Writeups by Digital Pain and DCleak
Hello! This is the third and final part of the community power rankings, and we’re ending with the pro teams. Just like legacy and ammy, voting was open to all members of the community and I used everybody’s responses to get the aggregate ranking below. Assisting me with the writeups today is my teammate DCleak from One Hit Wonders, and H3 veteran Digital Pain from Suit & Tie.
1. Impulse (Avg: 1.31) (Preseason: 1)
Digital: Impulse at number one isn’t really surprising anyone. They’ve got the best record in the league, and will secure the number one seed this season. But is Impulse really the best team in this league? At the moment, they’re beating every team and have only let one game ruin their streak. The way Impulse has melded their very diverse individual playstyles has really taken teams by surprise early in the season, but the momentum seems to be slowly moving in the favor of their opponents. It seems to be that players are catching on to their teamstyle. You look at the trend, and every game continues to get closer compared to when they’d been stomping teams earlier in the season. They’re in a difficult position. They don’t know their own weakness yet the way that a team who loses 3-4 times in a season does. This team is going to struggle in playoffs when they’re put in the position of needing to win 2 games in a series.
Taking a deep dive into the lineup, you’re looking at fantastic hybrids. However I wouldn’t consider any one of these players, including Ace, a top 5 tank in the league. The starting lineup for Impulse consists of Piggies, PinnHeadLarry, Netspride, and AceBSilent. Meowlla has played almost as many games as Piggies, but in playoffs that won’t be the case if they’re in a dire situation. PinnHeadLarry is the runner for this team. He’s a little too aggressive for my tastes. A runner should take advantage of his tanks, stay close and punch players too focused on the tank and cleanup anyone who might kill that tank. He’s more into punching at every opportunity, which has its merits because people don’t expect such risky punches. But people eventually catch on and callout something like, “PinnHead has it, expect punches.” At that point it can become predictable and make him a risk to the team. PinnHead, Ace, and Piggies are all very skilled in using the sword. I think it’s another factor in this team’s success. For whatever reason, many players still struggle a lot against swords. A good sword makes for a significant advantage in tipoffs and getting back the bomb from the opposing team. Possession is key, and this team really knows how to get it back in their hands if it isn’t there already.
2. One Hit Wonders (Avg: 2.23) (Preseason: 4)
Digital: One Hit Wonders is a fan favorite, and I see them being placed at number 2 a fair positioning for them in regards to their skill on the court. But their record says otherwise, placing S&T above them. Games with Notorious and Suit and Tie have been close as of recently. This team is a lot better at tanking, and a lot worse at passing on the enemy for those easy goals than back in Halo 4. Most people would have expected differently, but Halo 5 finds itself being far less pass friendly than its predecessor in terms of offensive play. They generally send someone around to wrap the team and create some problems in the spawn, but that player isn’t always getting the kills needed for a pass to happen. Even if that does happen, the runner has to be quite close to midcourt for that pass to land on the plate. It’s a different One Hit Wonders than we’re used to seeing.
Still, their passing skills make for great bomb control. Team tanking is excellent as well. None of the players are great tanks, but their ability to work together makes up for that. Taking a closer look at the players, you’ve got Crusader, DCleak, Tariq, and Shad making up the four starting spots. These players all excel at running except for Tariq. I’ve seen too many people call this man a hybrid when his first instinct up until this season was to drop it in a corner and tank like he doesn’t have the ability to pass the ball. So far he has done a great job fixing that this season, making him much more the hybrid everyone has thought of him. DCleak is the best tank on this team (even if the stats don’t show it) in that he’s unpredictable and changes it up to get those pushes. Crusader does a superb job of holding his ground, and swinging enough that people can’t really approach him for the kill without timing it close to perfectly. Shad runs pretty well for this team. But he played with a lot more confidence on ND and seems almost afraid of losing the ball on OHW. Hopefully that changes, but he’s still solid with that in mind.
3. Suit and Tie (Avg: 2.85) (Preseason: 3)
DCleak: S&T has a unique achievement this season. They are 1 of 2 teams to win with three different lineups. And the only one to do so not using a sub. Quietly being third on the list with wins over all but the leaders, Impulse, they’ve shown that they have a roster capable of playing well. They have the tanking power necessary to go toe to toe with anyone in the league, but their issues are more due to the running of the bomb. Depending on who’s running you can expect aggressive punches and risky attempts at the plate.
The roster consists of Gingy, Digital, Boss, Canon and their draft pick Killerz. Gingy has been the fill player this season from what I have seen. That doesn’t mean he still can’t be the lead tank on pushes or that aggressive tank that gets kills. But in this new versatile role he now can influence the court more than just being a push tank. Digital is still the patient, dance oriented tank. He racks up kills and helps keep teams from just rushing them. And let’s be honest he’s a pain in the ass because he will back up and wait for you to mess up or get antsy. Boss is aggressive in both tanking and running to his benefit and detriment. He plays off the tanking line well presenting a change of pace to digital that can catch teams off guard. His running needs to be cleaner though. Canon is canon. He’s extremely passive and goes to your spawn. Maybe not as much as previous games, although the tanking style of H5 seems to fit him if he only played it more. Last but certainly not least is Killerz. Most would call him the runner but he’s more than that. He’s capable of being a good support tank and being a solid running option. In all honesty this team is scary. As they have multiple lineups that can compete. We’ll have to wait and see how they end up come playoffs.
