The University of Salford placed second in the European University Rocketeers Championship (EURC) yesterday, losing to reigning champions Berlin Institute of Technology to narrowly lose out on the title of best European Rocket League university.
The shut down of Salford Lions’ underdog run was the culmination of an utterly dominant season by Berlin Phoenix that saw the German side go undefeated up until the Grand Finals in the pan-European collegiate tournament.
Coming from the lower bracket, Salford narrowly defeated the Berlin roster 4-3 to complete the bracket reset and hand Berlin Phoenix their first series loss in EURC this season.
But Salford proved unable to replicate the back-and-forth game trading of the previous series, losing 4-2 to a more convincing showing by Berlin Phoenix.
We have our #EURC2021 Champions! 🏆— European University Rocketeers (@EUR_RL) April 25, 2021
Congratulations to @BerlinPhoenix1! 🇩🇪
They defend their 2020 title and become our first ever back to back EURC Champions! pic.twitter.com/dLWgZHR7KQ
Salford’s loss comes after back-to-back second place finishes for the university in both of the UK’s domestic leagues, NSE and NUEL, where they lost to the University of Bournemouth and University of Loughborough respectively.
EURC is open to all European universities and features 20 teams invited based on placements within the domestic university leagues of the UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, and Belgium. A further 12 teams secure places through open qualifiers.
This season of the annual tournament, which took place over 6 weeks, boasted a £1200 prize pool.
The Berlin Institute of Technology roster contains two professional-level players - Maik "Tigreee" Hoffmann, who plays for top-15 EU RLCS team White Demons, and Alexander "Gnagflow06" Böttcher of Stealth7 Esoprts - as well as SSL ranked player Niels "quintessenz" Seebann.
In a post-match interview, Berlin Phoenix’s quintessenz chalked up the bracket reset to Salford’s “insane” chemistry, and praised the side for their performance.