Community Spotlight: Telenorligaen Spring 2019

With spring on its way, the nords are back to participate in Telenorligaen, a local Norwegian league featuring some of the best talents Scandinavia has to offer. In the past, the tournament has suffered from limited international coverage and so far, only a handful of nationalities have ever participated in the tournament. This is mainly due to the rule that only allows one foreigner on the pitch for each team. Historically it has been mostly Norwegians and Danes participating in the tournament.

Telenorligaen is organized by Gamer.no. The league started in Spring 2014 and only hosted a league for StarCraft II. In Fall 2014 the league expanded to CS:GO and League of Legends, Spring 2015 it expanded to HearthStone, and finally in Spring 2017 it expanded to Rocket League.

Spring 2017 started with two huge open brackets to qualify for 1st Division, followed by another bracket to qualify for 2nd Division, and so on. With eight teams in each division, four made it to the LAN in Oslo. The LAN had a 12000 NOK ($1400 USD) prize pool. The first roster to win were Kartoflerne, who at the time consisted of three Top 4 players in Norway, Martin “Sniper” Wiulsrød, Tormod “Reganam” Lien and Marius “Kileak” Johansen. They won in a fairly easy fashion 4-1 against Gutta Boyz, who at the time consisted of Eirik “Heggen” Heggelund, Kenneth “mewy” Kristiansen and Simen “miize” Antonsen.

Fall 2017 saw a change in the amount of teams in each division, raising from 8 to 10. The LAN prize pool was raised to 18000 NOK ($2000 USD) and was held at SpillExpo in Lillestrøm. This time BX3 (later Nordavind) took the trophy home with their new superstar Jwols shining bright alongside etreX and Sacred. In the grand finals they beat Kartoflerne (Sniper, Reganam and Phocas) convincingly 4-0.

Spring 2018 was the Nordavind show as no one came close to challenging them in the Play-offs. The LAN was held in Lillehammer and the prize pool was raised to 24000 NOK (2800 USD). The biggest surprise was The Razzle Dazzlers (Maadzz, Phocas and VERSACE) who knocked out the favourites Team Bjønnsk (Al Dente, Didris and Sniper) during the semi-finals in a 7 game series. This was the second time Phocas lost in the grand finals, and it would not be the last.

Fall 2018 saw the biggest change in the prize pool yet, doubling from the season before. The Razzle Dazzlers added Sacred to their roster to compete with Nordavind, but he could not play at the LAN in Lillehammer which forced VERSACE back to the roster. Despite not playing league play at all, VERSACE performed well and even did better than his teammates according to stats. However, nothing could stop the Nordavind train yet again as they went onto hoist the trophy for the third time.

This upcoming season will be the most stacked of all-time. With RLCS player Ronaky joining Byte, leading to the clash of the two finest Danish talents in Rocket League (vs RLRS player Al Dente) taking place in Round 1 of League Play. The Play-offs will be back in Oslo after two years, which should increase the attendance dramatically compared to previous LANs in Lillehammer.

The teams for this season:


Bamble DreamTeam



After a wild roster shuffle, these three nordic talents will team up for Telenorligaen and will certainly be going for gold. With Winther playing for Team Bjønnsk in Telenorligaen League Play Fall 2018 and Didris playing for Team Bjønnsk at LAN the same season, they will now join forces and try to hoist the trophy. Despite being a top norwegian player, Didris was not present in the norwegian scene for a long time, until he joined Team Bjønnsk for the Spring 2018 season teaming with Sniper and Al Dente. He is definitely one of the players to watch out for this season. Tater is back from a long break, regularly on the top 100 leaderboard and looking for success.


Byte



With barely missing out on LAN last season, Byte (formerly Bitfix) made the biggest pickup in the leagues history by getting danish RLCS player Ronaky on the roster. With FiremanJonas recently on the come-up, they will be aiming for a LAN spot.


GoToSleep



GoToSleep have been in the top division for every season of Telenorligaen, staying middle of the pack on many occasions. With two new players on the roster and little preparation, the team will be in for a relegation scrap hoping to stay in the league for one more season.


Gutta Boyz



Just like GoToSleep, Gutta Boyz have been in the top division for every season, even making it all the way to the grand finals in the first season, Spring 2017. Every season since then the team has gotten worse and worse on the table, barely edging out in the promotion/relegation match last season in Game 7 Overtime. With a completely new roster the legendary name Gutta Boyz will seek new glory.


Nordavind DNB



The three time. They have been unstoppable the last few seasons, with Jwols being the only one to play in all three of Nordavind’s triumphant grand finals. With the signing of Placebo in RLRS, Al Dente joined the Telenorligaen team, replacing etreX who moved to a coach position. With this upcoming season being the most stacked of all time, a new holder of the Telenorligaen throne seems more likely than ever before.


