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NA Power Rankings2/17/16 - 2/24/16

na Power Rankings {2/17/16 - 2/24/16}

Welcome to the Rocket League Power Rankings!

Each week, our committee will be ranking the best teams based on a variety of criteria as well as providing commentary on the teams who make it into the Top 10. The committee is comprised of players, content creators, fans, analysts, & coordinators to help diversify opinions and come to a general consensus. Each committee member has their own method for determining team rankings (ranging from stat-tracking to instinct), but they only count for a single vote since the individual ranks are averaged together. Each member will also list a team that didn't quite make the Top 10, but they feel is on the rise and should be watched.

While we do our best to ensure that we are fair and impartial, it is important to remember that these are just opinions and will most likely change weekly. If you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions, please send them our way. We’d love to hear from you!

Kings of Urban

Roster: Fireburner, Jacob, Moses

The mighty reign is over! We have new Kings in NA! Kings of Urban earn the top spot this week with a 3-2 win over Cosmic in IRCL (full rosters) as well as a 3-2 win over Apollo 11 with a sub. At the same time Cosmic faltered with a sub this week losing to Orange Creamsicle 2-3. Kings of Urban have a bye before Playoffs in the RLC Pro League. KOU's seeding in the playoffs relies on what Cosmic does this week. Cosmic gets 2 or less wins KOU are #1, if Cosmic wins 3 or more though, KOU will fall to #2. Kings should be looking forward to the international playoffs next weekend. Word on the street is EU is a fairly decent region so hopefully KOU doesn't take this week off lightly and begins preparation for playoffs.

Gibbs

iBUYPOWER Cosmic

Roster: Kronovi, Sadjunior, Gibbs

For the first time in [NA] Rocket League Power Ranking history, we have a team perched all alone at the top not named Cosmic Aftershock or iBUYPOWER Cosmic. Unlike the rest of the committee, I personally did not put Kings of Urban at #1 this week but I can certainly see an argument for why they should be. They lost 2-3 last weekend in Week 5 of the RLC Pro League while Amoney_tv filled in for Gibbs, but then beat iBP Cosmic this week in IRCL with Gibbs in the line-up. These two teams haven't played much over the past few months, unfortunately, so a lot of the rankings are derived from relative comparable matches and how they each fared in those. The last time I have these two teams playing was in the last Rocket Royale on 11/22 where iBP won 3-0 and eventually lost to FlipSid3 Tactics in the Grand Finals. Since then, over 8 weeks have passed and we are finally getting a chance to see how the latest iteration of KoU stacks up against iBP. Both are certainly teams that shouldn't be taken lightly and it's pretty clear that KoU has edged considerably closer to iBP Cosmic over the past couple of months. As talented of a player as Amoney is, it's honestly not the same team when he fills in for Gibbs and isn't really fair to count those games for the Power Rankings. Taking out an integral piece like Gibbs not only changes the chemistry and alignment of the team, but it also requires them to play in a different way to accommodate the substitute player. Cosmic has always been a very carefully constructed team with each player having a fairly dedicated role, but also working together to set each other up for success. When just one piece of that puzzle is off, the entire thing ceases to work properly. I would've certainly expected the opposite results of iBP w/ Amoney vs KoU (3-2) & OC (2-3) than iBP w/ Gibbs vs KoU (2-3), but that just goes to show how much better the rest of the NA teams have gotten. In months past, iBP were essentially untouchable and yet over the past 2 months they've been beaten by KoU, OC, Untethered, & NoT/Mock-It. The tides are slowly turning and it appears that the heavily dominant run of iBUYPOWER Cosmic may be coming to an end, but just because they're no longer obliterating the vast majority of teams they play doesn't mean that they're not deserving of a top spot. Should iBP continue to lose and/or lose by a wider margin in the coming weeks, I will certainly eat my words and remedy my placement... but until that time I'll be waiting to see how the next phase of NA eSports turns out.

