For the first time ever, grifball has a Pro League consisting of the best 16 teams available. Unfortunately, I have no idea who I would predict to win the League. But I do have opinions of each team. These are my personal opinions and do not reflect any of the other HUB staff. But this is what I think you can look forward to from each team.
LINT – Basically half of last season’s Legacy champions, GSH, has come to play and claim a repeat on the title. Already off to a great 3-1 start, these boys are coming to play. Look for their week 3 games against BB! and WTNN? to be their roughest week, but most weeks should be cakewalk.
Bleep Bloop! – Coming with something to prove after last season’s disastrous results and a repeat of division play with GoF. How will they do with the change of a couple of players? So far they’re doing well with a 2-0 start. With a relatively easy start, look for it to get increasingly difficult as they’ll run into division teams LINT and GoF twice each.
Grunts of Fury – A split in last season’s team, half the roster is left to stay back to continue on GoF for another season. With excellent pickups to their steady repertoire of playoff runs, look for this team to continue to repeat. With a steady string of “host” teams on their schedule and a face off against SB this week, look for a lot of close games coming from this team.
Team U.S.A. – The Rookie 2nd place team comes into the Pro league with something to prove especially with a close series against PiotP. But they probably have the hardest division for the former Rookies. A tough early, schedule will determine their standings especially when it comes to a Rookie championship rematch this week.
Strictly Business – With probably one of the easiest schedules, this team made of half of last season’s GoF will make a steady climb to a playoff spot. With one of their hardest games already won against SI and the other hardest one against GoF scheduled for this week, this team looks to be able to coast unless the teams in their division can pick it up.
American Dream – One of the Original 8, this team was once considered favorites but continued early exits in playoffs have left some shadows on their Pro career. Look to this team to quietly put in a few upsets with their mix of strength in schedule, but as with their previous seasons it’s hard to see much of a playoff run from them.
Put It On The Pad – Last season’s Rookie champions are off to a rough 0-2 start. And the Rookies have it tough as their schedule includes some of the most experienced teams that came from Legacy. Their roster hasn’t changed and not being tested last season for the most part, now the team is getting a crash course against some of the toughest teams.
Crayola Magic – The thing that makes this team play so well is what also led them to a 0-3 start, that’s West coast host. With such a reliance on host, this team can dominate if they can pull it. But so far their main host puller has been unavailable. With basically a 5-man team, they’ll find it difficult to win unless they are able to pull host.
Cheap Ass Gamer – Let’s keep it simple, they love to launch which can be a double edged sword. Most Pro teams are adept at stopping launches. But this team already has some experience catching some teams off guard as shown by last season. The key here will be their on the fly launches and fakes that may throw teams off and sneak a few wins in.
Separate Intelligence – The 2nd place Legacy team continues on in their history of mediocrity. But honestly, they continue to stack their roster with skilled players. SI could easily be considered a super team, if not for sub par performances from teammates popping up sporadically. With arguable the hardest schedule in the Pro league, the team will find it difficult in interdivisional play but looks to have an easy chance in their own division.
Whose The Noob Now? – Continually surprising people and coming in undetected, WTNN? is in a winnable division and will continue to be an x-factor. But spotty performances will be their downfall, as not having host might spell doom for this team. Although, they are master of slowing the tempo of the game down and playing keep away. Week 3 will make or break this team’s season.
Anonymous – A team that was making a lot of noise in the preseason seems to have been quiet lately especially after starting the season with a loss against CAG. This is another one of those x-factor teams that may pull in a few upsets but in their division it may not be enough. Their roster is varied and with skill, but they continue to live up to their namesake.
Qu09 – The other half of the Legacy champions, GSH, also look to defend their part of the title. The team has one of the best all around players and one of the top runners, but departures from other teammates may hurt this team. Their addition of a Rookie player has been deemed as poor move to some, but their win this week against SI proves that they have a shot at the playoffs. Look to their week 3 to be the toughest against SB and divisional TWSS.
That’s What She Said – TWSS comes in a tad bit late to replace the failed Project 86, and already without a game played they’re making moves in the community rankings. The team has also seen a bit of a shake up in their roster and with their hesitance to initially move into the Pro League may already spell uncertainty for this team. Fortunately their schedule seems to allow them to ease on in the Pro League, but they have to play catch up and the rest of their season doesn’t look that easy.
Punching Ghosts – After their best season in the Winter League, look at this team to stumble with the loss of some of their best players. Unfortunately, they’re in the division with the team that has one of those former players. And to add to the difficulty of this season, the defending champs are smack middle in their way. Their first two weeks should be the toughest, look at week 3 to be when they make a move if they can.
That One Team – The 2nd place team from last year has continued to disappoint since their meteoric rise in SL08. The continual loss of players has whittled down their roster to five players. Unfortunately, only one of those players may be up to par. With a schedule that has a few teams that also happen to be struggling such as AD and PG, they may be able to make some sort of move.