The second half of the season is completed, and it seems that aside a team or two, most everyone is where they will belong for the rest of the season. Steel is over for now, with only the playoff teams looking forward to another round in the candidate for Most Controversial Map. But, if you thought the controversial maps were over with, you’ll have to wait at least one more week, as Swiftwater is no stranger to arguments and complains. But until a good enough PL map to become a staple is discovered, expect to see Swiftwater show up every now and then.
:> vs dK, dK victorious 2-1
Like with m|M in Week 1, dK give :> a single round, in what apparently were three very quick rounds. The longest time set was 6:01 in the second half, the one that :> won. With such quick rounds, it’s hard to derive anything from the logs.
aMw vs m|M, m|M victorious 2-0
A Million Ways had a chance here, albeit a small one. Memento Mori proved their ability to remain in the spot, however. The first half seemed muted enough, with Giraffe and Deaft putting the most work in for m|M, which wasn’t able to be matched by Split_ and Vlad on aMw’s end. The second round was far more interesting stat-wise, with ex-mtn Syath pulling in a mindblowing 5.8 KA/D, with Geosus and Eerie Person similarily avoiding many deaths. The story is less pretty on aMw’s side, with only Madoff and Vlad getting ten or more kills. Props go to both Medics, though – aMw’s Spork and m|M’s Apple definitely had some fancy footwork and excellent positioning, the two combined dying a total of fourteen times.
.$$ vs ‘92, .$$ victorious 2-0
The only Top 4 game of the week, .$$ denied any chance at more shuffling with a simple 2-0 victory. While odb and Vanilla Love did what they could for ‘92, the group of Trelan, Jackster, and Invader, quickly proving to be the more potent $avages, were too much to overcome. ‘92 being unable to take a round here will have likely repercussions should the two meet up in playoffs. Skeez is proving to be a potent Medic, not often mentioned but always keeping a low deathcount and raking in the assists. Perhaps it’s due to him playing on a team where the combo classes tend to be the ones with the highest amount of kills, but it’s hard to deny that Skeez isn’t a high Plat Medic.
knd. vs Bv, knd. victorious 2-0
The final whipping out of the way, Bv can spend the rest of the season quietly licking their wounds while potentially wiping the crowd. As for the match itself, it says huge things when the only person on knd. to have a negative KA/D in either round was Dimento. The first half’s stats are even worse than that of aMw vs m|M’s, however, with Jarrett pulling in the most kills at six. The second half is nicer, and while m66 and Dreadnought did what they could, the Kids Next Door were simply an insurmountable task.
1: Kids Next Door [Scizor / Etney / Katsy / Jarrett / Kresnik / Ender / Nursey / yosh / Dimento]
Another week passed, a week off to look forward to, and a perfect record preserved. With mtn. being their original opponent, the Kids Next Door have the ability to kick back their feet and relax. Their record yet to be sullied, they’ll likely not spend the time idle and get ready to face a gauntlet of their three playoff potential teams to round the season off.
2: $ilver $avages [Godwash / Jackster / Lazy / Invader / Trelan / Angryofficer / Skeez / Feroaffer / Rolls Royce]
The $avages have continued to impress, dispatching ‘92 Dream Team handily. Their prospects are only looking up with an eventual game against knd., and they should be set for a high playoff seed should they not majorly mess something up. They share with knd. a lack of any roster changes, and when compared to dK (and lesser so ‘92), it’s a huge benefit to not have to reinvent everything every couple of weeks.
3: Dunning-Kruger Effect v3 [b4nny / Bobby / Huey Lewis / Xan / Karl / Jordan / Metawe / Corsa / Acooma]
If you say something enough times it will come true, so the saying goes. Hopefully, with this final set of switches, bringing in Bobby to replace Muma. Hopefully with this, dK can finally settle down. Matches against ‘92 and knd. in the near future makes this all the more necessary, as if they continue to struggle with having a solid nine, they’ll find themselves even further down the rankings.
4: ‘92 Dream Team [Slemnish / Trippah / jekjekj / odb / Vanilla Love / LittleDeath / Coldster / SGC / Scruff McGruff]
A loss against .$$ will shut down any moveup dreams for ‘92 before they actually face dK. They’re the highest up team to grab a piece of mtn., replacing Saam with Coldster. Saam is most definitely an accomplished Medic, but Coldster has a more HL-centric pedigree, and especially with Saam’s class-hopping in both HL and 6v6, it’ll be a useful boost to ‘92.
