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NA Power Rankings6/21/16 - 6/28/16

na Power Rankings {6/21/16 - 6/28/16}

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!

Mock-it eSports NA

Roster: Insolences, Low5ive, Rizzo, Zanejackey

Hi everyone! Thanks for letting me be a part of something so special. For a treat, I'll take you down memory lane as we look at MockitNA's recent history. They're a team that went from a top 10 contender, to the running joke for "Best in NA", all the way to turning the tables on the likes of WDG in two best-of-7 sets in a recent Rocket Royale. Since the addition of Zanejackey to the main roster, the team has displayed exemplary play. With clean wins over Empyreal (2-0), Retrospect (3-0) and FakeOut (3-0), MockitNA has proven that they can beat the competition a little further down the power rankings. But where does that leave them against the rest of the competition? They downed Selfless (2-1) in the RLCS, Flipsid3 (3-2) in Rocket Royale and scraped by a win over a red-hot Lucky Bounce team (4-3). While currently in first in the Power Rankings, MockitNA still has something to prove. They hold the 5th spot in the RLCS standings after Qualifier 1. If they want to be invited out to Hollywood for a shot at $55,000, they'll have to pull games off of teams like Kings of Urban, IBUYPOWER Cosmic, Exodus and Gensis, which with these recent results, I think is entirely possible.

Stev

Genesis

Roster: Pluto, Quinn Lobdell, Espeon, HWS*, Kovanel*

Genesis is back to work! Between the surprise team shuffle and the lack of Rocket Royale tournaments on tap, Genesis have not produced many results with their updated roster. However, this week was a good start. Quinn Lobdell, Pluto and Espeon won through both the RLCS Ro64 and ESL #43 but these didn’t come without some close calls. Empyreal proved to be a dangerous opponent for Genesis during RLCS (2-1 series in favor of Genesis), which is a little concerning considering Genesis is a top level team expected to make a run at qualifying for the LAN finals. The starting roster also failed to sweep any of the notable teams that they faced during ESL. They dropped one game to No Capes!, two games to Ethereal, two games to October Sky, and two games to Goomba Squad. Genesis needs to be careful, dropping so many games to bubble teams doesn’t look good for a team that will be needing to take series’ off of top eight teams during the RLCS group stages. If it’s a matter of warming Espeon into the rotations, then that process needs to be hurried along. I believe this team has massive potential and I would hate to see it go to waste with a failure to qualify for the biggest stage this game has seen.

Coleman

Exodus

Roster: Moses, Garrett, Turtle, Huskih, Stev

Here’s a fun fact: Exodus didn’t lose a single game in the RLCS Open Qualifier 2. The hard work they put in during the Qualifier 1 Group Stage and Online Final earned them third place and therefore the 1 seed in Open Qualifier 2 theoretically giving them the easiest path to Q2 Groups. Given the scale of the tournament, the only teams that crossed Exodus’s path along the way of which anyone who follows the scene may have heard were FakeOut Nation and KrossbarKingz. Besides RLCS, Exodus have been, like the aftereffects of their name may suggest, quiet. With Rocket Royale undergoing some restructuring, top teams don’t really have much of an opportunity to test their mettle against their equals. The way I see it, Exodus are once again contenders for the Qualifier 2 Online Finals. Their biggest concern is going to be Genesis and Mockit NA. My current rankings place them at the end of that short list, but that’s only because I can’t give all three teams a tie for the same place. I would not be shocked to see Exodus land 3rd place again in a few weeks. The road to to get there, however, will be contentious. Good luck, gentlemen.

dpants

Lucky Bounce

Roster: Timbathy, Darkfire, September, Torment, JKnaps

Timbathy, Darkfire and JKnaps have really chewed up and spit out the active NA competitive scene recently. With strong series over FakeOut Nation (5-2) and Retrospect (5-1), Lucky Bounce has really shown why they deserve to be number four in this edition of the North American power rankings. They continued their red hot streak in the RLCS last weekend, securing a spot over teams like Retrospect and XyZ. My hopes for this team are high, but barring some sort of miracle in the RLCS groups over the next two weeks, I don't think we'll be seeing the current #4 seed at LAN. However, this team has a lot of potential to be a bracket buster and I expect nothing less from them.

