ODC Season 2 Week 4 Recap

Minor League Recap – Written by Nagz (Hot Garbage, Parkdog Premier)

 

Week 4 Division Leaders

Fire Division: Tropical Storms, 22-10

Tropical Storms had a great week, winning 7 of their 8 games, going 4-0 against the usually strong Ground Boys, and finishing the week 3-1 against the Griffins, allowing them to take the leading spot away from Spastics. Spastics are only one game behind, with a record of 21-11, and have +37 for their goal differential, +10 higher than the Tropical Storms.

Leaves Division: Pirates, 19-13

Another upset, the Pirates were also able to snag the division leader spot for the first time this season, with a 4-0 win against the Meteorites, and a 2-2 tie against last week’s division leader, Bucks. Just like Fire Division, Bucks are not far behind, down only one game at 18-14, and also with a 10 goal advantage in their goal differential, +27 versus the Pirates +17.

Power Players:

thewxdude, Bucks: thewxdude played exceptionally well in Match 7, scoring 11 of his team’s 20 goals, and having 2 out of 3 MVPs. His striking was top-notch, but some the credit goes to his two teammates that facilitated his goals, with 2 cycles each and a combined 9 assists.

ImJustBuck, Jacks: Jacks took a big 4-0 win against Spastics in Match 8. The games seemed to be close, with Jacks scoring only 10 goals in 4 games, and ImJustBuck scoring 6 of those. He also clinched 3 of the 4 MVP medals. At 234.0, he’s also second highest in the entire league for Points-per-game.

Honorable mention:

impulse^, Pirates: Normally, the power players are simply the players that earn the most points and score the most goals, but there is something to be said about impulse^’s consistency. His teammates outplayed him in Match 7, according to the points and goals, but impulse^ held a rather consistent point value into Match 8, where his teammates were unable to keep-up their previously set pace. He seems to thrive as the playmaker of his team, being wherever they need him to be to cleanup. It’s no surprise that he’s in first place in the league for Playmaker medals, at 2.

Key Match for Week 4:

Spastics vs. Jacks

In an upset, after losing 0-4 to Spastics in Match 6, Jacks gave it right back in Match 8, winning 4-0. Jacks played Bmill56, ImJustBuck, and Devitalize-, who played in place of Bluehelix. Spastics played Taken, Wheelchair, and BDBR, who took the place of robbinghope. Jacks, being the bottom of the division, were expected to take another 0-4 loss, but they pushed back in an astonishing way.

Spastics

Totals

Jacks

1475

Points

2405

2

Goals

10

1

Assists

7

10

Saves

6

14

Shots

25

Robbinghope seemed to unavailable to play in this game, being his team’s top scorer in Match 6. Without BDBR’s other half, he seemed unable to play in his usual form, and the team suffered. Unfortunaley, the Spastics player, Taken, performed very poorly in both matches against Jacks, and it really showed in Match 8, where he scored only 275 points over all four games.

Jacks, on the other hand, seemed to make seemed to make a tactical choice to sub out Bluehelix for Devitalize-. Though Devitalize- only performed marginally better, it seemed to be the change that the Jacks needed, allowing them to spend much more time on offense. Though Jacks are still the bottom of their division, this week put them within just one game of Griffins. Jacks’ goal differential is still very poor, at -34, but if they keep their momentum into week 5, they have a real shot at being back in playoff contention.

Match to Watch, Week 5:

Jacks vs. Griffins

Jacks will play the Griffins once in week 5, and then again in week 6. Griffins and Jacks have both already played Spastics twice, so we’ll compare each team’s best performance against the Spastics

Jacks

Totals Against Spastics

(Best Match)

Griffins

4

Games Won

2

2405

Score

2120

10

Goals

9

7

Assists

7

6

Saves

10

25

Shots

19

As you can see, the stats are mostly even, except in games won. Jacks were able to capitalize on the goals they made, and even though they have less saves, that’s only because they seem to have spent more time on offense, and cut off shots before they even had a chance to happen.

If Jacks can ride on their win against Spastics, they have a real shot at overtaking Griffins and making it into the playoffs. They have to be careful, though, as they have one of the worst differentials in the league, with -34. They can’t afford to tie with any team unless they really play some blowout games.

Griffins have been playing very poorly since they came out on top in week 1, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say that this series will end 2-2. I think the games are going to be close, and I think Jacks are going to be able to put some real pressure on them.

Teams are beginning to shuffle around the leader board a lot more in week 4, and Fire Division is looking much more exciting, with every team looking like they have a chance at the playoff spot.

Major League Recap – Written by Zacer (Tropical Storms, cdrch Minor)

Week 4 Division Leaders

Fire Division: Kings, 23-9

The Kings still have the Iron Throne. Best overall offense and defense. They knocked out two formidable teams, taking series off the Flailers and Flaming Potatoes. No 4-0 series wins for the Kings this week. That ends their streak at two. The Thunderbirds continue their strong play. They remain two games back, but gained in goal differential by one. The Sky Boys hold last place in the division, though they ended their week with a 4-0 series win over the Flaming Potatoes. Five out of six series after a 4-0 have resulted in a 3-1 or better. The Sky Boys may be on the rise.

