Recap: North American Pro League Week 3

With two weeks down, week three would make way for several teams to move ahead in the standings to claim a top two spot, but with some unexpected victories, things didn’t quite pan out as expected in these thrilling matchups!

Final Form 1-1 (3-2) vs The Abjured 2-1 (4-1)

With The Abjured dropping a game last week, was there a chance Final Form would be able to pull off the series win? Starting on the Battle of Kyhlo, things began poorly on the side of Final Form. Down over 100 points in this slow paced game, things started to change up with Final Form taking two nodes for themselves by winning multiple skirmishes around the map. An eventual catch up in points would lead to a very intense end game with Final Form taking a two cap to The Abjured’s one with under two minutes left in the game. The Abjured, having a slight point lead of under ten, managed to rally back and win a final team fight on the clocktower node, eventually giving way to more points from kills and the victory through a timed-out game. Taking map number one 459 to 442, The Abjured barely squeezed by with a win.

Moving to the Temple of the Silent Storm, no changes from either side took place. Expecting a similar match to the previous one, The Abjured had adapted and came out with a roar, taking a 308 to 0 lead, ultimately giving no hope to a Final Form comeback. Although they did manage to scrounge up 80 points by the end, The Abjured proved their dominance against this evolving meta that moves more and more away from their natural style of play.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Final Form The Abjured
Supcutie | Revenant Wakkey | Elementalist
Ozie | Mesmer Five Gauge | Engineer
Bob | Revenant Phantaram | Revenant
Eurantien | Ranger Nos | Necromancer
 Zeromis | Mesmer Magic Toker | Thief


Final Form The Abjured
Supcutie | Revenant Wakkey | Elementalist
Ozie | Mesmer Five Gauge | Engineer
Bob | Revenant Phantaram | Revenant
Eurantien | Ranger Nos | Necromancer
 Zeromis | Mesmer Magic Toker | Thief


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Storm’s MVP of the set: Magic Toker

Final: The Abjured | 2-0 | Final Form
Adjusted Standings: Final Form 1-2 (3-4), The Abjured 3-0 (6-1)

Team PZ 0-2 (2-4) vs Spoookie 2-0 (4-1)

With a recent roster change from Spoookie, who no longer has Caed, we were unsure of what to expect from this matchup. Team PZ has had incredibly tough matchups the past two weeks and needed to come out with a victory to keep themselves in contention for a top two spot at the end of the season.

From the start of this game Spoookie looked to be on fire, holding their own on the Battle of Kyhlo and taking a small lead in this matchup. Another extremely slow paced game, this one didn’t seem to go anywhere in the first half of the game. With under seven minutes left, Team PZ finally took the lead and maintained it throughout by continuing to win nearly every fight thrown at them. A 456-247 victory would give them the 1-0 lead over Spoookie.

On to the Temple of the Silent Storm, both teams decided to stick to the mirror compositions. This time it was all Team PZ. Aside from Java’s tragic death during the opener, they didn’t give up a single point, claiming victory without a struggle. Dominating rotations and team fights all the same, a 502-5 win seemed easier than ever for Team PZ.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Team PZ Spoookie
Java | Elementalist Sunfish | Revenant
Marvin | Mesmer Mime | Mesmer
Kaypud | Revenant Happykid | Revenant
Zoose | Mesmer Physicks | Mesmer
 Muffinz | Revenant Shnicky | Elementalist


Team PZ Spoookie
Java | Elementalist Sunfish | Revenant
Marvin | Mesmer Mime | Mesmer
Kaypud | Revenant Happykid | Revenant
Zoose | Mesmer Physicks | Mesmer
 Muffinz | Revenant Shnicky | Elementalist


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Kaypud/Muffinz

Final: Team PZ | 2-0 | Spoookie
Adjusted Standings: Team PZ 1-2 (4-4) , Spoookie 2-1 (4-3)

Zero Counterplay 0-2 (0-4) vs Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 1-1 (2-2)

Despite this matchup featuring two teams on the lower end of the standings, this one was by and large the most exciting of them all. With Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy coming into the match as a bit of a favorite, this wasn’t going to be an easy match facing a triple revenant composition from Zero Counterplay. With an early upper hand by Ez Pz, Zero Counterplay wasn’t giving up, taking two nodes for their own at the 9 minute mark, surging ahead in the lead, not giving a single point to Ez Pz for several minutes. Due to this mid-game dominance, a 500-193 victory from Zero Counterplay showed hope for them in the Pro League.

After an upsetting defeat, Ez Pz decided to change up their composition heavily. Moving Ementon over to the engineer, it was his first day on the class as far as we were told. While he struggled to blast his turret heal, the rest of the team attempted to pick up any slack where it was needed. Yet another close game through the opening minutes, we started to see Zero Counterplay pull ahead with a two cap and stillness buff giving them over a 100 point lead, nearing the 350 point mark.

**Bells ringing**

WHAT!? Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy managed to sneak by Aeroxe and capture the tranquility buff, turning the entire game around in their favor, holding onto the three cap, putting them in the eventual lead. A late attempt for a comeback by Zero Counterplay failed and would tie up the series 1-1.

 

 

Hoping to avoid the disaster in the previous game, Zero Counterplay couldn’t have felt great moving onto the Forest of Niflhel. Another early lead, over 100 points at that, by Zero Counterplay showed hope once again. With a two cap by Ez Pz, they managed to once again work their way back into the thick of things. Holding onto these two nodes for nearly the entire game, two last second kills onto Svanir and Chieftain wouldn’t get the job done for Zero Counterplay as they fall 501-490 and lose the set.

