Just one more week of Grid and Regionals until the teams for the Fall Major are decided. Here’s how Europe’s shaping up.
With two iterations of The Grid happening over the last week, we’ve got two sets of results to rank off of this time around. Ahead of the final Regional (which starts tomorrow), let’s see how the teams stack up going into what could be a crucial final event.
On the cusp:
- Solary had a disappointing two weeks and lose their spot
- Barrage and Fadeaway remain just outside of the top ten due to not being part of The Grid (although Fadeaway have secured Chalked’s spot for the final week)
#10: Endpoint (-2) - Virtuoso / RelatingWave / Metsanauris
Losing to Guild Esports twice in two weeks definitely hasn’t helped Endpoint’s rank this week, with their only wins coming against a Solary side who haven’t won a series since sweeping Vitality and Giants in Week 6 and a Top Blokes side playing with a sub. With a major spot not yet certain, Endpoint’s performance this weekend is vital to their Fall Split hopes.
#9: FC Barcelona (-4) - Deevo / Ronaky / Itachi
Every time FCB find themselves high up in the rankings, it doesn’t take long for results to deteriorate. One win across two weeks, against a disappointing Libertas side, means that FCB are in danger of missing out on an automatic bid to the Winter Split’s Grid.
#8: Monkeys (New) - Mittaen / eekso / arju
After some largely-expected results through the first few weeks of the season, arju’s promotion to Monkeys’ starting roster was proven right spectacularly as the former Notorious Legion side more-than doubled their points total in just two weeks of The Grid. Their Grand Final appearance in Week 7 capped off a fantastic run, before a tight loss to Liquid knocked them out in Week 8’s quarterfinals.
#7: Team Liquid (+1) - kuxir97 / Speed / fruity
Although Liquid were unable to reach the playoffs of Week 7, a strong Week 8 performance (combined with FCB’s poor form) pushes Liquid up a place. A win against a red-hot Monkeys side in yesterday’s quarterfinals cemented their rise, with Liquid’s next task being to secure a spot in the Major this weekend.
#6: Oxygen Esports (+1) - Ferra / Chaussette45 / AztraL
Despite not having the greatest two weeks of their season as they failed to go past the quarterfinals twice, Oxygen’s Grid consistency puts them in sixth. Having never gone out in the Group Stage of a single week so far, things are looking promising heading into the all-important third Regional.
#5: Guild Esports (+1) - noly / ThO. / Scrub
Guild almost doubled their points total in just two weeks, all-but-securing a Grid spot in the Winter Split thanks mainly to their grand final run last night. Although they were hammered by a rampant BDS side, a strong comeback against Vitality in the group stage is incredibly promising for the young side, who have a Major spot already in the bag.
#4: Vodafone Giants (+0) - Tox / Zamué / Stake
The Giants stay in fourth despite last night's semifinal run. A defeat at the hands of Top Blokes last week stops the Spanish side from returning to the top three, but with the Regional coming up another strong run could finally secure their rise.
#3: Top Blokes (+0) - FlamE / Kassio / archie / Emre
Making use of substitute Emre, Top Blokes struggled last night. A dominant sweep over Libertas was followed by poor showings against both Giants and Endpoint. However, Emre's RLCS debut means that last night's results can't really be taken into account very much. Instead, we need to look at last week, where Top Blokes reached the semifinals with wins over Dignitas, Liquid and Giants.
#2: Renault Vitality (+0) - Fairy Peak / Kaydop / Alpha54
Even a Grid win can't put Vitality back on top as their Week 7 win was obliterated by a sweep at the hands of French rivals BDS in the quarterfinals yesterday. With BDS now extending the gap at the top, Vitality need to win the Regional if they want to return to the top spot in Europe.
#1: Team BDS (+0) - MaRc_By_8. / M0nkey M00n / Extra
Team BDS remain on top thanks to their incredibly dominant Grid Week 8 win. Losing absolutely zero games during the playoffs, they dominated Vitality, Giants and Guild on their way to a second Grid championship in three weeks. Simply put, BDS are the best team in Europe.
Once again congratulations to Team BDS, but with the Regional starting tomorrow only time will tell whether they can stay there. Stay tuned to GGRecon for more RLCS X content.
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