Recap: North American Pro League Week 5

Apex Prime 2-2 (4-5) vs Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-2 (4-5)

Apex Prime needed a victory coming into week five with their new roster which replaced Ostrich Eggs with Hman. Starting on the Forest of Niflhel, things were fair even for both teams in the opening minutes, even favoring Ez Pz in the first five. With nodes going back and forth throughout the entire match, Apex Prime was able to pick up two of them at the 9:00 mark, helping them overcome a slight lead Ez Pz was able to grab early on. With about three minute left, we saw Ez Pz take a two cap for themselves and start to build a lead, getting a 425 to 384 lead before Apex was able to clean up the mid fight and get the two cap for themselves. Tarcis, on the necromancer, was looking for a decap at far in which he found himself in a 1v2. Forced off of the node, he looked for a kill on Svanir although his team wouldn’t actually need it to win the game. A risky move by him, they held a two cap with the score being 450 to 464 with one minute remaining. Chudat joined Tarcis in killing Svanir, knowing whoever took the kill would win the game! With Chudat being on the bunker mesmer he didn’t have enough to finish it off and Tarcis came up with the kill to seal the victory on map one.

 

 

Moving onto the Legacy of the Foefire, Apex Prime started out strong picking up both side nodes within the opening two minutes which allowed for them to establish their early game dominance. Ez Pz fought hard to battle back into the game and were able to grab two nodes for themselves but as soon as Apex hit that 350 mark they stormed the gates knowing the lord was their way to victory. With no one in clear sight of defense for Ez Pz, an easy take down gave Apex their 2-0 victory.

Team Compositions

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Apex Prime Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Quilja | Elementalist Micheal Wang | Revenant
Trackful | Revenant Caden | Revenant
Hman | Revenant Edison | Engineer
Morfeus | Mesmer Chudat | Mesmer
Tarcis | Necromancer Zorh | Mesmer

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Apex Prime Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Quilja | Elementalist Micheal Wang | Revenant
Trackful | Revenant Caden | Revenant
Hman | Revenant Edison | Engineer
Morfeus | Mesmer Chudat | Mesmer
Tarcis | Necromancer Zorh | Mesmer

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Storm’s MVP of the set: Trackful
Final: Apex Prime | 2-0 | Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Adjusted Standings: Apex Prime 3-2 (6-5), Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-3 (4-7)

Never Lucky 1-3 (2-6) vs Zero Counterplay 0-4 (1-8)

This week featured not only the number one versus number two, but the bottom two in the standings as well. Never Lucky came into this match as the favorite but given Zero Counterplay’s recent lack of success, I was expecting them to bring a few surprises and still give Never Lucky a tough set. Forest of Niflhel’s opener favored Never Lucky who bought themselves over a 150-0 start before Zero Counterplay could put up a node for themselves. They would claw their way back into this game but find a stalemated match sitting at just under a 90 point deficit for the majority of it. With that, Never Lucky was able to pick up the first match 349-209.

Legacy of the Foefire wasn’t any different other than being an even more brutal beat down by Never Lucky who found themselves a 370-0 point lead, not allowing for Zero Counterplay to get any point until over 10 minutes into the game. Never Lucky was able to control the map by holding two nodes throughout and finish the game with a lord kill, winning 581-15.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Never Lucky Zero Counterplay
Faov | Revenant Ipno | Revenant
Steel | Mesmer Aeroxe | Revenant
Stalagta | Elementalist Aerodynamique | Elementalist
Bear | Revenant Qwho | Mesmer
Olrun | Mesmer Moobs | Revenant

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Never Lucky Zero Counterplay
Faov | Revenant Ipno | Revenant
Steel | Mesmer Aeroxe | Revenant
Stalagta | Elementalist Aerodynamique | Elementalist
Bear | Revenant Qwho | Mesmer
Olrun | Mesmer Moobs | Revenant

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Storm’s MVP of the match: Olrun
Final: Never Lucky | 2-0 | Zero Counterplay
Adjusted Standings: Never Lucky 2-4 (4-6) , Zero Counterplay 0-5 (1-10)

