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Imperial Esports League

IEL SEASON 6 WEEK 7

Greetings, Ladies and Gentlemen! Today we yet again have our weekly coverage of the Prospect, Challenger and Master League featuring power rankings and writeups for every conference! Alongside this, we also have an interview, and you should expect some playoffs-based writeups with the playoffs looming just ahead of us. Hope you enjoy!


PROSPECT

MU – FREDDY

Records in power rankings signify predicted final records

  1. Fort Templar (-) 13-3
  2. eNightmare (+1) 11-5
  3. Clairvoyant (-1) 11-5
  4. Dormant Esports (-) 11-5
  5. Tofu and Sons (+1) 10-6
  6. Delta (-1) 10-6
  7. Hyve Central (+2) 10-6
  8. Deathmask Gaming (-) 9-7
  9. Puncture  (+6) 9-7
  10. Team Peculiarity (-2) 8-8
  11. Auto Celerity (UK Uni RL) (+1) 7-9
  12. Eidolon Esports (-2) 7-9
  13. Bad Karma Esports (-2) 6-10
  14. Lions Gaming (-3) 6-10
  15. Ruyter Esports (-) 4-12
  16. Conquest (-) 3-13
  17. Triumph (-) 1-15

We are now entering the last week of league play and by the looks of it, we can already see a picture of which teams we’re most likely going to see in playoffs this season.

At the top of Mu, we still have Fort Templar who at this point have shown they are the best team in Mu, beating out most of the top teams this season.

Right behind them, we can see a lot happening as seed 2-4 could end up with the same record of 11-5. Most likely the #2 spot will be taken by eNightmare who are continuing their insane win streak now on 9 consecutive wins. Their last week of league play could be the end of this as they face both Fort Templar and Clairvoyant, 2 teams that have dominated the conference this whole season. 

Fort Templar will most likely be their toughest challenge as Clairvoyant seems to be slacking a bit lately, losing out to Puncture last week by being beaten 3-1 by them. This loss to Puncture might just be what makes Clairvoyant miss out of top 2 should they be beaten by eNightmare who as of now have the #2 spot in the league.

The last spot in top 4 seems to be secured by Dormant Esports who are heading into week 8 with a record of 9-5 and they are facing Conquest and Triumph who are the bottom 2 teams in the conference. These games are most likely going to secure Dormant the spot in top 4 as they’re likely to sweep and that will only help Dormants win percentage.

5th and 6th place is taken by Tofu and Sons as well as Delta. Here Tofu and Sons seem more likely to finish above as their momentum coming into week 8 is greater, having won both their games last week and they’re going to look to continue these wins. 

Delta, on the other hand, comes into week 8 having lost both their games in week 7 to top team eNightmare as well as Hyve Central. Delta will face Bad Karma who at this point can’t qualify for playoffs anymore so it’s likely that they’re looking forward to the end of the season. They will also face Team Peculiarity who they should be able to beat looking at the wins Delta have picked up this season.

Finishing top 8 we have Hyve Central and Deathmask Gaming

Hyve Central have made an immense comeback this season after starting 0-4 now sitting at 8-6, only having lost out to Clairvoyant and Fort Templar since week 2.

Hyve is heading into week 8 having bested Conquest and Delta in week 7 meaning they have momentum that will most likely see them beat at least 1 of the 2 teams they face next week.

They will play against Auto Celerity who are out of playoffs with a 6-8 record so this should be a win for Hyve. They’re also facing Tofu and Sons, the game against Tofu and Sons will be the game that is going to determine whether or not they make playoffs as Tofu and Sons seem to be in form to qualify for playoffs. If Hyve can manage to continue their form and get this win, we might just see them getting playoffs. 

Week 8 is going to be a real nail-biter for Deathmask Gaming as it is now they have to step up the most. They’re currently sitting at a record of 8-6, and in the coming week, they will face Clairvoyant and Ruyter Esports. If Deathmask step up this week we could see an upset vs Clairvoyant, who in the last week did not look like the top team they’ve been looking like this season. Should we see an upset in the match against Clairvoyant then Deathmask will most likely finish with a record of 10-6 meaning that they’re in contention for playoffs.

