Gale Force eSports

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[e][h]Gale Force eSports
Team Information
Location:
Region:
Team Captain:
Jos "ViolentPanda" van Meurs
Total Earnings:
$179,785
Links
Achievements
Rocket League Championship Series Season 4 - Europe Rocket League Championship Series Season 4 - Finals
History
Created:
2017-04-07
Upcoming Matches

Gale Force eSports is an American eSports organization currently hosting a European Rocket League team.

History[edit]

Season 3[edit]

Gale Force eSports first entered Rocket League by picking up the Season 2 grand finalists Mock-It, who had been playing under the name Pocket Aces whilst searching for a new org following from their departure from Mock-It. They had been looking promising in Season 3, having won their first 3 series of the season. However, they managed to find just one win out of their last four series, a 3-1 win over Resonant Esports. This meant that they had to play against the new Mock-It roster, who they had beaten in both the qualifiers and in league play, in order to make it to the World Championship. However, despite some close games, they lost 4-2, ensuring that they would not make it to the World Championship and ending their season early.

The Summer of Second Places[edit]

Going into the off-season, Gale Force decided to rebuild the roster around ViolentPanda, and quickly picked up Kaydop after he left Mock-It. However, they were still left without a third member heading into DreamHack Summer, and they decided to use Northern Gaming's World Champion sub Turbopolsa as a stand-in. This tournament went well for Gale Force, beating a promising Team Infused squad, as well as the only NA team at the event, Rogue, before going down to a FlipSid3 Tactics team who were entering their honeymoon phase with Miztik in place of gReazymeister. Following this tournament, Turbopolsa was officially announced as the team's 3rd member.

Following this, the next tournament was a month later: The X-Games Invitational. This tournament looked to be going well for Gale Force, as they cruised through their group without losing a single game to meet Team EnVyUs in the semi-finals, where they would win a close match 4-3. This put them into the grand finals against NRG, who had beaten Selfless in the other semi-final. This match looked to be going well for Gale Force, as they took a 3-1 lead in the Best of 7. However, NRG fought back and eventually prevailed 4-3, handing Gale Force another second place finish, but also solidifying them as one of the best teams in the world.

The next tournament was DreamHack Atlanta, which, at the time, was the most stacked LAN in Rocket League's history. They once again cruised through their groups, with their only 2 game losses coming against an underdog Muffin Men team. In the quarter finals they swept the new Mock-It team, before once again beating Team EnVy 4-3 in the semi-finals. This gave them a rematch against The Muffin Men, which also went right down to the wire, before an unfortunate own goal from Kaydop with just 17 seconds left in game 7 secured the championship for The Muffin Men, who would then go on to be signed by Cloud9 the following week. This meant that Gale Force had finished second again, but ensured that they were recognised as the top team in the world, having beaten the World Champions in back-to-back tournaments.

The 2v2 Universal Open was up next, and this time Gale Force prevailed, finally winning a LAN, albeit in a different format as they beat Method 4-2 in the Grand Finals, taking home the trophy and $32,500. This was the first place finish they needed for some confidence heading into RLCS Season 4

Season 4[edit]

Gale Force went into Season 4 high on confidence and managed to make it through the Play-In easily. They got off to a shaky start in League Play, as they lost a tight series 3-2 against a red-hot Frontline side, and were then reverse swept by Method, leaving them at 2-2 after two weeks of League Play. Despite this, they managed to win their remaining 3 series, ensuring that they went into the Playoffs as 3rd seed, and up against a struggling F3 team to try to make it to the World Championship. This series ended up being easy for them after a shaky start, as they managed to win four games in a row whilst conceding just 3 goals. They then hammered PSG eSports, who had picked up the Frontline roster, 4-1 before beating Method 4-3 in the EU final, giving them top seed going into the World Championship.

Between the playoffs and the World Championship, the Northern Arena Invitational took place, where they beat Mirage Sport Electronique 3-0, before falling to the lower bracket after losing 3-2 to PSG once again before losing to Ghost Gaming in a shock 3-0 sweep, raising questions over whether they could perform at RLCS after exiting the tournament in 5th-6th place.

Things started well at RLCS, as Gale Force progressed to the Winner Bracket finals after beating G2 Esports 3-1, and getting revenge on Ghost by winning 3-0. This series ended up being a rematch of the EU Regional Finals, as they took on Method once again. This series proved to be one of the closest series in the history of Rocket League, and despite losing Game 6 after more than six minutes of overtime, Gale Force recovered to take Game 7 and move into the Grand Finals. Method ended up overcoming Cloud9 in the lower bracket finals, ensuring a rematch once again in the Grand Finals. However, a tired Method team who ended up having to play 17 games in a row looked far weaker than earlier in the evening, and Gale Force won the series in a 4-0 sweep, making them the RLCS S4 World Champions, ensuring that they finally won a major 3v3 LAN, and making Turbopolsa the first player to win RLCS twice, and also to win 2 back-to-back seasons of RLCS.

