DreamHack Leipzig: The most stacked Rocket League event ever

next weekend, friday, feb. 15 – sunday, feb. 17, will be the weekend it all comes down. dreamhack leipzig is happening as the first of the four dreamhack pro circuit events this year, and you do not want to miss it. with several invited teams and more qualified, they’re looking to be the most stacked and unpredictable rocket league events to date.

all the teams are at dreamhack leipzig

the rocket league championship series, or rlcs, is split between regions, and the world championship lan only has the best four teams from north america and europe (alongside two from oceania and south america). and while the rlcs is exciting in its own right, we rarely get to see all teams compete against each other. at dh leipzig, things will be different.

for the first time in rocket league history, we will see all eight rlcs teams from both regions at the same lan event. some of them have already qualified, either by invitation or by winning the closed qualifiers. others will have to earn a favorable draw by flying in on their own accord and claiming a spot through the open qualifiers on site.

but that’s not all. while having 16 rlcs teams means we’ll have a fully stacked tournament, we will also see several rival series (rlrs) teams, who play in the league below the rlcs. in fact, some of these teams already qualified by knocking out rlcs teams. the skill level has never been this close, and the tournament is looking insane as a result. add some bubble teams (i.e. unproven but talented teams) to the mix and predicting the outcome becomes impossible.

the invited teams

the four invited teams are not surprising. for north america, it’s cloud9, recent rlcs world champions, and nrg, who placed first in the rlcs regional championships and third/fourth at eleague back in december. for europe, dignitas and tsm were the chosen ones, who placed second and third respectively at the last world championship.

out of the four of these teams, just one has made a roster change. dignitas lost their striker alex “kaydop” courant and replaced him with maurice “yukeo” weihs. yukeo has proven to be a star player, but the team couldn’t make it happen at wsoe4 last month. in fact, the team yukeo had left in favor of dignitas, flipsid3 tactics, won that tournament with their new player jack “speed” packwood-clarke.

each of these teams has a solid shot at winning dreamhack, but it won’t be easy. the skill gap is tiny and they’ll have to show up at their absolute best to prove they were among the invited teams for a reason.

the qualified teams

here’s where the surprises happened. out of the four teams that qualified through the closed qualifiers, two are from the rlrs and one is a team who will be making their rlcs debut this upcoming cs go matches season. they knocked out several rlcs teams on the way to leipzig to claim a spot.

for north america, we’re looking at ghost, who will play with a new third in braxton “allushin” lagarec. allushin ended last season’s rlcs in last place and relegated with allegiance. but ghost saw potential in him and picked him up. while ghost is not a bad team, there were more obvious guesses for who would manage to qualify directly. the other qualified team is the team that solidified allushin’s relegation: bread. unsigned but very impressive, the team formed ahead of last season’s rlrs and made their way up into the rlcs in one go. now they proved once more they are a team to be reckoned with after qualifying for dreamhack leipzig.

1 week till leipzig. so excited for the trip and the tournament. it’s looking to be way more competitive than last year 😮

— satthew (@satthewrl) february 6, 2019

the two european teams to qualify are two rlrs teams. complexity relegated last season after a disastrous roster change, but after taking on hrant “flakes” yakoub as their new third, the team is looking solid as ever. they proved this by knocking out strong teams such as psg, red reserve, and team secret in the qualifiers. it’s to be expected that they will put up a strong fight at dreamhack, followed by a good run in the rlrs in april. team secret, who lost in the upper final, managed to pick themselves up and win the lower final. having been dropped by the organization in the meantime, the rlrs team is for now simply known as ex-secret. they replaced one of their members with an experienced player in niels “nielskoek” kok and look to be yet another strong contender in the tournament.

won the dreamhack qualifier! ggs to every team we played, and yeah, @mognus_rl and @flakes_rl are nuts pogchamp

— greazymeister (@greazymeister) january 20, 2019

the open sign-ups

all top-tier teams played in the closed qualifiers, but only four of them managed to get through. but those that fell will still make an appearance on at least day one. some teams simply had a bad day while others needed more practice together after a roster swap. with everybody showing up in germany, here are the other notable teams to look out for on day one and likely beyond:

courtesy of liquipedia

you can catch all this action on the official dreamhack rocket league stream, starting friday, feb. 15.

Oil & Gas Journal – Catalyst Artificial Lift

The Oil & Gas Journal recently published an article on Kansas-based Catalyst Artificial Lift regarding the product line expansion.

Click here to read the full article.

Kansas Department of Commerce – Catalyst Artificial Lift

The article linked below, published by the Kansas Department of Commerce illustrates how Catalyst Artificial Lift worked with local community organizations in Allen county, Kansas to bring manufacturing production to Iola.


Eagle Ford

Catalyst Artificial Lift – South Texas

Trying to perfect a sucker rod pump design in a South Texas horizontal well can sometimes be compared to pushing a chain. As hard as one may try, the laws of physics simply don’t make it easy to achieve sustained efficiency. However, by understanding what you are up against and taking necessary steps, a productive design can be attained.

