Guild Wars 2 Power Rankings 4/7/2016
Greetings! As many of you may know, over the entirety of season 1 as well as week 1 of season 2 for the North American Pro League, I constructed recaps of the games from the previous week, showed the current standings, and gave my input on the upcoming matches for the following week. In my attempt to add Europe into this equation along with a new take on standings, I’ve decided to change up the format with what I will be bringing out on a weekly basis.
For the foreseeable future, I will be writing my own international power rankings list breaking down all 16 teams, including both North America and Europe, while giving a fairly short recap detailing that previous week of play and a preview of the upcoming matches. If there is anything more you would like to see, do not hesitate to let me know in the comments below.
S Tier: Vermillion (2-0) | Rank Fifty Five Dragons (2-0)
A Tier: The Civilized Gentlemen (1-1)
B Tier: Car Crashed (0-1)
C Tier: Orange Logo (0-1) | Purple Noise (1-1) | More Guns Than Roses (1-1)
D Tier: Super Smash (0-2)
Note: Car Crashed and Orange Logo will play their postponed series during week 4.
Vermillion is at it again and looking to stay out on their front foot with their victory over Orange Logo this past week. With Frostball facing off against his former teammates, and playing with his teammates before he joined Orange Logo, he would indeed set the pace throughout and help them cruise through this series. Vermillion looked as good as ever and definitely have a new light shining about them with their squad looking to dominate Europe once again this season. Next week’s match against The Civilized Gentlemen will have major implications on their future as a team and may very well be the match that sends them back to the season finals if they pull through with a victory.
Rank Fifty Five Dragons (2-0)
Their struggles this past week against Car Crashed were evident, but they were able to muster up the strength to round out their week with a 2-0 start, which included taking down The Civilized Gentlemen in their previously postponed match. Car Crashed has definitely made considerable strides from season 1, but this is Rank Fifty Five Dragons we’re talking about! It’s apparent that Texbi needs more practice on the necromancer before we see any measurable changes in their play from week to week. Their match with Orange Logo shouldn’t be the toughest one they’ve had yet, but Orange Logo is never to be underestimated.
The Civilized Gentlemen (1-1)
Helseth still has confidence in his roster’s ability to make it to the finals, but falling just short to Rank Fifty Five Dragons will hurt if they’re unable to pick up some crucial victories in the coming weeks. Although they did drop one of their first two sets, they’re looking considerably stronger as opposed to last season. Their match in this upcoming week will tell it all as they meet up with Vermillion. The match of the week will be the make-or-break for The Civilized Gentlemen’s crusade to a top two finish.
Car Crashed (0-1)
Car Crashed nearly managed to pull a set off of Rank Fifty Five Dragons, despite it being an 0-2 defeat. With a series of incredibly close games, this roster has really pulled it together during the off-season and looks more prepared than ever to take on their opponents. Their upcoming matchup next week with Super Smash could create for an interesting atmosphere as we’re yet to see what both of these teams can really bring onto the table as we near the mid-season. Expect Car Crashed to keep at it this upcoming week and come up with a victory.
Orange Logo (0-1)
Orange Logo’s troubles keep piling on after their disappointing performance against Vermillion this past week. It’s clear Vermillion is one of the best in the scene, but Orange Logo’s competitive image has continued to falter since the World Tournament Series in Cologne. On a bright note, we know this squad has the heart to continue pushing forward. Unfortunately, Rank Fifty Five Dragons is on deck for next week, meaning they will need to bring everything they’ve got if they want to pull out a miraculous victory.
Purple Noise (1-1)
Winning their first ever match in the Pro League scene during week one over Super Smash, Purple Noise fell to The Civilized Gentlemen this past Monday, losing by a significant score. With More Guns Than Roses seeming to be more on their level of play, I’d imagine their next set will go to a game three. Purple Noise has a lot to prove during the remainder of this season as they fight to stay alive in the Pro League scene.
More Guns Than Roses (1-1)
More Guns Than Roses are sitting at a 1-1 record with their solid victory over Super Smash. Although it’s nothing to settle for, a victory is a victory and their upcoming series with Purple Noise will be of similar levels of skill. I think these two teams are fairly evenly matched and will create for a thrilling three game series. Expect this one to come down to the wire in this upcoming week.
Super Smash (0-2)
Super Smash is at the bottom of the list for Europe, despite a decent look for themselves against More Guns Than Roses this past week. It wasn’t the best of performances, but they nearly came through with a victory on Forest of Niflhel, only taking the loss by 10 points. As they move forward they’ll need to keep that level of energy up with Car Crashed being their next opponent. This won’t be an easy one for them, but I don’t think it’s quite out of their reach.
