It was a great week for THL as we had streamed matches with series on the line and eight of ten matchups were decided by four points or less, showing just how competitive the league is. While Team Rank Five and Soupreme have opened with slight leads in their respective divisions, no team has run away with their division and each week will hold a lot of weight in regards to the playoffs. It seems those two teams, Team Rank Five and Soupreme, have positioned themselves on a tier of their own and it will be interesting to see how their series unfolds in week five. But before we worry too much about the future, let's see where teams currently stand.
1. Team Rank Five (=) - TheTownDrunk made his return week four but with Moxie out one more week Mainge filled in once again as Team Rank Five took on the Damaged Ones. It was another close series but the familiar trio of Imbolc, MVParker, and JesusC won to allow TR5 to pick up the win. Those three players are a combined 10-2 but they will need more help to continue winning, especially with a big showdown against Soupreme coming up.
2. Soupreme (=) - Soupreme kept their momentum going week four with an eleven point win over Aeon. Of importance was Soupreme's lower seeds, Vedney and SneakyHero, who are thought to be the team's weakness both grabbing wins. DeerJason said he built his team to beat Team Rank Five and he will get a chance to see if his team is capable of just that in week five, not only will the top spot on the power rankings be at stake but also soupremacy of the Blue-Orange conference.
3. N.W.A (+1) - Sitting atop of the hotly contested Red division is N.W.A., fresh off their win against divisional opponent Yogg Champs. With their third straight win it seems N.W.A. is back to playing up to the expectations many had for them before the season started and they will look to continue that against the Gosu Casuals next week.
4. Team Avatar (+1) - In a series which came down an exciting last match on stream between PumbaasBFF and RedMarsh, Team Avatar was able to prevail over Xnergy in their week four contest. This not only propelled Leumer's team to the top of the Green division but they are currently the league's point leader and only 4-0 team.
5. The Hairy Generals (+2) - Markshire returned from a week long absence and helped the Hairy Generals earn a win over Noob Central, a nice bounce back from a lopsided loss against the Super Heroes the week before. GernBlanston was big this week as he received his first non-disqualification win in a sweep over the previously undefeated Hamboning.
6. Xnergy (+3) - Xnergy started week four at the top of the standings in Green division but a close loss with Avatar has moved them down into second. They still have a comfortable lead over third place and will play the Dream Team next week in what looks to be a great series.
7. Dream Team (+3) - Speaking of the Dream Team, they were able to play with their full roster for the second time and obtained a win over Entropy. ArbitraryArmor has worked himself into the one seed and will have a nice test going against Catota next week in what should be an entertaining matchup as both teams seem evenly matched.
8. Noob Central (-2) - Absent stiLLer3k, Noob Central came up short against the Hairy Generals in week four. It seems stiLLer3k will be back for week five and Nade's success this season will have him moving up into the two seed. We'll have to see how this change of seeding affects the Noobs when they battle Netherstorm next week.
9. Archon Storm (-1) - One of the teams in the four-team race for the Red division, Archon Storm lost some position this past week with their loss against the Gosu Casuals. Archon Storm is one of only a few teams to have all of their players with a .500 record or better and they will need that balanced roster if they hope to give Team Avatar their first loss next week.
10. Yogg Champs (-1) - Yogg Champs had an opportunity to take hold of the Red division when they paired up against N.W.A in week four but the series ended in a two point loss for the Champs. With Danger Zone lined up as their next opponent, they will look to make back up the ground they lost in the division from the prior week.
11. Super Heroes (+3) - If THL teams were stocks the Super Heroes would be on the rise and one to keep an eye on. After starting the season with two double digit losses they have now ended the last two weeks with double digit wins, the most recent coming at Boom Squad's expense. The Heroes will try to keep things rolling along when they take on a struggling Aeon team in week five.
12. Team Golden Wisp (+3) - Last week it was the two new members of Team Golden Wisp, Fudd and Sunshine, which collected wins and this week it was Hupnar, AlecGWPodcast, and DrewbixQube who won and helped their team secure a one point win over Netherstorm.
13. Netherstorm (-1) - As mentioned, Netherstorm lost in a close series against Team Golden Wisp this past week. It seems Gemini has improved her game over the offseason and is now 3-1 after her most recent win against Sunshine, and will face another 3-1 player next week when she plays Hamboning as her team takes on Noob Central.
14. The Gosu Casuals (+2) - It was only a matter of time before the Gosu Casuals procured a win and that time came in week four against Archon Storm. Mykel19XX and ADKT both got their first wins of the season to help push the Casuals ahead. Next week astei688 will sub in for Jingbudda in what will be a nice test for Slimsch's team going up against N.W.A.
15. Pure Strategy (-4) - It seems Pure Strategy starts off strong and then begins to fall off and this season it looks like that pattern is occurring again. A big opening win against N.W.A has been followed by three straight losses and the top two teams in the Green division are starting to separate from them. There's still plenty of time for Pure Strategy to not repeat the past and they will attempt to end their losing streak next week against Entropy.
16. Damaged Ones (-3) - The Damaged Ones had a chance to move up in the Orange division with a head-to-head matchup against Team Rank Five in week four but were unable to to convert. With Team Rank Five and Noob Central playing well and the resurgence of the Super Heroes the Orange division has become a lot more competitive and the Damaged Ones will need to be careful or risk falling behind.
17. Danger Zone (+2) - Danger Zone was looking for their first win and in week four against Pure Strategy they found it. Vendi acquired his third win this season on Salty Saturday against Hambowen in what proved to be an important match with the series being decided by a single point. Their next shot at a second win will be against Yogg Champs week five.
18. Boom Squad (-1) - Boom Squad has now played every team within its division and at the end of it have a 1-3 record and the least amount of points in Orange. One factor in that low point total is the two forfeits by TinyHippo but it seems he will be replaced by Horikoshi for the rest of season three. This should help Boom Squad in regards to not only the forfeits but this also bumps Asuna down a seed.
19. Aeon (-1) - It hasn't been the easiest of schedules for the new team of Aeon and it didn't get easier this past week going against the team of Soupreme, even with substitute Necrohavoc surprising everyone with a big win over Cheesee10. It seems DotDark will return for week five when Aeon takes on the hot Super Heroes.
20. Entropy (=) - Season Corruption has been rough on Entropy and along with Aeon are still looking for their first win. If there is a silver lining to be found it's in the wins from SmokedSalmon and Firpo in week four. SmokedSalmon will move into the one seed when they take on a Pure Strategy team which is having difficulties of their own.
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