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G2 Stride has created history by claiming the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) London Major, becoming the first North American roster to win a Major after defeating Team Falcons 4-1 in the grand final at Copper Box Arena.

As a North American team, they also became the first squad from their region to win a Major on European soil since NRG Esports won the RLCS World Championship in Madrid, Spain, in 2019.

Following their second-place finish at the Copenhagen Major earlier in the year, G2 entered the year’s second Major as one of the favourites with most esports betting sites.

With a roster featuring Massimo “Atomic” Franceschi, Daniel “Daniel” Piecnenski, and Landon “BeastMode” Knoerman, who are all established players in the Rocket League scene, G2 cruised through their early games, recording back-to-back 3-0 series victories.

However, it would be Team Falcons that would hand them their first and only defeat of the tournament in the third round of the group stage, as they dominated G2 3-0 (4-2, 2-0, 6-0).

G2 bounced back with a tough win against Gen.G to book their place in the playoffs and set up a clash with Spacestation Gaming in the quarter-finals.

Both G2 and Falcons claimed 4-1 victories in their quarter-final series against Spacestation and Gen.G, respectively, setting up mouth-watering matches against FURIA and Gentle Mates in the semi-finals.

G2 played out a back-and-forth encounter with FURIA before taking the series with a 4-2 (2-0, 3-0, 1-3, 1-3, 2-1, 2-1) score line, while Falcons was pushed all the way to seven maps in their 4-3 (1-2, 4-0, 1-3, 1-0, 2-3, 2-1, 2-1) win over Gentle Mates.

Although Falcons took the opening map of the grand final 2-1, G2 didn’t let the demons of their previous clash get to them, and thanks to an outstanding performance by BeastMode, they won the next four to wrap up the series 4-1 (1-2, 2-0, 2-1, 1-0, 3-0).

BeastMode was awarded the London Major Most Valuable Player after his stand-out performance for G2 Stride, with the 18-year-old earning his second MVP award of his career.

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