Category: News

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.

Season Three Rewards, When Season Four May Start, and New Rank Tiers

In a post that’s been a long time coming, Psyonix, the creators of Rocket League, published information on its blog today that shows off rewards for Season 3 and has details on when Season 4 may start. Season three’s rewards are wheels for Prospect, Challenger, Rising Star, and Champion ranks with Grand Champions receiving the coveted Season 3 Grand Champion Title. The champion wheels have a similar tread pattern and lightning animation to the purple lightning wheels.

Purple Lightning wheels.

Wheels will be awarded based on the highest rank achieved in any of the competitive playlists. So if you reached Champion at any point during Season 3, you’ll receive the Champion wheels and wheels from the lower ranks even if you stopped playing a competitive playlist for 30 days and your rank changed to unranked.

Season 4 Details

Season 4 will begin in early April but since it’s tied to a major game update, the date is flexible, “Once Season 4 starts, we will be moving to a more regular Competitive Season schedule — something we’ll go into detail on closer to the beginning of the next season,” Devin Connors says.

Unlike Season 3, Season 4 will have a Soft Reset requiring players to go through a few qualifier matches to re-calibrate their rank. Speaking of ranks, Season 4 is changing the ranking system again and reintroducing tiers that will be familiar to Season one players.

Season 4 Ranks and Tiers
Season 4 Ranks and Tiers

Psyonix developers have been busy fielding questions related to the news on the Rocket League subreddit and have shared additional details. According to Psyonix_Corey, Divisions between tiers will remain but there will be less than 5 because the skill ranges in each are narrower. He later clarifies that each Tier will have four divisions. Not all users are happy with the change in tiers, “Am I the only one slightly disappointed that we are going back to generic tier names? I actually preferred the unique Rocket league ones,” Reddit user Chillingo said.

“I hear ya, but we really felt we needed to expand the number of skill tiers and didn’t feel good about asking people to remember even more ‘unique’ names. I’ll personally miss the flavor as well, but we felt it was the better call with the move to more tiers” Psyonix_Corey responded. As for the Grand Champion emblem being different from all others, Psyonix_Devin says it’s meant to be different and represents the top of the mountain.

Psyonix developers say more information about Season 4, new content, and the ranking system, will be published as the release date draws near.

Rocket League 1.27 Introduces Speed Boost Bug

Earlier this week, Psyonix released Rocket League 1.27 to fix a number of bugs. These bugs include:

  • An experimental goal-post collision fix has been deployed
  • Removed the “GO!” counter in Custom Training
  • ‘Seamless Bot Replacement’ in Unranked online matches should now work as originally intended
  • Fixed an issue where players were stuck in the Replay Menu after deleting certain replays
  • Fixed an issue where selecting ‘Free Play’ forced the Loading Screen
  • Fixed an issue where Emoji entry on Xbox One was not displaying in some cases
  • UI scale setting in options should now save on PlayStation 4
  • Fix for rank label updating for division text and changing colors

In addition to bug fixes, the patch added Utopia Coliseum (Snowy) into the Snow Day Playlist.

Snowtopia
Snowtopia

While it’s a nice change from DFH stadium, a number of Snow Day players who have Dual Graphics card setups have reported terrible performance on the new map. Issues range from rubberbanding to a substantial decrease in Frames Per Second. The solution is to disable SLI mode and only use one Graphics Card. According to the comments in this Reddit thread, Psyonix is aware of the issue and is looking into it.

Report: Snowy Utopia FPS Problems from RocketLeague

To avoid disabling SLI between games, Reddit user M4TT145 suggests using NVIDIA Control Panel to configure Rocket League to use one GPU. In the Manage 3D Settings area, select SLI rendering mode and change it from Dual-GPU to Single-GPU.

NVIDIA Control Panel Settings
NVIDIA Control Panel Settings

Boost Speed and Air Roll Bug

While fixing quite a few bugs, Rocket League 1.27 introduced a new bug that deals with boost and air roll speed. It has something to do with waiting in a game lobby for players to connect. Once connected, members of the blue team have 2x Boost strength and the air roll speed is doubled until one team scores a goal. Here’s a video that shows the bug in action.

The bug has been reported on the Rocket League Subreddit where Psyonix Devs confirmed they are looking into it. This annoying bug appears in all game modes and is especially annoying in ranked where Blue sometimes has the unfair advantage during kickoff. I’ve played in ranked matches where the opposing team will score an easy goal by beating me to the ball by at least a car length.

New bug in v1.27. Faster boost and aerial turning speed. from RocketLeague

Hopefully, Psyonix will release a hotfix as soon as possible to address this bug which negatively impacts competitive play. Let us know what your gaming experience has been like since the patch was released.