RECAP: North American Pro League Season 2 – Week 1

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Team PZ 0-0 vs E Dream 0-0

Team PZ was hoping to start season 2 out on the right foot as they attempt to battle their way back into the season finals. Without Marvin in their lineup this week, they grabbed Paul, their ranger substitute. Game one would start out as anticipated with both teams staying fairly even for the first few minutes. With both Team PZ and E Dream expecting to finish in the top four, possibly even higher, we knew this was going to be an intense set. E Dream would take the first two-cap of the game about three minutes in, and start to push heavily into Team PZ and force another wipe to take a major lead. They managed to decap the third node and build up to a 100 point lead for themselves as it looked like E Dream would pull away. It wasn’t until about 10 minutes into the game that we finally saw Team PZ get into their stride and battle back from quite the deficit. Claiming both side nodes, they caused E Dream to make several bad rotations and into massive disarray around the map. They would end the game with a 3-cap, pinning E Dream just outside of their base. Game one to Team PZ with a 500-393 victory!

Legacy of the Foefire was the Team PZ was saw in the latter half of the first game as they began this one with over an 80 point lead, not allowing for E Dream to get anything going. E Dream had to overcome a 100 point deficit at the 6:30 mark, finally managing to grab a 2-cap that would eventually be shut down with PZ going in for the portal play to the lord to seal the game, finishing it off with a 515-276 win.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Team PZ E Dream
Muffins | Mesmer Bear | Mesmer
Zoose | Elementalist Kenya | Engineer
Paul | Ranger Hazard | Revenant
Kaypud | Revenant Trig | Elementalist
Java | Necromancer Eternity | Necromancer


Team PZ E Dream
Muffins | Mesmer Bear | Mesmer
Zoose | Elementalist Kenya | Engineer
Paul | Ranger Hazard | Revenant
Kaypud | Revenant Trig | Elementalist
Java | Necromancer Eternity | Necromancer


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Kaypud/Muffins
Final: Team PZ | 2-0 | E Dream
Adjusted Standings: Team PZ 1-0 (2-0) , E Dream 0-1 (0-2)


Final Form 0-0 vs Gems N’ Tonic 0-0

Barely avoiding relegation, Final Form would look to take on the team who oddly enough barely made it out of the relegation bracket, Gems N’ Tonic. With both teams fielding a ranger and missing a small component to their composition in doing so, we would soon figure out who had the better matchup. This game was all Final Form from the start, getting the early 2-cap and building a sizable lead at nearly 100+ more points. However, Gems N’ Tonic weren’t quite finished just yet. Grabbing a 2-cap and attempting to battle their way back into the game, it would seemingly all come down to a Chieftain kill initiated by Gems N’ Tonic with only 30 points to go for Final Form. Tao began the kill attempt with Supcutie nearby who managed to cast a moa onto Tao that wouldn’t quite seal the kill, as Gems N’ Tonic grabbed Chieftain and were then only 30 points away from their own victory. They managed to decap the nodes around the map, grab two for their own and come up with a miraculous comeback to win game one 500-487.

Game two was all Final Form from the start once again. This time, however, they would hold onto their massive lead and surge through with a victory by grabbing the lord and winning 519-210. Forcing a game number three, Final Form was doing all they could to salvage the set.

On to the Battle of Kyhlo for the final game, Gems N’ Tonic clawed their way back from an early point loss, matching Final Form at the 140 point mark with 10 minutes remaining. Grabbing 2 nodes, Gems N’ Tonic managed to build a lead for themselves for the first time in the set, with a 303-203 score before things started to get out of hand. Losing several members around the map and being greatly outrotated, heavily due to not having a mesmer, they would slowly dissolve and allow for Final Form to get back into the game. Final Form with a 2-cap and just 2:30 remaining, Gems N’ Tonic were down just 370-329 before a massive team fight emerged at the clocktower that went in favor of Final Form to seal the victory by simply holding onto their nodes and running out the clock to find victory. One minute remained with Final Form holding a 399-394 lead and 1 cap a piece. Unfortunately, Zuko from Gems N’ Tonic disconnected in the final minute which would ultimately give Final Form the win at a score of 465-428.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Final Form Gems N’ Tonic
Supcutie | Mesmer Tao | Necromancer
Bob | Revenant Devil of the Mists | Revenant
Eurantien | Ranger Dolten | Engineer
Zeromis | Necromancer Zuko | Elementalist
Ozie | Elementalist Zercko | Ranger


