Last week, the North American Championship Series started out exactly as expected, as every Elo favorite won their series (unlike in Europe, where Frontline and Method started out their seasons with huge upsets).
This week promises to be just as exciting, with key mathcups across the board. Here’s a look at this week’s European action.
Method (2-0) vs. FlipSid3 Tactics (0-0)
How they did last week: Method bested Aeriality and Team EnVyUs, while FlipSid3 did not play.
What Elo predicts: Method’s strong performances last week boosted them to a 1732.9 rating, which puts them ahead of FlipSid3’s 1721.7 rating. This gives Method a 51.3 chance of winning the series.
Player to watch: Mognus currently leads all RLCS players with an average of 382.86 score per game. The more plays he makes, the more likely it is that Method takes down FlipSid3, and continues their strong league play run.
exceL Esports (0-0) vs. Gale Force Esports (1-1)
How they did last week: Last week, Gale Force Esports fell to Frontline before taking down Aeriality, while exceL did not play.
What Elo predicts: Despite their loss last week, Gale Force is still the highest rated European team, with a 1803.4 rating. exceL sits at 1662.1, giving Gale Force an 82.6 percent chance of winning the series.
Player to watch: After winning the League Play MVP last season, Kaydop was surprisingly quiet last week, scoring just four goals in nine games. Look for him to bounce back this week.
Aeriality (0-2) vs. Team EnVyUs (0-1)
How they did last week: Aeriality lost to Method and Gale Force, while EnVyUs also lost to Method.
What Elo predicts: Team EnVyUs are going to be favorites in this matchup, with their 1733.0 rating being noticeably better than Aeriality’s 1559.0 rating. EnVyUs has an 87.5 percent chance of winning.
Player to watch: The player to watch in this series will certainly be remkoe, as the EnVyUs captain struggled last week, with the fourth lowest average score per game. Look for him to bounce back this week.
Method (2-0) vs. Gale Force Esports (1-1)
How they did last week: Method took down Aeriality and EnVyUs, while Gale Force lost to Frontline but also beat Aeriality.
What Elo predicts: Gale Force sits at 1803.4, while Method sits at 1732.9. This gives Gale Force a 68.1 percent chance of winning.
Player to watch: ViolentPanda has arguably the best player in the world over the past couple of months, and his performance in this matchup will be the key for Gale Force.
Team EnVyUs (0-1) vs. FlipSid3 Tactics (0-0)
How they did last week: Team EnVyUs lost to Method, while FlipSid3 Tactics did not play.
What Elo predicts: Team EnVyUs are the slight favorites here, with a 1733.0 rating that bests FlipSid3’s 1721.7 rating, and gives them a 53 percent chance of winning.
Player to watch: Markydooda and Kuxir97 are the legends of the European scene, and look for them to make an impact in this series.