Author: RedW00D

K2: The Unofficial Wheels of Snow Day

Psyonix recently released Rocket League version 1.34 which fixes a number of issues and includes new items. This release adds a new crate called Nitro that has the following items:

  • Hexphase boost
  • Triplex Wheels
  • Neo-Thermal Boost
  • Mantis Import Body
  • K2 Wheels
  • Draco Wheels
  • Fireplug Wheels
  • An assortment of decals

Draco and K2 wheels have quickly become popular and colored variations are trading from anywhere between 2-150+ keys depending on the color. White Dracos are worth 150+ keys surpassing White Zombas while regular K2 wheels are trading for 1.5-2 keys. Two of the best things about the K2 wheels is that the default color is perfect for Snow Day and they’re affordable.

K2 and Draco Prices as of May 15th
K2 and Draco Prices as of May 15th

According to Wikipedia, K2 is a reference for Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori, the second highest mountain in the world at 28,251 feet above sea level. The mountain is located on the China-Pakistan border and its peak is covered in ice and snow. It’s also the second deadliest mountain for climbers with 300 successful summits and 77 fatalities.

Here is what the default K2 wheels look like in-game.

To see all the colored variations of the K2 wheels, check out the following video. Warning, the video has loud music.

If you’re interested in trading for these wheels, visit the RHL Discord Server and visit the #rl-trading channel. To see the latest prices for items, use the !prices command in the channel. This will generate links to trusted price sheets. While it’s not confirmed that Psyonix had the Snow Day community in mind when creating the K2 wheels, we like to think that they did. See you on the ICE!

Icy Dicey Crisis Wins the Bronze Group Gauntlet

Team Icy Dicey Crisis has won the Bronze Group Gauntlet going undefeated and acquiring the most points overall in the bracket. Each match in the Gauntlet was a best of 3 where teams received points for each game won in their matches.

Bronze Gauntlet Final Bracket
Bronze Gauntlet Final Bracket

The following RHL players played on Icy Dicey Crisis during Season 1:

For winning first place, each team member gets to select two Steam games out of a prize pool worth about $150. I asked Dojomojomofo what his experience was like in the Bronze Group and if there is anything in particular he wanted to say about his team.

“We were really lucky all the way from Gold to Bronze to have well matched opponents!,” Dojomojomofo said. “The teammates who played were very dedicated. We practiced most nights during each round up to and during Bronze. While he wasn’t highly visible, Rice-A-Ronin was almost always at the ready to sub in as well and I have to thank RocketMa and Foryth for playing with us so regularly too. If the season were longer, they’d surely be pulled onto the team.

The RHL congratulates team Icy Dicey Crisis on their win in Season 1. To see them in action, check out the video below.

Ten Players Selected to Fill New Officials Role

The RHL commissioners have created a new role called Officials. Officials act as a relay between players and the Commission. They are charged with answering questions, pointing players in the right direction, moderating the Discord server, and acting as neutral league representatives as needed. Officials sit in on tournaments when commissioners cannot and they arbitrate disputes in the absence of a commissioner.

The RHL would like to congratulate the following eight players who have been chosen as officials.

@hms-ducky

@themuffinman

@periodicgamer (Zytabyte)

@moobler

@willywonka

@godflow

@narthuk

@monsterjam49ers

@a-g

@deltas7

@milanor

If you experience issues on the RHL Discord server or have questions, please seek out one of the players named above.

The Origin of Snow Day and Why It Remains in Rocket League’s Playlists

In late 2016, Noclip published a two-part documentary on YouTube that looks into the origin of Rocket League and how the game was developed. Around 17:13 into the second part, Corey Davis, Design Director at Psyonix, is asked how Snow Day was created. Not only does he explain how the mode was created but why it returned after being removed from the playlists.

“That one, again I wish we could say it was a master plan,” Davis says. “One of our artists had made this really cool snowy iced-over map version of the default map DFH Stadium. And we we’re going to release it as a holiday thing because that’s what you do right? When you’re a big game you have a holiday event! And we we’re joking…..we have these things on Fridays called ‘Beer Friday’ where we hang out after work, drink and talk.”

“We we’re like ‘It would be cool if there was like a puck’ and I think we threw that in, in two hours and then play-tested on Monday and shipped it out. It was very lightly designed. The puck wouldn’t bounce very much and it would kind of stick and it was fun enough. We said we’d throw it in and see what people think of it. We had no inkling that there would be this weirdly devoted subset of players that only play snow day.

“Our plan was to take it away to have it be, much like a brawl and other games, like a seasonal mode that would come and go every Winter. We took it out in February and there was this revolt on Reddit so we thought ‘well it doesn’t cost us anything to leave it in so…’. It’s a very hardcore couple thousand of people where that’s all they play.”

The documentary is well done and I encourage you to watch it in its entirety to see how Rocket League and Snow Day was created. You can watch part 1 and part 2 for free on YouTube. Speaking of the RHL, keep an eye out for a post in the coming weeks from the founders on the history of Snow Day and the origin of Rocket Hockey League.