G2 Esports’ Rocket League team, consisting of Jacob ‘JKnaps’ Knapman, Dillon ‘Rizzo’ Rizzo and Cameron ‘Kronovi’ Bills, began 2018 with an overseas trip. The trio flew from the USA to Germany to take part in a bootcamp at G2 Esports HQ in Berlin, followed by their attendance to DreamHack Open in Leipzig, Germany. The tournament ended up being truly stacked with some of the greatest Rocket League players from both North America and Europe.
During the nail-biting B07 Grand Final against Paris Saint-Germain eSports that went on to all seven games, our boys JKnaps, Rizzo and Kronovi demonstrated high morale and great composure. However, the French squad was stronger during the overtime of the seventh game, snapping the victory from our hands. Despite the loss, our team left the Leipzig Messe with their heads held high – placing Top2 at the first event of the year following their ELEAGUE Cup victory last year, is undoubtedly a great achievement.
For those who didn’t follow the tournament closely, G2 Esports was initially placed in Group F alongside Team Dignitas and Rogue. We managed to advance out of the first group stage at 2nd place, dropping a B03 series to Team Dignitas. Going into Day 2 players had all focus on improving.
Was so disappointed In how I played yesterday and was the reason we lost but hey now we’re the underdogs of our group and we’re looking for top 8 babyyyy
— G2 Rizzo (@Rizzo_TV) January 27, 2018
On Day 2 we were drawn into Group D, also known as the Group of Death, with Gale Force Esports, Fnatic, and Team Secret. Dropping a set to the RLCS Season 4 World Champions, Gale Force Esports, we came back swinging with a dominating victory over Team Secret. The final match against Fnatic came down to the wire. A start was back and forth but off the back of unbelievable shots by JKnaps, we were able to squeeze out the win over Fnatic 3-2. Improving immensely from our previous days, our sights were set on Day 3 and the trophy.
Day 3 kicked off with our quarter-finals rematch against Dignitas. The game was close but we managed to get our revenge 3-2 knocking them out of the tournament and progressing onto the semi-finals. Next on the line was NRG, whom analysts predicted potentially a spot in the Grand Final. A mind-blowing showing by JKnaps with the support of Rizzo and Kronovi netted us the victory 4-3. The games in the Grand Final against PSG eSports, as you already know, went back and forth, and it all came down to the final game 7 and ultimately overtime to decide the winner. The air was electrified with pressure and despite not lifting the trophy this time, it was an amazing tournament for us! Thank you, DreamHack and Leipzig, 2018 has just begun and the future looks bright!