Perfect Storm



Sharing a name with the former 2015 North American roster, Perfect Storm were one of two teams to buy a spot into the league, but with this season being so stacked,they may struggle to make an impact.


Team Bjønnsk



Team Bjønnsk (formerly Kartoflerne) was founded by Sniper, Reganam and Kileak in Spring 2017,where they went onto win the first season of the league.. With Kileak leaving after the first season, Reganam going onto join Nordavind in Spring 2018 after losing to them in the Fall 2017 season, and Sniper retiring after the Spring 2018 season, the core that once played in this legendary roster was gone. Last season the team was composed of (Inferno - Hopmark - Winther/Didris) who were able to make LAN despite many predictions against them. Three newcomers to the top league now play under the Team Bjønnsk banner.


Team Ursus



Another team that bought their way into the league, this team however will be aiming for a LAN spot. The roster is packed with talent, two former LAN players (Inferno and Lemon), and the team has won every single gamer.no weekly prior to the league


The Razzle Dazzlers



The Razzle Dazzlers surprised the norwegian Rocket League scene by beating Team Bjønnsk in the Spring 2018 LAN Semi-Finals (the Bjønnsk roster was then Al Dente, Didris and “Sniper). After a loss in the final against Nordavind Spring 2018, Razzle Dazzlers came back to the playoffs in Fall 2018. Yet again they lost in the final against Nordavind who became the three-time. During the norwegian roster shuffle for this season, The Razzle Dazzlers and Tøvpatruljen did a swap move, swapping AnDeY and Sacred.


Tøvpatruljen



Tøvpatruljen were at their peak during the LAN in Fall 2017 where they took Kartoflerne, consisting of Sniper, Reganam and Phocas, all the way to Game 7. Game 6 was probably one of the most memorable moments of Telenorligaen’s history, where AnDeY scored both a 0 second goal and another goal 8 seconds into Overtime to force Game 7. After a disappointing finish last season they have brought on Sacred and Mrkikkan to try and chase a LAN spot.


Predictions

If you are unfamiliar with the league, here are some predictions from Norwegian minds who know the scene well:


Anders “eXuSeS” Skjulestad - Owner of Bamble DreamTeam, has casted every season of Telenorligaen:
  1. 1. Nordavind DNB
  2. 2. Bamble DreamTeam
  3. 3. Team Ursus
  4. 4. The Razzle Dazzlers
  5. 5. Gutta Boyz
  6. 6. Tøvpatruljen
  7. 7. Byte
  8. 8. Team Bjønnsk
  9. 9. GoToSleep
  10. 10. Perfect Storm

Henrik “Devik” Devik - Former player in the top division, now community member:
  1. 1. Bamble DreamTeam
  2. 2. Nordavind DNB
  3. 3. The Razzle Dazzlers
  4. 4. Byte
  5. 5. Team Ursus
  6. 6. Tøvpatruljen
  7. 7. Gutta Boyz
  8. 8. Perfect Storm
  9. 9. Team Bjønnsk
  10. 10. GoToSleep

Andreas Klebo-Espe - Writer for Gamer.no:
  1. 1. Nordavind DNB
  2. 2. Bamble DreamTeam
  3. 3. The Razzle Dazzlers
  4. 4. Team Ursus
  5. 5. Gutta Boyz
  6. 6. Byte
  7. 7. Tøvpatruljen
  8. 8. GoToSleep
  9. 9. Team Bjønnsk
  10. 10. Perfect Storm

Andreas “Andii” Sørlie - Trial writer for Octane.gg, former player in the top division, now player in the 2nd Division:
  1. 1. Bamble DreamTeam
  2. 2. Nordavind DNB
  3. 3. Byte
  4. 4. The Razzle Dazzlers
  5. 5. Team Ursus
  6. 6. Tøvpatruljen
  7. 7. Gutta Boyz
  8. 8. GoToSleep
  9. 9. Perfect Storm
  10. 10. Team Bjønnsk

“Taffel” - Former player in the top division, now community member:
  1. 1. Bamble DreamTeam
  2. 2. Nordavind DNB
  3. 3. Byte
  4. 4. Team Ursus
  5. 5. The Razzle Dazzlers
  6. 6. Tøvpatruljen
  7. 7. Gutta Boyz
  8. 8. Team Bjønnsk
  9. 9. GoToSleep
  10. 10. Perfect Storm

Schedule

Round 1 of the tournament will start Thursday 7th February, with 4 of 5 matches in the top division streamed. The matches will be streamed on twitch and the schedule can be found below:


  1. 19:00 - Nordavind DNB vs Byte
  2. 20:00 - Gutta Boyz vs Team Ursus
  3. 21:00 - The Razzle Dazzlers vs Bamble DreamTeam
  4. 22:00 - GoToSleep vs Team Bjønnsk

Join the norwegian Rocket League discord if you are interested in knowing the stream times for further rounds here.

The league table can be found here

The league fixtures can be found here