Rocket League World Championship Primer + On-Site Guide

2023-07-25 | Chlo Jones

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The Rocket League World Championship in Düsseldorf, Germany is almost here. It's the biggest, and most prestigious, Rocket League tournament on the planet. Over ten days of competition, 24 teams from around the globe will battle for their chance to raise the Rocket League World Championship trophy and claim the title of Rocket League World Champions.

Before we make our way to Germany, read on to find all the information you’ll need to know ahead of the event!  

What's the Rocket League World Championship?

The Rocket League World Championship is the most esteemed Rocket League tournament in the world and completes the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season. It's held in two distinct phases. The first is the Wildcard Stage (August 3-6), where 16 teams from all over the world will compete for their chance at playing in the Main Event. 

The Main Event (August 8-13) is the final leg of the World Championship, where eight teams that qualify from the Wildcard will join eight auto-qualified teams. Those 16 teams will compete in a Double-Elimination Group Stage, and the eight advancing teams will compete in a high stakes Single-Elimination Bracket. The winner will be crowned Rocket League World Champions

Qualified Teams

Everything has led to this moment. Thousands of teams from around the world fought hard throughout the RLCS 2022-23 Season, but only 24 persevered to qualify for the Rocket League World Championship. You can find the 16 Wildcard teams and eight auto-qualified Main Event teams below: 

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Format, Broadcast, and Schedule 

The World Championship Wildcard is a 16-team, Swiss Bracket competition, where a team always plays against another team of the same win-loss record. In the Swiss Stage, the magic number is three. Win three matches to move on to the Main Event, or lose three matches and pack your bags for home.

For the World Championship Main Event, 16 teams will compete in two Double Elimination Groups with eight teams per group. If you win twice, you advance to the Playoff Bracket! Lose twice, and you’re eliminated. The top four teams from each group will advance to the final eight-team, Single-Elimination Bracket. The team that goes all the way in that bracket will emerge victorious as Rocket League World Champions!

During the Rocket League World Championship, there will be a Main Stream on the Rocket League Twitch Channel, the Rocket League Esports YouTube Channel, the Rocket League TikTok Channel, and an alternate stream on the Rocket League Esports Twitch Channel on each day of the Wildcard. There will be no alternate stream for the Main Event.

Wildcard Schedule

August 3 (Swiss Round 1) 

  • Broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. CEST (2:30 p.m. UTC) on both the main and alternate streams

August 4 (Swiss Round 2)

  • Broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. CEST (2:30 p.m. UTC) on both the main and alternate streams

August 5 (Swiss Round 3) 

  • Broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. CEST (2:30 p.m. UTC) on both the main and alternate streams

August 6 (Swiss Rounds 4 & 5) 

  • Broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. CEST (12:30 p.m. UTC) on both the main and alternate streams

Main Event Schedule

August 8 (Round 1 - Group A) 

  • Broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. CEST (2:30 p.m. UTC)

August 9 (Round 1 - Group B) 

  • Broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. CEST (2:30 p.m. UTC)

August 10 (Round 2 - Groups A & B) 

  • Broadcast begins at 4:30 p.m. CEST (2:30 p.m. UTC)

August 11 (Lower Round 1 - Groups A & B) 

  • Broadcast begins at 4:15 p.m. CEST (2:15 p.m. UTC)

August 12 (Lower Round 2 - Groups A & B, and Quarterfinals 1 & 2) 

  • Broadcast begins at 2:15 p.m. CEST (12:15 p.m. UTC)

August 13 (Quarterfinals 3 & 4, Semifinals, and Grand Finals) 

  • Broadcast begins at 2:15 p.m. CEST (12:15 p.m. UTC)

With the Wildcard Draft already out of the way, the matches for Swiss Round 1 are determined! Take a look at them below. 

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If English isn’t your first language, be sure to check out our alternate language streams below: 

Rizzo and Athena’s live watch party is back for the World Championship! They’ll be live August 3-6, as well as August 8-10,  so make sure to check it out if you want to hang out in a more laid-back stream with player and coach interviews.

On-Site Information

If you’re planning to attend the Rocket League World Championship in person, we’ll be welcoming a crowd on August 11, 12, and 13! On August 11, doors will open at 3:15 p.m. local time (CEST), with the First Touch Pre-Show beginning an hour later at 4:15 p.m. local.  On August 12 and 13, doors will open at 1:15 p.m. local time, with the First Touch Pre-Show beginning an hour later at 2:15 p.m. local time.

There will be World Championship merchandise available for purchase. All items will be available on site, and once they’re sold out, they’re gone for good! Make sure to stop by and pick up your favorites before they sell out. 

There will also be team and community booths on site. Check out the list below: 

  • FaZe Clan

  • PSG Tundra

  • Rule One

  • Team Liquid 

Meet and greets will also be returning to the Rocket League World Championship! They’ll be held in the Fan Zone on the Concourse Level, and the teams participating will be announced a day prior to the activation. Fans are encouraged to bring items (within the venue item guidelines) they’d like to have signed, and we’ll have pens available for use. The Fan Zone will also have PCs, games, and activities, so make sure you check it out! 

This event will adhere to the local health and safety guidelines for COVID-19. For more information on the PSD BANK DOME, building and bag policies, parking and transportation, and concessions availability, please visit this link.  

Time to Crown a World Champion!

We’re ready to touch down in Germany and crown a new Rocket League World Champion. To stay up to date on the latest news, content, and more, make sure to follow the Rocket League Esports Twitter and the Rocket League Esports Instagram. We'll see you on game day in Germany!