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Australian player Matthew “Drippay” Den-Kaat has announced his retirement from competitive Rocket League. His retirement follows a career that spanned more than four years with multiple world championships.

Drippay recently finished in second place in the Oceanic Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) Season X and reached fourth place at the RLCS 6 World Championships. Teammates, former teammates and fellow professionals have responded with heartfelt messages at the news.

Drippay, an Australian RLCS legend

Drippay’s retirement follows the recent news that tournament organizer Iowa Esports has cancelled their Open Circuit. Epic Games will also not allow in-person Rocket League events until Q2, 2022.

“I have decided to retire from competitive rocket league,” Drippay wrote. “I think most players can agree that LANs are the best part about competing and for me personally my motivation to compete has been struggling for quite a while with the lack of LANs. I think this long RLCS X online season really proved how much getting to compete at LANs means to me and with Epic Games announcing that they were not going to have any LAN events until the middle of next year it kind of solidified this decision for me.”

Drippay made his debut in Season 3, when Oceania was officially introduced to the RLCS. Though he had played in Oceanic tournaments with different teams, he was picked up by Alpha Sydney with Jake “Jake” Edwards and Daniel “Torsos” Parsons, when they were finally allowed to participate in main Rocket League events. Of these three players, Torsos is the last player standing, with Jake having retired in 2018.

To NA and back

Besides his run with Chiefs Esports, earning fourth place at RLCS 6 Worlds, Drippay is also known for making the first-ever cross-regional transfer in Rocket League. The Australian joined the North American team Evil Geniuses in RLCS Season 7. The transfer ended up a disappointment though. They finished in seventh place and were relegated from the North American RLCS. This led to EG departing the Rocket League scene and Drippay moving back to Australia.

But Drippay is more than just two events. He made it to four world championships and played in eight seasons of the RLCS. The 21-year-old is widely considered to be one of the best Australian players to ever touch the game and played at the very top until the end. His second-place finish in RLCS X shows that his career ends on a high.

It is unknown what his team, Cringe Society, will do to replace him. His teammates Tom “Julz” Jullienne and Alex “Decka” Tsoutsouras are understanding of his decision and wish him well.

Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.