Fall Major Primer

2021-11-30 | Ian Nowakowski

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The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) is just over one week away from returning to LAN play. The excitement is palpable as 16 of the best Rocket League teams in the world get ready to hit the pitch for the first RLCS LAN event since December 2019.

There's a ton of information to go over, so let's get started!

Ford Drives Back Onto the RLCS Pitch

We're excited to announce that Ford will once again be joining us as a presenting sponsor for the Fall Major Driven by Ford. After a fantastic RLCS sponsorship during the RLCS X season, we're thrilled to be teaming back up with Ford for the Fall Major! Be sure to look out for awesome Ford integrations in the broadcast and on-site at the Fall Major.

What Is the Fall Major?

The Fall Major is the biggest international tournament of the RLCS 2021-22 season Fall Split, where 16 of the top teams from around the world come together to face off for points, regional bragging rights, and the title of Fall Major Champions! The event will be held in Stockholm, Sweden at the ESL Sweden Studio. It's also the longest RLCS LAN tournament ever, clocking in at five days of competition!

The Fall Major marks the first RLCS LAN event since the Season 8 World Championship in December 2019. As such, stringent health measures will be in place throughout the event in order to help ensure the safest event for players, talent, and staff. We're looking forward to getting the best players in the world back together and competing safely.

Qualified Teams

After the dust of the Fall Split Regional Events had settled, 16 teams rose up to claim their spots at the Fall Major. Check out the list below, sorted by highest seed to lowest:

    1. NRG - North America, 1st Seed
    2. Endpoint - Europe, 1st Seed
    3. Dignitas - Europe, 2nd Seed
    4. G2 Esports - North America, 2nd Seed
    5. FaZe Clan - North America, 3rd Seed
    6. Team BDS - Europe, 3rd Seed
    7. Ground Zero Gaming - Oceania, 1st Seed
    8. SMPR Esports - Europe, 4th Seed
    9. FURIA - South America, 1st Seed
    10. Envy - North America, 4th Seed
    11. Complexity - North America, 5th Seed
    12. Team Vitality - Europe, 5th Seed
    13. Sandrock Gaming - Middle East & North Africa
    14. Verdy Esports - Asia-Pacific North
    15. Renegades - Oceania, 2nd Seed
    16. eRa Eternity - South America, 2nd Seed

Format, Broadcast, and Schedule

The Fall Major format will be the same format that has been used throughout the Fall Split, which is a 16-team Swiss Stage that feeds the top-eight teams into a Single-Elimination Bracket. The Fall Major will begin on December 8 and run through December 12. The first three days of play will feature the Swiss Stage, while the final two days will see teams make their runs through the high-stakes, Single-Elimination Bracket. The Grand Finals will be a Best-of-7,  Best-of Set.

Broadcasting during the Fall Major will work a little differently than during the Fall Split. For the Swiss Stage, there will be a main stream on the main Rocket League Twitch channel and Rocket League Esports YouTube channel, and an alternate stream on the RLEsports Twitch channel. For the Single-Elimination Bracket, all matches will be streamed to the main Rocket League Twitch channel and the Rocket League Esports YouTube channel.

Check out the broadcast schedule below:

December 8 - Swiss Stage:

Main Stream:

  • Round 1 - Ground Zero Gaming vs. Envy: 5 p.m. CET (8 a.m. PT)
  • Round 1 - Team BDS vs. Complexity: 6 p.m. CET (9 a.m. PT)
  • Round 1 - G2 vs. Sandrock Gaming: 7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. PT)
  • Round 1 - FaZe Clan vs. Team Vitality: 8 p.m. CET (11 a.m. PT)
  • Round 2 - Dignitas vs. Envy (1-0 Match): 9 p.m. CET (12 p.m. PT)
  • Round 2 - NRG vs. Team BDS (1-0 Match): 10 p.m. CET (1 p.m. PT)

Alternate Stream: 

  • Round 1 - Dignitas vs. Tokyo Verdy: 5 p.m. CET (8 a.m. PT)
  • Round 1 - NRG vs. eRa Eternity: 6 p.m. CET (9 a.m. PT)
  • Round 1 - Endpoint vs. Renegades: 7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. PT)
  • Round 1 - SMPR vs. FURIA: 8 p.m. CET (11 a.m. PT)
  • Round 2 - SMPR Esports vs. Sandrock Gaming (1-0 Match): 9 p.m. CET (12 p.m. PT)
  • Round 2 - FaZe Clan vs. Renegades (1-0 Match): 10 p.m. CET (1 p.m. PT)