Final Form Gems N’ Tonic
Supcutie | Mesmer Tao | Necromancer
Bob | Revenant Devil of the Mists | Revenant
Eurantien | Ranger Dolten | Engineer
Zeromis | Necromancer Zuko | Elementalist
Ozie | Elementalist Zercko | Ranger


Final Form Gems N’ Tonic
Supcutie | Mesmer Tao | Necromancer
Bob | Revenant Devil of the Mists | Revenant
Eurantien | Ranger Dolten | Engineer
Zeromis | Necromancer Zuko | Elementalist
Ozie | Elementalist Zercko | Ranger


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Supcutie
Final: Final Form | 2-1 | Gems N’ Tonic
Adjusted Standings: Final Form 1-0 (2-1) , Gems N’ Tonic 0-1 (1-2)


Spoookie 0-0 vs Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 0-0

Our first look at the new Spoookie roster wouldn’t be the most difficult matchup as they had a revitalized Ez Pz lineup of their hands. Things were fairly even through the first half of the game with both teams showing their strengths until Ez Pz managed to grab three nodes and force Spoookie into some tight spots. Duck had a great performance in the latter half of game one but wasn’t able to help the team pull through with a victory, falling 501-290 to Ez Pz.

 

 

Legacy of the Foefire was all Ez Pz, beginning with a massive lead in this one early on. Only five minutes into the game and they held a 250-96 lead with a 2-cap for most of it. This wasn’t much of a challenge as you could see their experience as a roster was far greater than that of Spoookie. They would come up with the eventual 500-182 victory and claim the 2-0 set for their own.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Spoookie Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Physicks | Mesmer Ostrich Eggs | Necromancer
Duck | Thief Edison | Engineer
Shnicky | Revenant Ementon | Revenant
Brenslo | Ranger Nero Vitus | Mesmer
Cast | Engineer Zorh | Elementalist


Spoookie Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Physicks | Mesmer Ostrich Eggs | Necromancer
Duck | Thief Edison | Engineer
Shnicky | Revenant Ementon | Revenant
Brenslo | Ranger Nero Vitus | Mesmer
Cast | Engineer Zorh | Elementalist


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Nero Vitus/Ementon
Final: Spoookie | 0-2 | Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Adjusted Standings: Spoookie 0-1 (0-2), Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 1-0 (2-0)


Astral Authority 0-0 vs Never Lucky 0-0

The match of the week would prove to be an exhilarating one. Without Wakkey in the lineup for Astral Authority, things were a bit shaky as their experience with Aeroxe was minimal. A tight one from the start, Astral managed to build a slight lead with Phantaram’s consistent far pushes being matched by Steel doing the same on the other side of the map. Phantaram picking off Sunfish in an early 1v1 at the 11:00 mark would help them start to build a slight lead. However, Sunfish would eventually return the favor for his team and pull off the win himself, allowing Never Lucky to get back into it, being down just 40 points with 1 cap a piece at the 8:00 mark. Toker, an absolute monster in this series, was seemingly untouched by all players from Never Lucky and able to out-match Faov around the map.

Still, an extremely close game number one would come down to the wire with Never Lucky grabbing 2 nodes and tie the game with 4 minutes remaining at the 350 point mark. Coming out on top in a team fight allowed Astral to briefly get 2 nodes and have about a 32 point lead, potentially leaving it all up to the boss kills. Down 25 points with 2 minutes remaining, Never Lucky were dying all over the map and health pools being significantly lower than their opponents, it wasn’t looking like they would be able to pull out the win. Steel managed to pick up the Chieftain kill bringing them even closer but with Svanir out of sight and a node still ticking for Astral, they would drop game number one 473-440. Toker definitely pulled his own weight hitting over 1.1 million damage in game one!

Game two would be a turn of events for Never Lucky, who started out on fire taking a 2-cap and building a 100 point lead at the 8:00 mark. Another slow paced one, mistakes by Never Lucky such as a failed lord attempt by two of their members looked like a throw in the making. Astral was unable to capitalize on this and while still being behind 80 points with 3:30 to go, things weren’t looking great for them in this second game. Toker looked for a lord kill as he was in enemy the base, but his team was only at 331 points and Never Lucky were able to control all three nodes without him present. While the lord kill went through they would still be unable to scrounge up the remaining points and lose game two 500-481, moving us to the Battle of Kyhlo for the epic showdown.

