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Imperial Esports League

IEL SEASON 7 WEEK 6

With six weeks having passed and Playoffs getting close, we take a look at the action that took place last week.


PROSPECT

MU – MATTY

  1. The Neon Flamingo
  2. RL Ireland 
  3. eNightmare (+2)
  4. Primal Esports (-1) 
  5. Elated Esports (+1) 
  6. Galamo Esports (-1) 
  7. Golden Age 
  8. Aardwolf Esports (+1)
  9. Overture (-1) 
  10.  Built By Us 
  11.  Shaman Esports (+3)
  12.  Team Berserkers
  13.  Team Peculiarity (-2)
  14.  Insanely Mechanically (-1) 
  15.  Puncture 
  16.  The Unseen 

eNightmare (9-3)
eNightmare had one of their best weeks last week, by taking a 3-0 sweep against Overture and a 3-1 victory against Primal Esports to jump them in the standings, putting them in a promising position heading into the final two weeks of the season. Their two opponents this week should be easier compared to last week, however, eNightmare will know not to take Team Berserkers and The Unseen too lightly.

Elated Esports (8-4)
Elated were able to sweep both of their series last week, against Insanely Mechanically and Golden Age, to leave them with the best win-loss record out of all of the teams in the wildcard places as things stand. This week, they’ll face much tougher opposition in the form of Galamo Esports and RL Ireland, and these series will prove to be crucial at the end of the season when it comes to determining the final standings from league play.

Aardwolf Esports (6-6)
Aardwolf picked up two crucial wins against Team Berserkers and Galamo Esports to leave them with a win-loss record of 6-6 heading into Week 7, promoting them into the wildcard places to potentially qualify for playoffs. This week, they’ll come up against Insanely Mechanically and Primal Esports, two teams that are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to their objectives for this season, as Primal will be looking to try and secure their place in the playoffs, whilst Insanely Mechanically will be looking to end their season on a high by picking up more wins.   

Game to watch: RL Ireland vs Elated Esports 

With both teams knowing that the playoffs are just around the corner, they’ll know how important this series could prove to be, with a bye to Round 2 of the playoffs on the line for RL Ireland and even Elated if results swing in their favour. With five wins in their past six series, Elated will be wanting to carry forward their current momentum to try to cause an upset in this matchup despite only being three places below their opponents in the standings. RL Ireland, on the other hand, will be wanting to win this matchup by either a 3-0 or 3-1 to help maintain their hugely optimistic win percentage, and this will be their greatest asset should the final standings come down to win percentage.

Prediction – RL Ireland 3-1 Elated Esports  

OMEGA – OLI

  1. Reflux (-)
  2. Dormant Esports (+2)
  3. Auto Celerity (-1)
  4. Shadow Esports (+6)
  5. Fort Templar (-2)
  6. Hyve Central (-1)
  7. Prophecy (-)
  8. Team Ascendant (+4)
  9. Tofu and Sons (-3)
  10. Zero Fox Gaming (+3)
  11. Competitive Open RL (CORL) (-)
  12. Donde Esports (-3)
  13. Bad Karma Esports (-5)
  14. Delta (+1)
  15. Regulars (-1)
  16. Eidolon Esports (-)

Reflux (10-2)
Another week, another Reflux write-up. It may be getting repetitive but it’s hard to stop talking about them when they continue to win as they do. Another perfect week with two sweeps bringing their last two weeks to 12-0 in games. They played two solid sides in, Top 4 Fort Templar and 4-6 CORL, and these are the games where they must put the results away and this is what they have been doing week in week out for some time now. They have secured a playoff place, getting to the 10-win mark, now they have to secure that number 1 spot in the conference to give themselves the best chance in the playoffs.

Dormant Esports (9-3)
Last week I questioned how Dormant were performing recently, going 2-2 and losing 3-0 to 15th place Delta. However, this week they have proved why they are second in the conference with two sweeps just like Reflux. The transfers from weeks ago seem to be finally paying off and they are settling down into a good winning rhythm. They have to push on for the remaining two weeks to get in that top 2 spot.

Shadow Esports (7-5)
One unexpected turn around this week was Shadow, after losing the last 5 games they have come back with a 2-0 week. On top of this, they have beaten the powerhouse team of Auto Celerity, this is their second turning point of their season, they need to push on from this point and they could very easily get playoffs from now as long as they play the same way they have this week. They could be regaining the form that they possessed at the start of the season and if they have there is no stopping them.

Game to Watch: Dormant vs Hyve Central
Two teams vying for top 4 spots are facing off this week, Dormant and Hyve with 9-3 and 7-5 records respectively. These are two are sure to put on a show in the penultimate week of the season and a high-quality game is what we are set to have in store.

