Celestial Aim (1-1): Celestial Aim is a team captained by a player from Season 1, ZaddySnipes, that performed decently during their qualifiers. During their first series against Tone Gaming, Celestial Aim battled in a close series, ultimately falling in Game 3, 10-13. All three games were tight against a soaring Tone Gaming who had just come off of an extremely tight series against league-favorite Hyperspace Dark. Their second series was against Emergence, a weaker opponent, where they bounced back with a 2-0. Game 1 was close, ending 13-11, but they took care of business, closing out the series in a swift 13-4. It is still early on in the season, but Celestial Aim seems like they have a promising future if they can continue to build off of this start.
Emergence (0-2): Emergence had one of the weaker starts to their opening week, going 0-2. Their first series went to three games against a rebuilding Omni Performance Gaming. All three games were relatively lop-sided, ending 7-13, 13-7, and 6-13. Emergence then met up with Celestial Aim in an 0-2 that was closer than meets the eye. Taking 11 rounds in the first game, Emergence has shown they can compete with the level of competition in the QD, but doesn’t quite have the level of play required to close out games consistently yet.
Godalions (0-2): Godalions unfortunately secured the least amount of rounds in total during our opening super week, finishing 0-2 against Sky High Esports and Hidden Fang. They were dispatched by Sky High Esports in convincing fashion on Thursday. However, their second series was an interesting one. Godalions lost the first game in a 1-13 blowout, however they battled back strong in Game 2, forcing overtime, before falling 14-16. That last result may be the glimmer of hope for what this roster could potentially reach as the season progresses.
Hidden Fang (1-1): Hidden Fang left a feeling of cautious optimism as they lost their first series, but won the second. Their first series was against Hyperspace Dark, losing both maps in respectable round scores, 9-13 and 6-13. The second series against Godalions went to the opposite spectrum, winning 2-0, but it wasn’t without its fair share of obstacles. Dismissing Godalions in the first game 13-1, it felt like they wanted to prove that the first series was only because of the strength of competition. However, the second win requiring triple overtime, leaves a concerning aftertaste on a convincing first map. Eyes will definitely be on them to see whether they are contenders or pretenders in the upcoming weeks.
Hyperspace Dark (2-0): Hyperspace Dark entered the Qualifier Division as heavy favorites to win it all, however opening week proved they do still bleed. The first series against Hidden Fang seemed up to status quo for the top 100 ranked team. However, Tone Gaming gave them a tough battle in the second series. Hyperspace Dark won Map 1, 13-10. Tone Gaming responded with a 13-10 victory of their own. The series decider went to overtime with Hyperspace Dark taking the win 14-12. This series begs the question, “Was Hyperspace Dark slightly overhyped going into the season or did Tone Gaming rise to the occasion?”.
Monolithic Gaming (2-0): Monolithic Gaming is our second undefeated team after Week 1, playing against both “Omni” teams. Going into the season, Monolithic Gaming was a team that we had very little information on aside from the few games they played during the qualifiers. Opening the season against another favorite, Omnipotent Gaming, they won in a three-game series to my surprise. However, with Omnipotent Gaming going 0-2 this week, perhaps this wasn’t an upset as predicted, but a faltering Omnipotent Gaming. Monolithic Gaming followed up their three-game series victory with another one against Omni Performance Gaming. They took convincing leads early in two of the games, but struggled to close out. Though they end the first week undefeated, it was not without its fair share of question marks.
Omnipotent Gaming (0-2): Omnipotent was the second of the two favorites going into the season. Their performance in their two series has to be the most shocking story of the week. They drop both matches against Monolithic Gaming and Paladin Army, respectively. The series against Monolithic Gaming could be less of a surprise than we know, however the Paladin Army series was quite the upset. Recalling numerous rounds that Omnipotent Gaming had in a secured win state, they proceeded to make several careless mistakes that most would characterize as “ego”. This first week may serve as a good wake up call for the team to worry about the games in front of them before thinking about potentially rejoining the Valorant Premiership.
Omni Performance Gaming (1-1): OPG is a team currently in the middle of a rebuild, but they put forth two results that were satisfying given the circumstances. The team played in a pair of three-game series, winning the first and losing the second. They began the season with a rocky start against Emergence, ultimately winning, but leaving cause for concern. As strange as it sounds, they bounce back in a 1-2 loss against Monolithic Gaming as the strength of schedule in comparison to the results takes a complete 180. If the team can lock in a core roster soon, they show promise, but will they be behind the eight ball in terms of rate of improvement with the delay?
Nonchalant VillainZ (0-2): Though NVZ shares the same woes as they did in Season 1 thus far, they continue to show that there is something there that just needs some fine-tuning. They are the second team beside Godalions to end the week without a map, however their second series was tightly contested against an undefeated Sky High Esports. They fall in both maps 10-13, but the result shows what could be if the team continues to improve.
Paladin Army (2-0): Paladin Army’s 2-0 week may come as a surprise, but with a roster built around a core of strong players from the previous season, perhaps they are the real deal. Paladin Army closed out their first series against NVZ in convincing fashion before playing Omnipotent Gaming. Possibly rolling into the series with confidence after a strong first showing, they closed out Omnipotent in two games in what may be considered the upset of the week. Curious to see whether they can continue this level of play throughout the next couple weeks.
Sky High Esports (2-0): Sky High was a late entry into the league, however they did not disappoint. Joining on short notice, they still won both of their series. Although their strength of schedule may not have been the strongest, playing Godalions and Nonchalant VillainZ, they took care of the hand they were dealt. They handled the Godalions series on opening day swiftly, however struggled in the second with two 13-10 wins. Similar to Paladin Army, it will be interesting to see whether they will remain at the top of the table going forward.
Tone Gaming (1-1): Though Tone Gaming ends the week 1-1, they should be pleased with the performance they put forth. Tone Gaming played in two incredibly tight series. To start off, they went up against Celestial Aim in a three-game series, winning in Game 3, 13-10. Their loss in the second game comes from the hands of Hyperspace Dark in an extremely competitive series. Though they end the week with a loss, the result they put up against Hyperspace Dark is an admirable one. Expect Tone Gaming to climb the table if they can continue to develop.
Current Standings (Overall Record) (Map Record)
Paladin Army (2-0) (4-0)
Sky High Esports (2-0) (4-0)
Hyperspace Dark (2-0) (4-1)
Monolithic Gaming (2-0) (4-2)
Celestial Aim (1-1) (3-2)
Tone Gaming (1-1) (3-3)
Omni Performance Gaming (1-1) (3-3)
Hidden Fang (1-1) (2-2)
Omnipotent Gaming (0-2) (1-3)
Emergence (0-2) (1-3)
NVZ (0-2) (0-4)
Godalions (0-2) (0-4)