5: Goofbirds [fUZION / p3nguin / Deejay / Rightjustify / Civ / Sigafoo / Drake / Jesus / Daynife]
A round taken off of dK will indicate that :> belongs in the #5 spot, though a game against m|M will show if they’re not the only team worthy of that distinction. Seemingly destined to end in roughly the same place as last season – right below post-season relevancy. After another season or two, and potentially some key roster changes, :> could definitely see their season going further than the regular season.
6: Memento Mori [Syath / Doll / Geosus / Giraffe / Eerie Person / Scratchy / Apple / Bagel / Deaft]
Probably the team that benefited the most by mtn.’s crumbling, they’ve picked up mtn’s Syath and Deaft. Scratchy also steps up to start after Spades Slick backs out of the team. While significant roster changes are not ideal for any team, and Scratchy hasn’t started for any team in recent history, all of these changes should be good for the team as a whole. A game against :> will settle the score between the two, finalizing yet another gray area in the rankings.
7: A Million Ways [Madoff / Fire / Digresser / Split / Fireshaker / Spamfest / Spork / vlad / feint]
This week matters a lot for aMw. A win against Bv will mean they avoid sitting in the dreaded bottom spot, as EVL has beaten them in the past. A win, while potentially not saving them from the same rank depending on how the season continues, will at least allow people to view aMw as, regardless of rank, a team able to contest with at least some teams in Platinum. There’s been a handful of teams in the past that have had the unfortunate position of being outclassed by literally everyone, and aMw will want to avoid that legacy by all means. Insert bfl’ joke here.
8: Chill Penguins [Seer / Dreadnought / HA Johnny / monkey66 / IssGonRain / SilentDom / GammaOrionis / bo4r / Danish]
A loss against knd. really means little at this point, a week off from being just another week in the early-season Trials of The Penguin. A 4-0 against EVL from two weeks ago will hint towards Bv’s chances at pulling in some wins during the later part of the season, ‘starting’ with aMw.
9: EVL Gaming [Linkuser / Capsize / Billysaurus / Avast / Bonesaw / kNyne / Rogue / Vinny / Stabby]
When you’re already struggling to stay above the sinking level, replacing one of your more reputable players with a Gold Sniper is nine times out of ten a negative change. Vinny’s also rumored to be a bit inconsistent, and should he not perform too well in a crucial match, it’ll hurt EVL. While this change could be beneficial for EVL, it’s likely to not end up so well.
m|M vs :>
The slugger match of the two teams likely to just miss out of playoffs, this match will decide which team gets the respectable ‘just missed playoffs’ #5 spot. While :> is coming hot off taking a round off of dK on Steel, m|M have the same claim on Upward back in Week 1, albeit with a significantly different roster. And while :> has players like fUZION and sigafoo to provide sheer DM and high Plat metagaming, m|M have such a powerful arsenal with their changes. Syath and Deaft, the two former mtn. players, should give m|M some significant firepower that they’ll no doubt make use of. 2-1 in favor of m|M.
‘92 vs dK
When the early season has no high level teams facing off, the latter part of the season is week after week of them. This will be ‘92’s one chance at sneaking up a spot in the rankings, and dK’s chance to prove that they, despite the roster troubles, are able to keep their place. With scrims seemingly going in dK’s favor when both compared to their scrim against .$$, it seems that dK may have finally pulled it together. 2-1 in favor of dK.
Bv vs aMw
Two teams able to keep their roster intact throughout the season, Bv will hope to continue what they started against EVL and shut down aMw. bo4r vs Vlad will be an important matchup, both of which being standout players on their team. It’s certainly possible for either team to win, but given the decimation that Bv handed EVL, the stars are reading that Bv’s got it. 2-1 in favor of Bv.
EVL vs .$$
Just in case you thought the week was too good to be true, the final matchup comes in to ruin that. As much as EVL is a fantastic team, they really have no chance against .$$ here. While it shouldn’t be as much of a roll as .$$’s game against Bv earlier in the season, anything short of a 2-0 for .$$ will be surprising. 2-0 in favor of .$$.