Probably Cloud 9 just because of the Rocket League team they just picked up.
@Vocino - Missed the “and why” part.
So two of them, SquishyMuffinz (aka Squishy) and Tourment, are well known players in the Rocket League community but had never managed to qualify for RLCS league play (top 8 North America), or really done anything at any major tournaments.
RLCS and RL Bakcground
RLCS is by far the biggest and most prestigious tournament in Rocket League, and each season takes place over several months. The top 8 players from NA and the top 8 players from EU compete amongst themselves in league play, and then the top 6 teams from each reigon get to play in the World Championship tournament.
EU is considered the much stronger reigon. At major tournaments you’d generally see EU making up 7 of of the top 8 teams, and winning every major LAN over the past year (prior to July).
Dreamhack Atlanta 2017
So this past July, SquishyMuffinz, Tourment, and a relatively unknown player named Gimmick entered Dreamhack Atlanta 2017 as “The Muffin Men”, where they were considered boarderline to get into the top 16. During the tournament, not only did they 3-0 the consensus #1 team in North America, they also proceeded to beat out all the EU teams and win the whole tournament.
Since Dreamhack Atlanta
Immediately after their performance at Dreamhack they were picked up by Cloud 9, and are now considered in contention with 1 or 2 other teams for “best team in the world”. Also, Squishy is now considered to be the most mechanically skilled player in the world.
Why I Like Them
Watching their perfomrance at Dreamhack was nothing short of amazing. Watching an essentially no-name team beat out all of the world’s best teams generated some serious fanboyism in me.
With EU having dominated Rocket League for a long time, Cloud 9 was only the 2nd North American team to not only win a major tournament, but show they can compete with the top EU teams on a consistent basis.
The mechanical talent of Squishy makes for some incredibly exciting plays… He was also the player to pioneer ‘ceiling shots’ in competitive play, which are now being seen more and more with each tournament.
This weekend they’re playing in the first e-sports tournament broadcast on a major TV network.