Prediction: Dormant 3-0 Hyve


CHALLENGER

DELTA – FREDDY

Records in power rankings signify predicted records at the end of the week

  1. Dormant Esports 13-1 (-)
  2. Overture 12-2 (+1)
  3. The Neon Flamingo 10-4 (-1)
  4. Hyve Central 10-4 (-)
  5. Aardwolf Esports 9-5 (-)
  6. Bad Karma Esports 8-6 (+1)
  7. Shadow Esports 8-6 (-)
  8. Fort Templar 6-8 (-2)
  9. Tofu and Sons 5-7 (-)
  10. Regulars 6-8 (-)
  11. Zero Fox Gaming 6-8 (-)
  12. Team Peculiarity 6-8  (-)
  13. Delta 5-9 (+2)
  14. Prophecy 3-11 (-1)
  15. Galamo Esports 3-11 (-1)
  16. Golden Age 3-11 (-)

Dormant Esports (11-1)
Dormant is sitting at an almost perfect record of 11-1 only losing 1 game which was in the cross-conference to Xzyle and Reflux in week 5. This shows that they are the most dominant team in Delta and they are going into week 7 looking to add more wins to their record. In week 7 they play Fort Templar who is a midtable team and The Neon Flamingo who’ve had a good season but this last week saw 2 major roster changes happen to their team so who knows if they’ll keep up their form. Dormant Esports should have this week in the bag and they will likely secure a 13-1 record.

The Neon Flamingo (9-3)
The Neon Flamingo has had a good season, they went 8-2 first 5 weeks before a major roster change happened, their main player Sideline, went to Shaman Esports so Flamingo had to find someone to replace him, they picked up ItsMagik who got released from Auto Celerity earlier in the season. Neon Flamingo seemed to be doing fine, beating out Regulars 3-1 in their first game with their new roster, but this came to an end very swiftly as they got swept in their next game by Shadow Esports who is a midtable team. This loss saw another main player Pacey_RL leave Neon Flamingo as he joined Aardwolf Esports. This is not what Neon Flamingo will want for the end of the season as they still need wins to make playoffs. The Neon Flamingo will need to clutch up if they want to make it.

Aardwolf Esports (8-4)
Aardwolf Esports is another team who had 5 first good weeks this season, but week 6 came with a lot of roster changes, after losing their first game of the week to Hyve Central Jroot decided to leave the team and IEL itself, and with that Stefanface decided to leave the team as well. This left GM Brunado with 2 days to find 1 or 2 players to take on their game vs Galamo Esports. Aardwolf signed nothrath and with sub-Ollieweb, the roster beat Galamo 3-1. Will this signing be what keeps Aardwolfs season in check to clutch up playoffs?

Game of the week: Dormant Esports vs The Neon Flamingo
This game is will be a top tier game, as Dormant Esports will like to continue their dominance in the league and The Neon Flamingo will want to bounce back after they lost to Shadow Esports. Either way, this should be a good game as both teams have decent to top tier players in their rosters. Dormant should have this in the bag as they have played together all season, and Neon Flamingo is a fairly new team so who knows if they will be ready to face the best team in the league.

Prediction: Dormant Esports 3-1 The Neon Flamingo

DELTA – BRUN

  1. eNightmare (+1)
  2. Reflux (-1)
  3. Insanely Mechanically (-)
  4. Competitive Open RL (-)
  5. Shaman Esports (-)
  6. Auto Celerity (+2)
  7. Elated Esports (-)
  8. Eidolon Esports (+3)
  9. RL Ireland (+1)
  10. Primal Esports (-1)
  11. Team Berserkers (-5)
  12. The Unseen (-)
  13. Team Ascendant (+1)
  14. Puncture (-1)
  15. Donde Esports (-)
  16. Built By Us (-)

During this week of the Zeta conference, we see some teams fail to achieve playoffs but also a team that is guaranteed playoffs: eNightmare. This week has again been more or less expected but there have been some big upsets.

eNightmare (11-1)
Being the first team to acquire a guaranteed playoff spot in this conference, eNightmare are looking at the top of the game. After getting an undefeated week these guys have a very impressive record and are boasting an 11-1 record. These guys will look to continue their record and win the next games to claim the top seeding coming into playoffs.

Competitive Open RL (CORL) (8-4)
After beating former top team Reflux in game 5, these guys are looking to dominate their way to a playoffs spot. With only two wins away from a playoffs spot this team will need to beat Elated Esports and Primal Esports to have a chance at the playoffs wildcard spot. Whilst they did beat Reflux, this team may be considered inconsistent as they were swept by Shaman Esports, a team they should have at least taken a game off of. This team will need to work on their consistency if they want to beat at least 2 teams in their next 4 matches and will likely get a wildcard playoffs spot.

