Viaduct is finished, and another week of shuffling is over. We bid farewell to Route From Smokin Trees, the first (and hopefully last) team to bow out of the season. We move onto CP_Steel, one of the most controversial maps in the game. Some hate it, others adore it, but it’s here to stay for now. The first top level game has finally taken place, with more to come in the following weeks.
aMw vs :>, :> victorious 4-2
A Million Ways continue this trend of going toe to toe with the teams they play, but losing in the end. With knd. being the only team they couldn’t pull a round against, aMw seem to be struggling with taking advantage of their skills and abilities. While feint, Spamfest, and Madoff all pulled in some very nice numbers, Civ, Rightjustify and fUZION all provided some significant counter-fire. In the end, especially on KoTH, picks matter little if you can’t grab the positioning and space that comes with it, and it seems that :> was just able to pull that off better.
dK vs .$$, .$$ victorious 4-2
Dunning Kruger looked like they had everything figured out, with a set roster. Their opponents, .$$, were their first top level opponent. However, dK once again shifted around their classes, with b4nny, Paddie, and Muma all switching to classes that weren’t planned on. And, while perhaps not due to it, .$$ came out the victor. While many players did perform very well, it’s not easy to win against a team so closely matched to you after spending practically the entire season swapping players around.
knd. vs m|M, knd. victorious 4-0
While the conclusion was unexpected, a 4-0 scoreline, even on Viaduct, is a bit amusing. Despite playing a handful of teams that should’ve been able to at least take a round or two off of them, knd. continue to have not dropped a single round all season. So many players on knd. seem completely uncontested, with players like Katsy, Jarrett, and Scizor all pulling in absurdly high KA/Ds. And while Giraffe and Bagel did what they could for m|M, knd. were just too much to realistically handle.
‘92 vs mtn., ‘92 victorious 4-2
The straw that broke the mtn. I’ll be going into more depth about mtn in their piece in the Rankings, so for now this’ll just be about the match. ‘92 were looking to be the best team to knock out of the Top 4, with mtn. being one of the more reasonable guesses as to who would accomplish that. And while a 4-2 victory didn’t complete it, it came close. While Syath and sigh did contribute significantly to their team pulling in two rounds and making it close, they seemed unable to capitalize on their overall better numbers. Luxor also seems to have found his place in the ‘92 machine, playing excellently after Vanilla Love’s disappearance.
Bv vs EVL, Bv victorious 4-0
Bv get their first chance to prove themselves, and do it very well. bo4r stomped over Skag, the EVL ringer, with IssGonRain providing a terrifying anchor for Bv to play off of. While Linkuser being MIA and Naajj replacing him wasn’t ideal, Avast and Naajj did provide significant backbone to the EVL crew, but when they were the only ones to have a positive K/D throughout the game, it’s obvious that Bv definitely has the skills to tear up lower Plat.
1: knd [Scizor / Etney / Katsy / Jarrett / Kresnik / Ender / Nursey / yosh / Dimento]
Kids Next Door seem content to play their own little game, ignoring the disasters and mayhem happening below them. They get through another week with a perfect record, and look to finish Steel week with that unchanged. With all of their harder games at the end of the season, knd. shouldn’t have any difficulty until the last three weeks.
2: .$$ [Godwash / Jackster / Lazy / Invader / Trelan / Angryofficer / Skeez / Feroaffer / Rolls Royce] +1
Arguably, just dK’s roster pains could justify the .$$ moveup, their victory against dK only makes that decision easier. One of the three undefeated teams, sharing their spot with ‘92 and knd., we should see a pretty fantastic game on Steel between them and ‘92. While their schedule hasn’t been the most difficult, topped off with picking on a weakened dK, there’s no reason to believe that .$$ won’t be able to prove their mettle against teams like knd. and ‘92.
3: dK [b4nny / Muma / Huey Lewis / Xan / Karl / Jordan / Metawe / corsa / Acooma (based off of CP_Steel scrims)] -1
Week 1, they were #1. Now, after moment.-level roster issues, they find themselves with a loss against .$$ and a #3 spot to lounge in. Later in the season ‘92 will want to take advantage of the disarray dK is in and hand them another loss, but with a week to settle down and stop swapping their power classes, they’ll hopefully be able to maintain #3, at least.
4: 92 [slemnish / Trippah / jekjekj / odb / Vanilla Love / LittleDeath / saam / SGC / Scruff McGruff]
With so much going on around them, it’s surprising to see ‘92 completely unmoved from their starting spot. They’ve had their fair share of troubles, but when it comes around to Monday, they show up, take the victory, and leave. One of the last few 3-0 teams, they’ll be facing .$$ and hope to shake up the playoff table by taking a win. A loss would definitely not be a cause for worry, however. They’ve played against most everyone below them that would look to uproot them, and only have the teams above them to worry about.
5: :> [fUZION / p3nguin / Deejay / Rightjustify / Civ / sigafoo / Drake / Jesus / Daynife] +1
Despite winning against aMw, their +1 is due to the death of mtn. While :> have proved that they are a Platinum team well enough, they don’t seem too ready to begin poking into the top of Platinum, picking up one round across two games vs .$$ and knd. While ‘92 and dK are perhaps easier teams to pull an upset off against, there’s a visible distinction between the top of Platinum and the rest.
