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#601
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#602
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#603
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ESEA Open S30 Power Rankings, Vol. 4

I thought I was starting to get the hang of writing power rankings, and then the results from this week's matches showed that I still, apparently, don't know anything. While the top 4 teams are relatively safe choices, the rest of rankings have been thrown in to chaos by a week full of upsets and weird circumstances.

Additionally, the new ESEA website has made it impossible to quickly take a look at statistics and players used in a match, so it's tough to know if a team had to use a sub or if a match was played without a player or if there was some other circumstance affecting the match. I usually try to take a look at things like that while writing these rankings, but I can't this week, so there may be some questionable placements (even more so than usual).

Corrections from last week:

-Enjoy Freezing vs. Good Damage 2 was not 6v5 (bug on the stats page)

-Gjohnce, now called Longerboys, is alive apparently, just without Gjohnce and Kuhnockers.

#1 Simian Aggression (12-0) [+2]

As cp_propaganda testing volunteers, Simian Aggression has continued to dominate this week by beating
Plumpwench and more importantly, The Boomers. Now, only these guys and Enoch eSports remain unbeaten.

#2 Enoch eSports (11-0)

After the fall of The Boomers and Enoch eSports continuing to look as good as they have all season, it felt appropriate to keep them at the #2 spot. With their next match against Simian Aggression, they'll soon have a chance to finally rise to #1, and be the last team in the division to keep their 0.

#3 The Boomers (11-1) [-2]

Similar to what I said about Snore last week, it's hard to move them down too much since the team they lost to is so good, and with their talent level alone, they'll still comfortably beat most teams.

#4 Snore (10-2)

Snore and The Boomers seem to be close in skill level, but The Boomers won the duel head to head, so they earned the spot above.

#5 Moshi Moshi VAC Ban Desu (7-5) [+9]

This is where the rankings get hectic. Throughout the season, this team (who changes their name every goddamned week) has looked solid, yet has been a little below the level needed to take down top teams. Now with 3 wins in a row over Toaster in the Bath, Good Damage 2, and Team Win Steel, it looks like the late arrival of Ebsikl might be just what they needed to put them over the edge. If they can get past MyAnimeList Academy, the rest of the season should be smooth sailing. Although I've said that before about a couple teams and that didn't turn out so well.

#6 MyAnimeList Academy, Formerly Portland Burnsiders (8-3) [+10]

Similar to Moshi Moshi VAC Ban Desu and Toaster in the Bath, this team got off to a middling start but has managed to really turn it up as the season went on, especially with the addition of Ekh0. Unfortunately, that's brought up some other issues (look a few pages back if you're out of the loop), so I'm not sure what the team is going to do about that going forward and if the drama will affect the remainder of their season.

#7 There We Go (8-3) [+3]

Similar to SliceRogue is Banned, this team crept up on me until finally getting a chance to prove themselves by beating Home Run Thomas. This week, they've continued to show they belong with quick wins over Plumpwench and General Nick.

#8 Team Win Steel (9-3) [+3]

Riding a win streak lasting half the season, Team Win Steel finally met their match against Moshi Moshi VAC Ban, losing a competitive match 3-5. Regardless, they've managed to fall upward since a number of people above them have dropped.

#9 SliceRogue is Banned (9-3) [Not Ranked Last Week]

This team was under my radar for most of the season, but their win over Lion Coalition got my attention. Looking back, they haven't looked bad, but their schedule hasn't given them a chance to look good until now since most of their games were forfeited, played 5v6, or were one sided rolls over low open teams. Considering they will get a free forfeit win over HostileHamster Datenight, it looks like they're a lock for playoffs.

#10 Toaster in the Bath (8-3) [+5]

Since the beginning of the season, I thought these players had a lot of potential even though I hadn't seen too much from the team as a whole. Finally, it looks like that potential is being realized now that they've taken wins over Home Run Thomas and 5Head. They have a winnable final schedule, but none of the games are layups either; it looks like a tough fight to the finish line.

