Guild Wars 2 Power Rankings 4/14/2016
After another exciting week of play, I break down all 16 teams to see what happened during week 3 of Pro League. See any exciting trends? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
S Tier: Vermillion (2-1) | Rank Fifty Five Dragons (3-0)
A Tier: The Civilized Gentlemen (2-1)
B Tier: Car Crashed (1-1)
C Tier: Orange Logo (0-2) | Purple Noise (2-1) | More Guns Than Roses (1-2)
D Tier: Super Smash (0-3)
Note: Car Crashed and Orange Logo will play their postponed series during week 4.
An unfortunate turn of events for Vermillion gave them their first loss of the season. Up against The Civilized Gentlemen in their biggest series yet, Vermillion started out both game 1 and game 2 with a 100 point lead before losing Frostball due to connection issues in both games. This ultimately led to a loss for their team and quite possibly ending their season finals hopes. Vermillion would need to beat Rank Fifty Five Dragons 2-0 and finish out the remainder of their games in a 2-0 fashion to keep their hopes alive, or trust in another team to take out The Civilized Gentlemen. They’re not out of it yet, but they’ll need to show up next week versus a new and improved Purple Noise who have managed to start out with a 2-1 record this season.
Rank Fifty Five Dragons (3-0)
Another victory from Rank Fifty Five Dragons in which the group came out on top of Orange Logo, despite definitely giving the viewers a scare on Temple of the Silent Storm. As we heard Texbi talk about in his interview, Orange Logo is a team that can show up out of nowhere and be one of the best if they’re on their game. Next week’s match with Super Smash will be one of their easier matchups, as Super Smash is yet to win a game this season. Expect Rank Fifty Five Dragons to go into the mid-season break with a 4-0 record.
The Civilized Gentlemen (2-1)
The Civilized Gentlemen managed to come out with a victory over Vermillion, but we were unable to fully see what both teams could unveil in this series. Vermillion was out on top in both games, but The Civilized Gentlemen powered through with Frostball out of the games. This is unfortunate for both teams as this group couldn’t fully show what they’re capable of in an even set. Regardless, this victory was a must-have for their hopes of making the finals. Next week’s match with Car Crashed will tell the tale as to whether or not they’ll follow through with it. Although in the books this wouldn’t be regarded as the match of the week, it would be my personal one and what I suspect viewers should keep an eye out for with Car Crashed impressing over the last few weeks.
Car Crashed (1-1)
A dominant victory over Super Smash was expected of Car Crashed, as they moved forward with their first series victory of the season. Week 4 will give us two matches from this squad, as they will face off against The Civilized Gentlemen and Orange Logo for their make-up series from week 1’s postponed match. Both will be tough opponents, so expect a battle in this upcoming week. If Car Crashed manages to come through with two victories, they’ll be sitting in the top two of the standings.
Orange Logo (0-2)
Orange Logo definitely had their hands full with Rank Fifty Five Dragons, but did finally show us their best play of the season on Temple of the Silent Storm. Regardless of inability to finish that game, it gave us a glimpse of what could be the future of this team, considering they were up against the current World Champions. Two matches in a row next week against More Guns Than Roses and Car Crashed will keep them busy as they attempt to win their first series in season 2.
Purple Noise (2-1)
An impressive comeback series for Purple Noise has them on a two game win streak, which is a major turnaround from last season as this team continues to improve. Vermillion will be their toughest opponent they’ve faced yet and will once again keep Purple Noise on edge. This is an opportunity for Purple Noise to pull an upset and potentially move to a 3-1 record if things happen to go their way.
More Guns Than Roses (1-2)
Their loss to Purple Noise was a bit of an unexpected outcome, showing that there is still plenty of room to improve for More Guns Than Roses. Sitting at 1-2, their hopes of finishing in the upper-half of the standings isn’t out of the question, but a win over Orange Logo next week will go a long ways in doing so. Keep an eye on this match as it is the game of the week for Europe.
Super Smash (0-3)
Once again falling short of a victory, their matchup next week won’t make things any easier as they continue to fight for a single victory. Going up against Rank Fifty Five Dragons will be their toughest challenge thus far, only leaving us wondering if they’ll be able to bring anything out of their back pocket to pull through with a potential upset.
