Recap: North American Pro League Week 7

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Team PZ 4-2 (10-5) vs Ez Pz 2-4 (4-9)

Team PZ’s last challenge: pick up a victory against Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy. A victory in this matchup would seal their spot in the season finals along with The Abjured, Rank Fifty Five Dragons, and Vermillion. Starting on Battle of Kyhlo, Ez Pz would be no challenge at all for Team PZ, who put Java back onto the elementalist this week. Picking up a three cap early on allowed for them to continue their dominance throughout the game and seal it early on. Ez Pz would capitalize on an opportunity or two but only come up with 45 points.

A few changes would happen for Ez Pz as they moved onto the Temple of the Silent Storm, bringing a more offensive approach to their gameplay and composition. Right from the start a kill onto Kaypud would bring the intensity onto this map. Although Ez Pz were able to secure the first points, Team PZ quickly got their heads into the game and brought out their superior rotations to swiftly pick up a three cap and close the game out 500-63.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Team PZ Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Muffins | Revenant Foxible | Revenant
Zoose | Mesmer Wang | Revenant
Marvin | Mesmer Edison | Engineer
Kaypud | Revenant Caden | Mesmer
Java | Elementalist Zorh | Mesmer


Team PZ Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Muffins | Revenant Foxible | Revenant
Zoose | Mesmer Wang | Revenant
Marvin | Mesmer Edison | Thief
Kaypud | Revenant Caden | Necromancer
Java | Elementalist Zorh | Mesmer


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Zoose
Final: Team PZ | 2-0 | Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy
Adjusted Standings: Team PZ 5-2 (12-5) , Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-5 (4-11)

Spoookie 4-2 (8-5) vs Zero Counterplay 0-6 (1-12)

A preview of the new meta? Both Spoookie and Zero Counterplay had nothing to lose going into this match, knowing win or loss their final standing wouldn’t change. Given that, both teams agreed to have a bit of fun in the final week by breaking out the berserker amulets. On the Battle of Kyhlo it was back and forth throughout with Sunfish on his warrior, Shnicky on the fresh air elementalist, and Mime on shatter mesmer. With players dropping like flies, there’s a good chance more deaths were had in this set than all other sets this week combined. Zero Counterplay managed to grab a two cap and over a 50 point lead at about the 11 minute mark before Spoookie came bouncing back. An eventual two cap nearing the end of the game would give Spoookie the advantage and the victory 500-419 in this thrilling matchup.

 

 

With nearly identical builds other than Aerodynamique swapping to classic dagger/dagger elementalist from fresh air in the previous game, this one would be fairly lopsided. Zero Counterplay did a great job holding on throughout but Spoookie would prove to be the better of the two and dominate this one 505-204.

 

 

Team Compositions

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Spoookie Zero Counterplay
Sunfish | Warrior Ipno | Mesmer
Happy Kid | Revenant Aeroxe | Thief
Mime | Mesmer Cyndaquil | Engineer
Physicks | Ranger Aerodynamique | Elementalist
Shnicky | Elementalist Moobs | Guardian


Spoookie Zero Counterplay
Sunfish | Warrior Ipno | Mesmer
Happy Kid | Revenant Aeroxe | Thief
Mime | Mesmer Cyndaquil | Engineer
Physicks | Ranger Aerodynamique | Elementalist
Shnicky | Elementalist Moobs | Guardian


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Shnicky/Happy Kid
Final: Spoookie | 2-0 | Zero Counterplay
Adjusted Standings: Spoookie 5-2 (10-5) , Zero Counterplay 0-7 (1-14)

Apex Prime 3-3 (6-7) vs Final Form 2-4 (6-8)

Quite possibly the biggest matchup of the night, this one would determine which automatically claims a spot for season 2 and which faces relegation. A complete change of pace and attitude for teams in this one from the last, we had quite the set on our hands. A quick capture on the clocktower would give the early lead to Final Form, although Apex Prime managed to keep it close with a capture of their own shortly after. With three captures at around the 8:00 mark, we started to see Final Form pull away due to superior team fights and overall target focus. This would surge them into the lead and give them a 500-239 victory.

