Ahh, week 5. Where the matches are massively hyped up and intense thanks to the approaching playoffs.
TKV vs DEM
TKV is red-hot. Jake has a knack for putting together teams that he can mesh very well with and create chemistry out of thin air with, probably because he's the WDL god of mid. I'm curious to see if Infer or Godlike will be getting the nod for the runner spot as they've both displayed impressive performances in their victories against top teams SUC and BST. DEM on the other hand, is looking a bit dizzy after having their asses handed to them by SUC in a quick two-rounder last week. They have the talent, I think they just need a bit more coordination and practice before they head into any more games. DEM has already clinched playoffs, but this week will be an early playoff game for them as TKV is going to make it extremely difficult.
TKV takes it in 2.
SXP vs SUC
SXP is in a very bad position. Despite picking up Dranzer, they were still unable to secure a win and a spot ahead of TPT last week. SXP currently sits at last seed, thanks to losing the tiebreaker with TPT meaning if they don't win or tie any rounds against SUC this week, they're eliminated. Even if they do somehow manage to beat SUC, there is still a high chance that SXP will be eliminated depending on the results from the TPT/HYP game. Unknown played surprisingly well last week in the last round of their game against TPT recording a nearly 200% K/D and highest frags of the round. It's not a far stretch to predict that SXP would've won the entire match had they played him instead of OurHero from the start. As a result, I think Unknown will get the nod to start this week with Bones and Dranzer, and could make for a very good game. However, as I predicted last week, the powerhouse duo that is Ralph and Jwar is just an unfair combination. Once again I think their combined experience and chemistry with each other is going to overwhelm SXP and send SXP home with a winless season while SUC clinches a first-round bye.
SUC in 2.
GPS vs BST
Avc finally had a bad game, who would've thought. Perhaps that hallway run will live down as one of the biggest flukes in WDL infamy? In any event, by losing that match, TKV actually caused BST to be knocked down to 2nd place behind SUC thanks to SUC's tiebreaker win. As unbelievable as it sounds, there is a scenario in which GPS could finish in 1st place if they 2-0 BST here, and SXP also 2-0's SUC. However, both of those events are extremely unlikely to happen as I think BST is going to be fueled by rage for losing last week and will be on their A-game. RosKing is simply too good, he will be impossible to get past while Cartel mows down mid and Avc speeds out of GPS' base. The good news for GPS though, is that they will likely still clinch first-round homefield advantage, assuming TKV takes out DEM.
BST in 2.
HYP vs TPT in "The Playoff Ticket"
All eyes on this game as the winner goes to the playoffs, while the loser heads to the benches (barring an extremely unlikely scenario with SXP beating SUC and then winning tiebreakers). TPT has *STILL* yet to record a single win despite Tai and DSparil being one of the most dangerous defensive combinations in the league. Razor had an absolutely abysmal game last week, which prompted Tai to play TMD (whom I thought had 0 competitive experience) to similar results. HYP is in a similar situation, two very good players with under-performing thirds. Dragon is a top player who can make magic happen, which is HYP's only real ace card. If Dev can step up and firmly handle D while Dragon plays basically every position and helps Decay get out of TPT's base, they just might have a chance. However, I think TPT is finally ready. Finally ready to earn a win for the first time all season, and enter the playoffs as 6th seed with only a single win (the fact that can even happen is memes). Tai, DSparil and Razor is actually a good lineup when Razor isn't dealing with sickness and I see that lineup being more cohesive and solid than HYP's Dragon+2 lineup. TPT will most likely win it in 2 and head to the playoffs while HYP packs up and heads home.
TPT in 2.