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NA Power Rankings4/13/16 - 4/20/16

na Power Rankings {4/13/16 - 4/20/16}

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!

iBUYPOWER Cosmic

Roster: Kronovi, Lachinio, Gambit, Gibbs

Well the wait is over and the new Cosmic lineup has been set, has played, and has won big with this past week's Rocket Royale and Mock-it League tournaments. The NA dream team has finally shown that NA Rocket League can triumph over the long-standing EU dominance. In a more domestic scope, iBP took down KoU and Orbit during Mock-it, Retrospect and KoU again in Rocket Royale, and distanced that spacious gap between the #1 and #2 spot. Though we may have all expected this to happen once iBP set their lineup, to actually watch them play and succeed like this is a delight to watch, and I can't wait to see how they represent the best of NA for the RLCS.

SoftGoat

Orbit

Roster: Zanejackey, Genocop, HotWheelsSid, Stev

I have Orbit at number 2 but you could not fit a hair between 2,3,4 this week. This week was tough because Orbit and Mock did not play in a tournament together without a sub. Orbit had one for RR and Mock had one for Mock. Orbit had a better week against Cosmic, Genesis, and Retrospective then the other 2 fighting for the #2 spot. I thought that was just enough for them to hold on to it. I wish Orbit had their full roster for Rocket Royale but even without it they improved a bunch throughout the tournament with Stev and looked strong. I expet these guys to be battling all the way to a fantastic RLCS finish.

Gibbs

Mock-it eSports NA

Roster: Insolences, Low5ive, Rizzo

Going into this past weekend's return of Rocket Royale, I was personally hoping to see some clear separation between all of the NA teams stacked at the top. I think we were able to get a bit of clarity in certain situations, but overall it feels like the #2 to #5 ranks this week are almost a toss up. How exactly does one go about ranking 4 teams that for the most part all exchanged wins and losses over the past few weeks? Coin toss? Nope... we're not getting off that easy... and we can't have a 3 to 4-way tie either. For my rankings, I try to look for consistency and reward that as much as possible. Obviously, almost no team is going to be perfect in every event, so I fully expect to see some losses from time to time, but it really depends on WHO a team loses to and how badly they lose. If Team X can beat teams ranked around them and above them while also not losing to many teams below them, then I feel more confident with giving that team the nod. This week, for me, that was MockNA. Over the past few weeks they've notched wins against Orbit, Genesis, VexX, & Retrospect. They've also lost to We Dem Girlz, Supersonic Avengers, Orbit, Kindergarden, and KoU but many of those were close losses and/or were 2-3 weeks ago. I can certainly see an argument for KoU or Orbit this week, but that's what makes these Power Ranking averages so great... the law of averages almost always works out to create balance. Though it may be difficult to rank teams now, it really makes for some great Rocket League action and storylines when there is such a stacked group like this.

CloudFuel

Kings of Urban

Roster: Fireburner, Jacob, Sadjunior, Vafele

It's been a tough fall for Kings of Urban for the past few weeks as they have dropped Moses from their roster and swiftly acquired Sadjunior thereafter. So how exactly has that turned out for them? Well I mean if you haven't guessed already, they've dropped from 1st to 4th during some of that timespan, however that's really not to say that they've fallen off the map it's just that it's going to take more than a week to adjust to a newish playstyle. Recently they've still proven that they can beat teams like Retro or Mock-it EU, and we obviously know the potential of KoU, I just personally know that playing with Sadjunior is a much different experience than 99% of players out there, and if he works out it'll be a fantastic acquisition, if not, well then they're going to have a lot of holes in their strategies. Let's not forget that Sad was also one of the best strikers in the RLC Pro League too. Looking into the future and the competitive timeline, there's a lot on the line and there's no saying for sure if KoU will be #1 again as they have a few major hurdles to reach that point, and don't get me wrong because Cosmic is by no means perfect.

Dirkened

Retrospect

Roster: Klassux, Huskih, Flow, Espeon, KyleMasc

Retrospect followed last week's strong performance with a week in which they saw a few teams multiple times throughout many tournaments. This is particularly useful in that we don't just see their results against a team just once in, say, a Best of 3 (or even worse, the completely insignificant Best of 1). They went 5-6 versus Orbit over 3 matches, 9-1 versus Lucky Bounce over 2 matches, and 4-4 against Kings of Urban over two matches. They also beat Kindergarden 2-0, Gibblets, 2-0, and Genesis 1-0. Their only hard loss this week came at the hands of iBP Cosmic who swept Retrospect 0-5. Filtering through this we see that Retrospect are convincingly beating teams they should beat, losing to probably the only team they likely will lose to, and splitting games with their peers in the 2-5 range. I have no doubt in my mind that Retrospect belong among NA's best teams and I'm really happy to see this level of performance from a team that I originally had no hunch as to where they would fall in the hierarchy of the new, emerging NA scene.