OMEGA – OLI

  1. Nootz (-)
  2. Primal Esports (-)
  3. RL Ireland (+1)
  4. Prophecy (-1)
  5. Team Ascendant (+1)
  6. Reflux (-1)
  7. Disconnected Esports (+2)
  8. Regulars (-)
  9. Team Berserkers (-2)
  10. Built By Us (-)
  11. Elated Esports (-)
  12. Crossbar Heroes (+4)
  13. The Neon Flamingo (-)
  14. Golden Age (-2)
  15. Galamo Esports (-)
  16. Shadow Esports (-2)
  17. Juicy eSports (-)

With playoffs looming large there is only one thing on everyone’s mind, and that is who is going to make playoffs. There are 2 guaranteed teams so far: Nootz (12-2) and Primal (12-2). These have been the dominant forces all season and have not looked to stop even with changes to the roster and other setbacks. But now looking at the 4 teams who are fighting for the other playoff spots.

Team Ascendant (10-4)
This team was the leader of the pack for much of the season but after dropping off in the middle of the season, they came back to winning ways in the recent weeks and have rose back up the ranks. They look to be in the prime position to get to playoffs, although they do have the tough challenge of playing Nootz so could be a tricky week.

RL Ireland (10-4)
This is another team who look to be in a prime position for playoffs and this season, consistency has been key for their success and they have been in and around it all season. They have a very easy week and will be looking to push forward and make their final mark.

Prophecy (9-5)
After the mid-season roster change this team has looked very strong and although they had a wobble last week, the undeniable quality of their team is going to be the factor that could put them through the rest of the season.

Reflux (9-5)
This is another team like Ascendant who were at the top of the standings but have dropped in recent weeks and don’t look to be coming back, they are my least likely team to get to the top 4 due to their sub situation with their sub leaving meaning they will have to play some of their games with a sub.


CHALLENGER

DELTA – TBURGER

  1. Dormant Esports (-)
  2. Hyve Central (-)
  3. Built By Us (-)
  4. Clairvoyant (-)
  5. RL Ireland (+2)
  6. Fort Templar (+2)
  7. Bad Karma Esports (-1)
  8. Eidolon Esports (-3)
  9. Shadow Esports (-)
  10. Lions Gaming (+1)
  11. Team Berserkers (-1)
  12. Regulars (+4)
  13. Galamo Esports (-1)
  14. Delta (+1)
  15. Triumph (-5)
  16. eNightmare (-3)
  17. Conquest (-)

Dormant Esports
Dormant Esports will be looking to solidify there claim for the number one seed for playoffs as they face off against Triumph and Hyve Central, with this team yet to be defeated will they become the first team in IEL history to go a full season unbeaten or will Hyve Central spoil the party.

Hyve Central
Hyve Central head into week 8 confident. After 4 weeks with only one loss they will be looking to beat the so-far unbeaten team and similarly confidently beat Shadow Esports, with their new roster without Locks Hyve Central have been considered a weakened side but new signing “OllieWeb” will be looking to change a few of those minds before we head into playoffs.

Built By Us
Built By Us had a rather confusing week 7. After demolishing a refurbished Eidolon side, they faced against RL Ireland and suffered a crushing loss. Now in week 8 they face a new and improved Team Berserkers and a tough Clairvoyant side who will be looking to cause an upset. This side, led by Bryn, will be a tough team to come up against in playoffs and no-one is guaranteed a win against these guys.

Clairvoyant
Clairvoyant had a rough week 7 as they mullered Regulars however surprisingly lost to an out of form Bad Karma side, despite this they face a relatively simple task in eNightmare but on the other hand they will face a title contender in Built By Us as well. Kingy and Clairvoyant will be wanting to guarantee a playoff spot and for them, it doesn’t just stop there.

RL Ireland
RL Ireland’s Challenger roster started IEL Season 6 relatively poorly, losing to teams which should’ve been guaranteed wins however, since their loos to Dormant in week 3 they have only lost one game which was against Hyve Central. RL Ireland go into week 8 to play against a Bad Karma team who is currently going through a rough patch and a brand-new Delta team. They will be looking to go 2-0 as they make a push for a spot in the top four and guarantee playoffs. If they can keep their wits about them, they should comfortably beat these two teams and will be waiting for a spot in playoffs with their name on it.

Fort Templar
After a seemingly endless list of roster changes for Fort Templar they have finally settled on a roster, ItsMagik who has been there throughout will be looking to get a spot in playoffs to show off his captained roster moves. They face Galamo Esports and Delta this week, two teams both down and out who will just be looking to cause an upset to the big boys

Bad Karma Esports
Bad Karma Esports face a tough week ahead of them in week 8, RL Ireland and Team Berserkers will both be expecting to at least take a few games off of them and as Bad Karma haven’t been in their best form there will be concerns over them making playoffs.