6: m|M [air / Doll / Geosus / Giraffe / Eerie Person / Spades Slick / Apple / Bagel / triton] +1
Despite the full loss being handed to them by knd., m|M move up to fill the empty space left by the death of mtn. While perhaps the new ‘wrongly placed’ team after mtn’s 0-4 #5 placement, m|M’s upcoming three games should finalize who belongs where below the playoff line.
7: aMw [Madoff / Fire / Digresser / Split_ / Fireshaker / Spamfest / Spork / vlad / feint] +1
A Million Ways, like the rest of the teams around them, move up one spot due to mtn., though it’s arguable that they’d have moved up anyways after such a close game with :>. They seemed to have dropped the roster curse onto dK, which is a huge benefit to aMw. While they seem to be struggling with pulling in that last bit of effort to come away with a win, it’s hard to see them ending off the season with no wins at all.
8: Bv [Seer / Dreadnought / HA Johnny / monkey66 / IssGonRain / SilentDom / Gamma / bo4r / Danish] +2
A shutdown of EVL will indicate that Bv is more than just the bottom of the barrel, and after a last crushing by knd., should be set to figure out their place in Platinum. The final team set to prove themselves, Bv could realistically end anywhere from right above the bottom, to tickling the playoff spots.
9: EVL [Linkuser / CapSize / Billysaurus / Avast / Bonesaw / kNyne / Rogue / bowswer5 / stabby] -1
The storybook world of EVL is crashing further and further down, as a massive loss against Bv will mean EVL will find themselves at the bottom of the rankings, with nearly no chance of change. With a handful of fantastic players on their lineup, it’s a bit surprising to see them stuck in the bottom spot. In previous seasons, this team would have been arguably mid-Plat, but in a season with such strong teams, someone’s got to be stuck at the bottom.
RIP: mtn. [Syath / Route / Brandy / sigh / brick / SailsAway / Coldster / barycenter / Deaft]
It’s hard. 3-4 against .$$, 2-4 against ‘92, 2-5 against dK. Clearly, there was talent and ability on the team. But losing every game so closely, all while being the perpetual underdog, hurts. With so many close games, not winning one really slices through morale. And when sigh stepped down, there was no replacement for him, and the team decided to part ways. Individually, all of these players had the skill to pull off what they could’ve accomplished, but there was just no results. The bells toll for you, mtn. Hopefully, that’s the last time those bells will ring.
:> vs dK
While :> are a good team, and dK seems to be struggling to maintain their form of old, this may just be out of :>’s hands. CP_Steel is a map that encourages teamwork, and dK isn’t exactly the most brainless team. Should they stick to the roster they’ve been scrimming with, they’ll find themselves comfortably playing around their combo’s knowledge and experience in HL, while their flank enjoys taking random 1v1s in the weirdest of places and coming out victorious. Plus, I’m pretty sure Huey Lewis has never lost Steel, so they’ve got the gods on their side as well. 2-0 in favor of dK.
aMw vs m|M
Depending on who shows up and plays well, either team could take this. If Vlad, Split, Spamfest and the other aMw players can outclass their opponents, and aMw as a team can figure out how to play off of that, they can go toe to toe with m|M. Should they be unable to, however, and the entirety of m|m can get on the same (likely Giraffe’s) page, they should be able to take advantage of a less coordinated aMw and take the victory. 2-1 in favor of m|M.
.$$ vs ‘92
Coming off of a win against dK, .$$ will want to take the win here against ‘92 to secure their #2 spot. ‘92, on the other hand, has yet to face one of the top four teams, yet to prove themselves worthy of perhaps more than #4. Steel will be an excellent place to play against each other, as it’ll take out, ever so slightly, the raw DM factor that players like odb, slemnish (of ‘92), Invader and Trelan (of .$$) had shown in previous games. On the map that encourages teamwork and coordination the most, the two more DM based teams will have to smooth over their perhaps weaker sides. 2-1 in favor of .$$.
knd. vs Bv
Just when Bv thought they were out of the woods, knd. tap them on the shoulder, giving Bv one more week of destruction before Bv can really start trying. There’s not really any chance for Bv here, outside of knd. suddenly forgetting how to play Steel. We’ve seen it before, but that was against dK, a team at their level. knd.’s primary thoughts this week will be to just keep that streak going. 2-0 in favor of knd.
mtn. vs EVL
9:08 PM – brick: ok we’ve decided
9:08 PM – brick: with mtn dead
9:08 PM – brick: all 9 players from evl will join the server as if there’s a match
9:09 PM – brick: you will join but you will be by yourself
9:09 PM – brick: you will post your “Lobby Closed” bind
9:09 PM – brick: they will take a screenshot it
9:09 PM – brick: post it on the forums
9:09 PM – brick: and that is how we will officially announce that mtn. is dead
9:10 PM – Route: that’s perfect