Rocket League Championship Series Winter Split Major - What's on in esports April 3-9
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eSport Betting Predictions

The Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) 2022-23 World Championship is set to kick off on Thursday, August 3, at PSD Bank Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany. The tournament will welcome 24 Rocket League esports teams vying for the lion’s share of the $2,100,000 prize pool and the title of world champion.

Here is our RLCS 2022-23 World Championship tournament betting preview and top picks, with odds from the top Rocket League betting sites for gamblers in United States.

Europeans dominate RLCS World Championship betting

The latest RLCS 2022-23 World Championship betting odds suggest that European teams will dominate this tournament. This is hardly surprising considering Europe’s success at the RLCS Spring Split Major last month when Team Vitality (+350), Team BDS (+400), and Karmine Corp (+450) claimed the top three spots.

North America will send a few strong representatives, including Fall Split champions Gen.G Mobil1 Racing (+600) and Winter Split winners FaZe Clan (+800). Yet both squads have been struggling lately, with FaZe missing the Spring Split Major and Gen.G finishing the event in fifth-sixth place.

Rule One (+1200) – the top seed from the MENA region – join the list of dangerous outsiders following their dominant run through the domestic league and a surprisingly strong showing at the Spring Major. There, the Saudi Arabian squad finished fourth with their only defeats coming against the eventual finalists, Team Vitality (0-4) and Team BDS (0-3).

Likewise, South America’s Ninjas in Pyjamas (+2000) are not to be ignored, fielding the former The Club duo of Bernardo “Bemmz” Siqueira Marta and Luiz Fellipe “Aztromick” Lopes Gomes, who left a mark at the last RLCS World Championship. Even this season, NiP showed good form domestically, although their sole international appearance resulted in a 9th-12th finish at the RLCS Spring Major.

Team Vitality seeking more RLCS success

Team Vitality come into the RLCS 2022-23 World Championship as clear favourites with online bookmakers and esports analysts. By winning the RLCS 2022-23 Spring Split Major, they completed a perfect split, having also won the three European regional events – Spring Open, Spring Cup, and Spring Invitational.

Much of Vitality’s late resurgence was thanks to phenomenal performances from Alexis “zen” Bernier. The 16-year-old won the tournament MVP and Offensive MVP reward at the RLCS 2022-23 Spring Major, where he averaged a 1.195 rating with 2.15 saves and 0.85 goals per game.

His teammates, Yanis “Alpha54” Champenois and Andrea “Radosin” Radovanović, also played an incredible tournament, ranking among the top-performing players. It seems like everything is falling into place for Vitality to complete their five-peat, so the question is not so much whether they can do it, but rather if any team can stop them.

RLCS 2022-23 World Championship betting predictions

Team Vitality are deserving favourites to win RLCS 2022-23 World Championship, but there are two teams that can spoil their plans.

Karmine Corp have been one of the more consistent Rocket League esports teams of the year, as they’ve not placed worse than fourth across all regional events this season. They also collected a bronze medal from the Spring Split Major, narrowly losing the lower-bracket final against Vitality (3-4).

It marked KC’s fourth head-to-head defeat against Vitality from five meetings since the start of the final split, but the last two losses were all very close, suggesting that Karmine Corp, on a good day, can derail the European champions.

Team BDS’ title claims rest largely on their 4-1 victory over Team Vitality in the upper-bracket semifinals of the RLCS 2022-23 Spring Split Major. Still, they got crushed by Vitality just a day later in the Major finals, worsening their head-to-head record since the start of the split to 1-5.

Compared to others, Team BDS and Karmine Corp stand some chance of defeating Team Vitality and denying them the world title. But we would need to get a much better offer on the outsiders to consider fading the outright favourites.

Team Vitality to win


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