4. Notorious (Avg: 3.77) (Preseason: 2)
DCleak: The long awaited return of Saintz to the AGLA hasn’t disappointed. Co-captaining with Sab and bidding on Silva, viper and getting determined in the draft. In a lot of people’s minds this team was one to watch out for. And they’ve put up some insane stats, played long games but they’re fourth on this power ranking and barely squeaking by for playoff contention. Not what most had in mind. Their core three are solid if not elite, their fourths on the other hand leave something to be desired. Not to say that either of them have been terrible. Just that they need more out of them if they want a chance.
Saintz leads this team as a tank, putting up massive numbers that makes every one who didn’t pick him in fantasy look like an idiot. His hammer lunges are disgusting and so is his all around skill. Silva is the main runner on this team. He likes to be aggressive and it works for him. His hammer isn’t too shabby and his sword is top 10. He just has to start being comfortable with a fourth who might struggle and not give up the bomb to someone else. Sab is what every support player should strive to be. The man can tank, use the sword, run the bomb, play defense, be aggressive, etc. Where he struggles is when the team struggles as it doesn’t allow him to influence the game like he can. Also doesn’t hurt that he makes some amazing plays when given the opportunity. We come to viper; who last AGLA was a serviceable player with potential. But he missed IGL and a lot of customs and probably got left behind. He isn’t bad just not where they need him to be overall. Determined rounds out the roster. A former god tank I have full faith that if he gave H5 a legitimate shot he could be great at it. He just needs to catch up to the speed of the game and passing. All in all the fourths need the grind to get into being on par with the other three. Also shout out to the unofficial sixth man AJ. Best 1 on 1 defender in the league.
5. Kills Optional (Avg: 5.00) (Preseason: 5)
DCleak: There was once someone who made a statement about “chemistry doesn’t equal wins” or something along those lines. That person reminds me of a fictional appliance. This team struggled with inconsistency and their identity as a team, which is a big tell of lacking chemistry. They showed flashes of what they are capable of with two 5-4 (4-4) losses to, at the time an undefeated, Impulse. Instead of playing as a team to win they played more off individual skill. Not that they didn’t try and use teamwork, they just didn’t have the comfort level with each other. A lineup that consists of Rage, Dark, Ezy, Rick and Poptart as the draft pick doesn’t sound too bad. They have the mechanical skill to compete just not the chemistry to.
Rage has seen his offensive tanking regress but he’s still a good defender. He doesn’t have the time anymore to grind to get back to what he once was but he’s still a top 20 player. Dark on the other hand is moving up the player rankings with a strong individual season performance. Ezy is still Ezy. He shows up, puts in work than goes back to the master race. Rick is the lightning rod for this team, as he is the most inconsistent member of the starting lineup. He’s struggled this season and it showed. Rick is a good mechanical player it just doesn’t transfer over to league games. I haven’t seen poptart play this season. Dude’s busy. He probably would’ve got some game time to alleviate the pressure on Rick this season if he had time. Also I hope you appreciate the Brave Little Toaster reference to Active.
6. Vital Signs (Avg: 5.85) (Preseason: 6)
Digital: Vital Signs was last season’s champion, so they had some high expectations of them coming into this season. The pressure seems to have gotten to them and they’ve failed to show up, putting them at number 6 in this list. This team plays just about at the same level as last season, so what has exactly stopped them from winning majority of their games this season? Well, every other player, therefore every team, has improved significantly from last season. Ouglaf took a season off from the IGL, leaving him out of any competitive games for an entire season, and its shown in their games. Rain had been the best tank during the last AGLA too, but he’s sitting closer to the bottom of the top 5 tanking list as of right now. The biggest problem is that Ouglaf doesn’t fit as Rain’s duo. You expect the duo to be equal in skill or close. Rain will always be a number one or two on a team. Ouglaf is likely a third or fourth player. They have the CCV of two top players in the league, when in reality it should have been much lower. Having just come off a ship, it was inflated and they should have expected that. Rain should have picked another player to duo, and picked up Ouglaf instead. CCV probably wouldn’t have changed much, but they’d have a much better team.
The starting lineup for this team consists of Rain, Ouglaf, Jeakilla, and Rose. There’s a problem with this lineup, and it isn’t that Jea got banned from the AGLA team recently. Rose wasn’t the fourth best player on this team. Noplex had been playing with ND in the IGL, the third place team in the league. He played great as a support player, and contributed significantly to the success of ND. Rose might have a slight edge on tanking, but Noplex remains superior in every other statistic. Important aspects of a well rounded player such as awareness, positioning, defense, and passing. Rain had mistaken the chemistry with Rose as something more than Noplex had to offer the team. Having said that, Rain is a great tank and Ouglaf is a top three runner. Jeakilla is a solid tank, and Rose can make pushes here and there. Ouglaf doesn’t stack up outside of running, so when they’re without the ball, it will be difficult to keep themselves in the game. If they’d been playing Noplex over Rose along with some improved defensive play from Ouglaf, they’d have been in contention for playoffs.