Previewing the North American RLCS Season 4 Open Qualifier

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 RankingRegion RankingTeam Elo RatingTeamRegionPlayer 1Player 2Player 3
311745.8Cloud 9N.ATormentSquishyGimmick
731653.1G2 EsportsN.AKronoviJKnapsRizzo
1141571.1Hollywood HammersN.AVinceSatthewDarkFire
1351564.0Fibeon eSportsN.AChicagoHatoZolhay
27111482.1Premature Super Hero CopsN.AGambitPreMGenocop
36141439.8Hype GamingN.ASavvy SealBorkKing Ranny
37151438.6Ambition EsportsN.APrimeThunderWonderAir
38161438.1Lucky BounceN.ATimbathyNytroDryftFrezno25
41171434.9Wildcard GamingN.ALazNomadPepper
43181428.8New HorizonN.AAirRejectzHuskihVafele
44191425.8Lights Out!N.AStevKevpertAeon
46211422.1CypherN.ADoobleKeruptKing Wizard
47221421.9Twinkle FairiesN.AKovanelWaterbirdAndy
48231421.5Flying AirmenN.AHi_ownAuntJemimaKuunalem
51261387.2Onslaught eSportsN.AalaindodgerHeroiikzAlecStorm8
52271385.7Vertical SweepN.AMD22RunningCatDogThe_Marshall

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.

The broadcast starts at 3:00 P.M Eastern Time over on Pro Rivalry. For more information on the bracket and schedule, please visit the official RLCS website.