After entering into the Rocket League Championship Series’ Global Finals as 4th seed for North America, Denial Rocket League finished in the Top 8 teams in the world on Sunday after being defeated by the eventual champs Northern Gaming 1-3 in the lower bracket.
Despite entering into the finals as the lowest seed for North America, Denial was upbeat and positive, confident in their abilities as a team.
“We're going into it with the mentality that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Our confidence has never been higher, and all our chips are on the table for this one,” Treyven “Lethamyr” Robitaille said in an interview.
On June 2nd, the long anticipated tournament commenced, with Denial set to face Alpha Sydney in the first round. Alpha Sydney, Oceania’s 1st seed, was a question mark in the eyes of the community, as it was unknown how the Oceanic region would perform in the global LAN setting. However, doubts were crushed when Alpha Sydney won a close 3-2 series over Denial, pushing them into the lower bracket.
The lower bracket pit Denial against Selfless, the team that defeated Denial in the 3rd place match in the Regional Championships, but with a catch. Selfless was without their star player, Chris “Dappur” Mendoza. Denial was able to close out a 3-1 series, pushing them one step farther in the lower bracket and avenging their previous defeat.
Their next opponent was Europe’s Northern Gaming, fresh off of an 0-3 loss to NRG Esports. Northern Gaming had finished 1st place after the RLCS regular season with a 6-1 record, but faltered in the European Regional Championship, putting them at the 4th seed for Europe. After Denial took an early lead in the series, Northern rallied three games back, taking the series 3-1.
Although Denial tied for 7th place in Season 3, a lot of the doubts held by analysts and fans alike were invalidated. Denial was able to defeat Selfless after a close loss to Alpha Sydney, avenging their previous falters, and competed closely with Northern Gaming due to quick and early goals. Denial will look to improve their finish in the future, but in no way should they be dissatisfied with their result.
Written by: Darin "Shr3d" O'Meara
Rocket League Journalist
Edited by: Mireu
Editor in Chief
With the regular season and playoffs over for the Rocket League Championship Series, Denial Rocket League sets their sights on the title after upsetting G2 Esports 4-3 in the NA Regional Quaterfinals. With the victory, Denial Esports qualified for the LAN finals, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA from June 2-June 4.
Denial Esports, comprised of Gabriel “CorruptedG” Vallozzi, Treyven "Lethamyr" Robitaille, and Kais “Sadjunior” Zehri, finished the regular season with a 3-4 record, barely giving them a chance to qualify for the LAN finals after winning the tiebreaker over Take 3, entering the NA Regional bracket at the sixth seed against third seeded G2 Esports.
G2 Esports is widely regarded as one of the top squads in NA, meaning Denial had an uphill battle as the underdog from the start. G2’s roster of Cameron “Kronovi” Bills, Dillon “Rizzo” Rizzo, and Jacob “JKnaps” Knapman had been around the RL scene from the beginning, and were heavily praised for their smart and tactical team plays.
On May 6, 2017, the two teams faced off. Denial took a quick 2-0 lead in the best of seven with two 4-1 victories, shutting down all of G2’s attempts at passing plays and capitalizing on any mistake G2 would offer up. G2 mustered a 4-1 victory, and then a 2-0 victory to put the series at a 2-2 scoreline. Game five was tighter than the rest, an Overtime brawl resulting in a 4-3 victory for Denial after a game winning goal from Zehri. With Denial on match point, G2 tied the series once again in dominating fashion with a 4-0 game win. With a spot at the finals hinging on one final game, Denial took a 3-0 victory, sending them to Los Angeles to compete with the best of the best.
Denial continued through the bracket, but were unable to scrape together another series win, taking losses to Atelier 1-4 and losing a close third place decider 3-4 to Selfless, netting them the fourth seed in North America and putting them in position to play against Oceania’s first seed, Alpha Sydney.
Denial’s performance in the playoff bracket was stronger than anyone had seen before, making up for their 3-4 regular season. It seems their offensive issues have been all but completely fixed after high scoring performances against G2 through all aspects of offense. However, if they plan to make a deep run in the tournament, they must maintain this high level of offensive pressure. Denial averaged less than two goals per game during the regular season, taking most of their wins with a strong defensive presence. If they can maintain their offensive skill from playoffs and utilize it in addition to their strong defense, Denial can cause some upsets and surprise those who have counted them out.
Written by: Shr3d - Rocket League Journalist at Denial Esports
Edited by: Mireu - Editor in Chief at Denial Esports
Denial Esports is proud to announce our return to the Call of Duty scene, with the acquisition of an accomplished COD roster to represent our organization in the Call of Duty Pro League.
The team consists of Marcus “MiRx” Carter , Jay "Prophet" Nicoletti, Eric "Twizz" Servello and Mike "Blfire" Glushenok; a group of dedicated players that are eager to prove themselves in the highest competitive level of the Call of Duty stage.
Marcus “MiRx” Carter
Jay "Prophet" Nicoletti
Eric "Twizz" Servello
Mike "Blfire" Glushenok
"Personally, I am incredibly hyped to be back in competitive Call of Duty. Denial has had a long history in COD, including the title of being the 2015 Call of Duty Champions. Being so having Denial stepping back into COD is something, I’m sure many long time WolfPack fans will be delighted to hear." - Ray Arsenault, Co-Owner
“I'm excited to be competing under Denial alongside Mirx, Twizz, and Prophet. I've had success teaming with Mirx and Twizz in the past, during the Black Ops 2 season on Team Curse, which makes me excited to see what we could accomplish together again. Along with the addition of Prophet, and the combination of our experience and his knowledge, I strongly believe that we'll make it into the second season of the CoD World League. We appreciate the opportunity given to us and expect to make the #WolfPack proud.” -Mike "Blfire" Glushenok
We at Denial Esports are excited to support the team in the upcoming events and look forward to the promising future that this team has to offer.
Welcome to the WolfPack! 🐺
Today, we at Denial Esports would like to bid farewell to Todd "Anger" Williams, as he will be released from the Denial CS:GO active roster effective immediately. Anger has played under the Denial banner with pride and has been a valuable asset in securing 4th place in the Mountain Dew League ESEA League for Denial Esports this past season.
"Today I will be leaving the starting lineup of Denial due to personal reasons. I felt I couldn't give it my full 100% and expressed my opinions with the team. Due to the stress the last year has brought I'll be taking a step back and focus on myself and streaming Counter-Strike. I wish David and Kyle the best of luck moving forward without me, it's been one heck of a ride. Also thank you to Denial for allowing my time here, it's been fun." - Todd "Anger" Williams
Following the decision, Anger will now be pursuing other opportunities while focusing on streaming on the side. Moving forward, everyone here at Denial Esports would like to express our gratitude for his commitment to the team and wish him the best of luck on his future endeavours.
Denial Esports is excited to announce the latest addition to their team and first of his title: Zack “Boomie” Bielamowicz who currently holds the #1 World Ranking in Brawlhalla. The Chicago native has been a consistently rising star in the Brawlhalla scene. He most recently took first place at CEO:Dreamland and the StreamMe Legend Series NA 1v1 Tournament.
Today, Denial Esports is ecstatic to announce the contract extension of our competitive H1Z1 roster, as well as the signing of Derek "sloth" Diaz to the main team while Eric "ogtriv" Geel moves to the substitute position.
Derek "sloth" Diaz
"I'm super excited to be representing Denial in H1Z1. I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity and I hope we can bring in some event wins for all of the Denial H1Z1 fans!"- Derek "sloth" Diaz
With this renewal, we look forward to supporting everyone in the coming months and build our relationship with the team even further.After their respectable 5th place performance at Fight for the Crown event, we are eager to see their continued success in the H1Z1 community.
Welcome Derek "sloth" Diaz and everyone back to the #WolfPack! 🐺
With great pleasure, we at Denial Esports are ecstatic to announce the expansion of our gaming platform into the Paladins scene by signing the team: “HoldM1”, the former Paladins roster for Team Eager.
With prior, positive experience in the HiRez community, as well as a primary focal point in the FPS field, it was an effortless decision to venture into the Paladins scene and consider all the opportunities given to us. The roster’s past achievements and consistency in competitive events hosted by ESL, HiRez, and Paladins Masters has proved that they are one of the best teams in the world, and now the roster will aim to qualify for the Paladins Summer Premier in Dreamhack Valencia.
Without further ado, we would like to welcome: Chris "Bitey" Mohn, David "stolzey" Mathis, Noah "w1fL" Beson, Zach "ShadeeyShades" Gilbert, Steven "Awry" Michaelc, Bryce "Kami" Keen", and Greg "Alternit" Panek to officially establish the Denial Esports Paladins competitive roster.
"I consider joining Denial Esports as a true real privelage. The organization has a long history in multiple titles as well as serveral championships. I'm thrilled to have our team be givin this unique oppertunity! We look forward to working together in our new home and develop our future in the Paladins scene alongside the WolfPack" - Chris "Bitey" Mohn
“We are very excited to welcome the Paladins team to the organization. What most impresses me about the team is their unique comradery and support one another. I believe this can accredited to their success, and why they have proven themselves as top team in the world. I believe the future for the game and our teams looks bright and I look forward to watching and cheering them on.” - Ray Arsenault, Co-Owner
Welcome to the WolfPack!