Recap: North American Pro League Week 4

Moving into week 4, several teams had some very crucial matchups that could determine the rest of their season moving forward. With a large break between week 4 and week 5, teams were needing a victory to go into the break looking strong.

Never Lucky 1-2 (2-4) vs Team PZ 1-2 (4-4)

Coming off of a massive victory last week, Never Lucky was feeling strong moving onto their next opponent, Team PZ. While Team PZ may have been struggling at the start of the season as well, they seemed to have found themselves and are starting to pave their way into the upper half of the standings.

Starting on the Legacy of the Foefire, things opened up with a rather dull start. A three point split for both teams, the biggest fight started to evolve at the quary where Team PZ came out on top taking the capture and building a lead. This capture gave them the lead throughout the entirety of the game and eventually the win itself with a timed out 199-20 match. All of Never Lucky’s points came from kills.

 

 

Moving onto the Battle of Kyhlo, we would see a similar situation take place in which Team PZ was able to grab the windmill and gradually build their lead. While Never Lucky was able to scrounge up 30 points throughout the match, the might of Team PZ would prevail and give them the eventual 501-30 win.

Team Compositions

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Never Lucky Team PZ
Olrun | Mesmer Zoose | Mesmer
Bear | Revenant Marvin | Mesmer
Stalagta | Elementalist Muffinz | Revenant
Faov | Revenant Kaypud | Revenant
 Steel | Mesmer Java | Elementalist


Never Lucky Team PZ
Olrun | Mesmer Zoose | Mesmer
Bear | Revenant Marvin | Mesmer
Stalagta | Elementalist Muffinz | Revenant
Faov | Revenant Kaypud | Revenant
 Steel | Mesmer Java | Elementalist


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Storm’s MVP of the set: Kaypud

Final: Never Lucky | 0-2 | Team PZ
Adjusted Standings: Never Lucky 1-3 (2-6), Team PZ 2-2 (6-4)

Apex Prime 2-1 (4-3) vs Spoookie 2-1 (4-3)

The most significant match of the night would turn out to be quite a shocking result in the end. With this match having massive implications on who will be taking that sole second place spot, both of these teams needed this victory.

On the first map, Legacy of the Foefire, Spoookie had no difficulties getting an early lead. WIth a 170-5 start for Spoookie, things were looking rather rough on the side of Apex Prime, who couldn’t seem to get anything going. With this current meta being strictly about rotations and winning a single team fight, starting out on the wrong foot meant utter defeat. Apex Prime would eventually drop the match at a final score of around 500-250.

Battle of Kyhlo wouldn’t be much of a game changer for Spoookie, who felt very comfortable going up against Apex Prime’s new team composition. With that being said, we saw significant improvements from them on this second map but dropping it around 500-350. Spoookie did a great job throughout this set capitalizing on Apex Prime’s inherent weakness of being less experienced with the new composition.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Apex Prime Spoookie
Quilja | Elementalist Sunfish | Revenant
Morfeus | Mesmer Mime | Mesmer
Tarcis | Revenant Happykid | Revenant
Ostrich Eggs | Mesmer Physicks | Mesmer
 Trackful | Revenant Shnicky | Elementalist


Apex Prime Spoookie
Quilja | Elementalist Sunfish | Revenant
Morfeus | Mesmer Mime | Mesmer
Tarcis | Revenant Happykid | Revenant
Ostrich Eggs | Mesmer Physicks | Mesmer
 Trackful | Revenant Shnicky | Elementalist


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Happykid

Final: Apex Prime | 0-2 | Spoookie
Adjusted Standings: Apex Prime 2-2 (4-5) , Spoookie 3-1 (6-3)

Zero Counterplay 0-3 (1-6) vs Final Form 1-2 (3-4)

After a heartbreaking loss last week, Zero Counterplay was left in shambles and looking for find a victory for themselves against Final Form. Legacy of the Foefire would be their first test against a slightly changed team composition from Final Form who decided to put Eurantien on the revenant. The beginning of this game was similar to the rest of the night’s matches, however, the first 35 points came from kills for Final Form who were having a troubling time capturing a node, which didn’t come until nearly 11 minutes into the game. Zero Counterplay, who couldn’t grab any points for themselves, opted to get a lord kill which gave them a reasonable lead which was counteracted by Final Form’s lord rush to give them a 305-204 victory.

