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