With the RLCS Season 4 Open Qualifiers kicking off today, here’s a look at the top 16 North American teams according to the Elo ratings.
|Overall Ranking||Region Ranking||Team Elo Rating||Team||Region||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3|
|27||11||1482.1||Premature Super Hero Cops||N.A||Gambit||PreM||Genocop|
|36||14||1439.8||Hype Gaming||N.A||Savvy Seal||Bork||King Ranny|
Rogue and NRG received auto-bids for the RLCS after their play in Season 3, leaving the other six spots in RLCS up for grabs. Cloud 9 is going to be a huge favorite to qualify for RLCS, with the dominant play of Torment, SquishyMuffinz, and Gimmick showing that they’re one of the best teams in North America, if not the world.
G2 Esports will also be favorites to qualify, as they’ve been the third best team in North America this summer. They haven’t quite managed to defeat Cloud 9 or NRG (after Summer Series 1, G2 struggled against both of these teams) but they’ve shown they’re better than the rest of the field.
After the top three teams, the field is really close, with five teams (Hollywood Hammers, Fibeon, Renegades, eQuinox, and Genesis) battling for the final four spots. The most interesting of these is Fibeon, as none of the three players on that roster have RLCS experience, but have done well in community tournaments and are rated the fifth best team in North America at the moment.
SetToDestroyX qualified for RLCS last season, and could surprise, but they look more like a top team in the RLRS instead.
It will be interesting to see if the return of Gambit and Genocop truly comes to fruition, as the model has them qualifying for RLRS, despite the fact that neither has played competitively in quite some time. Veterans Lachinio and Pluto are expected to qualify for the RLRS, and the remaining field is a combination of newcomers and community veterans that should round out the Rivals Series quite nicely.