The year is almost over and for Rocket League, that means it’s time to crown a new world champion. The Rocket League Season 8 championship would be decided in Barcelona, Spain and by early afternoon Sunday, only two teams remained. Defending champions Renault Vitality faced off against NRG Esports in the Grand Finals. But while the Season 7 champs were game, NRG Esports squeezed out a championship victory, winning 2-1 in a thrilling Game 7 that went to Overtime.

In 2001, the Seattle Mariners signed Ichiro Suzuki from the Japanese major leagues, a landmark international transfer at the time. It paid immediate dividends. The Mariners were transformed into world-beaters, tying the record for regular season wins.

NRG has a similar story. After the retirement of longtime NRG staple Fireburner this summer, GarrettG and Jstn looked to Europe to fill the void. They imported three-time world champion Turbopolsa, relocating him to North America in hopes that they’d finally exorcise their demons and become Rocket League world champions.

That’s where the parallels between the Mariners and NRG end. The Mariners fizzled out quickly in the playoffs. NRG didn’t suffer the same fate. NRG went on to become the best team in Rocket League. The RLCS Season 8 World Championships in Madrid were surprisingly light on drama and surprises. European one-seed Team Reciprocity were eliminated sooner than anyone would’ve expected. Surprisingly few matches went to a final deciding game. All the excitement was saved for the Grand Finals.

NRG’s Season 8 Finals journey began against Lowkey Esports in the Group A winners’ semifinals. The South American second seed were easily dispelled by NRG in a 3-0 sweep. In the Group A winners’ finals, NRG faced Renault Vitality, one of the strongest teams in the tournament. An intense five-game series against the European second seed ensued. In the end, NRG came out on top 3-2, earning a first-round playoff bye. Finally, to enjoy all the features in the game, players can Buy Rocket League Prices from 5mmo.com at a reasonable price.