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NA Power Rankings6/28/16 - 7/5/16

na Power Rankings {6/28/16 - 7/5/16}

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, Sadjunior, Flow

First off, a great big thanks for the opportunity guys! Now let’s get down to business. Congratulations to Kings of Urban who have managed to slide into #1 past iBP this week. When looking at the results of Group Stage Week 1, we can see why KoU looks stronger than ever coming into Week 2. The true test of a number 1 team is being able to deal with being both ahead and behind in goals effectively. You have to know how to either hold your ground or pick up the pace, and KoU does this fantastically in almost every series. For example, a 3-2 against Exodus doesn’t seem like that big of a win, but when looking at the goal differentials of each match, Kings kept their cool after the first game was a 4 goal deficit, and barely gave away the last game on a zero second goal. With that in mind, I’ve noticed several times that KoU tends to treat the first game of a series differently before really settling into their opponent's playstyle, which can be crucial for winning or losing the rest of their matches. If they keep up their positive attitude and confidence, they're in a great position for these upcoming games. Nevertheless, I'm sure we're all excited to see how they fare against the rest of the top 8, especially iBP. With LAN just around the corner, this is the time to show why you're the top of NA.

Lethamyr

iBUYPOWER Cosmic

Roster: Kronovi, Lachinio, Gambit, 0ver Zer0*, Gibbs*

iBUYPOWER Cosmic returns to the Rocket League North American Power Rankings after last week’s absence due to a lack of play. In the first part of RLCS group stages, iBP performed a little less than expected by scraping wins off of Lucky Bounce, Retrospect and Genesis. All of these series ended up 3-2 in favor of iBP. Many of iBuyPower’s wins were result of the insane amount of pressure that Kronovi, Lachinio and Gambit put on the opposing team. However, if the pressure breaks, the offensive threat turns into shambles on defense as they look to advance the ball quickly. In their match against Exodus, iBP fell 2-3 after a competitive series, akin to something we will probably see at the LAN: competition. I expect iBP to pick it up this week, as the push to earn a favorable position at the LAN is on the line.

Stev

Exodus

Roster: Moses, Garrett, Turtle, Huskih, Stev

This is probably one of the first times that I am literally at a loss for words. Not because someone did something incredible or because of a choke, but these NA teams couldn't have been any more equal if they tried. Since words are hard, let's take a look at the stats. Here are the results from RLCS for Exodus: They start off a very close series against the surprisingly formidable Lucky Bounce in what edges in their favour at 3-2 as both teams match each other offensively and defensively (with the exception of a 5-0 win in game 2). Next on the order was KoU, a hopeful for being a leader at the end of the day: an unfortunate 2-3 loss but very similar results to their LB game with one demanding win and the rest of the matches being very close. For the 3rd series they played against iBP Cosmic and once again they showed Cosmic that they aren't afraid of them whatsoever with a 3-2 win, however they had a single 0-6 loss whereas most games were within a goal or two. Lastly, they took the set against Retro 3-2 where they lost the initial two games but held on and took 3 wins of their own. At this point, Exodus is looking strong, but not quite at their best. They sit at 11-9 with their remaining games to be against MockNA, Selfless, and Genesis. While the Genesis series will be vital for their standing and outlook for the RLCS LAN, the sets against Selfless and MockNA may be very favorable and help keep Exodus popular in the public eye.

Dirkened

Genesis

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

Genesis opened up their RLCS Group Stage with exactly what they needed to do: beat Mockit NA who are one of their biggest threats in preventing them from making it to the Online Finals. They did so 4-1. This was the only RLCS match featuring Genesis that was streamed so I, thankfully, got to see one of my most anticipated matches for this particular Group Stage. Having watched that series twice now, it’s really hard to say that the 4-1 is an indicator that Genesis is THAT much better than Mockit NA. Genesis’s defense was on point for much of that series, but they absolutely benefitted from some missed opportunities by Mockit NA when the defense broke down. To Genesis’s credit, the defensive breakdowns were short lived and their recovery absolutely stifled Mockit’s second chances after their first misses off the post. Offensively, Genesis did what any top team in a well-matched game does: capitalize on opponent’s mistakes. As for the 3 other series which weren’t streamed, it’s hard to say exactly how they played, but we are privy to some info that we don’t normally have: game scores. The only team to defeat Genesis by 3 or more goals was iBP Cosmic which they did in each of their three wins over Genesis. The matches versus Selfless were predictable. The real thorn in the side of Genesis this week was Lucky Bounce who beat Genesis 3-2 in RLCS and 4-3 in the ESL Finals (It should be noted that both Genesis and Lucky Bounce, however, weren’t playing with their established starting rosters in ESL). The current state of NA and RLCS standings is currently a big ol plate of spaghetti and I picked the Genesis write up because I do find them to be one of the more delectable meatballs on the plate. However, they’ll have to face Kings of Urban, Exodus, and Retrospect, though, and lurking behind them in the standings are Retrospect who are a likely spoiler.

dpants

Lucky Bounce

Roster: Timbathy, Darkfire, September, Torment, JKnaps

I had a hard time ranking Lucky Bounce at number six this week. They have been doing so well lately and it feels like they deserve better. However, this week yielded some wacky, zaney results for the RLCS group stage teams. There were plenty of 3-2 series’ to go around. For instance; Lucky Bounce 3-2 Genesis, iBP 3-2 Lucky Bounce, Exodus 3-2 Lucky Bounce, Exodus 3-2 iBP, Exodus 3-2 Retrospect, and many more. These results bring teams to relatively even footing on paper. Obviously this is just one day’s worth of games, but it goes to show just how wild and close the NA scene has been lately. With such close back and forth results against these top teams, Lucky Bounce is proving that they are able to compete at the highest level. Now it’s a matter of proving that they can consistently do so. Over the past month or two, this team has only been improving. Week by week, little by little. I think the reason for this is their dedication and practice. I haven’t seen another top 10 NA team come close to participating in as many tournaments as Lucky Bounce does. This squad of five practices with every member to not only polish their starting roster, but to also keep their subs on their toes. I will feel comfortable ranking Lucky Bounce higher given another week or two of more impressive results. With this team’s work ethic, I can definitely see it happening.

