vVv Gaming & Rocket Hockey League present: 3rd Hockey Captain’s Draft Community Game Night on Tuesday, March 7th!

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Come join in on the 3rd vVv Gaming and Rocket Hockey League community event on Tuesday, March 7th, the Hockey Captain’s Draft! 


This event will be a Captain’s Draft style, double elimination 3v3 Snow Day event. Grab your Captain Daddy hats, bundle up, and equip your Mountaineer wheels so we can all head to the hockey rink! This tournament will follow the same rules and regulations as the regular vVv Gaming CGN: Draft events do, except that the default map will be DFH Snowy or Utopia Coliseum Snowy instead of DFH Stadium.

When: 5PM EST / 2PM PST / 23:00 CET | Check-in starts at 4:30PM EST / 1:30PM PST / 22:30 CET and closes at 4:45PM EST / 1:45PM PST / 22:45 CET
Where: vVv Discord Server (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf) Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord
Format: 3v3 – Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three (Bo3) in the winner’s bracket and best of one (Bo1) in the loser’s bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three.

Server Settings:
– Snow Day mutators (ball type puck, ball bounciness low).
NOTE: Options must be also be changed in the mutators sub­menu!
– Map is DFH Stadium Snowy (Utopia Coliseum Snowy can also be used if both teams agree)
– Default for all other game settings

Registration: Visit http://vVv-Gaming.com/Rocket-League/Register on the day of the tournament to register.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON THE SMASH.GG WEBSITE, link here. IT WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE IN THE TOURNAMENT.

While signing up you will be able to volunteer to be a captain. If there are more volunteer captains than the total number of teams, the captains will be picked at random from the pool of volunteers. If there are not enough volunteer captains, then the remaining number of captains needed will be chosen at random from the remainder of players. Captains will take turns picking their teammates in a “snake-style” (A, B, C, C, B, A) draft until all teams have 3 players each. Participating with friends is encouraged, however, there is no guarantee that you will be on the same team. The captain’s name will be entered into the Challonge bracket and will be used to represent their team. Voice channels will be created for each of the teams on our Discord server.

The event will last around 3-4 hours.

If you have any questions, please come to the RHL discord: https://discord.gg/0oKFkmRqFee981oM

:snowflake: :ice_skate: See you on the ice! :ice_skate: :snowflake:

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:

  • @dojomojomofo [Captain]
  • @ricearonin [Assistant Captain]
  • @halomage
  • @schrutefarms
  • @heart

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.

RLXL Winter Classic Raises $3,539.90 For Shalthis

The RLXL Winter Classic charity event was held this past Saturday generating nearly $3,540 for Shalthis bringing his GoFundMe campaign total to $12,753 of $25K. Team vel won the European bracket while Team Pluto won the North American bracket. Team Pluto consisted of Pluto, RVP, and King Wizard. Team vel consisted of vel, Bluey, and Fyshokid.

There were no prizes awarded for first place outside of bragging rights as it was a charity event. Shalthis published a couple of Tweets expressing his gratitude towards the community, RLXL organizers, and the event itself.

Still Time To Win A Custom PC From NZXT

One of the awesome giveaways for this year’s event is a S340 Elite PC from NZXT. There are four days left to enter the giveaway. To enter, perform one or more of the social media tasks listed on this page. A winner will be announced in four days.

Highlights From The Event

Team vel put together a YouTube video showcasing highlights from their team during the event.

Team ICE performed an incredible team play in a match during the group stages that was not streamed.

ICE Redwood hit this incredible poolshot in a match during the group stages.

One of the highlights for Team ICE during the event was the opportunity to play with G2 Kronovi, RLCS Season 1 champion. He was respectful and answered our questions on Discord related to high level play. While Team ICE didn’t make it into the second round of the playoffs, playing with and speaking to Kronovi was an awesome experience.

Team ICE Playing With G2 Kronovi in a Pub Match

Thank you to everyone who helped organize this event. However, Shalthis needs additional funds to reach his goal. If you have the means to do so, please consider donating. Let us know in the comments what you thought of the event. To re-watch the event in its entirety, check out the following video.

Watch live video from on www.twitch.tv