Halfway through the regular season, and with playoffs just around the corner, the Grifball community speculates as to pecking order of the Pro League. This week, there’s been quite a bit of movement up and down the Top 8. ActiveHate, along with RDG NHL and I SpudHead I, provide insight into the community’s vote.
1. Nasty Neighbors
Halfbreed and crew move into the number one spot this week after their victories over Border Patrol and Green Army. However, I don’t believe that’s the main reason for the sudden shift in our top three. They can thank Way to Fail for dropping a game against <3, which in turn resulted in an almost unanimous change in the votes. In the next few weeks it's going to be a make or break situation for Nasty Neighbors. The results of their games against <3 and Way to Fail are inevitably going to decide if they stay number one. Regardless, they're looking solid so far, especially after Taylor Cann's debut performance. He's been improving exponentially, and has now made it clear that he's a valuable asset to the team. I SpudHead I:
Taylor Cann, halfbreed, and blue collar kid will not be easy to beat. None of the players on this team have ever been the premiere players on a championship team, but it does not seem to matter. Not only are they undefeated in the AGLA League, but they are also 7-0 in the Grifball Ladder Beta. Until this team receives a loss in any league, I don’t see them budging from the #1 spot.
The original Reach trio of FanciestPants, Halfbreed105, and YoDrGreenthumb is back and all practiced up. With BlueCollarKid’s running and with Taylor Cann ready to step in, they should be able to win against <3 and WTF.
I SpudHead I:
After one of the longest Reach Grifball games ever against Way to Fail, <3 proved that they weren't a bunch of washed up Halo 3 players getting carried by T Rich. This team would likely have claimed the #1 spot, but they were defeated by Nasty Neighbors in the Ladder. I have a feeling that the AGLA matchup will have a different outcome, as thumee and t rich have something to prove. RDG NHL:
They’re back and kicking ass. That’s all that really needs to be said about them other than the game between them and Nasty Neighbors is probably the most anticipated thing right now.
Thumee and Doc finally proved themselves this week in their 69 minute bout with the defending champions Way to Fail. It was true test of endurance for this team, as Way to Fail came out with the opening lead in the game. Although it didn’t seem to phase <3 in the slightest. Instead, it provoked an aggressive onslaught which forced Priest to frantically run around, and seek shelter behind his teammates. In the end,<3 came out of the match victorious, and laid to rest any rumors about Thumee being washed up. Now they have the Pro League championship in their sights, and only one more test before they're on their way to claiming it once again.
3. Way to Fail
The defending champions have lost one game to <3 in a 5-4 match, but can come back as the second game is still up for grabs. With their play very consistent though, they’re going to have to change what they’re doing to keep up with <3 and Nasty Neighbors. ActiveHate:
In the seasons prior to their championship win in SL11, this team has always struggled in playoffs against teams like <3. The main reason for this being they never really had four players that could consistently hold their own on the court. In fact, it's been said by almost everyone in the entire Grifball community. Dragon has always been the weakest of the four, and he really needs to improve, or Way To Fails chances at winning the championship could vanish in the blink of an eye. Personally after that performance, I think Way To Fail would be better off starting RedBaron. At least then they wouldn't have to drag around dead weight in important games. I SpudHead I:
Last season’s champions see themselves dropping to the #3 spot after only playing two games. Without blue collar kid, I don’t see them moving up too far, either. Dragon (with a bunch of numbers in the name somewhere) has never been able to compete in the Pro League. When you face the top teams, you need to have four solid players, and Way to Fail only has three.
4. National Watermelon Association
This team is really doing all they can after being stuck in a division with two of the top three teams. Don’t let those losses fool you though, as they’re still worthy of being in the top half of the Pro League. Even with Bred4War currently on vacation, I don’t see them dropping any games to anyone under them. TJP11 will be joining the team momentarily and will provide a decent boost to their tanking core. Will it be enough to take down any of the top three teams? Probably not, but then again number four isn’t so bad when the three teams above you are super teams consisting of the most elite players.