Weekly Records

  1. Kings: 6-2
  2. Thunderbirds: 6-2
  3. Sky Boys: 5-3
  4. Flailers: 3-5
  5. Tornadoes: 3-5

Leaves Division: Asteroids, 22-10

The Asteroids hold steady. They increased their division lead over the second place Cubs by one game. Now with a three game lead, and ever increasing goal differential, the Asteroids will be tough to topple. The Flaming Potatoes and Buccaneers are tied for last place. The Bucs need the W’s if they want to avoid elimination, because the Flaming Potatoes hold a +19 goal differential over them. The Flaming Potatoes have led the league in losses the past two weeks, but have the stats of a .500 team. What’s holding them back is their league worst shot percentage, 28.50%. The Bucs only have so long before the Flaming Potatoes start to wake up.

Weekly Records

  1. Asteroids: 5-3
  2. Bois: 5-3
  3. Cubs: 4-4
  4. Buccaneers: 2-6
  5. Flaming Potatoes: 1-7

Power Players

The Wizard, Thunderbirds: Match day 8, The Wizard helped lead his team to a 4-0 sweep of the Tornadoes. No matter how good or bad a team, it’s never easy to win four games in a row in Rocket League. He saved six goals, and added two MVP’s to his name. With a 16-7 record, The Wizard has been a difference maker to his team all season.

Peacewithabullet, Skyboys: The Sky Boys needed a serious boost after a 1-3 loss on match day 7. Match day 8, Peacewithabullet was the ox that pulled the plow. He led his team to a 4-0 win over the Flaming Potatoes, cape flapping and all. He accounted for 55% of the Sky Boys’ shots, 60% of their goals, and nabbed three of four MVPs. More performances like this will get the Sky Boys out of the basement.

ChompensteinRL: The Sky Boys got the coveted 4-0. They’re starting to look like a strong team, but ChompensteinRL and the Tornadoes are the ones keeping them down in the basement. Match day 7, the Tornadoes took a 3-1 win over the Sky Boys. ChompensteinRL did his part by providing consistent offensive pressure. He took 12 of the Tornadoes’ 22 shots, and, for the season, is tied for second in saviors with five.

Key Match For Week 4

Sky Boys vs. Flaming Potatoes

Sky Boys

Totals

Flaming Potatoes

2730

Points

1720

10

Goals

3

27

Shots

18

8

Assists

2

13

Saves

12

One of the greatest heroes in American history never fired a bullet.

Peacewithabullet. Have you seen Hacksaw Ridge?

Flaming Potatoes. Refusing to score goals in games does not make you Rocket League heroes.

Sky Boys win 4-0.

The Sky Boys have the worst defense in the major leagues. They’ve given up 90 goals, which is what has led to their league worst goal differential of -31. But, sometimes, the stats just don’t matter. The Flaming potatoes were missing T | Melted. He was a featured power player last week, and without him, his team struggled mightily. On match day 7, T | Melted was the MVP for the sole match they won. If the Flaming Potatoes want to make the playoffs, T | Melted can’t miss anymore playing time.

For the Sky Boys, this is the kind of win that can change the tide of a season. It doesn’t matter how it came about. Three goals allowed is just insane. T | Melted or no, that’s executing your game plan with perfection. Sometimes a team will adapt, playing fast against fast teams and slow against slow teams. But the more a team executes their playstyles with synergy, that’s when a team starts to become unique. Perhaps that’s what happened on match day 8 for the Sky Boys.

Match To Watch Week 5

Cubs vs. Asteroids

Cubs

Per Game Average

Asteroids

631.25

Points

638.28

2.38

Goals

2.16

5.59

Shots

7.09

1.56

Assists

1.31

2.38

Saves

2.69

Based on the stats, this is a series that can’t be predicted easily. What else can be used to predict? Emotions. It’s a grudge match. Last time these two teams met, the Asteroids won 3-1. The Cubs need to avenge their loss. Also, the Cubs could take first place with a 4-0 sweep. The pressure of this series squarely lies on the Asteroids rocky shoulders.. There is one stat I do find very telling.

Shot percentage. The Cubs are deadly with the shots they take, 41.29%. Total amount of shots, they’re tied for 8th in the league. Goals scored…the Cubs are 3rd. Now, here’s the real interesting part. The Asteroids defense has allowed the fewest percentage of shots into their net, 27.17%. These teams are going to have to fight for every inch in this game. The Cubs are 3rd in points allowed, and the Asteroids are 2nd.

This match happens on Monday, and I’m predicting the Cubs win 3-1.

ORSA Dynasty Cup has reached 66% boost. Every game counts. Every goal counts. Every goal denied can decide if your team makes the playoffs. I look forward to seeing how our Major teams forge their destinies. Best of luck!