Team Compositions

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Zero Counterplay Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Moobs | Revenant Ementon | Guardian
Ipno | Revenant Chudat | Elementalist
Qwho | Mesmer Edison | Thief
Aeroxe | Revenant Caden | Mesmer
 Aerodynamique | Elementalist Zorh | Ranger


Zero Counterplay Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Moobs | Revenant Ementon | Engineer
Ipno | Revenant Chudat | Elementalist
Qwho | Mesmer Edison | Revenant
Aeroxe | Revenant Caden | Revenant
 Aerodynamique | Elementalist Zorh | Mesmer


Zero Counterplay Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Moobs | Revenant Ementon | Engineer
Ipno | Revenant Chudat | Elementalist
Qwho | Mesmer Edison | Revenant
Aeroxe | Revenant Caden | Revenant
 Aerodynamique | Elementalist Zorh | Mesmer


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Caden

Final: Zero Counterplay | 1-2 | Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Adjusted Standings: Zero Counterplay 0-3 (1-6), Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-1 (4-3)

Never Lucky 0-2 (0-4) vs Apex Prime 2-0 (4-1)

On to our final matchup of the evening, Apex Prime was the heavy favorite. Never Lucky had been struggling as of late but finally managed to bring their full roster together with their newly added fifth. Nothing major had changed for Apex Prime, who were expecting a clean sweep.

Beginning on the Battle of Kyhlo, things were even in the opening minutes. We began to see things shift in favor of Never Lucky who managed to grab a two cap and win several skirmishes around the map. Apex Prime, unable to find a grip on this game, were starting to fall apart and couldn’t manage to find another capture node for themselves. This led to an eventual decap of their only node and their last points of the game, dropping 500-188, an astonishing upset by Never Lucky.

 

 

With things not going quite their way on the first map, Apex Prime was hoping to make some changes on the Temple of the Silent Storm. A close game yet again in the early stages, we started to see some better plays on the side of Apex Prime, but nothing that would give them the victory just yet. With great plays being made all over by both teams, it was hard to see a victor until later on. As we saw in the last matchup, anything can happen on this map.

A lead started to emerge from Apex Prime with a two cap only a few minutes in, but the reverse two cap by Never Lucky would cut that lead down and give them the eventual advantage. Apex Prime did their best to hold on but with Faov and Bear making plays all over map it was becoming increasingly difficult. Never Lucky would eventually come out on top and upset the previously undefeated Apex Prime 500-396.

Team Compositions

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Never Lucky Apex Prime
Olrun | Mesmer Trackful | Revenant
Stalagta | Elementalist Quilja | Elementalist
Bear | Revenant Tarcis | Revenant
Faov | Revenant Morfeus | Guardian
 Steel | Mesmer Ostrich Eggs | Necromancer


Never Lucky Apex Prime
Olrun | Mesmer Trackful | Revenant
Stalagta | Elementalist Quilja | Elementalist
Bear | Revenant Tarcis | Revenant
Faov | Revenant Morfeus | Guardian
 Steel | Mesmer Ostrich Eggs | Necromancer


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Faov

Final: Never Lucky | 2-0 | Apex Prime
Adjusted Standings: Never Lucky 1-2 (2-4), Apex Prime 2-1 (4-3)

Updated Standings

Current Place Team Name Record (Matches Played)
1 The Abjured 3-0 (6-1)
2 Apex Prime 2-1 (4-3)
2 Spoookie 2-1 (4-3)
2 Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-1 (4-3)
5 Team PZ 1-2 (4-4)
5 Final Form 1-2 (3-4)
5 Never Lucky 1-2 (2-4)
8 Zero Counterplay 0-3 (1-6)

Next Week’s Schedule (Week 4)

Date Team 1 Team 2
12/14 @ 5pm PST Never Lucky Team PZ
12/14 @ 5:45pm PST Apex Prime Spoookie
12/14 @ 6:30pm PST Zero Counterplay Final Form
12/14 @ 7:15pm PST Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy The Abjured

Notice: These are the approximate times and are subject to change along with match schedule.

Week 4 Predictions

As things start to shape up in the standings, it’s becoming more evident where teams will end up after seven weeks of play. With several teams still vying for a top two spot, next week will get interesting with more and more separation between teams. Going into the next week I believe the match to watch out for will be Apex Prime vs Spoookie.

Never Lucky (1-2) vs Team PZ (1-2)

Never Lucky is looking much stronger, but so is Team PZ. We know Team PZ still has a rather good shot at getting top two but needs to continue in their current path. Never Lucky might have slim odds in this matchup but can prove something if they’re able to come out strong.

Storm’s Pick: Team PZ 2-0

Apex Prime (2-1) vs Spoookie (2-1)

Apex Prime versus Spoookie will be the featured match of the week due to its importance in how things will shape up. This head to head matchup could mean everything for these two teams as it will put one far ahead of the other. Apex Prime and Spoookie both struggled last week but are looking to make a comeback with new strategies and team compositions.

Storm’s Pick: Apex Prime 2-1

Zero Counterplay (0-3) vs Final Form (1-2)

Although Final Form did struggle lat week, it was against The Abjured, the number one team at this time. With an easier match in week three and a devastated Zero Counterplay morale, this could be a clean sweep if things are executed.

Storm’s Pick: Final Form 2-0

Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (2-1) vs The Abjured (3-0)

The Abjured will be changing up their composition from what I have heard, which might make this matchup somewhat intersting. They’ve always been at the top with their own classes but moving onto new classes, how will they fare? With only one week to prepare on them, I still don’t believe they’ll struggle against this Ez Pz lineup.

Storm’s Pick: The Abjured 2-0

A special thanks to GW2EsportsHighlights for the video edits. Check out their Twitter and Youtube for more.

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