Season 4 Week 10
Going into the last round week of the Global League, we already have most of the league results across divisions. Not all of them though, as Masters battle for top4 playoff spots is at its prime, with Barf, FiveAces, Smitty, Lorrydriver and Gatekeeper going to decide who’s not worthy among them. Orb still has mathematical chances of reaching 4th if Lorry and Gatekeeper totally waste their remaining games.
Minions playoff bunch is Happy, Doomsday, Omnom and SoScared. The order in which they get to semi-finals is yet unclear and will be decided among them, with Happy also having a game against T and SoScared against Lucasss. Raishiwi forfeited his Minions place which is one additional loss to the Global League and will be missed.
Sotsch secured the Division Alpha 1st place and Hidden Path entrance with a win over spetsnaz84. Even if jvk is tied on points he’ll still be 2nd because of Sotsch/jvk result. Unano and Abarrat are the other two players promoted to Minions.
Chin0‘s matches against BullE and mechANIC are to present the Hidden Path contestant from Recruit Bravo division. Craig Christ and Eloyros are too promoted to Minions, because Lucian got a strike for his promotion-critical game.
WaRRyKeR is to be a Recruit Charlie representative in Hidden Path massacre. Eskimo and Anykeyich are promoted, with wippie and netnazgul still uncertain.
Kazu takes the [predictable] 1st place in his division after winning all his games. The rest of the division however is quite a mess and could end up with only 4 players remaining in the end and others been disqualified due to strikes, Digital Jihad and Zaqzorn being the latest victims of that.
This is probably one of the best plays of the season so far as you could have guessed from the names involved. I won’t go into much detail of the games themselves, because I’m a bit too lazy again and it’s just a lot of multi-phased action all over the place to be put into words. The first one on Borrowed Time was a real battle of attrition with both players being reduced to long distance mining across half of the map at some point. And in the end Lorry lost more MCVs than Omnom produces in several games.
Second game on Pitfight was a whole lot different than the first one, with Lorry taking the aggressive stance right from the line and till the end. Gatekeeper then did some questionable decisions throughout the game (like pulling his harvesters to crush the early rifle push and not having defences queued most of the time) which are deadly if you’re up against Lorry.
Anjew/Smitty: Anjew probably was just too cautios into the first game, giving Smitty both economy and tech advantage. By the time Anjew managed to raise Tech Center (and made a nice phase snipe on Radar Dome) it was already too late. Second game was a lot more even with a whole range of attacks from every angle on Nuclear Winter – you don’t see such proactive play in Allied mirrors too often. And definitely you don’t see Chrono Tanks from Smitty.
Orb/SirCake: a match between Masters’ players known for unconventional play. Fast 2nd War Factory by Orb lead to a nice heavy tank raid onto SirCake’s main which shaped the rest of the first game. In the second game Orb was just too dominant.
Omnom/Mentats: conyard wars are up again! A 40 minute basepush massacre on Behind the Veil for those who are strong-willed. In another game on Pitfight Omnom showed he can push the opponent even without MCV.
Digital Jihad/Chewey: DJ looks like a very promising player, especially after this match against Chewey who himself likes to spice things up. Hightech rush in the second game was too strong for Chewey to handle although DJ took his time to finish it.
Interesting notice that we have 3 Germans among recruit division winners! Stay tuned to see whether there will be more German presence among the winners as Lorrydriver is fighting to defend the title.
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