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ESEA CS:S Main Final Power Rankings

Heather "sapphiRe" Mumm on Wed, 03/30/2011 2:01AM


Piggy-backing off the Week 7 Power Rankings, the final Main Power Rankings reflect the past two weeks of matches. Just over eight weeks ago, I compiled the pre-season CS:S Main Power Rankings. Only five of the original ten have made it into this final list. The team that finished at the top of the rankings wasn't even included in the pre-season list. In advance of the playoffs, read in to see how these teams progressed (or digressed) throughout these past eight weeks of regular season competition.

ESEA CSS Main Power Rankings - Week 7



Team Rank Description
exprofessionals
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
1 Heading into the season, Vindicated wasn't even included in the first edition of the power rankings. Much has changed since then. Vindicated now finishes the regular season on the top of the power rankings. The team hasn't lost a match since Week 2. In the last two weeks, Vindicated has knocked off End of Reality, Frag Dominant, viPER and Frag Machines. The team is on a hot streak and will be the favorite heading into the playoffs, despite what many of the other top ranked teams may think. But at 15-1, Vindicated closed out the regular season as Main's best team. But can they sustain that momentum through the playoffs?

Monkeys In Pyjamas
East
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
2 Like Vindicated, Immortal 7 also wasn't on the pre-season power rankings list. Immortal 7 hasn't lost a match for four straight weeks. Most importantly, the team's most notable wins came in the final weeks. With victories over Simulation One and invision, Immortal 7 secured the second seed for the playoffs. Immortal 7 has one of the best "up and coming" line-ups that certainly has potential to be a possible Invite prospect in future seasons. 1r1sh_r4ng3r (Connor) is one of Main's hottest players that has made a name for himself after the recent ETS LAN. I hope this team sticks together after the playoffs, no matter what the results, because as they continue to progress, I could see them being competitive in Invite down the road.

invasion-
Central
6-10-0 (.375)
Streak L3
3 Summit climbed up this week after winning all their matches on de_train and de_dust2. Summit was very much in line with Simulation One this week so it was a tough call on the team's final ranking, but I was more impressed with Summit's victory over bad team name. As a result, Summit secured the third position, two above their pre-season ranking of fifth. Maybe I've read the forums too much lately, but for some reason I have the feeling that Summit isn't as strong as I had once thought. Maybe that is just the other Main teams putting that in my head, because at 12-4, Summit is still one of Main's best. Maybe it is because the group doesn't look as cohesive as they were earlier in the season. Early on, I had pegged this team as a potential Invite move-up, but they'll need to do a lot in the playoffs to reaffirm that thought. With a top four seed, that should be possible.

Clutch Gaming
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
4 Simulation One was just ever so slightly less impressive in these last two weeks. Simulation One did have a more challenging schedule, with a match-up against Immortal 7, but I would have liked to see s1m score just a few more rounds than they did in their 16-3 loss. I didn't think it would be that much of a blow-out. Anyways, Simulation One went from a group completely off my radar to one of this season's best. They even spent some time at #1, until suffering three straight losses in the final weeks. Simulation One can stomp Summit and End of Reality (when they were alive) and can take Vindicated into double overtime, so the potential is there to do some damage in the playoffs. Additionally, none of the team's losses were huge upsets or blow-outs, so while Simulation One may have struggled against Immortal 7, that seems like a bit of a fluke. Even in most losses, s1m has been strong.

invision
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
5 invision climbed five positions and creeped over vIPER to take the fifth position, three positions lower than their pre-season ranking of second. The roster has gone through a number of changes since Week 1, but I think invision can still be satisfied where they ended up. The team will have somewhere between the fifth and ninth seed. invision was competitive in a loss to Immortal 7 to start Week 7, but finished off strong with three wins, most notably over Frag Dominant, followed by Icons of Vanity-NA, a match I fully expected invision to lose. Every invision loss was to a current power ranked team, and most of those matches were close. Out of these top five teams, I'm least confident in invision winning the division because usually all their matches come down to the wire, so it's not fun predicting their matches. That being said, invision is a battle-tested team that will be prepared against any opponent in the playoffs.

