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The OCE Power Rankings - Season Recap - 27/08 - 06/11

These Power Rankings are done by a committee of 3 people consisting of:

Analyst and commentator for AussieGamingTV and co-presenter for The Esports Show.

Colour caster and analyst for ThrowdownTV.

Director of Public Relations for Rocket League Oceania and budding global Twitch mod.

Recent News

The OCE Shuffle has begun! With the end of the season nigh, players are moving, switch, going on a vision quest, or just taking a break. As a result we’re starting to see a decline in participation across the board, which is normal around these times. In light of that we’ll be releasing the Power Rankings only when there are sufficient stable teams/results to do so.

Very soon the Throwdown PAX Champions and Runner-ups Chiefs ESC and Pale Horse eSports will go head to head with their EU and NA counterparts at the RLCS World Championships. The ex-JAM Gaming roster and Scylla Esports will have a second chance at LAN redemption next week with the ESL AU&NZ S3 live finals. They’ll go up against Chiefs and Pale Horse again in what is essentially a re-do of the Throwdown PAX LAN.

Tournament Results

Team News

* Kira leaves Scylla Esports.

* Shadey, Montyconnor and Express are no longer represented by JAM Gaming.

* Deft, Feint, Square One disband. * Thelulz leaves DedSet.

Overall Season Rankings

1 - Chiefs ESC

Jake, Drippay, Torsos, ENiGMA

With minor blemishes on their season record, Chiefs have held on to the number 1 position for quite some time, making it their own. They’ve showed their dominance throughout the season; their only losses since late August have been to Legacy and Scylla. They would’ve likely gone 7-0 in ESL AU&NZ S3 league play if they weren’t forced to forfeit their match against Square One on the account of being in Washington. What’s more is they are practically unstoppable at LAN; dropping only 1 game to Pale Horse at last season’s ESL AU&NZ live finals, and dropping only 2 games to JAM at last week’s PAX finals. I predict they’ll make a similar run in the ESL live finals next week as long as they’re not exhausted from their overseas travels.

But first, the undisputed LAN-boiz will be facing their biggest Rocket League challenge yet in a matter of hours, and that is going up against G2 Esports. It may be interesting to learn however that out of the NA finalists at RLCS, G2 boasts 2 of the 3 least efficient players from league play in the form of Rizzo and Kronovi. Providing they can keep up with their pace, these guys could really annoy the home crowd. - n0lsk1

2 - Pale Horse eSports

Kamii, Kia, CJC, Julz, xkorez

Pale Horse have been trading blows all season with JAM Gaming on the Power Rankings, but up until recently they’ve managed to pull away from them; racking up consecutive victories against them and securing second place as their own. This line-up has grown together quickly and immensely over the course of the season, and when they’re switched on they are an absolute force to be reckoned with. Towards the end of the season they were starting to extend their intense rivalry between themselves and JAM to include Chiefs as well, living up to the title of the Top 3. They’re a surprise package, especially at LAN, even more so on the world stage.

Like Chiefs however, they face their own challenges in Washington which is also their biggest yet: PSG eSports. With arguably the most stacked run in this seasons RLCS World Championships, they’ll have to take down some of the most impressive players from EU league play in their first international LAN match in order to proceed. They may be up against it, but that has never deterred them; keep an eye out for these guys as they could produce the biggest upset in RLCS history. - n0lsk1

3 - ex-JAM Gaming

shadey, Montyconnor, Express

JAM Gaming have ultimately had a pretty good run and whilst they may not be happy with the position they have ultimately finished in, I think it's less of a reflection of their ability and more to do with a poor match-up with against Pale Horse's roster. They saw international acclaim as one of the first two teams to make RLCS from OCE; facing off against the giants of Northern Gaming and the fan favourite FlipSid3 Tactics. Unfortunately, they were unable to match their success from last season; making it to the Throwdown Rocket League OCE Championship LAN Finals in first seed but finished in 3rd place. Nonetheless, they should take solice in their strong performance last season where they took home the Throwdown off-season competition in 1st place. With the ESL AU & NZ LAN next week, they'll be gearing up to better their last season's 3rd place finish despite having secured the third seed. Now it's their chance to seize the day, stick it to Pale Horse and Chiefs, and end of the year with a bang. - Courier