Because we love efficiently pumping wells, let’s take a look at some commonly faced challenges so that you can be prepared for your next design. When operating a well with a sucker rod pump in the Eagle Ford you are bound to encounter issues caused by either particulates, gas (locking & interference), and bore deviation.

Horizontal wells have a tendency to accumulate particulates on the bottom side of the lateral well bore. This buildup can cause major problems by damaging softer pump components and gumming up the entire pumping process. This is one of the reasons that many designers choose to set their pump prior to the curve, effectively missing out on much of the intended pay zone. There are many other inefficiencies associated with this method, but that is a topic for another article.

Gas is another major contributor to down-hole woes. When free gas is introduced between the valves of a pump, gas lock can occur. This renders the pump useless while continuing to consume power at the pumping unit. Free gas does not always cause lock to occur but simply interferes with maintaining a constant fluid column in the pump, consequently robbing efficiency.

Whether intentional or unintentional, well bore deviation introduces yet another variable to be taken into account when optimizing a sucker rod pump design. Excess friction between rods, couplings, and tubing can create major problems in no time. Degree of deviation will ultimately dictate which methods are to be used, but issues can typically be addressed by adding a combination of rod guides and tubing anchors to problem areas.

As always, knowledge is power, so be sure to consult with local experts in your area of operation. They will have first-hand experience and understand the challenges that you are facing in your wells. An experienced sucker rod pump expert will be able to diagnose problems and provide valuable recommendations to ensure that your next design is as efficient and resilient as possible.

It is ultimately up to operators and engineers to strike the most efficient balance between mechanical optimization and operating costs. This is where Catalyst Artificial Lift can help. By providing operators and pump techs with the material and design options they need to tackle the toughest of well conditions, Catalyst Artificial Lift can help strike that balance.

Contact Us today to find out how Catalyst Artificial Lift can help you. If you are having issues in South Texas give us a call in Kilgore at (903)-986-1923.

Catalyst Artificial Lift – ArkLaTex – Kilgore, TX


The historic oil fields of East Texas, Southern Arkansas, and Western Louisiana have cumulatively produced more barrels of oil than any other region in the United States. This area, commonly referred to as the ArkLaTex, still boasts a massive number of operating wells, the vast majority of which are utilizing some means of artificial lift to bring crude to the surface. Of the various types of artificial lift, rod pump lifting is the most common method used in this area, and for good reason.

Traditionally, the rod pump method of lifting has been regarded as the simplest and most economical way to bring fluid into the production line. Unfortunately, today’s operators are faced with harsh down-hole conditions that have little regard for depressed market prices and increased operating costs. Corrosive pumping environments can wreak havoc on a rod pump’s components, effectively deteriorating production rates and efficiencies. When it comes to sourcing new and replacement down-hole pump components, many operators are forced to choose between high priced established brands and economy options while sacrificing quality and risking pre-mature failure.  Fortunately, Catalyst Artificial Lift offers neither of these.

Seating Assemblies

Catalyst Artificial Lift produces some of the finest down-hole rod pump components available to the market today. A regional distribution point in Kilgore, Texas, ensures that crucial components are readily available when valuable time is an issue. Catalyst stocks ample inventories of product specifically designed for mature, lower volume wells, such as cup type plungers and soft pack barrels. Additional material options are also available to combat the highly corrosive pumping environments sometimes found in the ArkLaTex region.

When a pump is built or repaired with Catalyst parts, operators can rest assured that they are getting a meticulously crafted component made from the highest quality raw materials available, at a fair price. If you would like to find out more about how Catalyst Artificial Lift components can help your bottom line, contact us on the web, or give us a call at (620) 365-7150. If you have an ArkLaTex related question please feel free to call us in Kilgore, TX at (903) 986-1923.


Catalyst Artificial Lift Showcased in South Texas

At this years South Texas Oilfield Expo in San Antonio, Catalyst Artificial Lift displayed a wide variety of quality down-hole pump parts available to the artificial lift market.

Catalyst products on display included barrels, cages, fittings, guides, plungers, and seating assemblies.

Passersby were able to see how the components all came together to form a subsurface artificial lift pump, thanks to the various “cut away” models on display.

Jim Jeffcoat, Catalyst’s VP of Sales and Marketing, was quoted as saying “It’s very exciting to see people’s reactions when they discover that a new, high quality alternative exists in the down-hole pump market.”

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New Catalyst Artificial Lift Website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our NEW website! Here you will be able to find out more about who we are, where we are, what we do, and how we can help with your down-hole pump artificial lift needs.

Feel free to navigate around the site, and please contact us should you have any questions.

Be sure to check out our Products Page to see the wide variety of high quality artificial lift parts that we manufacture including:

  • Barrels
  • Cages
  • Mandrels
  • And More

Welcome to Catalyst Artificial Lift!