CloudFuel

Untethered

Roster: Lachinio, Vafele, Pluto

Still sitting pretty in their #3 spot, Untethered also has a pretty solid position as #3 in the Pro League as well, Untethered has pulled away from the #4's with an impressive 4-1 win over FtL in Sunday's battle. Considering that Untethered's next opponent is iBP Cosmic, they may have a tough time coming away with a majority win (unless Cosmic plays like they did last week); however, luckily for Untethered, they are essentially guaranteed a playoff spot unless OC and A11 come away with 5-0's and Untethered loses all of their games. Personally, I really like seeing that Untethered has arisen back into a more dominant spot in the NA scene because I have to admit that some of my most favourite games to ever watch were when we saw Untethered and Cosmic battling it out. So here's for more hype NA matches!

Dirkened

Orange Creamsicle

Roster: Edwind, Quinn Lobdell, Gambit

Who would have thought fielding a full roster regularly would result in better results? After the early weeks of subs for Orange Creamsicle, they have fielded a full squad two weeks running! They took down Cosmic this week 3-2 with a bajillion goals a series they most definitely needed. Heading into the final week of the Pro League, OC has battled back and they now control their own destiny. OC plays a Mock-It team that is eliminated from playoffs. Hopefully Mock-It still shows up and puts up a fight. I want OC to earn their spot, not have it handed to them. Either way, OC is looking strong again and that is a good thing for NA teams right before the international playoffs. In my opinion, OC has jumped up to an NA team that can take a series vs EU. Hopefully we see OC on the international stage next week.

Gibbs

Failure To Launch

Roster: Genocop, Zanejackey, HotWheelsSid

Failure to Launch is easily my favorite team in the Pro League, and even with their unfortunate 1-4 result to Untethered last Sunday, they still have the potential to reach the playoffs. Their match-up against a relatively in-form Apollo 11 should be interesting, as the teams have never faced each other in a competitive format with these lineups. Playing remarkably similar styles with flexible support players in Zanejackey and Azi, and offensive chemistry between Genocop and HotWheelsSid rivaling that of Huskih and PrimeThunder or Fl0w, this matchup will be one pitting passion against passion. Failure to Launch needs at least a 4-1 victory over Apollo 11 to even contend for a playoff spot, while Apollo 11 will be looking to secure their spot with a 5-0 victory, so long as Orange Creamsicle drops a game to Mock-It. Failure will need to really solidify their defense against the little touches and wall-play that make Apollo so threatening, while taking full advantage of their counterattack style of passing to win. Hopefully this squad can make a legendary comeback to the playoffs after dropping their first ten games, and I am beyond excited to see them play their hearts out this Sunday.

SoftGoat

Apollo 11

Roster: Huskih, fl0w, Azi, PrimeThunder, Lars

Oh boy A11, rumors and whatnot aside, we did get to see A11 pull together a realy good series against the subbed in KoU and not to mention it wasn't PrimeThunder playing. Having Flow back in the rotation worked out fairly well in their set against KoU but if we look at some of their other matches, the story isn't quite as good. In this week's Pulsar Premier League A11 loses to Double Tap 1-3, which honestly is really surprising. I know that A11 hasn't had the same ferocity that they originally did when we saw them surprise Mock-it, but it has really dropped off since then in my opinion. Seemingly unable to put much together in the PPL, the numbers they are putting up there are less than expected, and as a team that is fighting for the #4 spot to get into the RLC PL playoffs, it's not looking very good when they are directly matched up with OC. Now, granted I'd favour Both OC and A11 in their series against Mock-it and FtL respectively, but unless A11 plays a rock solid defense and a stellar offense in comparison to recent results, they are really going to have to hope that OC falls apart

Dirkened

Double Tap

Roster: Digital, Espeon, Jamesbot

Since shoring up their roster with the re-emergence of Jamesbot, DoubleTap's creator, this squad has quickly gone from a 15-20 ranked team to nearly a Top 5 team. In the past 3 weeks, they've beaten Apollo 11 (2x), Untethered, Foremost, Ignition Gaming, Weebs on Wheels, 2ARC, and even took the newly crown #1 Kings of Urban to 5 games (losing 2-3). Their playstyle heavily mirrors the set positional style of iBUYPOWER Cosmic. Jamesbot frequently patrols their own side of the pitch, keeping offensive attacks to a minimum, and looking for long clears that he can either follow up on or that set his teammates up. Digital and Espeon work in tandem with a sort of striker / support combination, feeding off each other's play and the clears that Jamesbot sets up to put consistent pressure on the opposition. Teams that are overly aggressive and/or don't have a strong defensive core will likely struggle against this style of play as they allow attacking opportunities to arise. Double Tap have the potential to really make a name for themselves (again) if they can continue their latest string of dominance.

