Four thrilling weeks have passed as we take a look at each of the conferences. It’s the cross-conference week which looks to provide us with some of the tightest matches of the entire season, and we’ll also get to see how the parallel conferences of each league compare.
MU – MATTY
- The Neon Flamingo (+2)
- RL Ireland (+1)
- Primal Esports (-2)
- eNightmare (-)
- Elated Esports (+5)
- Overture (-1)
- Galamo Esports (+1)
- Built By Us (-1)
- Shaman Esports (-3)
- Aardwolf Esports (+4)
- Golden Age (-2)
- The Unseen (+1)
- Team Peculiarity (+2)
- Puncture (-3)
- Team Berserkers (-3)
- Insanely Mechanically (-)
The Neon Flamingo (8-0)
As the sole unbeaten team remaining in the Mu Conference, The Neon Flamingo’s roster will be over the moon to find themselves at the top of the standings at the halfway point of the season. In their previous four series, The Neon Flamingo have had to go all the way to take down their opponents, including two crucial wins against RL Ireland and eNightmare.
Elated Esports (5-3)
After picking up two wins in Week 4, Elated’s roster will be elated to be in the wildcard places for playoffs heading into the second half of the season. They managed to beat Team Berserkers and Built By Us last week, leaving them in a favourable position heading into their cross-conference game against Hyve Central next week.
Insanely Mechanically (2-6)
Do not let the 2-6 win-loss record deceive you as Insanely Mechanically managed to not only beat the former league leaders Primal, they managed to do it in a 3-0 sweep. This was thanks to a cunning transfer made by GM Dreadz to sign Ayydam and simmissim to the Prospect roster, and it clearly paid off for them. They’ll be wanting to carry forward this momentum into the upcoming weeks to potentially pull off an unbelievable Cinderella story to qualify for playoffs.
Series of the Week – RL Ireland vs Auto Celerity
In the past two weeks, RL Ireland have suffered narrow defeats to two of their closest rivals in the Mu Conference and they’ll be wanting to test out their skills against one of the top teams from the Omega Conference, Auto Celerity. On the other hand, Auto Celerity will be coming into this series off of an important victory against their main competition in the Omega Conference, Reflux, after taking them down in Game 5 last week. I think that Auto Celerity will use this momentum to their advantage and manage to take down RL Ireland in this series, although I wouldn’t be surprised if this one goes all the way to Game 5.
Prediction – Auto Celerity 3-1 RL Ireland
OMEGA – OLI
- Reflux (-)
- Auto Celerity (+2)
- Dormant Esports (-)
- Hyve Central (+6)
- Shadow Esports (-3)
- Bad Karma Esports (+5)
- Fort Templar (-)
- Prophecy (-2)
- Donde Esports (+5)
- Team Ascendant (-1)
- Zero Fox Gaming (+1)
- Tofu and Sons (-7)
- Competitive Open RL (CORL) (-)
- Regulars (-6)
- Delta (+1)
- Eidolon Esports (-1)
With it being the midpoint of the season, it seems the best place to have a look at is the mid-table battle in the Omega conference. Here’s an in detail look at those teams vying for the wildcard playoff spots.
Fort Templar (4-4)
Last season’s champions are looking like the most mediocre team this season, with a 1-1 result every week this season they seem to be lacking any sort of momentum and haven’t seemed to find it at all this season. If they carry on as they are, there will be no chance of them getting playoffs but if they can find the form that they kept so well in Season 6, they will stand in good stead to recreate the glory of a few months ago.
There has been a slight change in results for Prophecy throughout this season. With their first two weeks coming out as 1-3 and their last two being 3-1 this put them on an upward trajectory for the second half of the season. However, it is anyone’s guess as to where they will now finish. It came out last week that Wicky would be dropped from the roster and as a replacement, Meowdy would be brought in. This could be the spark that will ignite Prophecy’s season and help them push towards the playoff spots or it could ruin the trend of upward results and open a door for anyone else to come through.