I SpudHead I:
The fight for the fourth playoff spot could go to anyone, and I personally don’t see it going to NWA. It might have something to do with them being in the same division as <3 and Way to Fail, but you never know. Ultimately, RDG NHL will carry this band of misfits however far that they make it. RDG NHL: After starting out 1-3, they’ve moved up a spot from the last top 10. With losses only coming from <3 and WTF and a win against Green Army, this team is actually looking good at 1-3.
5. Green Army
I SpudHead I:
Green Army was bumped up to the Pro League as the “benchmark” team, but find themselves ranked in the middle of the pack. Although making playoffs would take a miracle, I see them winning about two more games this season.
After moving up to Pro, Green Army seems to be doing decently well. They have a 1-2 record with room for improvement, but are still have to play 2 games against <3 and WTF and have another game against NWA coming up. Regardless, they should do well in the HBG and NYP games they have left. ActiveHate:
Green Army ascends to number five after beating Border Patrol this week. Unfortunately I think they reached their limit, because realistically the chances of them beating any of the top four are extremely slim. That doesn’t mean they aren’t expected to win any more games this season though. With two of the bottom three teams being MIA the first half of the season, and Border Patrol getting thrown aside, they just might make playoffs.
6. Hot Bikini Guyz
So, these guys haven’t played a game yet, but they seem to be getting active again and are ready to take on some teams. With AcePrado and Killerz Legit as their main tanking duo, they should be able to take on a good amount of the teams.
What can you say about a team that never plays? Nothing really, except for the fact that they’re obviously a fan favorite amongst our amateur community. If they show up for games then it’s quite possible they could take advantage of Border Patrol’s shaky state, and the New York Pineapples’ untested team. I haven’t heard anything about them trying to schedule any games though, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
I SpudHead I:
I can find almost no info on this team, as they haven’t played any games and grifball.com is not working right now. Because of this, I can’t really write anything. I do know that their captain is TacoPizzaHunter, so here is a random image from when I googled his gamertag. http://cdn.wn.com/pd/0c/23/c74030b8fc5ea09e8802a8cd5986_grande.jpg They must be his teammates.
7. Border Patrol
After an abysmal start to their season, Border Patrol is struggling with communication and coordination. They don’t have any sort of natural chemistry together, which ultimately leads to a lot of chaos and confusion on the court. It sort of reminds me of the Power Outage team I was on. They’re never really around until game time, and when they do play their performance lacks gusto. Above all, Border Patrol’s roster doesn’t have the skill necessary to be a real competitor in the Pro League. It’s more or less a team of wasted potential.
I SpudHead I:
ActiveHate is doing his best to pull together a team, but everyone he adds happens to have different availabilities. Because of this, they have not played many games and don’t have much chemistry. Even if they manage to play enough games to get the fourth playoff spot, I’d be impressed if they score three goals or more in the playoffs.
Adding lots of players to a roster does not equal success and this team is proof of that. After losing to Nasty Neighbors and Green Army, they’re going to have beat HBG and NYP in both their games to make a turnaround of their season.
8. New York Pineapples
I SpudHead I:
No idea who is on this team. They also haven’t played any games. All I know is that their captain’s gamertag is SlimJimx50. I think I’m going to go grab something to eat now.
Normally, not playing games since the last top 10 will cause you to move down, but there’s no other places to go. I hear that they have a new lineup from last season, but I don’t actually know since they haven’t done anything. So, play your games and maybe you’ll move up.
Well SlimJim seems to be back now and ready to schedule games, but they’re obviously the underdogs this season. Almost everybody voted them into last place this week, but that just means they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. All they have to do is play their games, and win at least one to move up in the ranks. It’s a bit far-fetched to think the New York Pineapples could pull off any upsets, but miracles aren’t impossible.