4 - Scylla Esports

Dumbo, Addzey, aoe_emp, Daisu

Scylla has continued to show they are a top 4 OCE side for a long time now but have failed to crack higher since mid August, potentially because it took some time before they adjusted to the roster change of Addzey for aoe_emp. Kira (formally SnarfSnarf) has sadly departed the team after a long period of time potentially suffering mentally more than any other OCE player. Moving forward Scylla with Dumbo and Addzey will have to determine if aoe_emp or Daisu want to return to a core position or if they will have to look externally. Scylla have ESL AU&NZ Champs S3 LAN Finals coming up the weekend after RLCS, having to play the Chiefs first round. This will be an incredibly hard task but something I am sure they will be excited for. I expect Daisu to be playing that with Dumbo and Addzey and definitely have dark horse potential in the upcoming live finals. - Tibore

5 - Avant Gaming

ellusive, Cyrix, Siki, Requiem

It’s been rough for Avant Gaming. At the Season 3 ESL AU & NZ Championship they started off strong taking down JAM Gaming in the first week but threw away that lead by sequentially losing to both Scylla and Legacy - two of the teams most likely to fight them for the 4th seed at LAN. Ultimately, the rest of the matches fell as expected with them taking wins against Square One and Lynx and being beaten in turn by Pale Horse and Chiefs. This left a three-way tie and ultimately them being knocked out of the running. Similar story also happened at the Throwdown Rocket League OCE Championship, where they got the critical wins against Legacy and Scylla but got swept by the underdogs, Conspiracy Esports. This, combined with the unfortunate four-way tie for first seed meant they were knocked out of the running for two LANs this split. Whilst a powerhouse team with some serious chops, they are in need of lifting up by the bootstraps. They should look to their diamond in the rough and super-sub Requiem to pull them through these hard times. - Courier

6 - Legacy eSports

Soma, Plitz, ZeN, Penor

And thus ends the career of the OCE player with the most history and with it the Legacy of Sequential. Soma has announced his retirement from competitive RL which feels like the end of an era. The dominant Sequential core of Soma, Eren and Orion have now all left the competitive landscape. This was the team that Legacy picked up as the first Tier 1 brand into Oceanic Rocket League. The perpetual and probably best sub in Penor still remains, but how the Legacy team will be shaped in the future is up in the open. This team backed by the Adelaide Crows is a huge team to make it on, but what direction they go from here is going to be an interesting storyline to watch. - Tibore

7 - Conspiracy Esports

SlurpeeMonster, Hectic, Walcott, Triggsy

It's been a strong period of growth for the Conspiracy this last couple of months. They started out a definitive tier below the rest of the top 6 teams unable to gain any meaningful ground, but now, they run with the bulls. Qualifying for the Throwdown Rocket League OCE Championship through the lower bracket; the expectations of them were appropriately low. With a slow start in League Play being taken down convincingly by Scylla and JAM Gaming, and only being able to take out Noizee (who ultimately went 0-7) they were looking like a safe 7th place. However come mid season, they’d reached flow and lived upto the tongue-in-cheek “JAM Slayer” label by taking down Legacy eSports. From there they moved onto bigger prey, taking out Avant Gaming with a staggering 3-0 sweep. This meant they would be going into the final week of League play with a serious chance of going LAN. In the final match of the day they faced Pale Horse but were unable to make the final hurdle. Nonetheless the team has had incredible growth, breaking out of the bubble and into the newly formed “Power 7”. Unfortunately, this new showcase of Conspiracy Esports was cut short at the Season 3 ESL AU & NZ Championship, where they were forced into the lower bracket by Lynx Gaming before inevitably being the victims of Legacy eSports. - Courier

8 - Lynx Gaming

Sammy, Blu3y, Delusion, SToRMCLoRD

The start of the season saw the return of the keyboard (and mouse) warriors Sammy and Blu3y to the competitive scene. They were very close to making Throwdown league play, in addition to making ESL AU&NZ league play as well as the Vapour Nordic League. Expectedly they struggled against the top teams given that they’re a younger, less experienced team, but they finished on the top Vapour league with minimal struggle. In the playoffs were not the same however, having making the lower bracket run and bracket reset in order to win the title. As for their season overall however they are extremely competent against teams lower ranked than themselves. They have a long way to go yet if they’re going to do more than just take games off the top teams, but they’re definitely on the right track. Should this roster stick together, keep an eye out for them in 2018. - n0lsk1

Honourable Mention:

DedSet Deft Extricity Feint Noizee Isn't Toxic Square One

Here's how these 8 teams fared over the season:

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