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NA Power Rankings7/5/16 - 7/12/16

na Power Rankings {7/5/16 - 7/12/16}

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!

Exodus

Roster: Moses, Garrett, Turtle, Huskih, Stev

With just one win separating Exodus from Lucky Bounce in the RLCS Group Stage standings, Exodus was on a powerful path in the limelight until they took a heavy 1-4 defeat against Mock-it NA. However, that final match of the night stripped them of a #1 seeding into the Online Finals. Luckily, Exodus still commands the top position in spite of how close these NA teams are in comparison to each other. If it weren't for a 2-3 set deficit against KoU from last week and the more convincing games lost against Mock-it NA, Exodus would be standing a bit taller than the rest of the teams just short of their current stature.

Last Saturday they scored an average of 2.2 goals more than the opposing team in their first 2 sets, while keeping the opposing team to an average of only 1.5 goals per game. In the first week of the Group Stage they had an average of 2.6 goals scored and only 1.8 scored against. It was only until they were met by Mock-it when they tanked their averages at 1.4 goals per game and goals against at 3.4. While it may be something in Mock-it NA's sleeve that is tripping up Exodus' play-style, they certainly show that they have the numbers going for them.

Dirkened

Kings of Urban

Roster: Fireburner, Jacob, Sadjunior, Flow

Ah, Kings of Urban. Perhaps it is the fact that the teams have become this much better after the latest NA shuffle, along with the lack of tournament participation (although I did read in the RPS article with Fireburner that they are scrimming regularly) from KoU that has put their mojo out of whack, but their results in the RLCS Group Stage has been lackluster. I find it difficult to hold onto the idea that these boys had 2 off weeks with a bit of a stumble, but we have seen much stranger historical performances from top teams. When looking directly at the RLCS results, there was a great amount of back and forth sets in the previous two weekends, with nearly half of them ending in 3-2's and Kings of Urban was the epitome of that flow. Honestly, the results have made our decisions very difficult, but history tides towards the proven. Two under-performing weeks were just enough to give KoU the 4th place position (given that the team won the Head-to-Head match against Mock-it NA) and hopefully a motivating jump-start that will reawaken a more decisive KoU. This weekend we will see just how shuffled North America has become.

Dirkened

Lucky Bounce

Roster: Timbathy, Darkfire, September, Torment, JKnaps

Lucky Bounce have really made an impression after last weekend's RLCS Group Stage 2. Moving all the way up to position 3 in a matter of a week reflects on their first place result, with 22-13 to show for it. These results just show that regardless of the opponents they face, they are able to quickly adapt to their pressure and defense. Lucky Bounce find a way to ultimately break down their opponent's rotations and take some wins from the previous top 3 teams or even win the series. Looking at all of the games, they won every series except for Exodus and iBP, both of which were only both 2-3 losses. If you've watched them play throughout the weeks, their success comes as no surprise as they always play to their pace, using their possession very wisely. It doesn't matter if they're facing iBP with extreme offensive pressure, LB gets a hold of the ball and makes sure a play is going to happen. Although we unfortunately will not be seeing Lucky Bounce in this season's LAN, I'm sure we're just as excited as they are to take this experience and push for a spot in the next RLCS. We still have the Online Finals to see what they're made of one last time, so best of luck!

Lethamyr

iBUYPOWER Cosmic

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

iBUYPOWER Cosmic hit a rough patch in the RLCS Group Stages. I covered these guys last week and had predicted them to come out strong in the second week of groups. Well, to say the least, they fell short of many people’s expectations. To start off the day, iBP hit a roadblock when Gambit was nowhere to be found before their match against MockitNA. They dropped the set 2-3. Gambit returned for their series against Kings of Urban, but replaced Lachinio instead of substitute Over_Zer0. They again dropped the set 2-3. When iBP faced pressure, they folded, and it really showed in the 19-16 record over the span of the RLCS Groups. They will need to find balance between their insane amount of pressure and weak defensive rotations in order to have a solid chance at taking home the title of Rocket League Champions. I like to end on a good note, so I will mention that with their 5th place finish in RLCS Qualifier 2, they earn enough points to guarantee a spot at the LAN. Congrats!

Stev

Genesis

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

Genesis went into the second week of group stages with big hopes of making it to the LAN, and would face a tough road to get there. Genesis matched up against Exodus, Retrospect and Kings of Urban, who were also fighting tooth and nail for a spot at the LAN. Genesis didn’t perform well against Exodus, and lost 0-5. However, they rebounded well and took out Retrospect 4-1. These two series put Genesis in a tricky situation regarding their record. Pluto, Quinn Lobdell and Espeon were a game behind Kings for third place, but also tied for fourth place with iBUYPOWER Cosmic. They would go into this last series, take it to game five, and come out on top of Kings for a 3-2 victory. They secured their spot in the Online Finals, gave themselves the number three seed, and knocked out iBP from competing in them. Congrats to these guys for pulling out the win under pressure, and best of luck to them this weekend!