Donde Esports (4-4)
You seem to be able to always predict the result in a Donde Esports game, they appear to always lose to the teams above them and beat the teams below them. With them currently standing 8th in the table they have to break this trend to bring the fight for playoffs into their own hands. Last week, Donde were unbeaten and this could be the springboard for their season. There is still enough time for them to break free of this curse and they will be a dangerous-looking team if they do so.
Bad Karma Esports (4-4)
Bad Karma’s season could be the definition of a season of two halves. Roster changes made at the start of Week 3 transformed their season for the better. The duo of Frisk and Dingoh left after Week 2 with the team 0-4 without even a game win to their name. They brought in replacements of JWhit03 and Season 5 finalist, Mjsa04. Since this move their season has turned around, in the last two weeks they’re unbeaten at 4-0 and I cannot see them slowing down at any point. Out of every team in this mid-table battle, they are the one that I predict to break free and challenge for the automatic playoff spots.
Team Ascendant (4-4)
This is a team that is very similar to Donde, with no spectacular or dramatic results to speak of. Their spread of results are average and they haven’t shown much promise. From seeing the scores of their series however, there seems to be some sort of mentality issue that is clear to see. Every single one of their four losses has been a sweep, this shows how when they are getting beaten, they most likely won’t come back from it and there is a clear lack of fighting spirit within the team. This could be the downfall of Team Ascendant and, if not rectified, could be the factor that stops repeat playoff runs.
Game to watch: Reflux vs Primal Esports
Of course the game of the week this week has to be a cross-conference matchup as every match will be close games. The Reflux vs Primal games is the one that I believe will be the most entertaining for whoever follows it. Both of these teams sit at 6-2 with Reflux top of Omega and Primal sitting in third. Both of these teams have a fast-paced attacking style and the key factor in the result may be how Neri can perform after him leaving Reflux then rejoining 1 day later. How he can cope mentally with what is sure to be a Game 5 thriller will be a major talking point. I predict the game to go 3-2 in the favour of Reflux, however, anyone’s guess is as good as mine with the Prospect League being so unpredictable.
DELTA – FREDDY
Records in power rankings signify predicted records at the end of the week
- Dormant Esports 10-0 (-)
- The Neon Flamingo 8-2 (-)
- Overture 8-2 (+1)
- Aardwolf Esports 8-2 (+1)
- Fort Templar 7-3 (-2)
- Hyve Central 6-4 (-)
- Bad Karma Esports 5-5 (+3)
- Shadow Esports 4-6 (-1)
- Tofu and Sons 4-6 (-1)
- Regulars 4-6 (-1)
- Zero Fox Gaming 4-6 (+2)
- Team Peculiarity 3-7 (+2)
- Galamo Esports 3-7 (+2)
- Prophecy 3-7 (+2)
- Delta 2-8 (-4)
- Golden Age 1-9 (-4)
Dormant Esports (8-0)
Dormant Esports are continuing their insane win streak this season, beating every team coming their way and that is why they currently sit in 1st place with a perfect 8-0 record. They have shown this season that they’re simply one step ahead of the other teams, even when they play with sub. This next week could prove to be Dormant’s toughest week as they face the #1 seed from the other conference in Reflux. Reflux is 4-0 with their new roster, sweeping every game so they’re coming in with a lot of momentum.
If Dormant Esports play their main roster this will no doubt be the game of the week, and since it’s on stream there will be even more pressure on Tburger as he looks to go 10-0 for the second season in a row. If Dormant are to win both games this week they will already have secured playoffs.
Overture is sitting at a solid record of 6-2, only losing out to Dormant Esports and Bad Karma, both games being close looking at the scores. After their roster change in Week 3 getting rid of Duts_ for Motion, they have looked very solid and they will look to continue this momentum going into the cross-conference week they face RL Ireland from the Zeta conference who sit with a 3-5 record and Prophecy who sit with a 2-6 record. This week should be fairly straightforward for Overture and they could easily end up being 8-2 if they continue their run of form.
