It was a long time coming, but less than 24 hours before kick-off — should the Rocket League servers work and EU RLCS isn’t postponed — mousesports has finally officially announced the signing of Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson. The RLCS Season 7 world champion and Season 8 runner-up was shockingly released from Renault Vitality after an impressive 2019 and losing out on a back-to-back world championship by a single goal to NRG.
Speed, kuxir, Scrubkilla, Leth.
— mouz (@mousesports) February 1, 2020
Just in time for RLCS Season 9
Scrub will play alongside the legendary Francesco “Kuxir97” Cinquemani and the fan-favorite Jack “Speed” Packwood-Clarke. The roster was already unofficially known through many rumors and leaks, and even the players hadn’t bothered to keep it a secret anymore over the last few weeks when the announcement kept getting put off.
Contract negotiations seemed to have been the most troublesome obstacle to the signing of the young Scotsman, and many wondered how long before the RLCS began Mouz would announce the signing. The community, therefore, has reacted sarcastically to the announcement.
Their coach, Treyven “Lethamyr” Robitaille, also said recently that the proceedings of the signings went so slowly that there were genuine concerns Lethamyr would have to play on the first match day — which means he’d likely have had to fly over from Canada unless Psyonix made an exception. Fortunately, it seems like the issues have been resolved in time and we’ll get to see Scrub and Mouz take on AS Monaco on match day one.
Other options for Scrub Killa
When Scrub Killa’s removal from the team was announced, many immediately assumed Scrub would be announced for several other high-profile teams. Scrub himself admitted that he had tried out for Dignitas — who came off an excellent RLCS Season 8 Worlds — but that he disliked their way of coaching and communication. This opened up the way for Scrub to play alongside Kuxir and his future Olympic teammate Speed.
Scrub was one of the best players in the RLCS last year, so the question is whether he can repeat his success on a new team. He had two titans as teammates in Renault Vitality, and while Kuxir is a former world champion himself, both he and Speed have not had much success for over a year now.