Auto Celerity (7-5)
Beginning to rise to their former glory, Auto Celerity are another team that boasts an undefeated week. Whilst this may be against two bottom tier teams that won’t be making playoffs, this will restore a bit of confidence in the team as they look to not drop a single game to acquire the playoffs spot. However, if they want to be guaranteed a spot they will need to beat eNightmare, otherwise they may struggle to obtain the wildcard position with a 10-6 record. This team used to consist of ItsMagik, LovelyCans, Badger and Zukrooo in their former glory but now consist of Swaces, f1nchy, Zukrooo and Magreebas. Can they restore themselves to their former glory?

Team Berserkers (5-7)
Following a week with only a single game win, Team Berserkers chances of playoffs have been wiped out. With no chance of recovery, this team will have to play the rest of the season knowing they have not made playoffs. They will now look to crush other teams’ dreams of playoffs and could still hold up a fight against the likes of Shaman Esports and Insanely Mechanically. With next season in their minds, will this team be able to take out any of the top teams dreams of playoffs?

Donde Esports (3-9)
Another team that won’t make playoffs, Donde Esports will be another team that looks to stop people from getting playoffs like Reflux who they play in the final week. With next season at the front of their mind, these guys are looking to finish on an ok record and move on to next season.

Game to watch: eNightmare vs Competitive Open RL
With eNightmare looking like the top team, Competitive Open RL will look to stop them in their tracks like they have done in the past with Reflux. While my prediction may be a controversial one, these guys have proven themselves against the best of the best time and time again.

Prediction eNightmare 2-3 Competitive Open RL


MASTER

ALPHA – LERONI

  1. Aardwolf Esports (+2)
  2. Reflux (-1)
  3. Auto Celerity (-1) 
  4. Bad Karma Esports (-)
  5. Golden Age (-)
  6. The Unseen (-)
  7. Team Peculiarity (+4)
  8. Tofu and Sons (+1) 
  9. Hyve Central (-2)
  10. Shaman Esports ()
  11. Regulars (-3)
  12. Zero Fox Gaming (+1)
  13. Primal Esports (+1)
  14. Shadow Esports (-2)
  15. Insanely Mechanically (-)
  16. The Neon Flamingo (-)

With week 6 over, this conference had very few changes in the power rankings, but regardless, here are five writeups talking about each team’s playoff chances. This is a purely wild guess based on their performance throughout league play and their remaining series. There is also going to be one game to look out for, so let’s get into it!

Playoffs chances prediction
Aardwolf, Reflux, Auto Celerity  – 100%
Bad Karma, The Unseen – 80%
Golden Age – 70%
Team Peculiarity – 40%
Tofu and Sons – 20%
Hyve Central, Shaman Esports, Regulars, Zero Fox Gaming, Primal Esports, Shadow Esports, Insanely Mechanically, The Neon Flamingo – 0%

Aardwolf Esports (10-2)
This team is currently in 1st place, however, they are very close to Reflux and Auto Celerity, since these 3 teams have the same record but different win percentages. There is a big battle for that 1st place spot. Aardwolf has a 7 win streak which is pretty good and if they want to maintain their lead they will need to expand this win streak and try to get a decent result against Reflux and Auto Celerity for next week. This will be their hardest week so far and it will be very interesting to see what is going to happen!

Reflux (10-2)
So far Reflux’s journey has been a very dominant one, as they are currently in 2nd place just 6,83% behind Aardwolf, which shows how good their connection as a team throughout League Play! In the start of league play Reflux was secretly going up the standings until week 4 when they got the attention of the entire conference with a huge 8 win streak that got broken just recently by Tofu and Sons. They will be definitely looking to make a huge impact this week against Aardwolf and The Unseen to get a higher seed.

The Unseen (8-4)
One of the ways that we can describe this team is, right now they are making a big impact and they aren’t Unseen at all. This team a couple of weeks ago was making some secret moves and it was predicted for them to get some huge results in week 5 and 6 besides being 4-4, that is exactly what happened as they managed to get four wins against Primal, Galamo, Tofu and Sons, Neon Flamingo. There is only 2 weeks left to decide their faith on whether they make into playoffs or not. They will be facing Peculiarity and Reflux, this won’t be an easy challenge for them.

Golden Age (8-4)
Golden Age has been showing that they are capable of being a solid team, however, for four weeks in a row, they have been struggling to get a 2-0 week which isn’t good for them, due to these 1-1 weeks not being enough to guarantee them the comfort they need to get into a high seed in playoffs. If that happens they will stay at 10-6 which is still enough to make playoffs but there will be a tough journey ahead of them. Their 4 remaining games will be against Bad Karma, Regulars, Zero Fox Gaming and The Unseen.