Bad Karma Esports (4-4)
Bad Karma had a poor start to the season going 1-3 before they eventually decided to change their roster. They kicked two players and signed Duts_ from Overture and they have looked a lot better since then. After their changes, they’ve gone 3-1 losing out to Galamo Esports on stream which had an unfortunate ending, but other than that they’ve looked great. They even beat Duts’ old team Overture which must have been sweet for Duts_ after getting kicked from that roster previously. Next week, Bad Karma play Elated Esports for their cross-conference game and Fort Templar. These games could both favour Bad Karma if they keep up their form and don’t get too unlucky like in the Galamo game.
Zero Fox Gaming (2-6)
Zero Fox Gaming have had a horrific first 4 weeks going 2-6 and it looks bleak for them at the moment. They beat a mediocre Bad Karma in Week 1 as well as Team Peculiarity who sit with a 3-5 record, so neither of the wins are special. From now on, Zero Fox has to essentially win every game if they want to have a chance at playoffs because 10-6 is usually the threshold for making playoffs. Going into Week 5, they face Donde Esports in a cross-conference game and they also play Shadow Esports. If Zero Fox want to make a comeback, this is the time as neither of the teams they face are too good. This could be the week that Zero Fox turn around their season.
Game to watch: Dormant Esports vs Reflux
This is the game of the season. The best team of each conference are going head to head on stream this Wednesday. Dormant Esports are coming in with a perfect record of 8-0 and Reflux sit with a 7-1 record, their only loss being in Week 1 to eNightmare. The last two weeks have also seen Reflux play flawlessly, as they’ve swept their last 4 games, proving that they’re miles ahead of every other team in the Zeta conference.
This week could see Tburger go 10-0 for the 2nd season in a row, which could put a great deal of pressure on him and it could be the catalyst which makes Dormant Esports lose this game, either way, it looks to be a game of the utmost quality, so make sure to tune in on our Twitch on Wednesday at 8 PM GMT.
Prediction: Dormant Esports 3-1 Reflux
ZETA – BRUN
- Reflux (-)
- eNightmare (+1)
- Shaman Esports (+2)
- Insanely Mechanically (-)
- Auto Celerity (-3)
- Competitive Open RL (+2)
- Team Berserkers (-)
- Elated Esports (+2)
- Primal Esports (+2)
- RL Ireland (-4)
- Puncture (+5)
- The Unseen (+2)
- Eidolon Esports (-4)
- Team Ascendant (+1)
- Built By Us (-3)
- Donde Esports (-3)
Another week of changes in the Zeta conference in the Challenger League sees former top giants Auto Celerity falling further down and bottom team Puncture beginning their rise. Who will make playoffs and be crowned victors of the Challenger League?
This team is on the rise and is looking to dominate after beating fourth-place Insanely Mechanically. On top dogs’ Reflux’s tail, they will be looking to excel over the coming weeks and win their cross-conference match vs Fort Templar. This team will need to pull out all the stops next week if they want to beat Reflux in the standings as a 2-0 week could secure them the number 1 spot as Reflux have to face a team that could stop them in their tracks – Dormant Esports. Will this team rise and exceed to obtain the sweet playoffs spot, or is this where they begin to crumble?
Auto Celerity (5-3)
After dropping LovelyCans, this team seems to be a faded memory of the top team they used to be. Going 0-2 this week after picking up Ex-Delta player Slumping Swaces, this team has struggled to thrive and continue their dominant run. Their match vs The Neon Flamingo next week will be where they need to prove themselves as The Neon Flamingo have proven themselves to be consistent with the best. This match will for sure be one to look out for; it’s simply a question of whether they will regain their former selves or fail to meet expectations.