Team PZ 2-2 (6-4) vs Final Form 2-2 (5-4)

Two teams tied at 2-2, looking to get one step closer to the season finals. This was a must-win set for Team PZ if they were hoping to beat out Spoookie at the season’s end for that second place spot. At the start Final Form was able to take initiative with the first capture of the game at the 12:30 mark. Team PZ, struggling to find something of their own, were starting to fall behind early until Eurantien lost a 1v1 to Kaypud at the henge node, giving up their only cap and allowing for Kaypud to take the Chieftain to get them back into the game. Down to the final four minutes, Final Form had a 200-145 lead with one node for themselves, knowing all they needed to do was hold on to grab the victory. Another lost henge fight and Kaypud going to Chieftain allowed Team PZ to once again get themselves back into the game with just 1:15 left, taking the lead 222-220. Svanir was still alive for the taking as we saw both teams migrate towards it in the final minute. All five revenants around the map knew they were the key to securing the win. 30 seconds remained with Team PZ’s 246-230 lead, as both teams held a node and moved towards Svanir. Final Form had two revenants in the area first. Down to 25% health and Final Form secures the kill to claim the win as times runs out, grabbing a 270-261 win!

Moving to the Legacy of the Foefire, just as they did in the last game, Final Form was able to get an early lead grabbing their first node 72-10. This time, not much would happen until the final minutes as it wasnt until there was 3:00 left on the clock in which Team PZ was able to move this game forward (77-30). With under three left, Team PZ picked up two nodes for themselves which would ultimately leave Final Form with a decision: when do they go to the lord? Final Form waited until there was 1:20 left on the clock to portal to the waterfall and grab the gate to try to claim victory. Little did they know, Team PZ countered with the same move as Final Form had no one on defense. Both teams were able to grab the lord but Team PZ would come out on top 367-227.

 

 

Battle of Kyhlo wouldn’t go quite as anticipated for Final Form as they would get behind early, allowing Team PZ to soak up what caps they were able to grab. Regardless, this game was all PZ as they had superior team fights and rotations throughout this one. Final Form was unable to get anything done, allowing Team PZ to find the set victory, winning with a score of 410 to 60.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Team PZ Final Form
Zoose | Mesmer Eurantien | Revenant
Marvin | Mesmer Bob| Revenant
Kaypud | Revenant Supcutie | Revenant
Java | Elementalist Ozie | Mesmer
Muffins | Revenant Zeromis | Mesmer

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Team PZ Final Form
Zoose | Mesmer Eurantien | Revenant
Marvin | Mesmer Bob| Revenant
Kaypud | Revenant Supcutie | Revenant
Java | Elementalist Ozie | Mesmer
Muffins | Revenant Zeromis | Mesmer

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Team PZ Final Form
Zoose | Mesmer Eurantien | Revenant
Marvin | Mesmer Bob| Revenant
Kaypud | Revenant Supcutie | Revenant
Java | Elementalist Ozie | Mesmer
Muffins | Revenant Zeromis | Mesmer

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Storm’s MVP of the match: Kaypud
Final: Team PZ | 2-1 | Final Form
Adjusted Standings: Team PZ 3-2 (8-5), Final Form 2-3 (6-6)

Spoookie 3-1 (6-3) vs The Abjured 4-0 (8-1)

The final match of week five had come. Number one versus number two. Spoookie, who was regarded as one of the teams that might be able to defeat the giant, was looking to give the upset to the audience. Beginning on the Forest of Niflhel, we saw both teams play the three node game, as anticipated, but The Abjured taking control right away. Grabbing two nodes early on allowed them to start to build a lead, however, Spoookie was able to hold on and win some of the fights around the map. With that, it wasn’t until a little over halfway through that we saw The Abjured dominance we are so used to seeing. At 240-154, Spoookie lost their only cap which would bring them to a 502-181 defeat.

