Welcome back to the Team Beyond HCS Power Rankings! We’ve taken a brief break after Week 1 of the HCS Pro League in order to shift our schedule slightly, but we are excited to hop back into it and start ranking our eight teams! Although we are now within the roster change period, no teams have made any changes. Let’s see what our panelists had to say about this two-week ranking period, but first, some quick thoughts from resident Forum Moderator Frosty:
“EnVyUs has finally showed us that they can do what they were made to do – win. This team had a slow start but now that they’re catching fire, it will be hard to bring them down. On the other hand, Evil Geniuses has fallen flat after beating Optic Gaming in the first week of competiion. While I think this team could do big things, they just haven’t shown it recently. The underdogs LOL surprised everyone when they took down Liquid and EG for a 2-0 performance this past week; they have really stepped it up and shown teams that they won’t go down without a fight.”
- Jarrod “Clicked” Dunfee
- Ryan “Infinity” Cox
- Hunter “Frosty” Browning
- Richard Simms
Current Power Ranking Period: Wednesday (9/21) through Thursday (9/29)
Criteria: “Based on this week’s performances as well as other factors/stats, how would these eight teams stack up against one another in a Tournament LAN setting?”
Trending: ▲1 | Record: 7-0-0 (47-7)
For the very first time since the inception of the Team Beyond Power Rankings, a new team has claimed the top of our list. After two weeks of impressive data within scrimmages and Pro League matches, our panelists unanimously agreed that as of Week 3 of the HCS Pro League, Team EnVyUs is the best of the best. nV went two weeks without dropping a series, and only being brought to one Game 5 by former #1 seed OpTic Gaming. They now stand at the top of the HCS standings and the top of the Team Beyond Power Rankings.
Trending: ▼1 | Record: 7-1-0 (49-18)
The giants have fallen. Since NA Regionals of the Halo World Championship, the former Counter-Logic Gaming roster were the indisputable kings of competitive Halo 5: Guardians. The amount of series they lost in a half-year period could be counted on one hand. Now, as teams have crept closer to their skill level, OpTic Gaming has lost two series in the HCS Pro League Fall Season and have been given tough competition within scrimmages. While this roster is undoubtedly a powerhouse as they always were, Team EnVyUs’ breakout performances and consistency has OpTic Gaming moving down one spot for the very first time.
Trending: ▲1 | Record: 2-5-0 (23-35)
Team Liquid is not a squad that bursted out of the gate at a sprint such as Evil Geniuses or Team EnVyUs. Rather, they are steadily making their way to the top through a series of successful performances. Liquid came out on top in their series against Luminosity during this period, but more importantly, our panelists were impressed with their three extremely close series with OpTic Gaming, including a Game 5 during the Pro League.
Trending: ▲2 | Record: 3-2-1 (22-18)
Although Enigma6 Group suffered from team turmoil, player penalties, and controversy within the first two weeks of the Pro League, it seems as though the roster has made some sort of amends and are making major strides towards becoming a top name in the HCS once again. Despite not being able to take down the big names such as nV or OpTic, they have notable wins and ties against teams such as Evil Geniuses and Luminosity. We don’t know how Stellur’s position on the team will stand in the coming weeks, but Enigma6 is certainly a team to look out for.
Trending: – | Record: 1-3-0 (6-9)
Luminosity was met with some tough matches in the past weeks, including games against Team EnVyUs and Team Liquid, to whom they lost 0-3 and 2-3, respectively. However, their 3-0 victory over Evil Geniuses and previous results from Week 1 have our panelists feeling confident in their ability to perform in the later weeks of the season.
Trending: ▲2 | Record: 2-3-0 (8-21)
Was it a stroke of luck or Team LOL hitting their stride? Most of the community cannot decide what LOL’s two Pro League victories from this week mean for their status in the league. This weren’t just random or easy W’s, LOL took down Liquid in a Game 5 and then clobbered Evil Geniuses in a 3-0 sweep. They still have a lot to work for to move up in the standings, and that work starts with logging scrims with potential fourths, such as Renegade.
Trending: ▼4 | Record: 1-5-1 (14-41)
Evil Geniuses takes a dramatic dive down the ranks by plummeting to a sixth place tie with team LOL. Week 3 was the definitive time that would decide if Team EnVyUs, Evil Geniuses, or OpTic Gaming would claim 1st place on our list, but Evil Geniuses came short. Without logging a single game win in Week 3, our panelists had no choice but to relegate them to the sixth place position.
Trending: ▼1 | Record: 0-3-1 (10-25)
Rounding out the bottom of the Week 3 Power Rankings is Team Allegiance, and it is extremely heartbreaking to say that. While it is evident that the roster has immense potential, they have fallen short in nearly every critical Game 5 series thus far. It is up to Allegiance to storm back during the second half of the Pro League and tell their redemption story as they play all of the teams who took them to so many Game 5’s.
And that wraps it up for this week’s power rankings. As always, if you would like to discuss our power rankings make sure to head over to our forums!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the power rankings based on?
The Team Beyond Power Rankings are intended to reflect how the power rankers believe the top eight teams in the world would stack up against each other in a LAN environment, given every team’s performance in the past week in scrimmages, online tournaments, and LAN events. Imagine the power rankings being our way of answering the commonly asked question in sports, “If the playoffs started today, how would teams do?”.
Why do you include online scrimmage results in your data?
We believe that any available metric that allows the power rankers to evaluate a team’s recent performance is useful. However, the power rankers do put much more weight on LAN event and online tournament results, with obviously the former being the most heavily weighted and the latter being the second most.
Why do the power rankings only use the most recent week of data?
The power rankings being weekly allows us to strike a balance that allows them to be persistent and intriguing as opposed to overabundant and meaningless. However, although the data that is used is weekly, general trends over time are considered such as a particular coach consistently contributing to better performance on LAN or general LAN performance trends (both good and bad) by particular players.
Why did you guys give ________ the #__ spot?
Sometimes the power rankings can yield somewhat surprising results. Often you will find vast differences in opinion amongst the power rankers, and variance can lead to a lower aggregate score compared to a team that receives a consistent ranking around the middle. Also, the nature of power rankings can be rather subjective despite their dependence on raw data. Different people can interpret the same data very differently, which can lead to a lot of variance.
How does the aggregate scoring work?
For each power ranking, teams are awarded points based on the rank they receive. #1 is worth 8 points, #2 is worth 7 points, #3 is worth 6 points, etc. After all the rankings have been submitted, each teams’ points are aggregated into a total, and those totals determine the final top eight ranks. For example, if a team receives a #2, #2, #3, and #4 ranking they would receive 25 points (7 + 7 + 6 + 5).