#11 5Head (9-3) [-6]

This week hurt their stock some, but made for exciting games. Both matches were decided by one round. In the first against Enjoy Freezing, they narrowly survived with a 5-4 win in overtime. Against Toaster in the Bath, they were toppled in a back and forth 2-3 loss. It doesn't look like the rest of their season will get any easier; matches with Team Win Steel and Carrier Penguins could go either way.

#12 Lion Coalition (7-5) [-4]

After falling to SliceRogue is Banned, where Lion Coalition stands is a little fuzzy. In this final stretch of the season, they're still in position to make playoffs, but they're not a 100% lock anymore.

#13 Carrier Penguins (7-4) [-4]

I feel like I'm repeating too much from last week, but the Carrier Penguins have basically the same story. They lost two matches this week, but they weren't expected to win them either considering both opponents are top 4 in the division.
We'll have to wait another week and see their matches against The N-Word Free Zone and There We Go to get a better read on them.

#14 Good Damage 2 (6-6) [-8]

I believed Good Damage 2 had a good chance to win out and I ranked them #6. That may turn out to be one of my hottest takes of the season, which is really saying something. Considering they've undergone some major roster changes, it's unclear if they'll be able to win out, which they need to do if they want to limp into the post season.

#15 The N-Word Free Zone (8-4) [-8]

With their team name's relevance at an all-time high, I didn't want to drop them too much, but a lot of their quality wins happened early in the season, so I may have overrated them a bit last week. They're still a strong team, but I'm thinking they're more #9-#16 zone rather than #6-#9.

#16 Enjoy Freezing (7-5) [-5]

The website falsely showed their win over Good Damage 2 as a 6v5, so I was about to move them back up after I realized my error. A gritty, razor close game versus 5Head gave me further justification, but then they lost to Hugs in Kisses in yet another one round difference toss up match. The result? I have no clue where to put them. They're good, but I don't know how good. Unluckily, it looks like matchmaking might have killed their playoff chances since even if they beat Toaster in the Bath and Home Run Thomas, their other two matches are against Snore and The Boomers - the result being that they'll probably be barely left out of the post season with a record of 8-8 or 9-7 unless they can pull off a miracle upset.

Honorable Mentions (Counted as tied for #17)

Home Run Thomas (7-4) [-4]

In their most recent two losses, Home Run Thomas was blown out by There We Go and Toaster in the Bath. With the season drawing to a close, their next matches against Longerboys and Enjoy Freezing are must wins in order to stay in playoff contention.

Longerboys (7-4) [Not Ranked Last week]

I made a mistake last week and thought this team was dead. Apparently they're still alive, just without Kuhnockers and the eponymous Gjohnce. Considering they've undergone a major roster change late in the season, I'm not quite sure where to rank them right now until they play another couple of matches.

[b]ESEA Open S30 Power Rankings, Vol. 4
[/b][i][/i]
I thought I was starting to get the hang of writing power rankings, and then the results from this week's matches showed that I still, apparently, don't know anything. While the top 4 teams are relatively safe choices, the rest of rankings have been thrown in to chaos by a week full of upsets and weird circumstances.

Additionally, the new ESEA website has made it impossible to quickly take a look at statistics and players used in a match, so it's tough to know if a team had to use a sub or if a match was played without a player or if there was some other circumstance affecting the match. I usually try to take a look at things like that while writing these rankings, but I can't this week, so there may be some questionable placements (even more so than usual).

Corrections from last week:

-Enjoy Freezing vs. Good Damage 2 was not 6v5 (bug on the stats page)

-Gjohnce, now called Longerboys, is alive apparently, just without Gjohnce and Kuhnockers.

[b]#1 Simian Aggression (12-0) [+2][/b]

As cp_propaganda testing volunteers, Simian Aggression has continued to dominate this week by beating
Plumpwench and more importantly, The Boomers. Now, only these guys and Enoch eSports remain unbeaten.