dpants

Genesis

Roster: Pluto, Quinn Lobdell, Kovanel

In the beginning... Genesis looked like they might be struggling to get some key wins, but over the past week (with the help of Moses as a sub) they've started to make a bit of a splash. It is not yet confirmed whether Moses will be joining the team in an official capacity or not, but they certainly seemed to hold their own against VexX and MockNA. The game against Orbit, however, was a bit of a different story, but if we're being honest, they are the #2 ranked team this week for a reason. If Moses should join the team, it would definitely make for some incredibly intriguing storylines and having a full roster of Pluto, Quinn, Kovanel, & Moses certainly sounds promising. They sit in 6th this week and are sort of in their own group outside of the top 5, but just slightly above the teams 7-10... though the teams in that group are no slouches either. Even the teams in the 11-16 slots are putting on some impressive showings from time to time. It looks like after several long weeks, we've got a real battle in the Power Rankings and I, for one, can't wait to see how it all shakes out come RLCS time.

CloudFuel

Lucky Bounce

Roster: Timbathy, Darkfire, Matt, September

Lucky Bounce had a very strong showing in ESL taking 3rd sweeping Aspire, Vision, and Dukatophil along the way. The only loss was a 1-3 loss to Checkmate who stormed onto the scene this week by winning ESL altogether. In their Pulsar Premier League debut, Lucky Bounce faced a strong opponent in Retrospect ultimately falling 0-5 in that match. They were also invited to Rocket Royale where they did lose their series against Retrospect and Kings of Urban. The highlight of Royale -- and perhaps the week -- for Lucky Bounce is undoubtedly taking 2 games off of undisputed #1 in NA, iBP Cosmic. Lucky Bounce is in a very good position. They've clearly established themselves as a top ten team and they regularly face very strong opponents. If they continue to improve then I fully expect them to chip away more wins against those powerhouse NA teams and move up the ranks.

dpants

VexX Gaming

Roster: Jayyyrah, Garrett, Turtle

Vexx had a good chance to climb this week with some tough competition and teams with subs. Sadly they did not beat anyone above them. They came close against Genesis who was playing with a brand new roster but still couldn't prevail. Their other losses were to MockEU, Orbit (sub), and MockNA. at the same time though they handled Aspire so really there is nowhere for this team to go unless the new teams in the top 10 challenge them. Its hard to see Vexx doing much come RLCS time if they continue to lose to the top teams but I assume with every loss they are learning and improving. These guys can make a run if they figure out their mistakes. If they don't it will be an Open Qualifier exit possibly.

Gibbs

Checkmate

Roster: J_Knaps, Napp, Tuster56, timi_f

Usually when a team like Checkmate makes a surprising run through ESL, I'm hesitant to bump them up the ladder. However, this time around, Checkmate has surged onto the scene beating Goomba Squad, Lucky Bounce, No Clue, and Chromegasm. Working through that gauntlet of teams means they definitely have the skill and endurance to compete. I'll be keeping a close look at this squad as they go forward, and I hope that their push through ESL last week doesn't prove to be a one-time affair.

SoftGoat

No Clue

Roster: Azi, Knuggs, Sadkoala, PrimeThunder

Ya boyz No Clue are probably slamming their heads against the wall because in the last 6 ESL tournaments they've reached 2nd twice and have scored in the top 8 everytime, but have yet to repeat that #1 finish. Well of course there is a bright side to the news, like hey you're #10 this week in NA! Surely Azi should find some joy in that :P Truthfully there have been a lot of shifts in the teams as of late because some are playing a lot and just performing off that week; however, while No Clue has had their ups and downs in ESL/MIL I still see them coming back and making iit to ESL finals and taking notable wins each week. There is still a lot to prove though because it's not going to get easier to stick in their position, especially when there are teams like Aspire, among others, that have the potential to knock anyone out of the 10-7 ranks.

Dirkened

Top 10

Pos. Team CloudFuel Dirkened Gibbs SoftGoat dpants Average
1. Avatar iBUYPOWER Cosmic 1 1 1 1 1 1.00
2. Avatar Orbit 3 2 2 3 2 2.40
3. Avatar Mock-it eSports NA 2 3 4 2 3 2.80
4. Avatar Kings of Urban 4 4 3 4 4 3.80
5. Avatar Retrospect 5 5 5 5 5 5.00
6. Avatar Genesis 6 6 6 6 6 6.00
7. Avatar Lucky Bounce 7 7 9 8 7 7.60
8. Avatar VexX Gaming 8 8 10 7 9 8.40
9. Avatar Checkmate 9 10 8 10 8 9.00
10. Avatar No Clue 11 9 7 9 10 9.20

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.

dpants

Power Ranking trial member

Teams To Watch

  • CloudFuel: Goomba Squad
  • Dirkened: PostBusters
  • Gibbs: Phoenix Infinity
  • SoftGoat: Vision
  • dpants: October Sky