Celestial Aim (1-5): In Week 4 of the MEL Qualifier Division, Celestial Aim takes on Godalions in a very close series than a 0-2 may suggest. Celestial Aim went into this matchup as clear underdogs, however they gave Godalions two 11-13 games. This would have been a huge match for the team to pick up in their quest to clinch a playoff spot. If they can keep that same level of play, in our third Super Week, Celestial Aim plays against NVZ and Omnipotent Gaming, two games that are definitely on Celestial Aim’s radar to pick up some more wins.
Chosen 1’s (3-3): Chosen 1’s played top dogs, Hyperspace Dark, this week. Though they lose the series, the team should be happy to take Map 1 before getting reverse swept. Any team taking a map off of Hyperspace Dark should be a confidence booster that if they can take a map off of the clear frontrunner, they can beat any team in the Qualifier Division if they can go a whole series performing as the team did in that game. This loss leaves Chosen 1’s at the 50-50 mark going into the halfway point of the regular season. Not a bad position, but with as hot of a start as the team had, they would like to end the regular season in the top half of the table.
Emergence (0-6): It is clear that both of the winless teams are improving, but both remain unable to obtain that first win. Though Emergence gets 0-2’d by Valor Esports in our last game of Week 4, they put up 8 and 9 rounds, respectively, in those losses. Emergence’s record, in my opinion, doesn’t tell the whole story of the team’s strength. The newly formed team is getting there week by week, but with only six weeks remaining in the regular season, is it too little too late?
Godalions (4-2): Godalions started off slow in their first season in the MEL, but ever since, they have found win after win. After an important win against Omni Performance Gaming in the previous week, Godalions continued their win streak to four after defeating Celestial Aim 2-0. The map scores were both 13-11, which may leave some concern as they begin to break off from the “clump”, however those concerns will be answered shortly as the team faces off against Hyperspace Dark in their next matchup.
Hidden Fang (4-2): Hidden Fang may be the team that is most difficult to get a good read on and I think that is due to their schedule so far. They have played both the top and bottom teams of the Qualifier Division, but not too many of the middle of the pack. Taking another term I often heard from the North American League of Legends scene, Hidden Fang seems to be the perfect example of “the bar” right now; the team loses to the teams ahead of them in the rankings and takes care of business against the teams below them. This next Super Week is a great test towards solidifying my opinion of the team as they play Valor Esports and Omni Performance Gaming, two other teams in the “clump”.
Hyperspace Dark (6-0): To no surprise, Hyperspace Dark wins yet another series, this time against Chosen 1’s, maintaining that impressive undefeated record through four weeks. The team drops only their third map throughout the entire season thus far, but once again, no cause for concern by any means. They’ve made it clear that they are the kings of the Qualifier Division and it is with good reason that they are seen as the “final boss” to test whether the middle of the pack teams are looking more like a top team or bottom team when they go up against Hyperspace. As we are halfway through the regular season, it must be asked, who will give Hyperspace Dark their first loss or will they complete the undefeated season, a feat of dominance that will be hard to match for seasons to come.
Omnipotent Gaming (2-4): It’s very unfortunate that Omnipotent Gaming went from a top 2-3 team in the league in power rankings going into the season to one of the bottom teams of the league. The team we saw all throughout the qualifiers was extremely impressive, narrowly losing in each one they participated in and I believe losing to the eventual winners in most. Now, after some roster shakeups, the Omnipotent Gaming that was poised to return to the Valorant Premiership is now battling just to clinch a playoff spot. We’ve seen what this team can be at its peak, but perhaps due to the roster changes, expectations have to be simmered down for this new Omnipotent Gaming.
Omni Performance Gaming (4-2): Omni Performance Gaming gets back in the win column after suffering their second loss of the season to Godalions last week. However, the team played against NVZ and not only lost the first map, but only narrowly won Game 3. It is clear that the team is going through some growing pains right now and it will be interesting to see whether they can push through it or if their 4-2 record is better than the level of play they are currently at.
Nonchalant VillainZ (0-6): This story sounds like a broken record at this point, but NVZ remains winless, however puts up a better fight than was expected of them against Omni Performance Gaming. The team wins the first map on the new Icebox 14-12 before getting reverse swept in a heartbreaking Game 3 on Split. It is clear by now that this team can compete with a majority of the teams in the Qualifier Division, but what does it take for them to get that first win on the board? It feels as though if they get that first win, it can do wonders for their confidence towards trying to string together a few more down the stretch.
Paladin Army (3-3): Paladin Army played second place Tone Gaming in Week 4 of the MEL Qualifier Division. The team loses 1-2, however they were extremely close to taking the upset. Though Games 2 and 3 were one-sided for each team, Paladin Army took Tone Gaming to triple overtime before finally falling 14-16. This win would have been huge for Paladin Army as they fight to prove they belong near the top. I still believe this team is better than a 50-50 record would suggest and we will have to wait and see whether they can translate that to more wins.
Tone Gaming (5-1): Tone Gaming has solidified themselves as the second place team in the QD as they maintain the spot for the second week in a row. It seems clear that they are closer to the middle of the pack than they are to reaching the level of Hyperspace Dark as of now. The team wins their series against Paladin Army 2-1 in closer fashion than I imagine they would have liked. This adds to why I have worry for Tone Gaming as they look to defend second place. They continue to close out series after series, however most are shakier than they should be, especially against some of the easier opponents in previous weeks.
Valor Esports (4-2): After a shaky last Super Week from Valor Esports, the team bounces back against Emergence. Though the outcome is the expected one, Valor did struggle more than I would expect. They won 2-0, but round scores were 13-8 and 13-9. It is hard to assess whether they are back to their regular form with a result like that, but the next week will be a good test, going up against Hidden Fang and Digital, formerly known as Paladin Army.
Current Standings (Overall Record) (Map Record)
Hyperspace Dark (6-0) (12-3)
Tone Gaming (5-1) (11-6)
Omni Performance Gaming (4-2) (10-7)
Hidden Fang (4-2) (9-5)
Godalions (4-2) (8-5)
Valor Esports (4-2) (9-6)
Paladin Army (3-3) (8-6)
Chosen 1’s (3-3) (7-7)
Omnipotent Gaming (2-4) (6-9)
Celestial Aim (1-5) (4-10)
Emergence (0-6) (3-12)
NVZ (0-6) (2-12)