Eidolon Esports
Eidolon Esports after what seems like hundreds of roster changes in Season 6 it is too little too late for Eidolon Esports to make playoffs, despite this, they can still end in good standing as they play against Regulars and eNightmare in week 8. Eidolon Esports should be picking up two wins in this final week and should they not, that would be a good description of their season thus far.

Game to watch
Dormant Esports vs Hyve Central
As Dormant Esports attempt to beat an IEL record of going unbeaten, they have one last nervous match as 2nd placed Hyve Central have made it known they are confident in winning this fixture, a match worthy of being the playoff final that will be taking place at 8 pm BST on Wednesday on the IEL twitch.

ZETA – CRISPY

  1. Juicy eSports (+2)
  2. Nootz (-1)
  3. Primal Esports (-1)
  4. Golden Age (-)
  5. Auto Celerity (-)
  6. Reflux (-)
  7. Crossbar Heroes (+2)
  8. Deathmask Gaming (-1)
  9. Puncture (+2)
  10. Team Peculiarity (-2)
  11. Disconnected Esports (+1)
  12. Elated Esports (-2)
  13. The Neon Flamingo (-)
  14. Ruyter (-)
  15. Prophecy (-)
  16. Tofu and Sons (-)
  17. Team Ascendant (-)

With just one week to go until league play comes to an end, all eyes are on the battle for playoffs. In the Zeta Conference, four teams have already confirmed their spots in playoffs. These are Juicy eSports, Nootz, Primal Esports and Golden Age. There are five other teams that can mathematically make playoffs, and I’ll be going over those in this article.

The closest to the leading pack is Reflux, who sit at a 9-5 record going into the final week. things They’ll need one win out of their remaining two matches to near-guarantee a playoff spot, and they’ll be confident of this as they face off against two lower-mid-table sides in Elated Esports and The Neon Flamingo. It might not be all plain sailing however, as last week they suffered a dreadful 3-2 loss to Ruyter Esports, one of the worst teams in the conference. If they can sort out whatever issues caused that mishap, then they should be in good shape to finish the season strongly.

Auto Celerity are hot on Reflux’s heels. Less than 0.3% game win ratio separates the two teams, so they will be eager to end up above their rivals come the end of week 8. To ramp up the tension even more, AC and Reflux played each other last week, and Reflux won a dramatic game 5. AC lost their other game in week 7 as well, so what possibly looked like an easy playoff place a few weeks ago is now heavily in contention. What will bring comfort to them however is this: they have an even easier week of fixtures to end on than Reflux do. In fact, AC have won more series this season than the two teams they are playing in the final week have combined. If they can’t pick up wins against Team Peculiarity and Tofu and Sons, then they haven’t got much hope in playoffs even if they do end up making it.

We’ve covered two teams with relatively straightforward fixtures in week 8, but the opposite is true for Crossbar Heroes. They are playing the second and third-placed teams in the conference, Primal and Nootz. With their current record of 8-6, they will likely need to win both of their games if they want a playoff spot, so they’ll be hoping the teams will take their foot off the gas having already won all the games they need to. They don’t have momentum on their side either, after last week consisted of a disappointing 3-2 loss to Deathmask, followed by a sweep defeat at the hands of the Conference’s top team, Juicy. It’s possible, but it’ll take a lot for this team to clinch a playoff spot.

Now on to the two teams with a 7-7 record after week 7, Puncture and Deathmask Gaming. Both of these teams have an outside shot at playoffs if they are to win both of their last two series. They have actually had similar seasons – both went 3-5 in the first half of the season, have made roster changes along the way, and had something of a resurgence to find themselves on an even record with one week to go. Both teams have won 4 of their last 6 and must make it 6 out of 8 in the latter half of the season for a chance at playoffs. However, the obstacles get even bigger, as in their way stand some of the Conference’s best teams. Puncture play Primal and Juicy, and even a single win from those games would be a huge upset. Deathmask are up against Golden Age who are a similarly high-standing team, and one much easier game against the bottom team in the conference, Ascendant. It would be a miracle if one of these teams makes playoffs, but they will be giving it their all in the final week.