Team Peculiarity (6-6)
Team Peculiarity is currently facing various difficulties however they still managed to finish week 6 with a neutral record, which still shows there is some hope for them besides not being that good as they would have wanted. Their main roster could have what is needed to get them some decent results.  This team is one of the teams with the easiest weeks ahead of them, as in week 7 they will be facing The Unseen and Shadow, which should be doable although Unseen is going to be a big obstacle for them and in week 8 they will be facing Regulars and Insane Mechanically.

Game to watch: Aardwolf (1st) vs Reflux (2nd)

This game is going to be incredibly huge for these two teams, as the winner of this series could be the team that stays in 1st place, but that will also depend on Auto Celerity’s performance. Aardwolf will be looking to continue their seven-win streak and their comfortable 1st place but will Reflux be able to shut down Aardwolf? It’s going to be super hard to predict the outcome of this match, and it will be super close but Aardwolf’s roster is looking unstoppable and they could potentially take home the series. Prediction: Aardwolf 3-2 Reflux

GAMMA – NEXTFOX

  1. Dormant Esports (-)
  2. Elated Esports (+1)
  3. Overture Esports (-1)
  4. RL Ireland (+1)
  5. 5- Competitive Open RL (CORL) (-1)
  6. Donde Esports (+2)
  7. Fort Templar (-1)
  8. Team Ascendant (+1)
  9. Eidolon Esports (+3)
  10. eNightmare (-)
  11. Built By Us (+2)
  12. Prophecy (-5)
  13. Galamo Esports (-2)
  14. Delta (-)
  15. Team Berserkers (-)
  16. Puncture (-)

For this week’s power rankings, we mostly see small changes in the upper half, with every team either going down or up one position, with the exceptions of Dormant Esports and Donde, with this last one going up two positions. As for the lower half, we see fewer changes, but some teams with more significant changes than others, with Built By Us and Eidolon having the biggest changes upwards, while Prophecy went down by about five positions.

Donde Esports (4-6)
Composed by iZerk, BOOTH, Ace and Dench Bee, the team is having a solid run, and are very close to that wild-card spot, only behind the last wild-card spot by win %, that team being Competitive Open RL. There are four matches left, with Eidolon and Elated being, in theory, the hardest opponents, both will be on the last week, we’ll see how it goes!

Delta (2-10)
Composed by Manuel2142, Zortea, AllThatRemais and Hyst, the team has no chance of qualifying to playoffs, with their only wins being against Tofu and Sons and Team Berserkers. They still need to play Puncture, Donde, Dormant and Fort Templar, so we’ll see if they can improve their record and position, which is the only thing they can do in this last weeks.


Game of the week: Team Ascendant vs Puncture (3-0)
Last week, this game was the one set as a game to watch, to change things a bit from the last ones. And well, Ascendant swept Puncture and got one more win in their bag! The games were mostly a one-goal game, with only the first one being a three-goal difference game (4-1), the rest, ended 3-2 and 1-0 for Ascendant. Phoenix (Ctcamm) and Grony got the most team MVPs overall.

Game to watch: Competitive Open RL vs RL Ireland
This is going to be for sure one of the most decisive games for both teams since a loss here from RL Ireland will put them a bit behind Overture, while the inverse might put CORL in a more complicated position when it comes to wildcard qualification, so it’s going to be a breathtaking game for both of the teams! RL Ireland has a better record and win percentage, but it’s a very small difference, so this match has a high chance of going to game 5 for sure.

Prediction: RL Ireland 3-2 Competitive Open RL

These last weeks are going to be, for sure, really interesting when it comes to wildcard and direct qualification. With this, we conclude week 6. See you next week!
 


INTERVIEW – TBURGER

Please introduce yourself and the team you are the captain of.
Hi I am Capra, the best ex-Challenger player known to man and I am the captain of Dormant Esports

How have you found the step up from Challenger League to Master League this season?
I found it pretty easy to adapt to a higher level of gameplay. Obviously, being the best ex-Challenger player came in handy with the step up. I haven’t run into any problems thus far and look forward to the rest of the season.

Will you be able to use your top 4 finish in Challenger playoffs experience to help you this season?
Last season I felt the pressure of being in Playoffs for the first time which affected me a little in the beginning. Going into Playoffs this season I feel a lot more confident to do well and maybe just maybe finish 2nd.

You sit at the top of standings at 11-1, what are your aims going into the last 2 weeks of this season?
Confident to win 3 of our next 4 games with us playing against Elated this week who are also doing very well in our conference.

What were your aims going into this season?
My aims for my first season in Master was to make playoffs but never expected to be in the 1st seed spot which I am kind of proud of but deserved as you know I am the best ex challenger player.

What are your aims going into playoffs?
My aims for playoffs are to finish 1st as I feel it would only be my destiny to solidify my place as the best master player as obviously previously being the best ex challenger player.

Have you any reservations over the other Master teams?
With us doing so well I don’t have any concerns of playing any other master teams and I am confident we could beat anyone.

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