VIPER
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
6 vIPER is up one position from the previous rankings, mostly in part to their 16-11 victory over bad team name. The team lost to Vindicated but that is no skin off their back. Maybe I'm wrong here, but at least from watching their matches, viPER looks like one of the most practiced teams in this top ten. Even against Vindicated, at least offensively, I saw a level of chemistry from viPER that isn't as common as you'd think in Main. Similar to invision, most of viPER's wins and losses are always extremely close, making them a difficult team to predict. With players like davemayne and deranged consistently holding down the fort, I think viPER should at least make it into the top six, if not further. viPER started the season with an eighth place ranking and made only monitor changes to the line-up compared to others that completely revamped mid-season. It paid off since viPER climbed two spots from where I saw them eight weeks ago.

ForbiddeN
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
7 The power ranking readers were in an uproar when I put Icons of Vanity-NA at third in the pre-season power rankings, instead of at the top. It wasn't long after until I started to believe my readers were right. Icons of Vanity looked almost unbeatable in the first four weeks. However, that suddenly changed in Week 5 as EOR stopped Icon's win streak. In the final four weeks, Icons lost more matches than they won - a big shock for this almost allstar-like line-up, with veterans like baggs, edel and messiah. Icons concluded the season with a loss to invision. Of all playoff teams, I'm least worried about Icons' late season slip-ups. I don't peg this team as one that would be too demoralized by a momentum swing. Icons could very well finish out on top with ease, but they've also proven to be beatable as well, as viPER, Immortal 7 and Vindicated showed. Even though I have Icons at seventh in the power rankings, I could see a top four finish from this group, unless they have a difficult schedule early on.

Corporate Gamers CSS
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
8 Vision Valor Victory is back in the rankings after a short absence. After losing to Immortal 7, quite brutally may I add, the team took five straight to secure a playoff berth after falling behind in the standings. Wins over Frag Machines and bad team name were the two most notable. Vision Valor Victory was a team I had high hopes for for several seasons now. The team has finished almost right back where they started in the pre-season rankings, at ninth. But I will once again say that I don't think vVv has played to their full potential. vVv has some of the smartest players in Main but it seems like they don't yet know how to utilize that in big matches. I can't pinpoint why that is. Looking back, vVv came so close to topping teams like Simulation One, Summit and anneX, but they could never close it out in the end. Maybe I'm a vVv fan-girl, but I still have high hopes that this could be the season vVv takes it all, only if they can be more clutch in those final rounds...

SP
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
9 JTL- was some team no one took the time to notice, including myself, until these final few weeks. Despite the alias', JTL is the most veteran and experienced line-up in Main. Hell, they even are more experience than most Invite teams. After winning five of their last six, JTL was able to secure a playoff berth. They'll be the one bottom-half of the bracket team that the upper half fears, whether those opponents will admit it or not. The group has made it very well known they don't intend to practice for the playoffs so I think they'll struggle down the road against the top five in this list. Still, this is a group no one can count out in the playoffs.

Never Will Be Invite
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
10 SIMPLIFY had as slow of a start to the season as you could imagine. The team won just one match in three weeks. Moreover, the team has incurred four forfeit wins throughout the season, so it was easy to discount this team due to a lack of noteworthy match-ups. But the team has come out of nowhere to secure what will likely be a ninth seed, thanks to a ten game win streak, the second longest next to Vindicated. Of these top ten teams, SIMPLIFY so far has been the weakest. That may not entirely be their fault because they haven't had an opportunity to "wow" me either, due to a number of favorable match-ups. It will be difficult for SIMPLIFY to finish anything better than top twelve, but I know at least in Season 7, this was a group capable of upsets.

OK2STRONG-1G
Central
0-0-0 (.000)
Streak N/A
11 I wrote this prediction last because I was waiting to see if any other teams fit this bill instead of Frag Dominant, because FD did lose three of their last four (with the fourth being a forfeit win). Additionally, I fully expect this ranking to be disputed by the likes of But the power rankings aren't just compiled using two weeks of match history but instead reflect on the entire season, especially in this final article. With that in mind, I'm keeping Frag Dominant on the list, especially considering their strength of schedule in the final two weeks. Against Vindicated, Frag Dominant was made to look like an ESEA-Open team at best. Though they held their own against Simulation One and invision, Frag Dominant was still an underdog throughout. They'll continue to be an underdog during the playoffs because they simply haven't had any notable wins against higher ranked teams. Nonetheless, Frag Dominant is one of the few teams that stands on the fence between being mediocre and being great. They aren't quite there yet, but the group at least accumulated enough wins to have a chance to make name for themselves in playoffs.


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