[b]#2 Enoch eSports (11-0)[/b]

After the fall of The Boomers and Enoch eSports continuing to look as good as they have all season, it felt appropriate to keep them at the #2 spot. With their next match against Simian Aggression, they'll soon have a chance to finally rise to #1, and be the last team in the division to keep their 0.

[b]#3 The Boomers (11-1) [-2][/b]

Similar to what I said about Snore last week, it's hard to move them down too much since the team they lost to is so good, and with their talent level alone, they'll still comfortably beat most teams.

[b]#4 Snore (10-2)[/b]

Snore and The Boomers seem to be close in skill level, but The Boomers won the duel head to head, so they earned the spot above.
[b]
#5 Moshi Moshi VAC Ban Desu (7-5) [+9][/b]

This is where the rankings get hectic. Throughout the season, this team (who changes their name every goddamned week) has looked solid, yet has been a little below the level needed to take down top teams. Now with 3 wins in a row over Toaster in the Bath, Good Damage 2, and Team Win Steel, it looks like the late arrival of Ebsikl might be just what they needed to put them over the edge. If they can get past MyAnimeList Academy, the rest of the season should be smooth sailing. Although I've said that before about a couple teams and that didn't turn out so well.

[b]#6 MyAnimeList Academy, Formerly Portland Burnsiders (8-3) [+10] [/b]

Similar to Moshi Moshi VAC Ban Desu and Toaster in the Bath, this team got off to a middling start but has managed to really turn it up as the season went on, especially with the addition of Ekh0. Unfortunately, that's brought up some other issues (look a few pages back if you're out of the loop), so I'm not sure what the team is going to do about that going forward and if the drama will affect the remainder of their season.

[b]#7 There We Go (8-3) [+3][/b]

Similar to SliceRogue is Banned, this team crept up on me until finally getting a chance to prove themselves by beating Home Run Thomas. This week, they've continued to show they belong with quick wins over Plumpwench and General Nick.

[b]#8 Team Win Steel (9-3) [+3] [/b]

Riding a win streak lasting half the season, Team Win Steel finally met their match against Moshi Moshi VAC Ban, losing a competitive match 3-5. Regardless, they've managed to fall upward since a number of people above them have dropped.

[b]#9 SliceRogue is Banned (9-3) [Not Ranked Last Week][/b]

This team was under my radar for most of the season, but their win over Lion Coalition got my attention. Looking back, they haven't looked bad, but their schedule hasn't given them a chance to look good until now since most of their games were forfeited, played 5v6, or were one sided rolls over low open teams. Considering they will get a free forfeit win over HostileHamster Datenight, it looks like they're a lock for playoffs.
[b]
#10 Toaster in the Bath (8-3) [+5] [/b]

Since the beginning of the season, I thought these players had a lot of potential even though I hadn't seen too much from the team as a whole. Finally, it looks like that potential is being realized now that they've taken wins over Home Run Thomas and 5Head. They have a winnable final schedule, but none of the games are layups either; it looks like a tough fight to the finish line.

[b]#11 5Head (9-3) [-6][/b]

This week hurt their stock some, but made for exciting games. Both matches were decided by one round. In the first against Enjoy Freezing, they narrowly survived with a 5-4 win in overtime. Against Toaster in the Bath, they were toppled in a back and forth 2-3 loss. It doesn't look like the rest of their season will get any easier; matches with Team Win Steel and Carrier Penguins could go either way.

[b]#12 Lion Coalition (7-5) [-4] [/b]

After falling to SliceRogue is Banned, where Lion Coalition stands is a little fuzzy. In this final stretch of the season, they're still in position to make playoffs, but they're not a 100% lock anymore.

[b]#13 Carrier Penguins (7-4) [-4] [/b]

I feel like I'm repeating too much from last week, but the Carrier Penguins have basically the same story. They lost two matches this week, but they weren't expected to win them either considering both opponents are top 4 in the division.
We'll have to wait another week and see their matches against The N-Word Free Zone and There We Go to get a better read on them.

