University of Waterloo
|Signed Up:||September 18, 2017|
|Last Posted:||May 13, 2019 at 10:32 PM|
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University of Waterloo
Vancouver out here speedrunning this series. Two 100-0's and a full hold.
It makes the site not a quite as much of a financial burden for enigma and you can ignore the betting stuff fairly easily
Yuki coming in hot to pull off the upset
Vancouver and Shock are just a tier above everybody else at this point. Not much more to say.
Florida kinda looked better today than they have in the past. Winning control against Philly is a start, and they were fairly competitive on King's Row and Junkertown. If Swon starts playing better and Saya gets more comfortable on brig, the Mayhem could at least pass the University of Waterloo and climb out of the bottom tier of teams.
Unless Gladiators legion sign a new player this will be the contenders debut for xQc
I miss seagull, runner, kresnik, and the crazy shenanigans of hero limit 0. Also I loved the 2016 world cup and how the US went up against the Koreans with Ster on Ana against Jehong and how Muselk's Australia team somehow got a win.
One thing to add is that the stadium itself won't actually open until 2021 so next season the fusion will have to play in an existing location in Philly.
cool to see the Rascal redemption arc getting another chapter
Good to see I was at least right about one of my predictions. I may have been completely wrong about everything else, but I'll take it.
I don't think this is such a great idea. I mean, what will Florida do for away games? TviQ doesn't even have a pilot's license yet!
4 different regions represented on one team is pretty cool. Maybe Gaga can be the next Ameng
I hope the burger was good.
Dafran was... awful tonight. Decay didn't play at his best but he still managed to win the Zarya battle by a wide margin.
I guess NoSmite was the problem?
Soliciting a prostitute in the United States in 2019 is an action that makes human traffickers richer and increases the demand for sex slaves. Actions have consequences beyond the immediate here and now. Willful ignorance of the problems you are indirectly creating through your actions isn't just blinking, it's closing your eyes to the world entirely. He walked into the building knowing there was a very real probability he was paying a human trafficker to have sex with a kidnapped girl who wouldn't ever see a cent of his payment. This wasn't just hiring a prostitute to have sex with him discretely at a motel. The building was a brothel disguised as a spa run by multiple people in a highly organized system.
Depends on whether or not he knew the people running the whole thing were involved in human trafficking.
Alright, I used to have nothing against the 3-3 but after watching my boy Sayaplayer dome the heck out of the Hunters on Busan and still lose my heart kinda broke.
I'll admit it, Jinmu is one hell of a player
I take back everything bad I've said about the new-look Dragons, this team is going to dominate.
because the match doesn't matter and they want to let Danye have some fun would be my guess
Yeah, to be honest I hadn't taken the time to learn everything I possibly could and actually watch a lot of the players joining in season 2. Come to think of it, I'm sort of like the king himself, MYKL, when it comes to my opinions. I'm overly confident, I like to cause controversy, and I want to get things out as fast as possible. So, I guess, treat my posts as if they were coming from him.
As for the Defiant, I remember climax being O2 Ardeont's best DPS player from what limited action I saw of them, which is why I didn't think of Ivy and Stellar as stars, but I could be wrong about that. Neko was good in S1 for Uprising, but I always thought the stars of that team were Gamsu, Striker, and to a lesser extent, DreamKazper before he got kicked out of the league.
I'd agree on the idea that the world cup shows us something about GOATS play, but it's also important to recognize that the nerf to brig makes stun-slam less important, and could completely change the way Zarya is played in that composition.
Profit and birdring both play widow at a roughly equal level. They're both extremely flexible players and Birdring ends up playing more because of Profit's value on other heroes.