MASTER

ALPHA – MATTY

  1. Clairvoyant (-)
  2. Eidolon Esports (-)
  3. Elated Esports (-)
  4. Golden Age (+2)
  5. Shadow Esports (-1)
  6. Tofu and Sons (-1)
  7. eNightmare (+1)
  8. Deathmask Gaming (-1)
  9. Hyve Central (-)
  10.  Delta (+1)
  11.  Team Ascendant (-1)  
  12.  Juicy eSports (-)
  13.  Triumph(-)
  14.  Built By Us (-)
  15.  Puncture (-)
  16.  Team Peculiarity (-)
  17.  Team Berserkers(-)

Heading into the all-important final week of league play, it’s time to take a closer look at the teams who can qualify for this season’s playoffs. Clairvoyant have already secured their place in the playoffs, having the best record out of any master team as it stands, with 12 wins and 2 losses, with a win percentage of 78%. Eidolon Esports are still hot on Clairvoyant’s heels in second place, looking to secure their Top 2 place in order to get a bye into Round 2 of the playoffs. 

Before Eidolon can mark their league play as being complete, they must face an Elated Esports side determined to knock off Eidolon from their current pedestal, snatching away their first round bye at the last grasp. Elated are currently sitting in an advantageous position, due to them being able to capitalise on their rivals’ errors thanks to their favourable win percentage, should Clairvoyant or Eidolon slip up. Next in the standings are Golden Age and Shadow, both on 10 wins and 4 losses, however, the major difference is that Golden Age currently have a guaranteed playoffs place by being in fourth place whereas Shadow are currently qualifying as a wildcard.

Speaking of wildcards, the Alpha Conference stacks up nicely when compared to their Gamma Conference counterparts, with all four teams from the Alpha Conference qualifying as wildcards as things stand. Despite this, anything can happen in the final week of league play, so stand by for any surprises that may occur this week!

Predictions

  1. Clairvoyant (14-2)
  2. Eidolon Esports (14-2)
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  3. Elated Esports (12-4)
  4. Shadow Esports (12-4)
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  5. Golden Age (11-5)
  6. Tofu and Sons (11-5) 
  7. eNightmare (10-6)
  8. Deathmask Gaming (9-7)
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  9. Hyve Central (7-9)
  10.  Juicy eSports (7-9)
  11.  Team Ascendant (6-10)
  12.  Delta (5-11)
  13.  Triumph (4-12)
  14.  Puncture (4-12)
  15.  Built By Us (3-13)
  16.  Team Peculiarity (2-14)
  17.  Team Berserkers (1-15)

GAMMA – LERONI

  1. Bad Karma Esports (-)
  2. Galamo Esports (-)
  3. RL Ireland (-)
  4. Conquest (+2)
  5. Reflux (+5)
  6. Disconnected Esports (-1)
  7. Auto Celerity (UK Uni RL) (+1)
  8. Regulars (-4)
  9. Dormant Esports (-)
  10. Fort Templar (-3)
  11. Crossbar Heroes (-)
  12. Primal Esports (+1)
  13. Nootz (-1)
  14. Ruyter Esports (-)
  15. The Neon Flamingo (+1)
  16. Lions Gaming (-1)
  17. Prophecy (-)

We are now at a point where there is only one week left for league play to end. Because of that, you all know what’s around the corner: Playoffs! This means we can try to make a prediction on what teams will reach playoffs and the final standings. Just as last week, these predictions aren’t going to be statistical, this will depend purely on the remaining matches for all teams (Which will be mentioned), and their performance so far in league play. Now, we are going to start covering all the interesting upsets in Week 7.

Play-off teams prediction alongside their future records and week 8 opponents

1st Place – Bad Karma 14-2 (Conquest / Dormant)

2nd Place – Galamo 12-4 (Conquest / Prophecy)

3rd Place – RL Ireland 10-6 (Reflux / Nootz) 

4th Place – Reflux 10-6 (RL Ireland / Ruyter)

5th Place – Auto Celerity 10-6 (Neon Flamingo / Nootz) <- Wildcard Spot

If anyone is wondering why there was only one wildcard spot included, I predict that the Alpha conference will have the remaining three wildcards spots.

Now onto this week’s action! Bad Karma are once again still comfortably holding first place as they are expanding their lead over all the other teams. This team only needed to play one series against Disconnected which ended up in a dominant sweep for Bad Karma. The reason why they only played one series is that Prophecy decided not to face this powerful team, which resulted in a forfeit win. Sligthly behind BK there is Galamo, and they brought out a very interesting lineup to this week. They’re 2 main players weren’t included, however it was known that those players were on vacation. A big disadvantage for them that didn’t stop their morale as they managed to get a 1-1 weak. Their win was a very close series against Dormant, both teams had a lot on the line and that was shown, with a game 5 series. Galamo’s other game was against Primal, which was a nice series for Primal, since they showed that – as a team – they can have a good performance which helped them to come out with a solid 3-1 and ruining Galamo’s chances of getting 1st place. 

