Strukz remains King of Winnipeg Rocket League, and it seems, in his mad bid to maintain power, he’s formed an unholy alliance!
Last night, I had the pleasure of casting (alongside CommanderSanta and purdy44) AYBOnline’s BaseLAN 31 Rocket League tournament. I’ve casted a couple previously, and, as always, it was a sweaty, delightful time.
(You can watch the tournament here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/145684760)
For every BaseLAN I’ve been a part of, there’s been one man to beat when it comes to Rocket League: Strukz. Strukzy! The Strukzinator…. He’s been hands-down the best player, every time. And I’d argue he’s shown a lot of improvement, too. His aerial and dribbling game looked polished; he also showed off his season-three-acquired Grand Champion title.
And alongside him this time was another Grand Champion, hailing from Dauphin, Manitoba: Bond Brother. Now, first off: we casters had our money on Strukz to begin with; when we heard he’d brought in a ringer, well, it was hard not to declare the winners right there. Second: there’s a Dauphin Grand Champion? What? I lived in Dauphin for four years and I’m NOT the greatest Rocket League player they have to offer? This cannot be!
Bond Brother was legit, arguably playing better than Strukz (Santa and I gave MVP honours to Bond, while purdy stuck with Strukz). The two of them were able to take most of their opponents right out of the game by just keeping the ball high in the air (we spoke at length about this on the stream. Newcomers, get. comfortable. with. aerials.). Bond was also very good at positioning his car while in the air. I’d say Strukz showcased better dribbling ability, though.
Their third was Karrot, who Twitch chat gave the MVP nod to. Karrot was mostly playing goalie, letting the two Grand Champs do their thing. He came up big when he was needed. Together, they called themselves…. THE FREEBALLERS!
There was a time when I thought my friends and I could have a real shot at winning an AYB Rocket League tourney. No more. Although I still think we’d have a good shot at making the final, Strukz and Co. are a cut above, and the team just keeps getting better.
That’s good, though! It’s nice to see a heavy-hitter in the local Rocket League scene.
Anyhoo, if you’ve never been to BaseLAN, here’s a video of Heavy Metal Musical Chairs, which is, apparently, tradition: