RLO POWER RANKINGS - EDITION #7 (20/12/2020)
Welcome to the RLO Power Rankings.
The top Oceanic teams are ranked by a committee of Community Leaders, who base the rankings off tournament results from Majors, Minors and Premier events in the local and international circuits. During the regular season, we will look to update the power rankings around every two or so weeks, however, during offseason periods updates will understandably be made sparingly.
The seventh edition of the RLO Power Rankings looks at the results from the following tournaments:
1. - Ground Zero ( - )
Express, Torsos, Amphis, Jimmah (C)
Finishing the year strong has been Ground Zero, as they go back-to-back with RLCS Regional Championships.
Ground Zero was in a world of their own during the second regional, as they defeated Mindfreak, Dire Wolves and Renegades in the Playoffs stage to take the championship. This dominant display secures a spot for the Winter Major which is fast approaching in early 2021.
2nd - Renegades ( - )
CJCJ, Kamii, Siki
Renegades finished just short of jumping back on the top step of the podium in the latest regional, falling short to Ground Zero.
The roster looked in control down on the bottom of the Playoffs bracket. This came after being upset by 'Slow Brain Good Brain' in the first round of the Swiss Stage. The surprising loss has shown that the recent roster shuffles going into this split has brought the field closer together, and making the competition even more entertaining.
3rd - Cringe Society ( - )
Decka, Drippay, Julz, ENiGMA (C)
A dominating performance in the Swiss Stage didn't carry over in the Playoffs, unfortunately for the Cringe Society.
The Quarter-Final series between Solicit and Cringe "could have gone either way", as highlighted by one of our Power Rankers, with the series decided by 1 goal games. This comes as a surprise given the strength of the Cringe Society line up.
A similar performance was displayed in the following series against Renegades, which again was decided by 1 goal games.
Could this be the sign that the roster is reserving a complete dominant run for Regional 3?
4. - Dire Wolves ( - )
ZeN, Fiberr, Misty, Vive (C)
Strong improvements were shown from Dire Wolves as they cruised to a 3 - 0 record in the Swiss Stage, with a perfect 9 - 0 game record. The wins against Hazard, Team Process and Mindfreak showed the dominant mechanical display from the roster.
Moving into the Playoffs, they put on a show against Team Fenrir with some phenomenal goals to boot. The outstanding performance has us wondering whether they can give us a repeat in Winter Regional 3 and make it to the Grand Finals.
5. - Mindfreak ( - )
Fever, Requiem, Cavemanben, Lethalforlife (C)
Mindfreak continue to battle hard as they struggle to reignite the spark from the Fall Major. They showed glimpses of strength, with a 3-1 victory over Ground Zero in the Swiss Stage. before being 3-0'd by Dire Wolves in the next round.
Unfortunately for Mindfreak, they were once again tasked with facing Ground Zero, who hit back strong on their way to taking the title.
6. - Canberra Havoc ( +2 )
Walcott, SPYDOGE, Le Duck, Scruffy (S)
Finally cooking again is Canberra Havoc, as they jump up two spots on the leaderboard.
Recently we've seen Havoc sliding down the order, but after a strong display against the mid-pack in the Swiss Stage, they also kept Renegades honest in their playoffs bout, earning them a promotion up our leaderboard.
7. - Solicit ( -1 )
Snowy, Tango, Vortexioz
The recently signed Solicit team, formally known as Vort Central, take a slight slide on the leaderboard.
The roster continues to struggle against the likes of Ground Zero, but showed small improvements, taking Mindfreak to game 5 in the Swiss Stage and nearly upsetting Cringe Society in the Playoffs. If they can find their feet along with some upsets here and there, we might just see them sky rocket up the board.
8 - Team Fenrir ( -1 )
Spratt, Lerky, Riv, Dumbo (C)
Team Fenrir is a strong darkhorse package, beginning to find traction in RLCS with now with back-to-back Playoffs qualifications.
Continuing to defeat teams below and taking it to teams above, will be key for them to keep improving on the leaderboard.
9. - Forbidden Gaming ( +5 )
Hawk, Scarth, Kenny Salmon
The biggest movement on our board comes from Forbidden Gaming, who returned in Regional 2 with the addition of the now-eligible Hawk.
The RLCS debut for Hawk didn't go as he would of hoped, unable to attain a Playoffs position.
Since the completion of the event, Forbidden Gaming announced the departure of Kenny Salmon, as they set out on a hunt for a new 3rd.
10. - Siren Esports ( NEW )
Sour, String, Applecrash
Formally known as Southern Stars, Siren Esports find themselves in 10th after a strong performance in Swiss Stage.
Siren looked in great contention to qualify for Playoffs, sending Renegades into a game 5. The outstanding performance shows that the addition of Applecrash has worked out very well for the team.
11. - Slow Brain Good Brain ( NEW )
Daisu, Rothie, Outlast
200 IQ Players?!
Slow Brain Good Brain was the most talked about team in the Swiss Stage, upsetting Renegades in Swiss Round 1.
Unfortunately, the roster was not able to replicate this success through the rest of the Swiss Stage, but the momentum gained, will set them up for an interesting Regional 3.
12. - Overt ( +1 )
Cobbo, Zayd, Matro, Curto (C)
Overt bounce out of the bubble, landing in 12th place after calling on Curto to play in the Swiss Stage, which didn't exactly go to plan.
The roster struggled in the Round Robin stage with a record of 2 - 5 in a very difficult pool consisting of Renegades, Siren Esports, R!OT Gaming and Solicit.
Whilst the performance in RLCS doesn't look favourable on paper, this roster has continued to compete at an elite level in the RLO Masters, with numerous upsets and Playoff berths.
13. - Hazard Esports ( -3 )
Homie, Haza, Aza, Ceeva (S)
14. - Team Process ( -2 )
CJM, Baked Potato, Laaxiin
15. - R!OT Gaming ( NEW )
Change, Zukoe, SSteve, Cyrix (C)
Welcome to the newest feature on the RLO Power Ranking article!
This section will highlight rosters which have begun to make waves in the scene but just fell short of being able to achieve a spot on the Top 12 leaderboard.
This is a great opportunity for these teams to continue to work, with the goal of wanting to be known as a Top 12 team in the Oceania region.
Winter Split - Oceanic Regional 2 Results
1st Ground Zero Gaming 2nd Renegades 3rd/4th Cringe Society 3rd/4th Dire Wolves 5th/8th Team Fenrir 5th/8th Mindfreak 5th/8th Canberra Havoc 5th/8th Solicit
9th/11th Siren Esports
9th/11th Slow Brain Good Brain
9th/11th Forbidden Gaming
12th/14th Hazard Esports
12th/14th R!OT Gaming
12th/14th Team Process
15th/16th Vertex ESC
15th/16th Fall Girls
That's a wrap for the RLO Power Rankings seventh edition, be sure to keep up to date on our Twitter for live updates on tournaments, rosters and news.
On behalf of the Power Ranking Committee we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Join the discussion around the power rankings in our Discord!
Power Ranking Committee:
Joshua "Basincc" Rickwood - RLO Events Director, Dire Wolves Manager
Max "FormalCasting" Vonneumann - RLO Broadcast Team Manager
David "Yumi_cheeseman" Lane - RLCS Analyst
Cameron "CJCJ" Johns - Professional Player for Renegades
Sean "Vive" Green - Dire Wolves Coach/Manager, 6Mans Moderator
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