Following the RLCS finals, the next big tournament was the ELEAGUE Cup. Once again, Gale Force cruised through their group, losing just two games, and sweeping G2 Esports to put them into the semi-finals against Cloud9, where they got revenge from DreamHack Atlanta by winning 4-1, making the Grand Finals yet again. Here they met G2 Esports again, and the Second Place curse returned, despite them taking a 3-2 lead, as an underdog G2 team took home first place.

Before RLCS Season 5 began, there was one more tournament - DreamHack Leipzig. Here, Gale Force cruised through their groups yet again, before facing Guess Who, the in-form Ex-Mock-It team. In a surprise turn of events, Guess Who won the first two games, before Gale Force managed to pull it back to 2-2. On the verge of a reverse sweep, they couldn't quite do it, as they were knocked out in 5th-8th place. This once again raised questions about their form heading into RLCS League Play, which they had automatically qualified for by finishing in the top 6 of the previous season.

Timeline[edit]

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

Active Squad Active Squad
ID Name Join Date
Netherlands ViolentPanda Captain
(
Jos van Meurs
)
Join Date: 
2017-04-07 [1]
France Kaydop
(
Courant Alexandre
)
Join Date: 
2017-06-11[3]
Sweden Turbopolsa
(
Pierre Silfver
)
Join Date: 
2017-06-23 [4]

Former[edit]

RLCS Season 4 Squad RLCS Season 4 Squad
ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team
Netherlands ViolentPanda
(
Jos van Meurs
)
Join Date: 
2017-04-07 [1]
Leave Date: 
-
France Kaydop
(
Courant Alexandre
)
Join Date: 
2017-06-11[3]
Leave Date: 
-
Sweden Turbopolsa
(
Pierre Silfver
)
Join Date: 
2017-06-23 [4]
Leave Date: 
-

Temporary stand-ins
ID Name Replacing ID Name Tournament(s)
Sweden Turbopolsa   Pierre Silfver
None
DreamHack Summer 2017
Italy Kuxir97   Francesco Cinquemani
Sweden Turbopolsa Pierre Silfver NVidia Best Buddys Tournament

RLCS Season 3 Squad RLCS Season 3 Squad
ID Name Join Date Leave Date New Team
Netherlands ViolentPanda
(
Jos van Meurs
)
Join Date: 
2017-04-07 [1]
Leave Date: 
-
Germany paschy90
(
Philip Paschmeyer
)
Join Date: 
2017-04-07[1]
Leave Date: 
2017-05-18[2]
 
Mock-It eSports EU
France Chausette45
(
Thibault Grzesiak
)
Join Date: 
2017-04-07[1]
Leave Date: 
2017-05-18[2]
 
WeDemMois

Team achievements[edit]

Date Placement Tier Tournament Results Prize
2018-04-22 A11st A2Premier RLCS Season 5 - Europe 4 : 1 $20,500
2017-12-03 A22nd A2Premier ELEAGUE Cup: Rocket League 3 : 4 $30,000
2017-11-12 A11st A2Premier RLCS Season 4 - Finals 4 : 0 $55,000
2017-10-15 A11st A2Premier RLCS Season 4 - Europe 4 : 3 $17,250
2017-08-27 A11st A2Major Rocket League Universal Open: Season 1 4 : 2 $32,500
2017-07-23 A22nd A2Major DreamHack Atlanta 2017 3 : 4 $12,000
2017-07-16 A22nd A2Major FACEIT X Games Rocket League Invitational 3 : 4 $15,000
2017-07-09 A11st A3Minor RLCS Summer Series 2 4 : 1 $2,500
2017-06-18 A22nd A2Major DreamHack Summer 2017 2 : 4 $12,000
2017-05-07 A55 - 6th A2Premier RLCS Season 3 - Europe 2 : 4 $4,750
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Recent Matches[edit]

Date Time Tier Tournament Score Vs. Team
2018-04-22 21:00 UTC A2Premier RLCS S5 - Europe 4 : 1 VIT
2018-04-22 18:00 UTC A2Premier RLCS S5 - Europe 4 : 1 nV
2018-04-19 19:00 UTC A2Premier RLCS S5 - Europe 3 : 2 VIT
2018-04-19 17:00 UTC A2Premier RLCS S5 - Europe 3 : 1 coL
2018-04-08 20:00 UTC A2Premier RLCS S5 - Europe 3 : 2 nV
Complete List of Matches in any Tournament

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