Temple of the Silent Storm wouldn’t be much of a game changer for Apex Prime who started to fall behind early. Final Form managed to hold onto two nodes for most of the match which helped establish a significant lead that led into a three cap… and eventual six cap due to the stillness buff. This propelled them to a 500-147 win, helping them avoid relegation and putting a giant smile on Supcutie’s face as seen below.

 

 

 

Team Compositions

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Apex Prime Final Form
Morfeus | Mesmer Eurantien | Revenant
Quilja | Elementalist Bob | Engineer
Hman | Revenant Supcutie | Revenant
Tarcis | Necromancer Ozie | Mesmer
Trackful | Revenant Zeromis | Mesmer


Apex Prime Final Form
Morfeus | Mesmer Eurantien | Revenant
Quilja | Elementalist Bob | Engineer
Hman | Revenant Supcutie | Revenant
Tarcis | Necromancer Ozie | Mesmer
Trackful | Revenant Zeromis | Mesmer


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Supcutie
Final: Apex Prime | 0-2 | Final Form
Adjusted Standings: Apex Prime 3-4 (6-9), Final Form 3-4 (8-8)

Never Lucky 3-3 (6-6) vs The Abjured 6-0 (12-1)

Never Lucky was fairly confident about this one moving into their final match. What they didn’t expect hit them hard as The Abjured did what they do best by building an early lead, although Never Lucky managed to crawl back shortly after. Their hopes were high but The Abjured surged forward by taking two nodes and building nearly a 300 point lead before Never Lucky were able to get anymore points on the board. A 500-105 win would give The Abjured the 1-0 lead.

Temple of the Silent Storm would be much of the same story as The Abjured claimed nodes early on and maintained them throughout. Nos was a high priority target much of this set and Never Lucky did a great job focusing on that but the reset fights from Phantaram and Wakkey using mercy runes really helped them, as per usual. An unfortunate disconnect, honored by Never Lucky, hurt The Abjured and somewhat inflated Never Lucky’s score, but nonetheless they came up with the victory 501-286.

 

 

Team Compositions

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The Abjured Never Lucky
Phantaram | Mesmer Faov | Revenant
Magic Toker | Revenant Bear | Revenant
Chaith | Engineer Olrun | Mesmer
Wakkey | Mesmer Stalagta | Elementalist
 Nos | Necromancer Steel | Mesmer


The Abjured Never Lucky
Phantaram | Mesmer Faov | Revenant
Magic Toker | Revenant Bear | Revenant
Chaith | Engineer Olrun | Mesmer
Wakkey | Mesmer Stalagta | Elementalist
 Nos | Necromancer Steel | Mesmer


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Storm’s MVP of the match: Magic Toker
Final: The Abjured | 2-0 | Never Lucky
Adjusted Standings: Spoookie 7-0 (14-1), Never Lucky 3-4 (6-8)

Final Season 1 Standings

Current Place Team Name Record (Matches Played)
1 The Abjured 7-0 (14-1)
2 Team PZ 5-2 (12-5)
3 Spoookie 5-2 (10-5)
4 Never Lucky 3-4 (6-8)
5 Final Form 3-4 (8-8)
6 Apex Prime 3-4 (6-9)
7 Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy 2-5 (4-11)
8 Zero Counterplay 0-7 (1-14)

Recap

With season one’s regular season being wrapped up, we’ve definitely learned a lot about all eight teams. The Abjured and Team PZ are both headed to the season one finals in Leicester, UK (tickets can be purchased here), hosted on February 20th, to take on Rank Fifty Five Dragons and Vermillion from Europe.

The top five teams including the latter, Spoookie, Never Lucky, and Final Form will all retain their spots for season 2, should they choose to return. Apex Prime, Ez Pz Lemon Squeezy, and Zero Counterplay will all face relegation which will pit them against the top 13 teams (not including Pro League teams) on the guild leaderboard. This event will feature a 16 team double elimination bracket to be played sometime after the season 1 finals and will bring the new ruling of no class-stacking into effect (which will be included in season 2). Find out more information on these qualifiers here.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Guild Wars 2 website for more information on the upcoming season finals as well as the Academy Gaming website for predictions and highlights for all of the action. A huge thanks to all the viewers on the stream and supporters of Guild Wars 2 PvP. This season wouldn’t have been possible without you guys and I hope to see you back for season 2!

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

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