[b]#14 Good Damage 2 (6-6) [-8][/b]

I believed Good Damage 2 had a good chance to win out and I ranked them #6. That may turn out to be one of my hottest takes of the season, which is really saying something. Considering they've undergone some major roster changes, it's unclear if they'll be able to win out, which they need to do if they want to limp into the post season.

[b]#15 The N-Word Free Zone (8-4) [-8][/b]

With their team name's relevance at an all-time high, I didn't want to drop them too much, but a lot of their quality wins happened early in the season, so I may have overrated them a bit last week. They're still a strong team, but I'm thinking they're more #9-#16 zone rather than #6-#9.

[b]#16 Enjoy Freezing (7-5) [-5][/b]

The website falsely showed their win over Good Damage 2 as a 6v5, so I was about to move them back up after I realized my error. A gritty, razor close game versus 5Head gave me further justification, but then they lost to Hugs in Kisses in yet another one round difference toss up match. The result? I have no clue where to put them. They're good, but I don't know how good. Unluckily, it looks like matchmaking might have killed their playoff chances since even if they beat Toaster in the Bath and Home Run Thomas, their other two matches are against Snore and The Boomers - the result being that they'll probably be barely left out of the post season with a record of 8-8 or 9-7 unless they can pull off a miracle upset.

[i][b]Honorable Mentions (Counted as tied for #17)
[/b][/i]

[b]Home Run Thomas (7-4) [-4] [/b]

In their most recent two losses, Home Run Thomas was blown out by There We Go and Toaster in the Bath. With the season drawing to a close, their next matches against Longerboys and Enjoy Freezing are must wins in order to stay in playoff contention.

[b]Longerboys (7-4) [Not Ranked Last week][/b]

I made a mistake last week and thought this team was dead. Apparently they're still alive, just without Kuhnockers and the eponymous Gjohnce. Considering they've undergone a major roster change late in the season, I'm not quite sure where to rank them right now until they play another couple of matches.
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#604
-9 Frags +

Lion Coalition cut their demo, not too sure about how that will work for them

Lion Coalition cut their demo, not too sure about how that will work for them
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#605
5 Frags +

what

what
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#606
-12 Frags +

I'm the demo

I'm the demo
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#607
11 Frags +

top 10 anime plot twists

top 10 anime plot twists
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#608
-18 Frags +

guess my team is downfragging me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

guess my team is downfragging me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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#609
15 Frags +
MoustacheI would like my name to be changed to Furry if that's fine

i would say all downfrags are warranted

[quote=Moustache]I would like my name to be changed to Furry if that's fine[/quote]

i would say all downfrags are warranted
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#610
-6 Frags +

Pretty sure Lion Coalition picked up redd, judging from recent logs.

Also the rankings are becoming better and better, keep it up!

Pretty sure Lion Coalition picked up redd, judging from recent logs.

Also the rankings are becoming better and better, keep it up!
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#611
-17 Frags +
Air_MoustacheI would like my name to be changed to Furry if that's fine
i would say all downfrags are warranted

this name is more dead than my TF2 career

[quote=Air_][quote=Moustache]I would like my name to be changed to Furry if that's fine[/quote]

i would say all downfrags are warranted[/quote]

this name is more dead than my TF2 career
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#612
7 Frags +

Thank you WingedBacon for making a power ranking during this time of high racial animosity and crisis.

We will persevere.

Thank you WingedBacon for making a power ranking during this time of high racial animosity and crisis.

We will persevere.
613
#613
3 Frags +
MoustacheLion Coalition cut their demo, not too sure about how that will work for them

Why would you cut furry? He was pounding when i was on the team.

[quote=Moustache]Lion Coalition cut their demo, not too sure about how that will work for them[/quote]
Why would you cut furry? He was pounding when i was on the team.
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#614
0 Frags +

Anime players do anime things.