Dang it, I knew I wrote something wrong :0. Honestly, the Korean bias is partly me not wanting to put Houston higher because people would think I was crazy and partly me not wanting to completely write off China as a weak region, leading to the inclusion of Charge and Spark where they are. As for Philly, I submit the opinion that Carpe is overrated. Profit can do everything Carpe does at the same level while being much more flexible. When you look at Carpe's signature heroes, Tracer and Widow, there are plenty of players who can outclass him. (SBB, Striker, Profit, and maybe Effect are better Tracers. Pine, Sayaplayer, and Profit are better Widows).
I wish I knew more about each team's brig play, for sure. We've never really seen any of the s1 teams run GOATS, which is why I put Vancouver as high as I did. They're the one team we know for certain can run GOATS and win with it.
He's only getting playing time because Chengdu couldn't sign a player who managed to get himself cut from both LA teams
Good ol' Harb coming back to get that chicken contendies dinner
Wait, what? Why'd they cut Tizi and Woohyal if they were going to sign 2 Koreans anyway?
Berlin/Cologne/any large city in Germany
Rio/Sao Paulo/Buenos Aires/Mexico City
Sparkle will never play in OWL. By the time he finally turns 18 he will be so burnt out of grinding in contenders while watching players worse than him make OWL that he'll quit.
Microwaved shredded cheese is a terrible idea
Pavane got picked to be the head coach of the Korean world cup team for a reason. NYXL still has very good coaching
SF Shock will contend for a title in S2 led by the best coach in the league, Crusty, and the ridiculous dps duo of Striker and Architect. If Viol2t is as good as I've heard he is, they could legitimately win the entire league.
NYXL will (and should) trade Ark, who will become the most expensive player in league history.
Shanghai will be the biggest disappointment of any team. With their failure to upgrade their tank line and inability to get Decay the team will just look like a worse version of the contenders KR team that lost to Runaway.
Philly Fusion are objectively worse than they were last season. They might struggle to make the playoffs, especially if Zarya stays in the meta, since they lost their two best Zarya players in SDB and Hotba.
Mind you, that isn't to say I think teams should go full Korean. The most consistent and meta-proof teams throughout S1 OWL were Valiant and Gladiators after getting Fissure. Mixed teams are the way to go. Limiting your talent pool to a single region, even if that region is Korea, is a mistake, but if you're going to make that mistake, don't keep around players you aren't going to sign just for marketing.
If your team exists solely for marketing, that's kind of unfair to the players. The Hurricane players will never move up to Spitfire and Cloud 9 can make other OWL teams pay more in transfer fees than the players might otherwise come with, making it harder for them to get signed into OWL. A Contenders team should be a feeder team to develop prospects that you want to bring up to OWL one day. Similar to how it is with minor league baseball in the US, the organization doesn't care about the success of the whole Contenders team as much as they care about cultivating talent that they can bring up to their OWL team. If you own an OWL team, which would you rather have, a team that wins Contenders in your region but provides no boost to your main team or 2 solid players that you can bring up to the big leagues in case a player on the main team can't keep their spot for whatever reason? If Spitfire continues to drag in top British talent into Hurricane but doesn't give them a chance to make OWL, that hurts the EU scene more than if the Academy team had Koreans.
Hey maybe this will finally make people realize how stupid the "local/regional talent" idea is and appreciate their team's players regardless of where they're from.
Toronto: No real star power, dps players aren't particularly exciting.
Chengdu: None of their players except for Yveltal and maybe Lateyoung have shown anything in the past year that would suggest they belong in OWL.
Seoul: Hitscan DPS. Munchkin is going to have to play significantly better than he did last season.
Shanghai: They kept a tank line that played half of the season for an 0-40 team.
DC: Their support line is hot garbage
Philly: Boombox is average and Poko's Zarya is worse than his dva.
LAV: KSF and Bunny were unimpressive during S1.
Paris: Finnsi is a bit of a question mark for me, and Shadowburn has a tendency to be really inconsistent.
Hangzhou: Either Adora or Bazzi is going to have to step it up big time, since Krystal and GodsB have very similar hero pools.
