Friday, May 20, 2022

Two student Rocket League teams from the UK qualify for EURC, as UK pro teams announce roster changes with Noly moving to Karmine Corp, Archie joining Endpoint, Williams Resolve signing Stake and more

It’s been a busy week for UK Rocket League, with successes at the collegiate level and also a busy transfer window for pro UK Rocket League teams – we’ve rounded up the news here.

Portsmouth Paladins win EURC 2022

First off, university teams Portsmouth Paladins from the University of Portsmouth and Keele Krakens from Keele University have qualified for the 2022 Collegiate Rocket League World Championship.

They qualified via the European University Rocketeers’ Championship, with Keele finishing third and Portsmouth Paladins winning the entire tournament after beating Berlin Phoenix in the final.

A few other UK teams were present, including Salford Lions (7th-8th), Warwick Park the Bus and Bournemouth Barracudas (9th-12th) but they sadly didn’t reach the qualification spots in the top four.

It was also another big weekend for Portsmouth and Keele, as they faced off in the NSE esports finals at Insomnia 68, with Portsmouth winning 5-3.

The news comes a few months after Psyonix announced that Collegiate Rocket League would be expanding to Europe.

UK Rocket League roster shake-up as transfer window closes

Some of the biggest UK esports organizations operating in Rocket League were frantically getting deals over the line over the past week ahead of the transfer deadline on April 17th 2022.

Guild Esports‘ British player Noly has moved to French organization Karmine Corp, and Guild were rumored to sign Spanish player MaRc_By_8 from Team BDS or Dorito.

Noly had apparently previously found out he was being replaced via a news article by Shift, with UK caster Stumpy criticizing Guild for allowing this to happen.

endpoint saw their star Frenchman Seikoo depart, who has been linked with a move to Team BDS.

And Endpoint have also signed UK player Archie on loan from fellow UK esports organisation SMPR Esports.

Endpoint will apparently be liable for any costs associated with the player, including salary and travel costs, while 20% of prize money awarded to Archie will go to Semper.

Jassem Osseiran, COO at Semper Fortis, said: “Archie remains a big part of our plans moving forward and we hope that this loan deal will be of great benefit to both parties upon his return next season.”

SMPR have opted for an all-French team, by signing ExoTiiK to their Rocket League roster, as UK coach Billy departs and French coach Finish comes in.

Williams Resolvemeanwhile, have signed Spanish player Stake from Karmine Corp, after parting ways with French player Radosin earlier this month.

The news also comes one month after another UK esports organisation, Rix.gg, paused their involvement in Rocket League. Their former players Oscillon, Speed ​​and Mikeboy have left, with the latter two joining the Pokemaniacs and Suhhh rosters respectively.

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