Guild Wars 2 Power Rankings 4/20/2016
After another exciting week of play, I break down all 16 teams to see what happened during week four of Pro League. See any exciting trends? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
S Tier: Vermillion (3-1) | Rank Fifty Five Dragons (4-0)
A Tier: The Civilized Gentlemen (3-1)
B Tier: Car Crashed (2-2)
C Tier: Purple Noise (2-2) | More Guns Than Roses (2-2)
D Tier: Super Smash (0-4) | (-) Orange Logo (0-4)
Week four wasn’t too much of a challenge for Vermillion, who breezed by Purple Noise with a 2-0 victory. Thanks to Car Crashed taking a game off of The Civilized Gentlemen, their fate for the season’s end remains in their own hands. If they are able to win all remaining sets 2-0, they will grab their ticket to the finals, having only lost two games while The Civilized Gentlemen have lost three. Their next set is against Super Smash, who is at the bottom of the league. They’ll have their sights on their week seven game with Rank Fifty Five Dragons.
Rank Fifty Five Dragons (4-0)
Another win in the books as Rank Fifty Five Dragons handled Super Smash with ease. Their week five series with Purple Noise will be another set for them to cruise on by as I do not see this as a team they will have any difficulties with. They remain strong and will be preparing as much as they can with the patch that hit this past Tuesday.
The Civilized Gentlemen (3-1)
With their recent acquisition of Denshee and ROM, we weren’t quite sure what to expect from this reformed roster. Both of these players had been under this name in the past and leaving Orange Logo seemed to be the best move for these two. A tough Car Crashed opponent would keep them busy as they nearly dropped the entire series, but managed to come out with a 2-1 win. Losing the single game definitely hurts their finals hopes, but they’ll need a little luck to finish the job, as their final standing isn’t completely in their control. The Civilized Gentlemen’s remaining three opponents have a combined 2-10 record, showing that they shouldn’t have any issues with finishing on a strong note in the final three weeks.
Car Crashed (2-2)
A near upset by Car Crashed didn’t quite come through, but managing to pull a game off of The Civilized Gentlemen is quite the feat for this squad. At 2-2 their hopes of getting to the LAN are slowly fading away, but they’ll be doing everything in their power to finish on a strong note. More Guns Than Roses is their opponent in week five, a matchup that will separate these two teams who are currently tied for fourth place.
Purple Noise (2-2)
Falling to Vermillion as anticipated, Purple Noise is still in a far better position than they were at this time last season. No matter how the rest of this season goes, this squad has to be happy with their improvements from their 0-7 season one, and with Rank Fifty Five Dragons as their opponent in week five, they’ll make their best attempt to come out strong.
More Guns Than Roses (2-2)
More Guns Than Roses pulled out the 2-0 win over a struggling Orange Logo this past week, but nothing to be too satisfied with given how close the series happened to be. Their next match will be with Car Crashed who has given some great performances over their four weeks of play, which goes to show how close this set could be if More Guns Than Roses is able to step it up after the several week break.
Orange Logo (0-4)
Losing Denshee and ROM isn’t necessarily the best move for this team going forward, but they haven’t given up just yet. We finally got to see Tage on the guardian and Sindrener on the thief this past week, although their matchups didn’t quite go their way. Dropping 0-2 in both sets, which included the make-up game with Car Crashed from week one, things are continuing to fall apart for the once-legendary Orange Logo roster. Things won’t get any easier as they take on The Civilized Gentlemen in week five.
Super Smash (0-4)
An 0-4 start isn’t’ quite what Super Smash had in mind for their first season in the Pro League, but it hasn’t been an easy journey for them. Yet to grab a victory, Rank Fifty Five Dragons this past week wasn’t the best chance they’ve had at doing so. In their week five matchup with Vermillion, the circumstances will be similar and a tough series at that. Their other two matches are with The Civilized Gentlemen and Orange Logo, meaning at least one of these two teams will come out with a victory by the season’s end.
S Tier: Astral Authority (4-0)
A Tier: Team PZ (4-0) | Final Form (3-1)
B Tier: Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (2-2) | Never Lucky (2-2)
C Tier: (+) Gems N Tonic (1-3)
D Tier: Spoookie (0-4) | eDream (0-4)
Astral Authority (4-0)
Astral Authority was able to shut down any rumors of a potential upset by Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy in their 2-0 win, by absolutely crushing their opponents. This is the Astral we are used to seeing and it was refreshing to see them back in their true form. Now with a several week break, it’s in their own hands to come out strong after the patch and be on top of their game. They still have matches with both Final Form and Team PZ, showing that now is not the time to ease up on their practice and performance.