 

 

Just as we saw in game two, Never Lucky was on top of things and took a commanding lead with an early 2-cap. Skipping ahead to what looked like a sealed victory, giving Astral their first set loss to a North American team since November of 2014, wouldn’t quite be over just yet. Still down 175 points, Astral managed to wipe 3 members of Never Lucky off the map and claim a 2 cap with 4:30 remaining. Nos was able to give them a three cap with the windmill capture after they defeated Sunfish and potentially giving us a massive throw by Never Lucky who needed 150 points to get the victory.

Now winning by just under 100 points and still without a node, Never Lucky went several minutes with a single point in their favor. Only 2 minutes remaining and Astral would take the lead in this game and march their way to a victory in game three, giving us one of the largest comebacks in Guild Wars 2 history. A 479-380 win under the new name and 2-1 victory would give them a much needed 1-0 start to their season.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Astral Authority Never Lucky
Phantaram | Mesmer Faov | Revenant
Magic Toker | Revenant Sunfish | Necromancer
Chaith | Engineer Olrun | Engineer
Aeroxe | Elementalist Stalagta | Elementalist
 Nos | Necromancer Steel | Mesmer


Astral Authority Never Lucky
Phantaram | Mesmer Faov | Revenant
Magic Toker | Revenant Sunfish | Necromancer
Chaith | Engineer Olrun | Engineer
Aeroxe | Elementalist Stalagta | Elementalist
 Nos | Necromancer Steel | Mesmer


Astral Authority Never Lucky
Phantaram | Mesmer Faov | Revenant
Magic Toker | Revenant Sunfish | Necromancer
Chaith | Engineer Olrun | Engineer
Aeroxe | Elementalist Stalagta | Elementalist
 Nos | Necromancer Steel | Mesmer


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Magic Toker
Final: Astral Authority | 2-1 | Never Lucky
Adjusted Standings: Astral Authority 1-0 (2-1), Never Lucky 0-1 (1-2)


Season 2 Standings

 

Current Place Team Name Record (Matches Played)
1 Astral Authority 1-0 (2-1)
1 Team PZ 1-0 (2-0)
1 Final Form 1-0 (2-1)
1 Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 1-0 (2-0)
5 Spoookie 0-1 (0-2)
5 Gems N’ Tonic 0-1 (1-2)
5 Never Lucky 0-1 (1-2)
5 E Dream 0-1 (0-2)

 Next Week’s Schedule (Week 2)

 

Date Team 1 Team 2
4/4 @ 5pm PST Team PZ Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
4/4 @ 5:45pm PST Gems N’ Tonic Never Lucky
4/4 @ 6:30pm PST Astral Authority Spoookie
4/4 @ 7:15pm PST Final Form E Dream

Week 2 Predictions

Team PZ (1-0) vs Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy (1-0)

One of these two teams will have their first defeat of the season after this set, which will help give some form to the standings. Although it’s only week 2, Team PZ didn’t necessarily look in their prime this past week while Ez Pz got a fairly easy victory over a team that we aren’t expecting much from this season. While both teams have plenty of time to get ready for this matchup, this could be fairly lopsided.

Storm’s Pick: Team PZ 2-0

Gems N’ Tonic (0-1) vs Never Lucky (0-1)

Never Lucky just faced their most difficult opponent this season and looked strong in doing so. Despite throwing their chances of beating Astral Authority, they’ll need to forget about their defeat and move onto their next matchup which won’t be a cakewalk. Gems N’ Tonic is a wildcard this season but I’m expecting good, hard fought performances on their end with their first experience in the Pro League scene.

Storm’s Pick: Never Lucky 2-0

Astral Authority (1-0) vs Spoookie (0-1)

Quite possibly the most uneven matchup of the season, you’re looking at a potential #1 versus #8 game. Spoookie will try to bring everything they’ve got, but with Wakkey back for Astral, things won’t be getting any easier for their upcoming opponent. Expect a clean, easy sweep for Astral in this set.

Storm’s Pick: Astral Authority 2-0

Final Form (1-0) vs E Dream (0-1)

Final Form showed us their hand this past week and in the match of the week, I’m interested in seeing whether or not E Dream is able to deal with them. They’re fielding a great roster, but still are new to having so much on the line for even a single matchup. I’m expecting a fantastic set between these two teams, as I’ve already predicted them to both end up in the middle of the pack at the season’s end.

Storm’s Pick: E Dream 2-1

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

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