Pro Series Power Rankings: Week 2
by markshire, Ultimate, and Billsnyder
Welcome to Week 2 of the Pro Series Power Rankings! We saw a lot of surprising results in Week 1, and that's reflected in some serious shake-ups of our rankings this week. Enjoy!
1. Calcium Deficiency: Bad to the Bone
This team flexed its muscles by winning 4/5 series against HPR. 3 out of 5 members of Bad to the Bone brought Warrior. Aviously showed his creativity bringing Paladin and Ultimate being the lone Rogue. Bad to the Bone quickly showed why they were ranked #1 in our preseason power rankings. Their lone defeat came at the hands of THL vet BritBulldog over rookie Fosho. This team gets its first test this week as Aviously and his squad take on his former captain inposition this is going to be a fun one as they both won their week 1 matchups.
2. Tap Last
Tap Last laid the smackdown on Dr. BOOMSHAKALAKA last week with a crushing 13-5 victory. Their specialist experience clearly paid off, as they all brought Rogue or Warrior and won 4 out of 5 matches, with Tyfoon losing the rogue mirror their only loss. Tap Last is currently tied with Swagoi for top of the standings, and will look to take the lead against a VONC team that got off to a poor start Week 1.
3. Swagoi (+4)
A big mover this week, Swagoi sees a big jump in the power rankings due to their absolute domination of VonC. Rizen set the tone with a 2-0 of RealTerror early in the week and Swagoi capitalized snowballing that into wins for 4 out of their 5 matchups. Big point weeks like this will push you quickly into playoff contention and it’s even bigger when your unfavorables are able to pick up game points. Swagoi will be looking to take momentum from week 1 and carry it into Week 2 where they face a hungry HPR team.
4. Money Ballerz (+2)
Money Ballerz managed to squeeze by 2xNHOM due to great performances by inposition, Switters, and Apexpredador. These 3 managed to find wins, with the biggest being inposition over rebobson with a 2-0. Money Ballerz are sending an early message to the rest of the series that they are a force to be reckoned with. Their combination of excellent prep and top tier piloting put this team in a good spot. Week 2 they take on best in show Bad to the Bone. Notable matches in this one include former teammates Ultimate and Jyak facing off as well as Switters vs. Aviously and inposition vs. Derivus. This series will be absolute fireworks.
5. 2xNHOM (-1)
iCon’s squad of beloved brethren fell early to what is best described as some misfortune. 4 out of their 5 matchups were mirrors and their 5th matchup was an unfavorable. Considering they came out with 8 points against a solid team in Money Ballerz they have nothing to slouch about. Jetlaw picked up a big win over Jyak and markshire did the same over BlueSpartan. With solid players like Itachi and Rebobson, this team should rebound from a slow start as they take on a reeling Dr. Boomshakalaka this week.
6. Dr. BOOMSHAKALAKA (-3)
Boom took a tough loss to Tap Last last week, with only 5 seed Wolfmack earning a win. With the recent retroactive Vegas invites, Boom no longer has the distinction of being the only team with two Vegas-goers: Saturos joins Aviously on Calcium, while Lawfuldog and TheLastChamp remain a strong duo on Boom. Along with Mayanadon, they opted for an unorthodox Paladin pick this week. It remains to be seen if that will be effective against 2xNHOM this week.
7. Vote of No Confidence (-2)
Despite high expectations in the preseason, last season’s champions dropped 4 series against Swagoi in Week 1, putting them dead last in the standings. The one bright spot last week was 5 seed TwoStarMako, who scored a huge upset over Tri, taking him down 2-1. If Mako can continue to perform I have no doubt VONC will bounce back.
8. Hero Power Rangers
Only Britbulldog picked up a win for HPR this week, although every other player did pick up one game win in each of their losses. They’ll have their work cut out for them this week against points leader Swagoi.
We're back with a composite list of the Pro Series captains' personal power rankings.
1. Tap Last
2. Calcium Deficiency: Bad to the Bone
3. Swagoi (+3)
4. Money Ballerz (+2)
5. 2xNHOM and Dr. BOOMSHAKALAKA (-2) (tied)
7. VONC (-3)
8. Hero Power Rangers
Thanks for reading! We'll be back next week for more rankings.
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