RL Ireland on the other hand went up against Fort Templar and Neon Flamingo. Their series against Fort Templar was a crucial one for both teams, mainly because of their playoff chances. All games in this matchup were extremely close, but RL Ireland stayed one step ahead of their opponents and got the Game 5 win. In regards to their next series, we can’t say the same as the overall result of this was unexpected. Neon Flamingo had to turn on some kind of secret talent that was barely showed on this season as they pulled off a 3-1 win over RL Ireland. The last team we will be covering is Conquest. Recently, throughout these weeks they have been climbing up the rankings and now Conquest is holding 4th place, what happened you might ask? Well, this team got the best results possible with two sweeps over Crossbar Heroes and Regulars, and as the 4th-place team last week was Regulars, with Conquest being in 7th, it was a huge boost for them. Their current situation is good but not solid enough to maintain their spot, so we will have to wait and see what happens.

The last topic mentioned is going to be Lions Gaming vs Prophecy. Normally this game wouldn’t be in our interest to cover as these teams are currently the 2 last teams, however, history in IEL was made with this game and we couldn’t let this one slide! Prophecy’s GM has decided to include himself (challenger player) and another challenger player named Crispy within the roster just to wrap up their season with a fun touch. Now, related to this match Prophecy got a 3rd challenger player to help them out named StefanFace and removed their captain. A very risky move putting 3 challenger players against a master team, at first a good amount of goals was scored from both teams but Lions took the first game, then Prophecy got two games in a row but they got stopped in game 4. Heading into Game 5, there was a lot of tension on the field as this game that showed itself since, neither team had a good advantage above the other, and with 0 seconds on the clock and 3-3, Prophecy makes a good passing play that StefanFace scored the tie-breaking goal. It was an interesting win for them so congrats for Prophecy, this could be enough to get them out of last place.

Well that is it for this week’s news and we are heading into the last week of league play! Everything is still in the air for most of these teams if they wish to proceed to playoffs. Best of luck to everyone involved, let’s continue to keep the Gamma Conference interesting! Thank you all for tuning in, and make sure to stick around for next week.


INTERVIEW – SNUWU

This week’s interview is brought to you featuring Meowdy! He’s Hyve Central’s prospect captain. Hyve Central need to win next week in order to get to playoffs. So let’s see what he has to say.

  1. Introduce yourself and the roster you play with.
    Hey, I’m Meowdy. I’ve been playing IEL since Season 5 where I was a sub for R5. This season I chose to play for Hyve Central and currently, my teammates are Slushy, Ding0h and our sub Tropical. They are all Northern English so I can’t understand half of what they say but somehow we still play well together.
  2. How do you feel about your performance so far?
    When I first joined Hyve Central I was accompanied by three other players. We were thinking we were a good team but as it turned out during the season we weren’t. We went 0-4 and when Week 3 came I decided to switch up the roster. I contacted Locks and he had a friend he wanted to try out (Slushy). Slushy brought Tropical since they are also friends and I don’t even remember where Ding0h came into the picture but we were a really solid team when we played together. When we got the new roster we started winning and our performance was better than I expected. As of now, we are 8-6 meaning we are 8-2 with the new roster and I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything better. Our performance has been on point for most of the games even while I’ve been gone (5 series) and our sub has had to step in.
  3. Is there anything you guys could’ve done better so far?
    In the beginning, there was definitely a lot that could’ve been done better but I’d rather not go into detail. As the new roster there are a few things we could’ve done better but nothing major or game-changing.
  4. What’s something you guys need to work on heading into this last week?
    We definitely need to work on some positioning and vision. I won’t go into detail but we need to position better as a team and we need more vision of our teammates and the opponents.
  5. Do you think you can make playoffs?
    With the current performance, I am pretty sure we can make playoffs. We just need to beat Auto Celerity and Tofu n Sons next week which I think is highly possible. And if the other teams above us don’t do so well that will even get us a better position.
  6. If you guys make playoffs, how far do you think you will go?
    We have all agreed that we really don’t want to lose 1st round, but how far we make it depends on which teams we meet. Personally I believe we can make it to semi-finals with a really good performance.
  7. Who do you think is going to take it all?
    eNightmare has had an outstanding performance and I believe their new player Inza will lead them into victory.
  8. Any last words, or call out to make?
    Fear the Hyve!

Yes sirrrr fear the Hyve. These lads will do everything they can in order to make playoffs. And ill be rooting for them. Big thanks to Meowdy for answering these questions.

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