A world champion for Season 8 of Rocket League will be crowned as the 12 best teams in the world come to Madrid from December 13 to December 15, with a prize pool of over $500,000 on the line.
The excitement of a Rocket League World Championship is back, and the esports team at Psyonix has changed up the format for this season’s iteration of the finals.
Last season, they used a round-robin format for the group stage, with four groups of three teams. But according to the developers, this resulted in “matches that felt less impactful, especially when a team was out of contention and still had to play through their matches.”
Therefore, they have shifted the group stage format to a double-elimination bracket for each group, with two groups of six instead of four groups of three. The playoffs are also shifting to a six-team single-elimination bracket, instead of the previously used single-elimination eight-team knockout format.
17 players will make their World Championship debut this season, which according to Psyonix, beats the record of 16 set at the Season 3 and the Season 7 finals.
How to watch Rocket League S8 World Championship
The Rocket League Season 8 World Championship will be streamed on the Rocket League Twitch channel, which you can find below.
Rocket League S8 World Championship Teams
The World Championship features 12 teams – the top four from Europe, the top four from North America, the top two from Oceania, and the top two from South America. The top two from NA and Europe earned byes to the second round of the winners’ bracket.
Renault Vitality will look to make history and be the first team to win back-to-back championships, and become the first team to win two world championships.
They start in good position with a first-round bye. Dignitas, the season 5 champions, are also looking to become the first two-time winners.
|Team Reciprocity||Ferra, Chausette45, fruity||Neqzo / yumi_cheeseman|
|Renault Vitality||Fairy Peak, Scrub Killa, Kaydop||Jessie / Gregan|
|Veloce Esports||FlamE, FreaKii, Kassio||None / miztik|
|Dignitas||ViolentPanda, Yukeo, AztraL||JZR / Virge|
|NRG Esports||GarrettG, jstn, Turbopolsa||Moses / Sizz|
|Pittsburgh Knights||ExplosiveGyro, retals, mist||Mala / Moopy|
|Spacestation Gaming||Sypical, AxB, Arsenal||None / Chrome|
|eUnited||hockser, Roll Dizz, ayjacks||fire / None|
|Renegades||Torsos, Kamii, Siki||Yeatzy / None|
|Canberra Havoc||Walcott, Le Duck, SPYDOGE||Riv / None|
|The Three Sins||matix, math, valt||None / BananaMan|
|Lowkey Esports||caard, tander, CaioTG1||Firewall154 / Kairos|
Rocket League S8 World Championship Schedule and Results
Teams are seeded into two double-elimination bracket group stages. The top three teams from each group advance to a single-elimination playoff, with the top team in each group advancing directly to the semifinals. All group stage matches (Friday and Saturday) are Bo5, all playoffs matches (Sunday) are Bo7.
Friday, December 13
|Group B Winners’ Round 1||Dignitas 3-0 The Three Sins||6 AM||9 AM||3 PM|
|Group B Winners’ Round 1||Spacestation 3-0 Canberra Havoc||7 AM||10 AM||4 PM|
|Group B Winners’ Semifinal||Pittsburgh Knights 2-3 Dignitas||8 AM||11 AM||5 PM|
|Group B Winners’ Semifinal||Team Reciprocity 1-3 Spacestation||9 AM||12 PM||6 PM|
|Group A Winners’ Round 1||Veloce 1-3 Lowkey||10 AM||1 PM||7 PM|
|Group A Winners’ Round 1||eUnited 3-1 Renegades||11 AM||2 PM||8 PM|
|Group A Winners’ Semifinal||NRG Esports 3-0 Lowkey||12 AM||3 PM||9 PM|
|Group A Winners’ Semifinal||Renault Vitality 3-1 eUnited||1 PM||4 PM||10 PM|
Saturday, December 14
|Group B Losers’ Semifinal||Pittsburgh Knights 3-0 Canberra Havoc||6 AM||9 AM||3 PM|
|Group B Losers’ Semifinal||The Three Sins 1-3 Team Reciprocity||7 AM||10 AM||4 PM|
|Group B Winners’ Final||Spacestation 0-3 Dignitas||8 AM||11 AM||5 PM|
|Group B Losers’ Final||Pittsburgh Knights 3-0 Reciprocity||9 AM||12 PM||6 PM|
|Group A Losers’ Semifinal||eUnited 2-3 Veloce||10 AM||1 PM||7 PM|
|Group A Losers’ Semifinal||Lowkey 2-3 Renegades||11 AM||2 PM||8 PM|
|Group A Winners’ Final||NRG Esports 3-2 Renault Vitality||12 AM||3 PM||9 PM|
|Group A Losers’ Final||Veloce 3-1 Renegades||1 PM||4 PM||10 PM|
Sunday, December 15
|Quarterfinal||Spacestation 4-1 Veloce||8 AM||9 AM||3 PM|
|Quarterfinal||Renault Vitality 4-2 Pittsburgh Knights||9:30 AM||10:30 AM||4:30 PM|
|Semifinal||NRG Esports 4-1 Spacestation||11 AM||12 PM||6 PM|
|Semifinal||Dignitas 3-4 Renault Vitality||12:30 PM||1:30 PM||7:30 PM|
|Grand Finals||Renault Vitality 3-4 NRG Esports||2 PM||3 PM||9 PM|