S Tier: Astral Authority (2-0)
A Tier: Never Lucky (1-1) | Team PZ (2-0)
B Tier: Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (1-1) | Final Form (2-0)
C Tier: eDream (0-2)
D Tier: Gems N Tonic (0-2) | Spoookie (0-2)
Astral Authority (2-0)
Astral continues to assert their dominance in the North American scene. With their victory of Never Lucky in week one and an absolutely stomp over Spoookie this past week, I still feel they’re yet to truly get into their groove. It’s no secret that several teams have started to catch up to their level of play in the North American scene. They’ll need to be on alert in the coming weeks as they’ll take on both eDream and Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy before we head to the mid-season break. These, by no means, will be easy matchups and may give a bit of a shake up to the standings.
Never Lucky (1-1)
Never Lucky found themselves cruising on by Gems N Tonic this past week without any issues. As they continue to push their way into a top two spot by the season’s end, they will need to continue getting their mechanical skills up to par with their other major opponents. With a couple of players taking on different roles this season, they’ll have to rely on their superior rotations to keep them afloat as they look to battle Final Form next week. After their victory over eDream this past week, Final Form will be looking to take down Never Lucky to place themselves back at a major LAN once again. This won’t be an easy match, but Never Lucky will be the favorite heading into this series.
Team PZ (2-0)
Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy was supposed to be an easy week for Team PZ… or so they thought. An attempt at being this season’s Cinderella story, Ez Pz managed to take it to them this week in what turned out be one of the most exhilarating finishes to a pro series we have ever seen. Their 2-1 win will go a long ways, but things will only get tougher from here on out. Next week’s matchup with Spoookie won’t be as much of a challenge, however, they can’t afford to let off the gas if they want to keep on powering through the competition.
Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (1-1)
An incredible performance against Team PZ wasn’t enough to put a victory in the books, but enough to boost their morale moving forward. As they continue on with Nero Vitus, being the newest addition to this roster, things are starting to come together for Ez Pz, who looked like a whole new squad this past Monday evening. Gems N Tonic won’t be quite as tough of a matchup, but they too have been a team that has potential and will be fighting to hold onto their Pro League spot. Keep an eye out for this set in week 3.
Final Form (2-0)
Final Form’s victory over eDream may have come as a bit of a surprise to most. A team who practiced non-stop during the preseason, they have been doing everything in their power to make their way back to the top of the North American scene. The victory over eDream may have sealed a spot in the top 4 at the end of the season, unless things suddenly take a turn for the worse. Up against Never Lucky in week 3, Final Form will find their hands full, but by no means out of contention. This could be a match to keep on your upset radar as Final Form will bring everything they can to take down one of the scene’s best.
Predicted as one of North America’s top 4-5 teams during the off-season, eDream has seen their fair share of struggles over the past two weeks. Final Form wasn’t an easy match for them, dropping on both Temple of the Silent Storm and Forest of Niflhel quite heavily. If they hope to make any strides within the next couple of weeks, they’ll need to bring their best as they will take on both Astral Authority and Never Lucky before a patch hits during the mid-season break. Things are starting to get rough for eDream.
Gems N Tonic (0-2)
A team that definitely has a lot of potential has continued to struggle and unable to find their niche in this meta. While they do have several talented players who are starting to make a name for themselves, they’re yet to come together as a group and find a way to grab a victory. This week’s matchup with Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy won’t be quite as tough as Never Lucky had been in the previous week, but they too are on the rise and seeking a victory to keep moving forward.
A better performance from Spoookie this week against Astral Authority shows some promise for them down the line. Although it’s not substantial growth, it looks like they’re making a solid attempt at salvaging what they can throughout this season and making a run for a top five spot. Duck’s move to necromancer this past week was potentially a step in the right direction. We’ll have to see if it pays off for them against Team PZ next week.
|Place||Team Name||Record (Matches Played)|
|1||Rank Fifty Five Dragons||2-0 (4-0)|
|3||The Civilized Gentlemen||1-1 (2-2)|
|3||More Guns Than Roses||1-1 (2-2)|
|3||Purple Noise||1-1 (2-2)|
|6||Orange Logo||0-1 (0-2)|
|6||Car Crashed||0-1 (0-2)|
|8||Super Smash||0-2 (0-4)|
North America Standings
|Place||Team Name||Record (Matches Played)|
|1||Astral Authority||2-0 (4-1)|
|1||Team PZ||2-0 (4-1)|
|1||Final Form||2-0 (4-1)|
|4||Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy||1-1 (3-2)|
|4||Never Lucky||1-1 (3-2)|
|6||Gems N’ Tonic||0-2 (1-4)|
Next Week’s Schedule
|Date||Team 1||Team 2|
|4/11 @ 10am PST/5pm UTC||Rank Fifty Five Dragons||Orange Logo|
|4/11||Car Crashed||Super Smash|
|4/11||More Guns Than Roses||Purple Noise|
|4/11||Vermillion||The Civilized Gentlemen|
|Date||Team 1||Team 2|
|4/11 @ 5pm PST/12am UTC||Astral Authority||eDream|
|4/11||Gems N Tonic||Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy|
|4/11||Final Form||Never Lucky|
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