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:
RLCS X - Winter Split: Regional 2
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.