Anime players do anime things.
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#615
34 Frags +

https://i.imgur.com/NlcJa4e.jpg

[img]https://i.imgur.com/NlcJa4e.jpg[/img]
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#616
-36 Frags +
Drugstoner420

Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

https://i.gyazo.com/a2163c1c79eb743e7865182c8a1da36c.png

[quote=Drugstoner420][/img][/quote]

Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

[img]https://i.gyazo.com/a2163c1c79eb743e7865182c8a1da36c.png[/img]
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#617
23 Frags +
alfaDrugstoner420
Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

https://i.gyazo.com/a2163c1c79eb743e7865182c8a1da36c.png

mad

[quote=alfa][quote=Drugstoner420][/img][/quote]

Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

[img]https://i.gyazo.com/a2163c1c79eb743e7865182c8a1da36c.png[/img][/quote]

mad
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#618
27 Frags +

alfa gets cucked part 2

alfa gets cucked part 2
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#619
42 Frags +
alfa

if ur so far above the open players y r u in the open thread arguing with them?

[quote=alfa][/quote]
if ur so far above the open players y r u in the open thread arguing with them?
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#620
38 Frags +

Alfa buddy big fan but you take a loss by posting here

Alfa buddy big fan but you take a loss by posting here
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#621
0 Frags +
loljkThank you WingedBacon for making a power ranking during this time of high racial animosity and crisis.

We will persevere.

HIGH RACIAL ANIMOSITY LMAO

[quote=loljk]Thank you WingedBacon for making a power ranking during this time of high racial animosity and crisis.

We will persevere.[/quote]

HIGH RACIAL ANIMOSITY LMAO
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#622
19 Frags +
alfaDrugstoner420
Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

https://i.gyazo.com/a2163c1c79eb743e7865182c8a1da36c.png

all he did was post ur tweet why r u shit talking him

[quote=alfa][quote=Drugstoner420][/img][/quote]

Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

[img]https://i.gyazo.com/a2163c1c79eb743e7865182c8a1da36c.png[/img][/quote]
all he did was post ur tweet why r u shit talking him
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#623
22 Frags +

i literally can not wait to shit on your fucking esea team

i literally can not wait to shit on your fucking esea team
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#624
15 Frags +
alfaCase and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

https://static-cdn.jtvnw.net/emoticons/v1/129169/3.0

[quote=alfa]
Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.
[/quote]
[img] https://static-cdn.jtvnw.net/emoticons/v1/129169/3.0 [/img]
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#625
22 Frags +
alfa

shut the fuck up bloodsucker, it's 2019 and you still sleep in a coffin

[quote=alfa][/quote]
shut the fuck up bloodsucker, it's 2019 and you still sleep in a coffin
626
#626
5 Frags +
alfaDrugstoner420
Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

https://i.gyazo.com/a2163c1c79eb743e7865182c8a1da36c.png

https://i.imgur.com/ToQsWsn.jpg

trust nobody not even urself

[quote=alfa][quote=Drugstoner420][/img][/quote]

Case and point, how do you do this garbage on soldier in open lol? I have no idea who you are but it seems the influence on your team drove you to also call me the N-word in stream chats.

[img]https://i.gyazo.com/a2163c1c79eb743e7865182c8a1da36c.png[/img][/quote]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/ToQsWsn.jpg[/img]

trust nobody not even urself
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#627
11 Frags +

Alfa running through the woods with tears in his eyes pt 2

Alfa running through the woods with tears in his eyes pt 2
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#628
5 Frags +
alfa

https://i.imgur.com/wdBpHEs.mp4

[quote=alfa][/quote]
https://i.imgur.com/wdBpHEs.mp4
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#629
1 Frags +

holey balls this turned very quickly

holey balls this turned very quickly
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#630
34 Frags +

if someone can just post a picture of your tweet with no context and you immediately take that as them talking shit about you then you probably should not have made that tweet. that's some insecure ass shit from someone named alfa

if someone can just post a picture of your tweet with no context and you immediately take that as them talking shit about you then you probably should not have made that tweet. that's some insecure ass shit from someone named alfa
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