Team PZ (4-0)
Team PZ was able to take down Final Form in an impressive series win this past Monday, allowing them to fully control their own destiny for the remainder of the season. Two more victories will seal the deal, but one of those will need to be against either Never Lucky or Astral Authority. Both of these matchups are in the final two weeks of play and will be the determining factors for the top two teams in the North American scene.
Final Form (3-1)
Although they fell short to Team PZ in their latest set, it’s nothing to be ashamed of as they put up a great fight in both of their games. Final Form won most of the team fights throughout the games but poorly rotated out of their fights, leaving way for Team PZ roam free and play at their own pace. This loss hurts their LAN chances but won’t completely push them out of contention. They will either need to beat Astral Authority in week five or hope for a three-way tie between themselves, Team PZ, and Never Lucky, that goes in their favor with match points. This will be a close run for the top two spots in the coming weeks.
Never Lucky (2-2)
Never Lucky was expected to have an easy set against eDream, but were caught off guard and given a test in the final minutes on Legacy of the Foefire. This brings several questions to mind and concerns that may carry through to their week six set with Team PZ. Never Lucky has some things to cleanup if they want to head to the finals, but will have an abundance of time to do so. eDream had to forfeit their second game, ultimately giving Never Lucky the 2-0 win.
Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (2-2)
Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy was without Nero Vitus this past week, really hurting their chances at a potential upset against Astral Authority. With Wang filling in at the mesmer position, they had promise in the opening minutes on the first map, but were quickly shut down as Astral swept them under the rug and dominated the games from then on out. Ez Pz still has some difficult series ahead of them, but will need to prepare for eDream in week five who seems to be struggling themselves.
Gems N Tonic (1-3)
Gems N Tonic did the impossible this past week, pulling out one of the most incredible comebacks in Guild Wars 2 history, being down over 200 points to Spoookie on Legacy of the Foefire, and taking us all for a ride. Their dominance on the second map held true as they grabbed their first win of the season! A tough match with Team PZ in week five will be enough for them to prepare for, but they definitely need to keep this momentum going forward in the remaining weeks.
Nearly coming through with an upset over Never Lucky, eDream were unable to field a fifth in their second game, forcing them to forfeit the series. This is extremely unfortunate and given how close the first game was, I truly believe there was potential for them to take the second. They still have a lot to cleanup in the next few weeks they have off, but will they take advantage of this time and do something with it? Their final three opponents are at the bottom of the standings, giving them hope that they can salvage the rest of their season.
Two games in a row Spoookie had the advantage, had the lead, and somehow managed to throw it all away. A comeback like Gems N Tonic had against them would make you second guess several of their end-game decisions, leaving them winless once again. Olrun of Never Lucky stated in his interview that they were already looking past Spoookie in week five. This should be enough to push Spoookie to work their hardest to come out on top in one of their remaining three weeks of play.
|Place||Team Name||Record (Matches Played)|
|1||Rank Fifty Five Dragons||4-0 (8-0)|
|2||The Civilized Gentlemen||3-1 (6-3)|
|4||Purple Noise||2-2 (4-5)|
|4||Car Crashed||2-2 (5-4)|
|4||More Guns Than Roses||2-2 (5-4)|
|7||Orange Logo||0-4 (0-8)|
|7||Super Smash||0-4 (0-8)|
North American Standings
|Place||Team Name||Record (Matches Played)|
|1||Astral Authority||4-0 (8-1)|
|1||Team PZ||4-0 (8-1)|
|2||Final Form||3-1 (6-3)|
|4||Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy||2-2 (5-4)|
|4||Never Lucky||2-2 (5-4)|
|6||Gems N’ Tonic||1-3 (3-6)|
Next Week’s Schedule
|Date||Team 1||Team 2|
|5/9 @10am PST/5pm UTC||Car Crashed||More Guns Than Roses|
|5/9||Rank Fifty Five Dragons||Purple Noise|
|5/9||The Civilized Gentlemen||Orange Logo|
|Date||Team 1||Team 2|
|5/9 @5pm PST/12am UTC||Final Form||Astral Authority|
|5/9||Gems N Tonic||Team PZ|
|5/9||eDream||Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy|
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