Stev

Retrospect

Roster: Klassux, Genocop, Chrome, KyleMasc*

Retrospect once again find themselves in the RLCS Group Stages. They crossed paths with numerous established bubble and up-and-coming teams along the way: Cucumber Rainbows (2-0), Wombo Combo (2-0), Neo (2-1) and Heroes of Tomorrow (2-0). The only stumble along the way came from Lucky Bounce who defeated Retrospect 1-2 in their Upper Bracket Final. Lucky Bounce has been a thorn in the side of Retrospect lately. They faced off last week in ESL 42 where Lucky Bounce handed them a 0-3 sweep. Other matches of interest were two encounters versus Mockit NA in the Mockit 3v3 where Retrospect lost 1-2 and 0-3 as well as two encounters with Europe’s now-disbanded Zero Effort where Retrospect won both 2-0. Looking forward, they’re looking to take their very respectable 5th place finish from Qualifier 1 worth 480 points and find a way through Qualifier 2 into the LAN. Looking briefly at the math, this will likely require a 3rd place finish and a little luck regarding Exodus, Genesis, and Mockit NA, but given the individual talent of the new roster it’s certainly not impossible.

dpants

Selfless Gaming

Roster: Amoney_tv, Sizz, Matt

Selfless are a mystery. The team disappeared for nearly five weeks and have since only participated in the RLCS qualifiers… which they knocked out of the park. After a close 1-2 series against Mock-it NA, Selfless went on to sweep both XyZ and a very hot No Capes! Team (who had just put up a surprising 2-0 victory against FakeOut Nation). After such a long hiatus from tournament play, Selfless seems to have retained their form as a high level team. It was concerning to not see or hear from the Selfless players for so long, but now that they have qualified for the RLCS group stages, we will get to see plenty of results for the next few weeks. If the tournament hiatus was a result of laziness or a lack of commitment, then I don’t see Selfless doing too well in the group stages as I expect other teams around them to be stepping up their game as they get used to their new roster changes. This week’s performance was solid, but they can’t just sit back and wait for their matches.

Coleman

Empyreal eSports

Roster: Bell, Fireworks, Ampel, ENIGMA_PLEASE, Dareyck

Recently picked up by Empyreal eSports, the team formerly known as Vision, had a pretty standard couple weeks relative to the teams around them. Only losing one unexpected series to Neo while taking a series against FakeOut Nation, they remain with solid footing at #7 this week. There's not too much to be said about their results, but in the long-term they have shown presistence and constant improvement, something the bubble teams around them have failed to do in the past. Unfortunately they fell just short of the RLCS group stage, but as long as they keep up their solid results, I have faith they can blossom into that top group. Once they can start reliably taking series the top teams, Empyreal represents the possibilty for a surge in depth for the NA scene.

SoftGoat

Xylophone Zebras

Roster: Karma, LiquidRL, Sub'N, PingPongPete

At least they'll go out on a high note... With the announcements given post RLCS Top 64, this will probably be the last time we see this roster together. All three of these players are talented and have spent the past few weeks trying to crack into the top level of competition, but could never quite fight their way past anything more than a few games here or there. They've had some nice showings against LuBo and Genesis specifically on different occasions, and were consistently holding off bubble teams to keep their heads above the water, but they never seemed to be able to hold onto those winning streaks long enough to break past anything more than 8th seed. Results-wise, they started of RLCS being taken by a very hot Lucky Bounce (2-0), and after beating Cucumber Rainbows (formerly The Gaze) 2-1 in losers, would eventually be knocked out by Selfless 2-0. We'll more than likely see Karma, Subn, and Pete soon enough as they are all more than capable players, but only time will tell if they make it past the ever emerging sea of competition as real, top level players. Good luck.