S Tier: Astral Authority (3-0)
A Tier: Team PZ (3-0) | (+) Final Form (3-0)
B Tier: Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (2-1) | (-) Never Lucky (1-2)
C Tier: —
D Tier: Gems N Tonic (0-2) | Spoookie (0-2) | (-) eDream (0-3)
Astral Authority (3-0)
Another one in the books for Astral Authority, who defeated eDream with ease this past week, showing no signs of weakness once again. Their next challenge will be Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy, a team that’s on the rise in the North American scene. This one is certainly not out of the question for a potential loss for Astral, meaning they’ll definitely need to show up and take care of business. Knowing these players, they won’t put this series past them as they know what the roster of Ez Pz is capable of doing.
Team PZ (3-0)
A dominating performance by Team PZ is just what they needed to try and get back into the swing of things. Team PZ had struggled in the previous two weeks, despite coming out with victories, and asserting their dominance versus Spoookie will mean a lot as they move forward. Unfortunately for them, Final Form is next on their schedule and will mean the difference between a season finals appearance and staying home. This will be one of the biggest matchups of the season and a thriller at that.
Final Form (3-0)
What an incredible victory we saw from Final Form this past week, pulling out the upset over Never Lucky and cruising on to a 3-0 record along with Astral Authority and Team PZ. Their match with Team PZ will once again put a LAN appearance on the line. A victory here will mean the squad that placed third at the World Tournament Series in Boston will be back in the spotlight. This series won’t be the match of the week and will be played first, so be sure to tune in early as you won’t want to miss out!
Never Lucky (1-2)
Never Lucky is still a powerhouse in the North American scene, but definitely showing some weak spots as they fell to Final Form in an upset this past Monday. It looked like they would be able to pull through with victories on both maps, but they let off the gas too early and several comebacks from Final Form caused them to drop this set. Season finals isn’t quite out of contention, but they’ll need to take care of business on their side through the rest of the season if they want to make it there. A struggling eDream is next on their list and may be a confidence booster if they come out with the win.
Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (2-1)
Gems N Tonic wasn’t much of a challenge for this group of players who took them down without any issues. Regardless of being without Ementon this week, having Wang on their side is a suitable replacement if he is ever needed. Astral Authority will be an extremely difficult match next week and with Ostrich Eggs facing off against his former team, some fights may be personal. This match is on my upset radar as Ez Pz is on the rise in the North American scene.
eDream has continued to falter this season, despite playing this region’s best team in their latest match. Even so, many things are concerning as they have players still adjusting to new classes. Fortunately for them, after their series with Never Lucky next week they’ll have a break to try to sort things out with the new meta. I expect a valiant effort on their end, making me believe we’re yet to see how well eDream can truly perform.
Gems N Tonic (0-3)
A fairly rough start for Gems N Tonic isn’t quite how they expected to start out their first professional season in the Pro League. While they have much to learn yet, they can only take these games one at a time and hope to improve week by week. Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy handled them without any missteps this week, but thankfully for them they’ll face one of the other winless teams this upcoming Monday. Spoookie is another team that has struggled through the first three weeks and will be a toss up of a match.
Spoookie went down without much of a fight against Team PZ, who seemed to breeze past them. Gems N Tonic in week 4 will be an easier team to deal with seeing as it’s their first time in the Pro League. Although Spoookie may have experience in the scene over them, Gems N Tonic is still a strong team even in the lower rankings of the Pro League. Expect to see a close set between these two teams.
|Place||Team Name||Record (Matches Played)|
|1||Rank Fifty Five Dragons||3-0 (6-0)|
|2||The Civilized Gentlemen||2-1 (4-2)|
|2||Purple Noise||2-1 (3-3)|
|5||Car Crashed||1-1 (2-2)|
|6||More Guns Than Roses||1-2 (3-4)|
|7||Orange Logo||0-2 (0-4)|
|8||Super Smash||0-3 (0-6)|
North American Standings
|Place||Team Name||Record (Matches Played)|
|1||Astral Authority||3-0 (6-1)|
|1||Team PZ||3-0 (6-1)|
|1||Final Form||3-0 (6-1)|
|4||Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy||2-1 (5-2)|
|5||Never Lucky||1-2 (3-4)|
|6||Gems N’ Tonic||0-3 (1-6)|
Next Week’s Schedule
|Date||Team 1||Team 2|
|4/18 @10am PST/5pm UTC||Car Crashed||The Civilized Gentlemen|
|4/18||Rank Fifty Five Dragons||Super Smash|
|4/18||More Guns Than Roses||Orange Logo|
|4/18 * Match from week 1*||Car Crashed||Orange Logo|
|Date||Team 1||Team 2|
|4/18 @5pm PST/12am UTC||Final Form||Team PZ|
|4/18||Astral Authority||Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy|
|4/18||Gems N Tonic||Spoookie|
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