CloudFuel

Mockit eSports

Roster: Klassux, Low5ive, KyleMasc

Now that the bye week has passed for Mock-It, their window for the playoffs has been closed. Suffering from a consistency issue, their previous 1-4 loss to a strong Untethered squad hurts, but doesn't spell death for their ranking yet. While they may not be able to make an appearance, they can ruin the playoff chances of favorites Orange Creamsicle, and they definitely have the skill and history to pull it off. Though they may have slid from their time as co-reigning leaders of NA, Mock-It has the opportunity this week to really bounce back, especially if they make a good showing against a playoff-hungry OC squad. Hopefully Mock-It can channel that chemistry that made them such a threat in previous weeks to not only upset their Pro League opponent, but to perhaps start their arduous climb back to their perch as a top NA team.

SoftGoat

Turbulence

Roster: Turtle, Jayyyrah, Air

After several weeks of trending upwards, Turbulence haven't had the greatest run this week with only losses to Bootz N Catz and Mad Magic 3.0 and no wins. Last week they lost to iBPC, but netted 2 wins (3-2 in both) against Ascension. Without a preponderance of wins against top teams, the teams around them have had an opportunity to jump up above them. They're still clearly a team of talented players with their newest member, Air, being one of the best new PS4 to PC transfers. Hopefully in the coming weeks, we'll see them return to fighting form and get some games in against more of the 5-10 teams.

CloudFuel

Foremost

Roster: Wildeeman, Knuggs, GarrettG

While Foremost didn't play in ESL this week, they did have a successful couple of series in the Pulsar Premier League against Bootz n Catz (3-0) and Eversatile (3-2). Though this wasn't quite enough to bring them up, their absence from an odd ESL this week has kept them comfortably at the #10 spot. With Double Tap and Turbulence dropping crucial games in ESL, Foremost is in a great position to climb higher with a solid run next ESL and their continued success in the Pulsar League. Unfortunately as much as I wish I could rank this squad higher, Turbulence just stays ahead in my book for their higher profile wins in the past, but this can only keep them up for so long. If Foremost can take full advantage of the inconsistent results from Turbulence, I'm positive that this Power Ranking fringe mainstay can finally push higher when they get more opportunities to prove what consistent play can achieve.

SoftGoat

Top 10

Pos. Team CloudFuel Dirkened Gibbs SoftGoat Average
1. Avatar Kings of Urban 2 1 1 1 1.25
2. Avatar iBUYPOWER Cosmic 1 2 2 2 1.75
3. Avatar Untethered 3 3 3 3 3.00
4. Avatar Orange Creamsicle 4 4 4 4 4.00
5. Avatar Failure To Launch 5 5 5 5 5.00
6. Avatar Apollo 11 7 6 6 6 6.25
7. Avatar Double Tap 6 9 9 7 7.75
8. Avatar Mockit eSports 8 8 8 8 8.00
9. Avatar Turbulence 9 7 7 9 8.00
10. Avatar Foremost 10 10 10 10 10.00

Committee

CloudFuel

Owner of Rocket League Central and general help with the Rocket League community.

Dirkened

Fan Ambassador for the Rocket League community

Gibbs

RLCS Analyst and Team Coach for iBUYPOWER Cosmic

SoftGoat

Player for Failure to Qualify and avid supporter of the competitive scene.

Teams To Watch

  • CloudFuel: Ignition Gaming
  • Dirkened: Looking For Skill
  • Gibbs: Mad Magic 3.0
  • SoftGoat: Jetpack Flyers