ColemanA

Retrospect

Roster: Klassux, Genocop, Chrome, KyleMasc*

Allow me to quote myself from my write up for Retrospect last week:

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.”

The dim light of “not impossible” just got brighter as Retrospect find themselves in a very favorable position. They’re in the four-way tie for second place and they’ve already faced the #1, #2, and #3 teams from Qualifier 1 (and this week’s rankings) in iBP Cosmic (2-3), KoU (3-2), and Exodus (2-3). To further emphasize how good Retrospect did last week in RLCS, they never lost a game by three or more goals. They are the only team who can boast that stat from last week. The only chance we had to see Retrospect play last week was their match versus Selfless. The results were closer than the 4-1 would suggest as game was decided by more than 2 goals, but nevertheless Retrospect played well. I would have loved to have seen every match they played as Klassux and Genocop were one heck of a duo to watch while Chrome seemed to keep things on point defensively during that Selfless series. Retrospect are a likely spoiler for the top four. Their strength of schedule is very much in their favor going into the last three series for NA Groups. This battle for top four is going to be thrilling.

dpants

Mock-it eSports NA

Roster: Insolences, Low5ive, Rizzo, Zanejackey

Coming out of the first week of Groups, it seems that Mock-it NA have passed the honeymoon phase in a matter of a week. This team has had some major fluctuations in gameplay, from bringing out clean sweeps with Zanejackey, to now slowing down and possibly getting a bit too comfortable with where they stand in the top 8. Their lackluster performance last weekend resulted in a 1-4 loss to both Genesis and Lucky Bounce. Moving down to position 6 from 1 in a matter of a week may be what Mock-it needs to give that final push in this weekend's Group Stage. This next set of games is their chance to redeem their position in the power rankings. Changing rosters is definitely a learning experience for all players involved. Rizzo, Insolences, and Low5ive brought Zanejackey into their roster to have a more consistent striker, so that needs to reflect in their positioning and passing. Best of luck to these guys tomorrow!

Lethamyr

Selfless

Roster: Amoney_tv, Sizz, Matt

Coleman said Selfless were a mystery last week. Whether it was the fact that Selfless didn’t play together in a competitive situation or a lack of sleep and preparedness for the RLCS, Selfless did not show up to play in this past weekend’s Group Stages. With that being said, Selfless still has a role to play in this weekend’s finish to the RLCS Group Stages. Currently with the standings from the first part of the Group Stages, there is a huge scramble for placing in the top four and Selfless has the potential to seriously end a team’s chances if they can take two games, or a series.

Stev

Empyreal eSports

Roster: Bell, Fireworks, ENIGMA_PLEASE, Dareyck

Empyreal is hanging by the thread of their RLCS Ro64 performance. After that weekend, ODJoey decided to retire from the competitive scene and thus the team has been absent from many of the tournaments that they would usually be collecting results from. I am interested to see what Empyreal can do next week now that they have this roster change with no clear choice of a third. With Gibbs scouting ESL for teams that didn’t make groups, I expect Empyreal utilize one of their subs or grab a trial third to show up this weekend and give it their best shot. This is a strong underdog team that was barely edged out of the group stages and I would hate to see them fall of the radar due to post-qualifier shuffle syndrome.

ColemanA

FakeOut Nation

Roster: Haku, CorruptedG, Nexate

FakeOut was sailing strong throughout the ESL tournament as they dealt a shutout 3-0 to the Finger Puppet Mafia as they approached the Ro16, however once they were handed their own shutout by Lucky Bounce in the quarterfinals, they decided to rest up and allow Momentum to gain the 3rd place spot. Perhaps they were just looking for a guaranteed spot in the monthly finals, or they wanted to watch some of UEFA, but it shows that FakeOut and Empyreal still can't break into the boundaries that the RLCS teams have crossed. It's clearly not impossible as we once saw Lucky Bounce as a sattelite slowly decending from it's orbit, fully taking advantage of the NA shuffle, but there's no longer a Q2 for FakeOut to try and edge closer to. Not to mention that it seems as if their 3 man roster has taken its own loss as Haku parts ways, leaving Nexate and CorruptedG looking to complete their roster once more.

Dirkened

Top 10

Pos. Team DIRKENED DPANTS COLEMANA STEV LETHAMYR Average
1. Avatar Kings of Urban 1 2 1 1 1 1.20
2. Avatar iBUYPOWER Cosmic 3 1 2 3 2 2.20
3. Avatar Exodus 2 3 3 2 3 2.60
4. Avatar Genesis 4 4 4 4 4 4.00
5. Avatar Lucky Bounce 5 5 6 5 7 5.60
6. Avatar Retrospect 6 6 7 7 5 6.20
7. Avatar Mock-it eSports NA 7 7 5 6 6 6.20
8. Avatar Selfless 8 8 8 8 8 8.00
9. Avatar Empyreal eSports 9 9 9 9 9 9.00
10. Avatar FakeOut Nation 10 10 10 10 10 10.00

Committee

DIRKENED

DPANTS

COLEMANA

STEV

LETHAMYR

Teams To Watch

  • Dirkened: Boost > Ball
  • dpants_: Momentum
  • ColemanA: Heroes of Tomorrow
  • Lethamyr: Ping Pong RNG Gods
  • Stev: No Capes!

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