 

Premier League Recap – Written by Heca (Sky Boys, Salvo Major)

Week 4 Division Leaders

Fire Division: Space Boys, 20-12

The Space Boys have overtaken the Cerebrals for the Fire Division leader position this week, going 6-2, compared to the Cerebrals who went 2-6, in a surprising series loss to Phoenix Arising, the fourth place team in the Fire Division.  Space Boys, on the other hand, went 4-0 against the Hurricanes, and split their series with Hot Garbage 2-2.

Leaves Division: Hot Garbage, 23-9

Hot Garbage had a surprisingly weak showing this week, going 1-3 against the Aces, which is the third place Fire Division team, and splitting their series with the Space Boys 2-2.  Ryzai was notably missing from the roster this week, and had to have Super Saiyan 3 Scott Sterling sub in for him in both games, which could lead to the surprising performance this week, as Ryzai has been one of Hot Garbage’s keys to success up to this point in the season.

Power Players

A Dead Cow, Phoenix Arising: A Dead cow had a very solid performance this week, playing in all 8 of Phoenix Arising’s games, and racking up quite a few points for himself.  He scored 9 of his team’s 27 goals, had a whopping 8 of his team’s 19 assists, more by himself than some entire teams had this week, and on the defensive end he proved to be a wall as well, with 9 of his team’s 20 saves.

Anemu, Phoenix Arising: Anemu was A Dead Cow’s other half this week, he is the only other player who played all 8 games for Phoenix Arising this week, or even played an entire series.  He was definitely his team’s finisher, with 12 goals on 25 shots, but he also had a solid defensive showing, also getting 9 saves of his team’s 20.  With this duo Phoenix Arising may have figured out how to climb out of the bottom ranks of the fire division, and start to win games.

el diablo rojo, Aces:  el diablo rojo had a very strong offensive showing this week, scoring 11 of his team’s 22 goals.  He also had the most shots on his team at 31.  His offensive pressure was surely some of the cause for the Aces upset series win over Hot Garbage on Game Day 7, as he had 7 goals in that series, the same amount as the entire Hot Garbage team had during the series.

Key Match for Week 4

Phoenix Arising vs Cerebrals

Phoenix Arising

Match Totals

Cerebrals

3060

Points

2305

13

Goals

6

8

Assists

4

13

Saves

18

40

Shots

22

Phoenix Arising had a mediocre start to the season, but they seem to have found their stride in the A Dead Cow + Anemu duo this week.  The two of them tore up the Cerebrals, with A Dead Cow having 5 goals throughout the series, and Anemu having 6.  As you can see by the stats, Phoenix Arising did an excellent job of containing the Cerebrals’ usually very strong offense, and forced them to play defensively.  The last time these two teams met was in Week 1, during the first day of league play, and they took a 2-2 tie.  This series really showcases the growth of Phoenix Arising throughout the season, and why the early weeks of the season aren’t always the best indicator of long term team strength.

Phoenix Arising appears to really be coming together, and they’re beginning to wake up and really starting to put on the pressure in the race to the playoffs.

Match to Watch for Week 5

Cerebrals vs Space Boys

Cerebrals

Per Game Averages For

Space Boys

701.88

Points

682.19

2.63

Goals

2.5

1.81

Assists

1.72

3.31

Saves

2.84

7.56

Shots

7.5

These two teams have been trading the Fire Division Leader position back and forth throughout the season, but they have yet to face against each other.  That changes over the next two weeks, when they will play each other twice, once during Match Day 9, and once during the double header on Match Day 12.  Looking at the per game averages for, the Cerebrals seem to have the advantage, but when we look at against averages, and differentials, it becomes a very different story.

Cerebrals

Per Game Averages Against

Space Boys

655.31

Points

582.34

2.25

Goals

1.72

1.47

Assists

1.16

3.56

Saves

3.53

7.25

Shots

5.69

Note: For this Table I’m only going to include points, goals, and shots, as I believe those differentials are the best indicators of how the team allowed their opposition to perform, in comparison to how they themselves performed.

Cerebrals

Per Game Average Diff.

Space Boys

46.57

Points

99.85

0.38

Goals

0.78

0.31

Shots

1.81

As you can see, while the Cerebrals have had very high stats for, and they have outshot, and outscored their opponents, it hasn’t been by much.  The Cerebrals only score ~⅓ more goals a game than their opponents do, and they only take ~⅓ more shots a game than their opponents, on the other side of the coin, the Space Boys score ~¾ more goals per game than opponents, and outshoot their opponents by almost 2 full shots a game.  I believe that this will be the important factor in this game, especially if the Cerebrals aren’t able to recover from their loss to Phoenix Arising this week.

In my mind this is the Space Boy’s series to lose, as the worst they have done is a 2-2 tie, while the Cerebrals have had ups and downs, with 4-0 wins, and 0-4 losses.  If the Cerebrals can pull back together after their loss to Phoenix Arising I think this will be a very close series, probably 2-2, but if not then I think the Space Boys will take advantage of the lack of morale and take a 4-0 sweep.

In Conclusion: this is a very exciting time in the league, all of our teams are really starting to develop and work together like we expect in high level gameplay, and they are all setting their eyes on the prize, and fighting to stay out of the last place spot in their division, to ensure that they make it into the playoffs.

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