The RLCS Season 9 World Championships are headed back to North America. Announced in front of 75,000 viewers during the pre-show of the first match week, the event is set to be held in Dallas, Texas on April 24-26. Those same 75,000 viewers also saw the Rocket League servers die shortly before the first match, causing lengthy delays, which ultimately culminated in the postponing of the match-day to a later date.
Today's RLCS matches have been postponed and will be moved to a later date. We understand that this is frustrating, but we feel it is in the best interest of competitive integrity to move them rather than attempt to play them out.
We apologize and we'll have more updates soon.
— Rocket League Esports (@RLEsports) February 1, 2020
Crowning a new RLCS world champion in Texas
The off-season between the previous and current season of the RLCS is the shortest ever. NRG won RLCS Season 8 just a month and a half ago and are already back to defending their title today. This is due to the Olympic-related event coming up this summer, for which Psyonix pushed the RLCS forward a bit.
In April, we’re off to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas to crown a new world champion, unless NRG decides to become the second team ever to win two consecutive RLCS titles. And with how good NRG have been, that’s not out of the realm of possibility. It would mean Pierre “Turbopolsa” Silfver’s fifth world title, and he’ll be fighting hard to get an even bigger lead on previous teammate Alex “Kaydop” Courant’s three. Meanwhile, Rogue player and first-ever RLCS World Champion Cameron “Kronovi” Bills will be fighting for a chance to reclaim the title on home turf.
From the website of the Curtis Culwell Center, it looks like the event could go both ways in how the arena will be laid out. In seasons five, six, and seven, the event was held in an arena, but to the disappointment of some fans, season eight was held in a theater style again. What do you prefer? Arena or theater-style? Let us know in the comments below.
One thing is for sure though — we can all rest assured that Psyonix won’t announce that the onsite casting will be in Spanish weeks after the ticket sale started and fans had already booked their trips.