th of October, where the 16 teams would battle it out in a Swiss bracket to determine who made it through to the top 8. Endpoint’s first match was against Magnifico, and they were able to secure a win after a 5-game series to push their record to 1-0.
In the second round, Endpoint found themselves up against Giants Gaming and were looking to move on to match point. This series would also go to a game 5, however this time it did not end in Endpoint’s favour. Giants Gaming were able to take the win in the final game in overtime, making Endpoint’s record 1-1 on the day.
Endpoint then came up against Triple Trouble in a pivotal match that would put one team a win away from playoffs, and the other team a loss away from elimination. Triple Trouble jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the series, but Endpoint came roaring back to force yet another game 5 situation. The final game once again went to overtime, and Endpoint were once again defeated. This put the team at 1-2 on the day, on the brink of elimination and losers of two game 5 overtimes in a row. With their backs against the wall, Endpoint needed to win their next two games to move on.
In the next round, Endpoint came up against Solary. Endpoint managed to win the first two games of the series, but Solary were able to win the next two to force Endpoint’s 4th game 5 of the day. Solary was not able to complete the reverse sweep, though, as Endpoint prevailed and improved to 2-2 on the day.
In their final match of the day, Endpoint came up against Oxygen Esports, with a trip to the playoffs on the line. The script was similar to the previous series – Endpoint jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but saw that lead erased. With everything on the line in a 5th and final game 5, Endpoint were able to get the win in overtime, securing them a top 8 finish and a trip to the playoffs.
In the first round of the playoffs, Endpoint came up against a very strong Top Blokes side. Top Blokes secured a win in game 1, but Endpoint won all of the following games, resulting in a 3-1 win and a trip to the semifinals – a best-of-7 series against Renault Vitality. This would be the end of the fall major for Endpoint, as Vitality won in a 4-0 sweep to advance to the finals. Endpoint’s coach, Eclipse, had this to say regarding the team’s performance in the fall split as a whole and how they’re feeling heading in to the next split:
“We started off a bit rocky in the first two Regionals, but not really placing badly even though it wasn’t our best showing. Alongside that, we started the Grid quite well this split, which is obviously great. Sadly, we tapered off from that towards the end. But, after, we did work throughout the split. We felt in a much more comfortable place for Regional 3 and the Major, which concluded in us making a top 2 and top 4 run respectively. So. a strong end to the split, which we are hoping to take in to the beginning of the winter split and further.”
The winter split will begin on the 12th of November, and Endpoint have put themselves in a good position going in to it. The team is in the top 4 in the table and will be coming off very strong performances in the final regional event and the major.