Tag: Snow Day

Pinching the Puck in Snow Day Is Not an Exploit

This post is an Opinion piece by @redwood, a long-time Snow Day player and doesn’t necessarily represent the views and opinions of Rocket Hockey League.

Every so often, someone will publish a thread on the Rocket League subreddit asking Psyonix to fix an exploit in Snow Day that allows players to pinch the puck so it travels at fast speeds across the arena. Here’s a recent example.

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For those who don’t know what pinching means, here’s a visual example. Notice how @redwood front-flips into the puck creating a pinch hit that travels 203 KPH past three defenders for a goal.

Because the puck has a flat surface, hitting the top of it can create a pinch it. This technique comes in handy for making quick passes on the wall or scoring from long distance. According to BeBenNova, who published the Reddit thread, too many people are learning how to pinch hit and are abusing the technique.

“This is probably gonna be downvoted or flat out ignored because of the low player base of the mode and I don’t even know what can be done to fix it but I hope it will end up being fixed somehow, it really cheapens the mode,” BeBenNova said.

First and foremost, pinch-hitting is not an exploit, it’s a skill. It’s one of the things that sets mediocre skilled players apart from the more advanced. Pinching has existed in Rocket League since its release. Here’s an example of a player pinching the ball on the side wall centering the ball for a team-mate who scores a goal.

Because the puck has a flat surface and the ceiling, walls, and floor are flat surfaces, there are more opportunities for these types of hits to occur in Snow Day. Here’s an example that shows one way to pinch hit the puck.

I have more than 2,000 hours invested in Snow Day and pinch hits are not guaranteed. I usually get them with a bit of luck and good timing. However, I have played against people who try to pinch the puck with every chance they get and are highly successful at doing so. While these players are annoying to play against, it doesn’t distract from the game. It reinforces having better positioning and trying to maintain closer defense, not allowing the opponent to have an open lane to pinch the puck.

Pinch hits are momentum changers and a well placed pinch can turn a game around in a hurry. They’re fun, unpredictable, and help to make Snow Day a unique game mode. Over time, more players will learn how to pinch hit the puck. The best way to defend them is to play close defense on your opponents. If open lanes disappear, the effectiveness of pinches is drastically reduced.

Snow Day isn’t broken and Psyonix shouldn’t alter the game mode’s physics in any way. To all Snow Day players, I encourage you to learn how to pinch and defend against them because they’re not going away. Pinch hits in Rocket League are not an exploit so please stop calling it one.

We Are Extending Stage 4 Until December 6th!

Due to holiday activity and other factors, Stage 4 has been extended for 2 additional weeks!

THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO ALL THE TEAMS PARTICIPATING!

THIS STAGE, MANY TEAMS HAVE STILL NOT SCHEDULED OR PLAYED THEIR MATCHES, SO WE ARE EXTENDING THE STAGE UNTIL DECEMBER 6TH!

Looking forward to Stage 5!

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Link to RHL discord: https://discord.gg/0oKFkmRqFee981oM

vVv Gaming & Rocket Hockey League present: Hockey Captain’s Draft Community Game Night!

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RHL is proud to announce our new partnership with vVv Gaming! We will be kicking it off with an amazing community event this Saturday, November 19th!

 

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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 our regular CGN: Draft events do, except that the default map will be DFH Snowy instead of DFH Stadium.

When: 8PM EST (5PM PST) Check-in starts at 7:30PM EST and closes at 7:45PM EST
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
– Default for all other game settings

Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament to register.

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.

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

Welcome to Stage 4!

STAGE 4 IS HERE.
THANKS TO ALL THE TEAMS PARTICIPATING!

 

GROUPS ARE LIVE FOR STAGE 4, WHICH WILL RUN UNTIL 11/22.

 

Team Captains, check your email for invites to your Challonge group, and your team pages on the website for your group assignment. Be sure to upload your screenshots and replays to Challonge!

For Stage 4, matches will be a Best of 5 (Bo5) games. The top 2 teams in the Gold Group will be advancing to the playoffs! The top 2 teams in each Silver Group will advance to Stage 5, where they will have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs.

For the groups of 3 teams, Home Team is the first team listed for each match. For groups of 5 teams, Home Team will be the first team listed for all odd numbered matches (left column), and Home Team will be the second team listed for all even numbered matches (right column). For groups of 4 teams, Home and Away Team rules are reversed only for Match 6 (last one) on the Challonge bracket.

Good luck, have fun!

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Welcome to Stage 3!

STAGE 3 IS HERE.
THANKS TO ALL THE TEAMS PARTICIPATING!

 

GROUPS ARE LIVE FOR STAGE 3, WHICH WILL RUN UNTIL 10/25.

 

Team Captains, check your email for invites to your Challonge group, and your team pages on the website for your group assignment. Be sure to upload your screenshots and replays to Challonge!

For Stage 3, matches will be a Best of 5 (Bo5) games! The top team in each Gold Group will remain in the Gold Groups. The top 2 teams in each Silver Group will remain in the Silver Groups. Home and Away Team rules are pretty normal this time around. For all groups of 3 teams, Home Team is the first team listed for each match. For groups of 4 teams, Home and Away Team rules are reversed only for Match 6 (last one) on the Challonge bracket.

Good luck, have fun!

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