Going from bottom to 11th is no easy feat and Puncture are looking to continue their rise. Only dropping a single game this week shows that they are on a good win streak. They play their cross-conference game against Golden Age next week and it seems obvious who is going to win after Golden Age has fallen apart as a team – two of their players joining Eidolon Esports. If they don’t win this one, it’s a disaster for this team. They also play Competitive Open RL and on the other hand, if they win this match or even get close to winning, Puncture may even be looking like they could close the gap and get a playoffs spot.
Donde Esports (2-6)
Dropping three spots this week, incomes Donde Esports. A team that was struggling has now dropped even further, with playoffs looking unlikely this team could be released within the coming weeks as we have seen many other teams do this season. They will have to win their cross-conference match vs Zero Fox Gaming if they have any hope of staying as a team and will most likely fail to succeed against a team who are capable of playoffs.
Game of the week: Auto Celerity vs The Neon Flamingo
Judging by my hint in my paragraph on Auto Celerity, I’m sure you all know this was coming. With failure looking imminent for Auto Celerity, will they be able to handle the pressure and beat The Neon Flamingo? This cross-conference match is sure to look interesting after both teams have faced defeats that some may regard as upsets.
Prediction: The Neon Flamingo 3-1 Auto Celerity
ALPHA – LERONI
- Reflux (+2)
- Auto Celerity (-1)
- Bad Karma Esports (+3)
- Aardwolf Esports (-)
- Golden Age (-3)
- Regulars (-1)
- Hyve Central (-)
- The Unseen ()
- Team Peculiarity (-)
- Tofu and Sons (+2)
- Shaman Esports (-1)
- Shadow Esports (+3)
- Insanely Mechanically (-2)
- Zero Fox Gaming (-)
- Primal Esports (-2)
- The Neon Flamingo (-)
With Week 4 coming to an end, we are now in the middle of League Play. Every team will have to start showing how powerful they can be to get to the playoffs. In the power rankings, there were some upsets in the Top 3 with a new team claiming 1st place, and Bad Karma jumping into 3rd place!
Reflux is still looking great, getting some amazing results and managing to take down Auto Celerity from 1st place. At this point, it’s fairly safe to say that they will make playoffs unless this form is completely shut down by the teams they haven’t played against. Their opponents last week were Auto Celerity and Team Peculiarity. Our prediction for their game against Auto Celerity (3-2 win for Reflux) was spot on. Against Peculiarity they managed to take them down 3-1.
Auto Celerity (7-1)
Right now, the odds of success for Auto Celerity are looking great with seven wins and one loss. These crucial results that favour Auto Celerity show that they want to maintain a comfortable position at the top. Last week, their opponents were Reflux, where we have already mentioned the outcome, and their other game against Zero Fox Gaming ended in a good 3-1 win for Auto Celerity.
Bad Karma Esports (6-2)
One of the veterans of the IEL is back at the top! We have Bad Karma taking over the third-place position in impressive fashion. Their main roster is looking very consistent and capable of doing considerable damage. With these results, Bad Karma are showing that they deserve to stay in the Top 3, but who knows if their good results are going to continue? This week they played against Regulars and Hyve Central, which ended up in two wins for Bad Karma, a 3-0 sweep against Regulars and a very close 3-2 series against Hyve Central.
Game to watch: Bad Karma vs Competitive Open RL (CORL)
This series is going to be very exciting to look out for as two Top 3 teams clash against each other from the two parallel conferences. Both of these teams are looking great, so the final result is going to be very close. The main roster for Bad Karma consists of Nugget (1940 DSN), Cruzey (1872 DSN), Futura (1778 DSN), and for CORL we have Milleninum (1892 DSN), Rahiden (1866 DSN), Azara (1782). It’s incredibly hard to predict who is going to win, but in terms of DSN, Bad Karma has the advantage, though CORL has a player with experience in the pro scene, and they have some good results. In the end, I believe Bad Karma should make a bigger impact and take the series of home.