December 9 - Swiss Stage (Continued):

Main Stream:

  • Round 2 - Endpoint vs. Team Vitality (0-1 Match): 5 p.m. CET (8 a.m. PT)
  • Round 2 - FURIA vs. G2 Esports (0-1 Match): 6 p.m. CET (9 a.m. PT)
  • Round 3 - Dignitas vs. SMPR Esports (2-0 Match): 7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. PT)
  • Round 3 - FaZe Clan vs. Team BDS (2-0 Match): 8 p.m. CET (11 a.m. PT)
  • Round 3 - Team Vitality vs. eRa Eternity (0-2 Match): 9 p.m. CET (12 p.m. PT)
  • Round 3 - G2 Esports vs. Tokyo Verdy (0-2 Match): 10 p.m. CET (1 p.m. PT)

Alternate Stream: 

  • Round 2 - Complexity vs. eRa Eternity (0-1 Match): 5 p.m. CET (8 a.m. PT)
  • Round 2 - Ground Zero vs. Tokyo Verdy (0-1 Match): 6 p.m. CET (9 a.m. PT)
  • Round 3 - Renegades vs. Ground Zero (1-1 Match): 7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. PT)
  • Round 3 - NRG vs. Endpoint (1-1 Match): 8 p.m. CET (11 a.m. PT)
  • Round 3 - Envy vs. Complexity (1-1 Match): 9 p.m. CET (12 p.m. PT)
  • Round 3 - Sandrock Gaming vs. FURIA (1-1 Match): 10 p.m. CET (1 p.m. PT)

December 10 - Swiss Stage (Continued):

Main Stream:

  • Round 4 - FURIA vs. Renegades (1-2 Match): 5 p.m. CET (8 a.m. PT)
  • Round 4 - Envy vs. G2 Esports (1-2 Match): 6 p.m. CET (9 a.m. PT)
  • Round 4 - NRG vs. Team Vitality (1-2 Match): 7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. PT)
  • Round 5 - TBD (2-2 Match): 8 p.m. CET (11 a.m. PT)
  • Round 5 - TBD (2-2 Match): 9 p.m. CET (12 p.m. PT)
  • Round 5 - TBD (2-2 Match): 10 p.m. CET (1 p.m. PT)

Alternate Stream: 

  • Round 4 - Ground Zero vs. Sandrock Gaming (2-1 Match): 5 p.m. CET (8 a.m. PT)
  • Round 4 - Endpoint vs. Team BDS (2-1 Match): 6 p.m. CET (9 a.m. PT)
  • Round 4 - Complexity vs. SMPR Esports (2-1 Match): 7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. PT)

December 11 - Single-Elimination Bracket:

  • Pre-Show: 4:30 p.m. CET (7:30 a.m. PT)
  • Quarterfinal 1: 5 p.m. CET (8 a.m. PT)
  • Quarterfinal 2: 6 p.m. CET (9 a.m. PT)
  • Quarterfinal 3: 7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. PT)
  • Quarterfinal 4: 8 p.m. CET (11 a.m. PT)

December 12 - Championship Sunday:

  • Pre-Show: 4:30 p.m. CET (7:30 a.m. PT)
  • Semifinal 1: 5 p.m. CET (8 a.m. PT)
  • Semifinal 2: 6 p.m. CET (9 a.m. PT)
  • Grand Finals (Match 1): 7 p.m. CET (10 a.m. PT)
  • Grand Finals (Match 2): 8 p.m. CET (11 a.m. PT)
  • Grand Finals (Match 3, if needed): 9 p.m. CET (12 p.m. PT)

If English isn't your first language, we've got alternate language streams that will be running throughout the event. You can find the languages and the channels they'll be on below:

Keep an eye out for additional watch parties and ways to watch throughout the event!

More on the Way!

We're unbelievably excited to get the first RLCS LAN in nearly two years underway. For exclusive content and behind the scenes action, keep it locked to @RLEsports on Twitter and Instagram! And make sure to get ready for the Fall Major in Stockholm, Sweden that kicks off on December 8. We'll see you there!