On January 18, 2018, ARES Esport replaced Team Endpoint in the Gfinity Elite Series as part of the reshuffling which saw a grand total of six new organizations enter the Gfinity competition. With serious financial clout and backing, the organization was ambitious and eager to pickup a team capable of bringing them success in the third Elite Series season. In February, ARES began their search for a Rocket League roster and inevitably fell upon two former champions of the Gfinity Elite Series from season 1, Cheerio and Tinny. Both players were accomplished LAN competitors and veterans of the Elite Series. They had just come off a 2nd place finish in season 2 having fallen to Reason Gaming in a nail biting seven game thriller. In the offseason, both players failed to attend Dreamhack Leipzig as well as a number of major online competitions such as HyperCup and the Ting Open. However, they did often feature in the small Gfinity Challenger Series cups trialing new players to replace their former teammate Shakahron.
In the meantime, ARES would acquire both Ronaky and MoneyTalk of Triple Trouble and Team WLF respectively from the Elite Series draft, two players who had progressed rapidly under their rosters in the offseason. Ronaky controversially missed out on a starting spot in the Elite Series with his teammates Tadpole and Andom due to the last minute replacement of Reason Gaming by UNILAD Esports but was fortunate enough to be given a substitute role on ARES. Following the draft, ARES officially announced their roster for the upcoming season, signing Cheerio, Tinny and the former Prophecy member Sebadam to create team filled with a wealth of Elite Series experience. Offseason results for this lineup were fairly poor considering their reputation, but most were certain that this squad would perform when it mattered.
With Cheerio and Tinny managing to secure a 3rd spot in RLRS Season 4 under Team Endpoint, ARES auto-qualified for RLRS Season 5 and would go onto compete in Rocket League's Rival Series. Beginning with a bye, ARES started off in week 2 against a long time rival in the form of the Juicy Kids, both teams had managed to remain in the RLRS after their placements in the previous season, but expectations weren't high for either of them.