Me: Standard opening question here: where are you from originally? What was life like growing up?
Crono: I'm from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, a small town in one of Canada's smaller provinces. I played a lot of NES video games growing up because there weren't many kids in my neighborhood and, as you might have guessed, Swift Current was not the most happening place.
Me: Other than playing Hearthstone, what do you usually do to have some fun or relax?
Crono: I'd say my favorite games are DDR (Dance Dance Revolution), which I used to play competitively, League of Legends and Civilization / other random strategy games.
Outside of video games, I have been pretty involved in the anime community (I ran a convention for 5 years and still enjoy keeping up to date with what's airing) and I also enjoy spending time with my girlfriend. I'm her Ingress chauffeur.
Nine long weeks but we made it, the end of the regular season for Team Hearth League's third official season Corruption. With twenty teams all competing against each other this was the biggest and longest season of THL we've had to date. It was a season filled with great moments and plays, with exciting playoff races which increased in intensity as we approached the final week of the regular season, and sometimes came down to just a matter of points. Though before we get to the playoffs which are sure to be great, here are the final power rankings for season three.
1. Soupreme (7-2) DeerJason had a plan for this season and it was to build his team around three incredible players and to let that strength carry the team. He recognized this would likely leave them vulnerable at the bottom of their roster but surprisingly it didn't, as their fifth seed SneakyHero went 63 and Vedney contributed with wins as well in the fourth seed. It seems the strategy worked as they finished tied for the best record, won the toughest division, claimed the first seed in the toughest conference, and finished atop the power rankings. Their only losses came when they played teams that could match up with their big three but there aren't many teams capable of that. Having earned a bye they will await the winner of the Super Heroes and Netherstorm in the quarterfinals.
2. N.W.A (7-2) Before the season started many were impressed with the team Arthur Rhodes had put together and there were high expectations for this brand new team to THL. A huge week one loss to Pure Strategy raised some doubts, but that was the last time there would be questions regarding this team as they won the RedGreen conference in convincing fashion and finished the season as the points leader for the entire league. Their next opponent will be either Xnergy or Danger Zone, and while their path to the championship looks favorable nothing is guaranteed.
3. Team Rank Five (6-2-1) Over the last couple of seasons Team Rank Five has consistently been one of the top teams and that was no different this season. Needing substitutes early in the season led to a tie and meant we didn't see a full strength TR5 team until later on, but once things settled down they showed they were one of the best in THL. Easily winning the Orange division means they have a bye and in the second round will play the Damaged Ones or the Hairy Generals. Navigating through this side of the bracket will be extremely tough but with wins over Netherstorm, the Hairy Generals, and Soupreme they have shown they have the ability to play against the best.
Before I get to this week’s Top 10, I wanted to apologize for not having a list last week. Last Monday, I sat down and put in the results for Week 7 thinking I’d have time to finish up the calculations and do the write up. However, work was crazy leading into the holiday weekend as we had a few people out in my office and didn’t have the time I thought I would to finish the PPR. Several of you reached out and asked me about it, which meant a lot to me as it means you guys are reading these articles and looking forward to when it comes out each week. That encourages me to continue doing this next season and beyond.
Next week I’ll do the final one for Season 3. I don’t think I’ll do any for the playoffs as there’s not enough data to do a list like this. This led to me thinking about the publication time of next season's first list. I would love to do one from Week 1 onwards, but I don’t think it’s possible that early. THL has 100 players, so Week 1 would have 50 people up for the Top 10. I’ll start doing the list during Week 2 because at that point the list of possible players will start to thin out and we can start to see who’s off to a great start for Season 4.
This week we see a new face in the top spot and these rankings are starting to reflect some of what we’re seeing in the league standings as the players on this list are showing why their teams are in strong positions for a playoff run. So without further ado, here are this week’s Top 10 Player Power Rankings!
1. Gemini (7-1)
When the list first came out, I think people were surprised to see Gemini on it. Having played her earlier this season, I saw first hand how well she was playing. Since that time she’s had a phenomenal season. She’s become one of the best 5 seeds in the league and has helped to put Netherstorm not only into a playoff spot, but also in contention for the Blue division title. Gemini faces Asuna this week as Netherstorm takes on Boom Squad who look to play spoiler to those Blue division title dreams.
2. Imbolc (7-1)
Imbolc is having a great season. He’s got wins over Twizz, Dlineman, Hupnar, Bytes, Nade, Kraxximus, and Drewman. His only loss was a 2-3 loss to Cheesee10. Boasting an impressive 7-1 record, he’s leading Team Rank 5 to an Orange division title. This week he has a tough test in the undefeated Hectorhowl as Team Rank 5 look to finish out the season strongly against an Aeon team who hopes to start some momentum they can carry over into next season.
3. Craeon (7-1)
N.W.A. has been dominant this season. Part of that domination has been Craeon. He’s only lost 10 games all season, working towards an impressive 7-1 record. He’s performed excellent against some stiff competition. This week he has a tough challenge as he faces Leumer when N.W.A. takes on Team Avatar in a potential preview of a conference finals showdown.
As week eight closes and we begin to peek into the ninth and final week of Corruption's regular season there is so much to discuss and keep track of. There are individual players working hard to keep their hard earned records intact; teams battling for wild card spots, divisions, and seeds; and of course teams looking to just have fun and cross the finish line of season three together.
Week nine will be crazy and I'm looking forward to seeing what all happens, best of luck to all of the players and teams!
1. Soupreme (+1) - Taking advantage of the Hairy Generals losing, Soupreme finds itself at the top of the power rankings for the second time this season. While not at full strength due to Rayc591 having heart surgery (here's to a speedy recovery), they were able to get the win over Boom Squad and move to first in the Blue division. For their final regular season series they will take on a Noob Central team fighting for their playoff lives.
2. N.W.A. (+1) - Week eight N.W.A. played the Dream Team and won every match, collecting the full twenty points and becoming the new league leader in points as a result.To close out the season the Red division leader will clash with the Green division leader in Team Avatar, and while it is possible for Avatar to pass N.W.A. for lead in the Red/Green division it doesn't seem likely.
3. Team Rank Five (+1) - After a few close losses the Team Rank Five boys were able to get back on track with a win over the Hairy Generals. Only four of the matches were played due to a disqualification, but of the matches played JesusC's sweep was big and it seems he has held his own after moving up to the four seed this season. With a comfortable lead in the Orange division TR5 will look to lock up their first round bye and wrap things up against Aeon next week.
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