Stev

Mock-it eSports NA

Roster: Insolences, Low5ive, Rizzo, Zanejackey

Mockit NA are an incredibly tough team to rank this week. By all accounts they had the best week in RLCS in both record with a strength of schedule factor and score differentials, however that followed a particularly rough RLCS the week before where Mockit were handed 4-1 defeats by the teams with whom they are competing for the same space in Genesis and Lucky Bounce. This week’s results show Mockit defeating Retrospect (4-1), a Gambit-less Cosmic (3-2), and, most importantly, Exodus (4-1). Anyone paying attention will know that Exodus handed Genesis a 5-0 defeat this week that when combined with the 4-1 Genesis handed Mockit the week before we have a perfect little Rock Paper Scissors of a situation when considering Mockit’s 4-1 win over (now number one) Exodus. If there’s one thing that I can see from the results and the scores from RLCS is that when Mockit is clicking, they’re scary good and can absolutely wreck teams. Mockit tied iBP Cosmic with the most wins by three or more goals during the entirety of the RLCS Group Stage at eight. Three of those eight were versus Exodus who only got beat by three or more goals four times during the Group Stage. Since I can’t actually issue ties in my own rankings, I landed on a very difficult sixth place for Mockit owing to the head-to-head results from last week versus Genesis and Lucky bounce and the hot/cold nature of Mockit lately. If I were able to award ties and rank using my gut, I’d have a three way tie for 4th place and Mockit would be one of them.

dpants

Retrospect

Roster: Klassux, Genocop, Chrome, KyleMasc*

Retrospect struggled throughout the RLCS group stages. While I will commend them for making the group stages after bringing on Genocop and Chrome, Klassux and the duo could not hold their own. They stay at the #7 spot for this week. However, there are rough waters ahead if Retrospect wish to stay in the top ten. After only taking one game off of each MockitNA, Genesis and Lucky Bounce and the first ever RLCS being done for them, Klassux has decided to forego his stay with Retrospect and has left in search of a new team. If the team does disband because of this, best of luck to all of them because they’re all good players and really cool dudes.

Stev

Selfless

Roster: Amoney_tv, Sizz, Matt

Selfless are back at it again with the 1-4 losses. These poor guys haven’t won a series in two weeks and it’s probably due to how little they play together. The only tournament matches they have played were 1-4 losses in the RLCS group stage. I had to reach out to a member of the team to find out what was going on. According Matt, the three Selfless players just don’t have compatible schedules for playing with each other. Now that RLCS is over for them, I wonder how long they will keep playing (if at all). Either way, playing in both of the group stages for the first RLCS tournament is something to be proud of. Regardless of where these players end up in the near future, they should hold their heads high.

ColemanA

2 EZ

Roster: Ostyn, EyeIgnite, Toxic, Kxnetic

I love getting to do this: Welcome to the Top Ten, 2EZ! The trio of Ostyn, EyeIgnite, and Toxic have been climbing through the ranks lately and they had a fantastic week which can be best titled “A Successful Week of Losing to Lucky Bounce in the Finals.” 2EZ took 2nd place in vVv beating teams like Chef and Finger Puppet Mafia while trading series wins with Boost > Ball before falling to Lucky Bounce in the finals. They then took 2nd place in ESL defeating teams such as No Capes and Finger Puppet Mafia along the way and, if you hadn’t guessed it from my spoiler alert earlier, 2EZ lost to Lucky Bounce in the finals. I haven’t had the pleasure of being able to watch 2EZ play, but I hope to do so soon with more events being streamed and a soon-to-be-returning Rocket Royale.

dpants

Finger Puppet Mafia

Roster: KingWizard, Grouchy, PoX, Shafster

Finger Puppet Mafia has been around for some time now. Finally they have edged through into the top ten. However, with very few wins over significant teams, FPM seem to have landed here solely due to their hold on the rest of the bubble teams. With Empyreal stuck in a bit of a rough patch after losing ODJoey and so many teams outright breaking up before and after RLCS, a bubble team was bound to end up taking the number 10 spot. If FPM want to keep it, they will have to show some promise against some higher level teams because these free agents will be back soon to make the top ten more competitive. In both vVv and ESL this week, FPM was knocked out by 2 EZ (0-2 and 2-3 respectively). They need to make it farther in these tournaments so that they can see more teams (ideally ranked higher than 2 EZ) and give themselves bigger opportunities. Taking a game or two off of Genesis or Lucky Bounce (two teams that have recently played in ESL) would likely be sufficient to hold FPM’s head above the bubble team water.

ColemanA

Top 10

Pos. Team DIRKENED DPANTS COLEMANA STEV LETHAMYR Average
1. Avatar Exodus 1 1 1 1 1 1.00
2. Avatar Kings of Urban 3 2 2 3 2 2.40
3. Avatar Lucky Bounce 2 4 4 2 3 3.00
4. Avatar iBUYPOWER Cosmic 4 3 3 4 4 3.60
5. Avatar Genesis 5 5 6 5 5 5.20
6. Avatar Mock-it eSports NA 6 6 5 7 6 6.00
7. Avatar Retrospect 7 7 7 6 7 6.80
8. Avatar Selfless 8 8 8 8 8 8.00
9. Avatar 2 EZ 9 9 9 9 9 9.00
10. Avatar Finger Puppet Mafia 11 10 10 10 10 10.20

Committee

DIRKENED

DPANTS

COLEMANA

STEV

LETHAMYR

Teams To Watch

  • Dirkened: Ironhype
  • dpants_: Dominus Pizza
  • ColemanA: Dominus Pizza
  • Lethamyr: Dominus Pizza
  • Stev: Boost > Ball