It's quite ironic that the two teams who have already solidified their playoff positions will be playing each other in the final week of the regular season, while the rest of the league tears each other apart for playoff positioning. We have the invincible TKV who has yet to lose a single round, much less an entire game, facing HFM who has only won 2 out of 10 rounds in a winless season so far. There's not much to be said here, TKV will almost assuredly sweep HFM in two quick rounds to complete a perfect regular season.
In terms of playoff positioning, all eyes will be on SXP vs HYP as the winner of their game clinches a playoff seed. If HYP loses at all, they're eliminated from playoffs. If SXP loses in 2, they're eliminated. However, if SXP loses in 3 they can still fumble their way into playoffs if SUC defeats REG 2-0, just like the Detroit Lions did after losing to the Packers in Week 16 at their own stadium for the divisional title yet still rag-dolling their way into 6th seed thanks to the Giants beating the Redskins that same week. That being said, though, I think SXP will be earning their way into the playoffs by winning here this week. Dragon is an extremely good O on this map and plays it often over in Zandronum priv, which will give them the edge over HYP's fragging game. HYP is a team of incredibly talented players, but I just don't see them possessing the chemistry and organization needed to win on a map that requires a great deal of tactical defense and support such as this one.
While both teams have clinched at least 4th seed, GPS and TDT are only one point away from each other meaning their game also has major playoff implications. GPS is red-hot right now following an initially-questionable trade with SXP in Week 3, the trade seemed to pay off after taking down SUC in a brilliant 3-round comeback that same week, then making short work of the team they traded with in Week 4 sweeping SXP in two rounds. However, TDT is still arguably the second-best team in the league, despite still recovering from a crushing 2-0 loss to the seemingly-untouchable TKV in Week 3. And on this classic map, I think DS will prove to be nearly impossible to get past for GPS' offense. Zakken is a very strong D as well, but TDT's has much more offensive power than GPS does, and that will be the determining factor in winning this game.
For the likely game of the week, we have a team who's fighting for a first-round playoff bye, and a team who's fighting to make playoffs at all. If SUC defeats REG 2-0 here, they clinch 2nd seed and earn a free week off next week. If REG wins or ties even just a single round here, they clinch playoffs. However, if they lose in 2 rounds, they need to pray that the SXP/HYP game either ends in 2, or with SXP winning in 3. This match should be the GOTW because both teams have very solid rosters for this map, but I feel that REG has the slight upper-hand here, despite being 7 points behind SUC. RosKing is an absolute monster on this map, Jwar is an extremely effective defender here, and GobliN has *plenty* of experience on this map thanks to his LF days (;]). SUC is no slouch either though, Ralph is right up at the top of the offensive charts with Avc, and Dranzer is also extremely good on this map. The biggest factor will come down to how well Hopes/Dosu ends up supporting on this map. It will be a very good fight, and I'm expecting one of the best games of the season so far, and in the end I think REG is going to earn a much-deserved victory to cap off their regular season.