After game one, Spoookie made a composition change in which they moved Sunfish from the necromancer to the third revenant. This change wasn’t necessarily expected but we saw other teams run three revenants earlier on in the day, making it the popular move. The Abjured did what they do best, building a 330-0 lead at the start with a three cap in their favor… all within 6 minutes. Spoookie found a few points for themselves but ultimately were defeated in this slaughter, giving The Abjured their fifth set win 500-93.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Spoookie The Abjured
Mime | Mesmer Magic Toker | Revenant
Sunfish | Necromancer Five Gauge | Engineer
Shnicky | Revenant Phantaram | Mesmer
Physicks | Mesmer Nos | Necromancer
 Happykid | Revenant Wakkey | Mesmer

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Spoookie The Abjured
Mime | Mesmer Magic Toker | Revenant
Sunfish | Necromancer Five Gauge | Engineer
Shnicky | Revenant Phantaram | Mesmer
Physicks | Mesmer Nos | Necromancer
 Happykid | Revenant Wakkey | Mesmer

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Storm’s MVP of the match: Magic Toker/Nos
Final: Spoookie | 0-2 | The Abjured
Adjusted Standings: Spoookie 3-2 (6-5), The Abjured 5-0 (10-1)

Updated Standings

Current Place Team Name Record (Matches Played)
1 The Abjured 5-0 (10-1)
2 Spoookie 3-2 (6-5)
2 Apex Prime 3-2 (6-5)
2 Team PZ 3-2 (8-5)
5 Final Form 2-3 (6-6)
5 Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-3 (4-7)
5 Never Lucky 2-3 (4-6)
8 Zero Counterplay 0-5 (1-10)

Next Week’s Schedule (Week 6)

Date Team 1 Team 2
1/18 @ 5pm PST Apex Prime The Abjured
1/18 @ 5:45pm PST Team PZ Zero Counterplay
1/18 @ 6:30pm PST Never Lucky Final Form
1/18 @ 7:15pm PST Spoookie Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy

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

Week 6 Predictions

Two weeks left to make a statement. That isn’t a lot for these teams. Next week is everything for a few of them and moving forward, what do they have left in the tank? Going into the next week of matches I believe the match to watch out for will be Apex Prime vs The Abjured.

Apex Prime (3-2) vs The Abjured (5-0)

The reason I put this as my match to watch for is because this is it for Apex Prime. A loss here will essentially push them out of the running for the season finals. Will it be an exciting match? Perhaps… perhaps not? We don’t know what Apex Prime will bring to the table but this is it for them. With the next two weeks looking like wins for both Spoookie and Team PZ, Apex can’t afford to lose.

Storm’s Pick: The Abjured 2-0

Team PZ (3-2) vs Zero Counterplay (0-5)

Team PZ is on the run for the season finals and Zero Counterplay isn’t looking to get out of that eighth place spot. A rough match for them that will be dominated by Kaypud and Muffins running through the map without a problem.

Storm’s Pick: Team PZ 2-0

Never Lucky (2-3) vs Final Form (2-3)

Although this match won’t have severe implications for season finals, it will mean a great deal for the final standings including both cash and relegation. Both teams have to be hoping to come out with a victory, but what will be the deciding factor? Final Form looked very strong this past week against Team PZ, but will they keep up the pressure with three revenants? As for Never Lucky, a dominating performance on their end will be big coming into this matchup. Watch out for a great battle in this set.

Storm’s Pick: Final Form 2-1

Spoookie (3-2) vs Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (2-3)

Although their latest loss was to The Abjured, Spoookie needs to clean up their play before coming into this match. This is a must win for them if they hope to see the season finals, but that’s not all in their hands. They just need to get the job done and hope for the best.

Storm’s Pick: Spoookie 2-0

Now that things are starting to shape up. What’s next? The Abjured have punched their ticket to the season finals, but who will be number two? If Team PZ is able to win their final two games it will be them, but if they drop a set, Spoookie or Apex Prime have a very strong chance as well. Apex Prime is Spoookie’s only hope if Team PZ wins out as they would help make it a three way tie.

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