Host Tournament Spring Series Rules Rules Register

Rocket League Championship Series | RLCS

Calculated #4: Gale Force Esports


April 12th, 2018

The reigning Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) World Champions, Gale Force Esports, are trying to put an end to the aptly-named “Champions Curse” that has plagued returning victors in previous RLCS seasons. After all, teams that have won the World Championship prior to this season have never made it back to the Grand Finals.

With an incredible performance in Season 4, Gale Force secured their first title without dropping a single series at the World Championship. Following that event, the roster showed their consistency by making it all the way to the ELEAGUE Cup finals where they were narrowly defeated in a close series by G2 Esports. There were high hopes for Gale Force going into the second major event of the off-season, DreamHack Leipzig, but unfortunately the team fell in the quarterfinals of the knockout stage.

Season Five: A Fresh Start

Gale Force Season 4 Stats

Gale Force came into this season of RLCS looking to dominate and put an end to the curse. At the end of the first three weeks of play, the team had surged to a 3-0 record while only dropping a total of 2 games across all their matches. Their stellar performance was thanks to Kaydop with a record 1.45 goals per game throughout the 11 games with a 48.48% shooting percentage and 80.76% goal participation. He was able to carry the offensive load for the team while his teammates worked to set up opportunities for him to score.

Despite the Gale Force roster’s seemingly-flawless run during these weeks, there were some underlying issues. Their one-threat offense was not going to be enough if they hoped to continue winning. Gale Force’s passing plays and equal distribution of the offensive pressure and goal participation is what made them so great in Season 4. With three threats on the team, each member had the ability to take control of any match. However, in the first three weeks of Season 5, both Turbopolsa and ViolentPanda played noticeably weaker than in previous seasons. Turbopolsa averaged 0.54 goals per game on 18.75% shooting while ViolentPanda averaged 0.36 goals per game on 12.90% shooting, all of which are significantly lower than their Season 4 averages.

This predicament caught up to GF during the FlipSid3 Tactics series this past weekend, where Kaydop was unable to get the offense going, scoring only two goals the entire series. Gale Force’s lack of goals resulted in them losing in a sweep with the individual games going into three consecutive overtimes. If there’s one team you don’t want to face in overtime, its FlipSid3 Tactics, who has a league-leading 8-2 record in overtime games. The team had the same issues later in the day against Team EnVyUs where Kaydop scored a total of only three goals in five games. However, their defense in this match was enough for them to scrape by to secure the win, with each of their game wins being decided by a single goal.

The Defensive Might of Gale Force Esports

Season 5 Stats Against Team

The Gale Force roster still boasts the best defense in the league. They allow the fewest goals and assists against them per game and will stop most shot opportunities with a 77.60% save percentage. Their problem right now lies in the fact that their offense is not what we have come to expect. They continue to be dominant in offensive pressure, taking 8.89 shots per game, however they have been unable to convert many of these shots into much-needed goals as they sit last in the league with a 22.49% shooting percentage. Kaydop is third in the league with a shooting percentage of 36.21%, while both of his teammates sit in the bottom five with Turbopolsa at 16.07% and ViolentPanda in last with 14.55%.

This will be Gale Force’s toughest week yet as they will be facing off against the other two teams vying for a ‘Top 2’ spot, compLexity Gaming and Renault Sport Team Vitality. Neither of these matches will be easy and their defense alone will not be enough for the team to secure these necessary wins. Both Vitality and compLexity are in the upper half of the league in shooting percentage with 24.19% and 25.28% respectively. The last time Gale Force played against the compLexity roster was at the Season 4 World Championship where they secured 4-3 and 4-0 victories. Additionally, the last time Gale Force played against the Renault Vitality roster in the RLCS was during Season 4 League Play where they won 3-2. Both of these two teams have improved tremendously since then and if Gale Force hope to finish off League Play strong, both Turbopolsa and ViolentPanda will need to step up their offensive game to take some of the load off of Kaydop. These are sure to be some exciting matches so be sure to tune into the show as we figure out which teams will auto-qualify for the Season 5 World Championship!

RLCS League Play Weekend Schedule

NA Broadcast - Saturdays at 12:00 PM PDT
EU Broadcast - Sundays at 9:00 AM PDT


Our site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience, enable embedded videos, analyze site traffic, personalize content, and allow advertisements. Read about how we use cookies and how you can control them by clicking Settings. By clicking "Accept," you agree to the use of the cookies as they are currently set and are okay to continue.

Cookie Settings

Psyonix uses cookies on this site. Cookies are pieces of information shared between your web browser and a website. The information does not usually directly identify you, but the use of cookies enables a faster and more personalized experience for you.

For more information about the different types of cookies we use or to change your default settings, please click on the category headings below. However, by modifying the default settings, your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer may be impacted by blocking some types of cookies. See list of cookies

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential for the website to function. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information. See list of cookies

Performance & Targeting Cookies

Performance cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site. The information these cookies collect is aggregated and, therefore, anonymous. If you do not permit these cookies, then we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites. Targeting cookies do not store directly personal information but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and device. If do you not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising. See list of cookies

Functional Cookies

These cookies enable the website to remember choices you make to give you enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our website. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these services may not function properly. See list of cookies