Lando Norris’ new ‘Rocket League’ team is already upsetting the pro circuit
Lando Norris is no stranger to the game. When he’s not racing in Formula 1 with McLaren, the 22-year-old racing prodigy streams video games on his Twitch channel to thousands of viewers, often playing alongside fellow pilots Charles Leclerc and George Russell.
In late 2020, Norris founded Quadrant, an esports organization that combines pilot “love for games, lifestyle, content and clothes.” Previously, the organization had only professional teams in Halo and Call of Dutybut as of this week, Quadrant entered the Rocket League Championship Series.
The All-New Quadrant rocket league The team consists of Kash, RelatingWave and Eekso, three promising British talents who started the 2022-23 RLCS season as the team “Goldbridge Ball”.
No one really knew what to expect from Quadrant’s first tournament. Each member of the squad has produced impressive but inconsistent results in previous competitions, and forming a team so close to the start of the season has left players with little time to establish crucial in-game chemistry.
However, the Quadrant team immediately proved themselves professionally rocket league circuit of the European Fall Open, the first major European regional tournament of the season.
Despite narrowly avoiding elimination from the Swiss leg of the tournament to qualify for the playoffs, Quadrant has the rocket league the world speaks as they defeat the 2021-2022 RLCS World Champions, Team BDS, in the quarter-finals. The series was as close as it gets, with five of seven games decided by a single goal.
In the end, Quadrant scored a desperate but crucial goal almost four minutes into extra time to defeat Team BDS and earn their ticket to the Championship on Sunday. The BDS team dominated European and World tournaments last season, making Quadrant’s upset one of the most surprising in recent history. Only time will tell if this victory is due to a day off from the world champions, or if the new team is really in contention for the title.
Quadrant will take on Oxygen Esports in the European Fall Open Semi-Finals on Sunday, October 16, which you can watch live on Twitch.tv/RocketLeague.