Florida: Sayaplayer will still be completely left out to dry by a weak tank line and mediocre supports. The only difference is that his dps partner will at least share his misery of being significantly better than the rest of the team.
London: Profit can only carry a team so far. Eventually, the rest of the team will have to pick up the slack.
Boston: Their management is a hot mess and Aimgod looked pretty bad in S1.
LAG: Yeah these guys are pretty much set. The team is loaded with talent and the players all seem to like each other.
Dallas: Dallas still is going to have to deal with the team chemistry issues that plagued them throughout season 1, but this time they won't have the steadying presence of Seagull to help out.
SFS: They have to figure out who is going to play dps. Striker is probably their most talented player but I'd be worried about the mental aspect of things due to the events surrounding him and Boston.
NYXL: They have 3 hitscan dps who at times have looked like the best player in the world. Which one of them gets playing time and how they perform will be key.
Atlanta: Dafran and Gator are trouble waiting to start. I'm not sure how their personalities will mesh with the Koreans.
Guangzhou: Support line is somewhat unproven, no real star player.
Vancouver: They need to adjust from playing like a contenders team and playing against contenders teams to the new world of OWL. Haksal and Stitch will have to be at their absolute best.
Houston: They have a solid Dva in coolmatt. They have a great Zarya in Spree. They do not have anyone who can play both of those heroes at an OWL level, meaning the comps they can play on any given map will be very limited.
Don't sleep on Seoul with Ana back in the meta. Also, y'all are bold picking a Boston team that will have exactly 1 dps player available.
Yes, let's increase the prize pool of our league with salaried players and team spots that cost far more than could ever be made through prize money alone instead of making it so that contenders players can eat.
edit: I don't know why the numbers show as counting up for me. In case it needs clarification, it should be counting down from 20 (Shanghai) to 1 (Seoul)
Oh shit they got Harsha easy first place for Vancouver
Overall score: 8.5
DPS: The DPS of this team are very good. Krystal and GodsB in particular are fantastic. The only problem I can see happening with this team is when they play goats. Since GodsB and Krystal both prefer to play Brig over Zarya it will be difficult to have them both in the game at the same time. It's not really a bad problem to have, but it is one that comes up in other places. Hangzhou have a couple of cases of having two really fantastic players on the same role.
Tanks: Guxue and NoSmite are both exceptional main tanks. The only problem is, they're both main tanks. Ria will do fine and probably end up playing sort of a coolmat-style of consistent but not particularly flashy dva.
Supports: IDK is arguably the best player on the team, and could very well become a top player in the league. Their flex supports will probably do enough to hold their own against most of the opponents they face.
Summary: Solid, consistent, but not particularly flashy. They should comfortably make playoffs and could play in the semifinals or even finals, but I wouldn't pick them as a favorite to win the championship. They made smart and relatively safe picks regarding their player selection, and that should help them find stability early on. I obviously don't know how much each player is getting paid, but aside from IDK and maybe Guxue I would guess they didn't have to shell out tons of money for the roster. All signs point to the management knowing exactly what they were doing this offseason.
god damn it jebaited again
I'm just not sold on any of the Moss 7 Club players or Baconjack. M7C was a middle of the pack team in contenders CN and Baconjack hasn't played in a year, and when he did play his team, Flash Wolves, was a constant disappointment. This team does have some good pieces, but I feel like by not going with a mixed team they're wasting some of Garry's value as a player who played on an otherwise full Korean team. YXL is also a bit of a question mark for me. Sure, he was good on Miraculous Youngsters, but as we saw with Winz during OWWC, time off does matter, and YXL hasn't played since before OWL S1.
Remember how team Korea made China look like a joke in the OWWC grand finals? Yes, that was obviously the best team in the world and team China did look good in their win over Canada, but this team is strictly worse than team China.
Chengdu is looking like a solid pick for the worst team in season 2.
Is that... a South American player actually getting the chance to show his skills in a stronger contenders region? Let's go Klaus!