The Battle of Kyhlo would provide for a jaw-dropping experience in which the capture of a node by Final Form within the opening seconds would lead to an eventual leave by several members from Zero Counterplay, defaulting the win to Final Form.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Zero Counterplay Final Form
Moobs | Revenant Eurantien | Revenant
Ipno | Mesmer Bob| Elementalist
Qwho | Mesmer Supcutie | Revenant
Aeroxe | Revenant Ozie | Mesmer
 Aerodynamique | Elementalist Zeromis | Mesmer


Zero Counterplay Final Form
Moobs | Revenant Eurantien | Revenant
Ipno | Mesmer Bob| Elementalist
Qwho | Mesmer Supcutie | Revenant
Aeroxe | Revenant Ozie | Mesmer
 Aerodynamique | Elementalist Zeromis | Mesmer

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Storm’s MVP of the match: Supcutie

Final: Zero Counterplay | 0-2 | Final Form
Adjusted Standings: Zero Counterplay 0-4 (1-8), Final Form 2-2 (5-4)

Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-1 (4-3) vs The Abjured 3-0 (6-1)

In our final match of the evening, 2-1 Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy were looking to continue their win streak and look for a major upset against The Abjured, who changed up their team composition significantly for the occasion.

Legacy of the Foefire would prove no difficulty once again for The Abjured, who came out with a roaring lead taking several nodes for their own and dominating across the map. While Ez Pz tried their best to stage a comeback, the mighty Abjured would take the first map 500-56.

Much would remain the same for both teams on the Battle of Kyhlo aside from Magic Toker changing to the thief, and The Abjured reigning supreme once again. Giving no way for any possible upperhand by Ez Pz, they would utterly dominate them 501-153.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy The Abjured
Zorh | Mesmer Magic Toker | Revenant
Chudat | Elementalist Five Gauge | Engineer
Ementon | Revenant Phantaram | Revenant
Caden | Revenant Nos | Mesmer
 Edison | Engineer Wakkey | Mesmer


Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy The Abjured
Zorh | Mesmer Magic Toker | Thief
Chudat | Elementalist Five Gauge | Engineer
Ementon | Revenant Phantaram | Revenant
Caden | Revenant Nos | Mesmer
 Edison | Engineer Wakkey | Mesmer


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Phantaram

Final: Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy | 0-2 | The Abjured
Adjusted Standings: Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-2 (4-5), The Abjured 4-0 (8-1)

Updated Standings

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

Next Week’s Schedule (Week 5)

Date Team 1 Team 2
1/11 @ 5pm PST Apex Prime Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
1/11 @ 5:45pm PST Never Lucky Zero Counterplay
1/11 @ 6:30pm PST Team PZ Final Form
1/11 @ 7:15pm PST Spoookie The Abjured

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

Week 5 Predictions

With four weeks until our next matches, teams will have a lot of time to practice going into the final stretch, which will ultimately decide their fate. Going into the next week of matches I believe the match to watch out for will be Team PZ vs Final Form.

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

With Apex Prime dropping their last two sets, an easier matchup against Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy is just what they need. While they both sit equal in the standings, Ez Pz is a vulnerable team and might not be able to keep up with the power plays from Tarcis and company.

Storm’s Pick: Apex Prime 2-0

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

With the two bottom teams in the standings, Never Lucky is a better team than their record may show. If they bring their entire roster and continue to practice during the break, they should be able to handle the struggling Zero Counterplay with ease.

Storm’s Pick: Never Lucky 2-0

Team PZ (2-2) vs Final Form (2-2)

With this match of the week, no match has been more important to date. With both needing a victory, the loser may be eliminated from season finals contention. While that’s not certain, they cannot afford to lose this match and I think the preparation from Final Form will overwhelm Team PZ, no matter how strong they may look as of now. This will be a very intense matchup.

Storm’s Pick: Final Form 2-1

Spoookie (3-1) vs The Abjured (4-0)

Number one versus number two has never looked so lopsided. The Abjured may have changed up their composition but they’re still The Abjured and haven’t dropped a set to a North American team in over a year. I don’t anticipate this being the one and see them rolling through Spoookie.

Storm’s Pick: The Abjured 2-0

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