Rocket League European League Finals 2022
The European League Finals 2022 is an exciting brand new tournament that has been introduced this year. Eight of the top European national leagues have joined forces to create one groundbreaking event, the likes of which have never been seen before now. The premier teams of each participating country will compete against one another for a total of €5,000, European glory and regional pride.
Each participating regional league has been allocated an amount of teams to send to the event, and the teams qualification was decided based on final placements in their own regional playoffs. The participating regions and leagues can be seen below:
- Elite Series (BENELUX) – 4 Teams
- Nitro League (DACH) – 4 Teams
- RaketLigaen (DK) – 4 Teams
- Rakettiliiga (FIN) – 4 Teams
- Svenska Raketligan (SE) – 4 Teams
- Telialigaen (NO) – 4 Teams
- Zebra League / RTP Arena (PT) – 4 Teams
- Swiss Esports League (CH) – 2 Teams
- TCS eSports League with Opel (CH) – 2 Teams
European League Finals Format
The 32 teams will first battle it out through a five round swiss on Friday, with all matches being best of 5. With such a large number of teams participating, we will for sure see some interesting region vs region matchups throughout this stage. The first 16 teams to win 3 games will advance to playoffs, and the remaining 16 teams will be eliminated.
After advancing through the swiss, the teams will then have to fight through a tough double elimination bracket over the weekend, leading to an intense best of 7 final on Sunday to crown the winner. With so much on the line, we are for sure going to see some surprising upsets in both stages of the event.
European League Finals Favourites and “Teams to Watch”
The overwhelming favourites for this event have to be the German trio playing under Morekats Gaming. This team was unfortunately unable to attend the Nitro League playoffs and so were not able to prove they are the best in the DACH region, however nobody is doubting that this roster is a step ahead of the rest. Damian “Tox” Schäfer and David “Rezears” Wünsch are both currently playing for top 10 RLCS teams who were within touching distance of making the Fall Major last year, and they definitely have the talent to make a successful run through this event.
Another team to watch out for will be Sector One, one of the Benelux representatives. The duo of Gekk and Justuszzz have come close to qualifying for the RLCS main event on both occasions this season, and they have proven that they can consistently beat the top bubble teams and compete with pro teams.
Another team to look out for will be the Elite Series champions, KV Mechelen Esports. The trio of Compact, JWeyts and TxMpeR showed us what they are capable of in October as they comfortably took the win despite facing some very talented teams along the way, and if they can replicate this form this weekend then they can certainly go far.
A final team to keep an eye on would be the most recent Nitro League champions, ERN ROAR. Despite not having to beat arguably the best team (Morekats) to take this victory, there is no doubt that this roster was capable of doing so. Furthermore, the duo of Ne0n and Gnagflow06 have picked up the young Endpoint professional Simas “simas” Gurskis for this event, and if they can avoid any chemistry issues then this pickup will definitely make them a favourite for the tournament.
Where to watch RL European League Finals 2022
The games will be broadcasted on each regions’ league’s dedicated twitch channel, all of which can be found below.
- DK – https://www.twitch.tv/raketligaen
- BENELUX – https://www.twitch.tv/rocketbenelux
- FIN – https://www.twitch.tv/rakettiliiga
- DACH – https://www.twitch.tv/Nitroleaguerl
- NO – https://www.twitch.tv/RLNorway
- PT – https://www.twitch.tv/rtparena
- SE – https://www.twitch.tv/svenskaraketligan
- CH – https://www.twitch.tv/tcsesportsleague
- CH – https://www.twitch.tv/swissesportsleague
With so much region vs region action this event will be unique to any that we have seen before. By having regional pride on the line as well as prize money there is potential to create even more intense matches than we would normally see, you don’t want to miss it!