Badger

FakeOut Nation

Roster: Haku, CorruptedG, Nexate

FakeOut Nation hasn't had too many positive results as of late, but their past history and the mess of bubble teams trading results has risen them to the top of the dogpile. If you take a look at the individual rankings for this week, there is such little consistency between rankers after the #6 team. FakeOut represents the brunt of this, with a series win against Lucky Bounce who have been surging lately, a loss to No Capes!, and expected losses to Exodus, Mock-it, and Lucky Bounce as well. It's been hard to really pinpoint where teams like this stand, but given their multitude of results and relatively frequent tournament entries, FakeOut could rise above the mess that has been the NA bubble. Their #9 spot might be a product of iBP and KoU lacking any semblance of results, but they do have some potential in the coming weeks. We will definitely have to wait and see how on earth the dust will settle, but as weeks pass, it's been nothing but blurry sight on the horizon for the NA fringe teams.

SoftGoat

Goomba Squad

Roster: Frezno25, Napp, Corelli22

If any team is on the top of my A-LITERAL-PAIN-TO-RANK list, it's these guys. Goomba finds itself the lucky winner of the PR lottery. With iBP & KoU out this week, their placement allowed for a lovely last seed tie. To be fair, Goomba has a history of fighting uphill battles. They are one of the few bubble teams that consistently take games from higher competition, but also a team that consistently drops series in places it shouldn't. In RLCS, they came out of the losers bracket taking FPM 2-0 to then drop to HoT 1-2. Like you can see here, they have the talent, but they can never seem to hold onto their winnings. Listening to their current manager Frostbite rant is like listening to a fisherman who caught a bass the size of his fridge, but forgot to patch the whole in his boat. It's nothing against the member. Frezno, Napp, and Corelli are good players, but if they can't figure out their issue with throwing to bottom level teams, they will never make it past the 10 seed. I do have hope and expect to see them more often in the coming weeks, but if they're going to compete against the teams ahead of them, they need to figure why they're only playing well with the brand names guys, and why they seem to be so allergic to these discount, generic store-brand teams.

Badger

No Capes!

Roster: Tyme, Dark Demise, Emptiness

Finally. It's so nice to watch these teams emerge from no where and finally make head-way. The vindication of seeing No Capes start in the losers, and run 2-0 through Sorry Dude!, NCBA, Whiff Wizards (2-1, Whiff Wizards also made headway taking vVv and Exotik before reaching No Capes), and even taking FakeOut Nation 2-0 before having to face Selfless was great. They didn't make it to groups, and while they didn't take a game in their final series like their other watched-but-never-made-it-far-enough friends Neo in the other half of the losers bracket, they still tore through some names to get there. The race for the 10 seed was very closely set, with Neo right on their heels with another great performance this weekend, but No Capes edged their way forward with their recent history past RLCS, and their wins over NCBA and FON. With iBP and KoU primed to show back up in next weeks rankings, and little top level play happening outside of RLCS for the next week or so, it may be a little while before we see them have the chance to make another top ten appearance, but I am so excited for when they do.

Badger

Top 10

Pos. Team SOFTGOAT DPANTS BADGER COLEMANA STEV Average
1. Avatar Mock-it eSports NA 1 1 1 1 1 1.00
2. Avatar Genesis 2 2 3 2 2 2.20
3. Avatar Exodus 3 3 2 3 3 2.80
4. Avatar Lucky Bounce 4 4 4 4 4 4.00
5. Avatar Retrospect 5 5 5 5 5 5.00
6. Avatar Selfless Gaming 6 6 6 6 6 6.00
7. Avatar Empyreal eSports 8 9 7 8 7 7.80
8. Avatar Xylophone Zebras 7 7 8 9 9 8.00
9. Avatar FakeOut Nation 9 8 10 7 8 8.40
10. Avatar Goomba Squad 11 10 12 10 11 10.80
11. Avatar No Capes! 10 13 9 12 10 10.80

Committee

SOFTGOAT

DPANTS

BADGER

COLEMANA

STEV

Teams To Watch

  • SoftGoat: Neo
  • Badger: Whiff Wizards
  • dpants_: Momentum
  • ColemanA: Momentum
  • Stev: Cucumber Rainbows

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