Preseason/Week 1 Power Rankings:
This is going to be an interesting season in Open for sure. With the divisions being merged now look for a lot more interesting matchups, and potentially a lot of close games between top Open and formerly low/mid IM teams. Additionally, this merge makes power rankings a lot more confusing and difficult, so we’ve added a second ranking for purely pre-merge open rosters, so that hopefully some newer teams get some recognition as well. I might have missed most of the roster changes, or made some mistakes, so apologies for that. Huge shoutout to Dyl4n for the rankings and all the work you did helping put this together, and thanks to radium and luhsee for their help making this happen.
Although they might not be the most accurate, here are the preseason/week 1 power rankings for Open S25:
1. Mind over Mongo
Not much of a surprise here, the team that went 14-2 in IM last season and placed third in playoffs takes the top spot on our preseason rankings. Look for this team to continue their dominance again this season, especially now that the divisions are merged.
2. Muscle March
Another team that did fantastic in IM last season making playoffs with a 13-3 regular season. Making only a few roster changes in the offseason, look for Muscle March to dominate the first two weeks with a relatively easy schedule.
3. The Sparkle Gang
Yet another team that made IM playoffs last season, finishing with a 10-6 record and hopefully looking to improve and become a contender this season for the top spot. Week one looks relatively easy for this team, but week two contains a match against Mind over Mongo so keep your eyes peeled for what should be an exciting match.
After finishing 8-8 last season, this team has made some roster changes that make them look very competitive this season. Being scheduled against four pre-merge open teams in the first two weeks means this team will probably be off to a decent start. Look for this team to cruise into weeks two and three with a pretty good standing.
This team is sort of an enigma. I’m sure some scrim partners know the whole roster, but when JohnMilter was asked about his team’s roster he said it’s “classified”. As rankings mastermind Dyl4n said, “Any team with those players will pound”. Look for mr_popo to have an easy first week and put up some impressive numbers.
Another rare team on our rankings that was not in IM last season, although they did make Open playoffs and go 1-1. Featuring some strong and notable players, this team is poised to do well this season. Look for their abilities to get tested this week in their match against Jojos bizarre adventure, and see if they can prove that they deserve a high spot in these rankings.
7. OBAMACARE DEATHCAMP
This team has an interesting name, and with only a few roster changes will look to redeem themselves after just missing the cutoff for playoffs last season. Their first match of the season will be against S24 Open 5th place Power Surge, so look to that game as an early test of this team’s ability.
8. BLANC Lite
Although this team struggled in IM last season, they have changed up their roster, trading out 3 players in hopes of a stronger showing this season. This team has some matches against notable opponents in the first two weeks, so we will look to see if they have actually improved or if they will continue to struggle in this upcoming season.
9. THE ZONE
This recently formed team is looking very strong with some extremely strong players on their roster. They will get a FFW for their first match against dead team, Hot Pink Grills, but pay attention to their second process match where they will face BigBrain JaguarFiend’s team. With everyone on THE ZONE offclassing, look for this game to potentially be a close one.
10. no god just grapeSquad
Rounding out the list is no god just grapeSquad. Although this is a newly formed roster, this team has a lot of potential to succeed this season. This team should have two fairly easy first wins this week, but looking ahead to week two may struggle to prove themselves as a top contender this season.
Match of the Week:
OBAMACARE DEATHCAMP vs Power Surge
Pre-Merge Open Top 10 (Maybe writeups in the future):
2. THE ZONE
3. no god just grapeSquad
4. Ben’s Cafeteria
5. Hotter Dads
6. aubrey plaza fanclub
7. crashed out
8. circle bread
9. faggot food
10. 6 Guys Burgers and Spies