Prediction: Bad Karma 3-2 CORL
GAMMA – NEXTFOX
- Elated Esports (-)
- Dormant Esports (-)
- Overture Esports (+2)
- Prophecy (-1)
- Competitive Open RL (CORL) (+2)
- RL Ireland (+2)
- Fort Templar (-3)
- Donde Esports (+1)
- Team Ascendant (+4)
- eNightmare (-)
- Galamo Esports (-5)
- Built By Us (+3)
- Team Berserkers (+1)
- Eidolon Esports (-3)
- Puncture (+1)
- Delta (-4)
Here we end Week 4 and prepare for Week 5, also known as the cross-conference week, but before that, let’s take a look at this one shall we?
In terms of power rankings, CORL enters the top five, with Overture climbing two places at the top. We see significant positional changes among the rest, with some teams having changes up to four positions, such as Delta and Ascendant, with Galamo having a five-position drop. Team Berserkers climbed one more position, their increase only halted by Built By Us, who had a very positive week (winning against Delta and Galamo). Now let’s take a look at some teams, the game of this week, and the game to watch next week!
Competitive Open RL (6-2)
CORL’s roster, composed by MillenNiuM. , RAHIDEN, Azara and trixz, had a very good week, beating Galamo Esports (3-0) and Delta (3-1). And the team is now in third place, alongside RL Ireland, who sits in 4th, having a worse winning percentage (60%) than that of CORL 63.33%). This new franchise looks very promising, already having a strong start in Master’s, let’s see if they can keep this going on!
Puncture (Grony, Ravish, Dakseru and tvylics) finally got their first win this season after winning against Donde Esports 3-1! They also had a very close matchup with RL Ireland (3-2). We still need some time to see how it goes for the next weeks, but this week is a very good indicator, we’ll see how they do next week!
Game of the week: Prophecy vs RL Ireland (0-3)
The most exciting game on paper, as it was referred to last week ended up being a sweep from RL Ireland! RL Ireland scored four goals in every single game, with Prophecy’s goals going from 1 to 3 (4-1, 4-3, 4-2). Wazzito had the most team MVPs for RL Ireland, while AirlessSquare06 had the most team MVPs for Prophecy. RL Ireland took a convincing series win with this sweep, and when we thought it would be a Game 5 Prophecy-win, it ended up being a clean win for RL Ireland!
Game to watch: Elated Esports vs Auto Celerity
Oh boy, the cross-conference game week is here! And obviously, we are very curious to see how the top teams play against each other. Elated, the only undefeated team this season, match up against the now second-placed Auto Celerity of the Alpha conference! Even if Auto Celerity are now in second, they only lose out on win percentage to the first-placed Reflux. This is going to be one of the most interesting series, as we will see how the top teams of both conferences play and have a more clear favourite to win the Master League this season. Elated appears to be the strongest side this season, and we will see if they can be stopped (or not) in this match!
Prediction: Elated Esports 3-2 Auto Celerity
INTERVIEW – TBURGER
Please introduce yourself and the team you play for.
My name is CammyB, and I’m a player for Built By Us Masters.
You were the Challenger MVP last season, how has the step up from Challenger to Master affected you?
The step from Challenger to Masters was much greater than I thought it would be, everyone is much faster and more consistent not giving any room for mistakes, it means you’ve always got to be playing your best or any team could cause an upset.
After going 15-1 last season, you had a somewhat slower start to this season, what experience were you able to use to turn your results around?
Staying calm after losses was definitely a huge factor in turning our losses around, we knew that we weren’t playing our best and with practice, we could turn results in our favour. Last season we had to stay calm after each win to ensure we weren’t overconfident going into the next series so that’s definitely something that has helped me from last season.
What are your aims for this season?
Our aim is to finish the season Top 8 and possibly clinch a playoffs position, we are also aiming to get Kingy the most demos in the league, so you all better watch out!
In the last week or two you’ve turned your form around and started a bit of a winning streak, can you keep this up?
We believe we can definitely keep up our win streak, we got some tough teams such as Dormant Esports and Elated Esports out of the way early on so I’m confident that wins will keep coming our way.
Any closing words?
Good luck to all teams, let’s have a great second half of the season!