Rocket League developer Psyonix announced Monday that as part of an update for Season 4 of the Rocket League Championship Series, a secondary league will be added under the name Rocket League Rival Series.
The newest season of the RLCS will feature the secondary league as well as a promotional tournament. The top eight teams who fail to qualify for the RLCS through the play-in stage will be part of the RLRS, where the teams will then battle it out over the course of five weeks. The top two of the RLRS will face the bottom two of the RLCS in the promotional tournament. The RLRS games will be broadcast live through Twitch on Fridays, while the RLCS will take place on Saturdays and Sundays.
The cycle of the RLCS and RLRS will be determined over the course of four qualifiers in North America and Europe from Aug. 12-27. Each team can only sign up for a total of two qualifiers for their regions, and the top 32 of each qualifier will automatically make it to the play-in stage. A total of 128 teams from the qualifiers will then fight for six spots in the RLCS and eight spots in the RLRS in the play-ins on Sept. 2-3.
Season 4 of the RLCS will feature two teams that receive auto bids from Season 3 and six from the play-in. After the regular season lasts from Sept. 9-Oct. 8, the regional championship will take place Oct. 14-15. Then will be the promotional tournament Oct. 28-29 and the world championship in November.
Oceania will run with a different schedule, as the region will only have two open qualifiers on Aug. 27 and Sept. 3. The Oceania region’s regular league will take place each week beginning on Sept. 17 for five weeks.
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