Ill- #1 was the favorite at the start of this EGFL season. They tied versus Silence and won all the other games. The won most of the games with a mix of "vets" and "newbs". With newbs I mean no harm, but those players (ex: vicerate, ghostbusters, cyp, glyde, etc) haven't been around that long in the flagging scene of EG. Imo, they have a good chemistry and seem to win most of their games by a combination of raw skill and little tactic. Haven't seen Ill using the famous mobs, what we mostly saw with exalt in EGFL2010, or any strange tactical game plays, but it seems to be that they CAN use tactics, but don't need to. Yet there is no denying that Ill has got the better players of this season, and those players (imo surprisingly) seem to work well with the newer players.
Grid- #2 was imo the underdog of this season. Didn't seem to have the better players and was likely to end up around the 4th place this season. Yet they have proven their self as a worthy opponent versus every squad beside from Ill. They won, i think for the 3rd time this year, versus Silence which was a huge upset. Their biggest power of the squad is their mfr: Golfer. He can hold the flagroom for hours with only a few defenders. He launches them at the right spot which provides the defenders an ideal position to finish his kills. But I don't want to give Golfer all the credit, because the squad is working well together and their enemy seems to always push. I think grid still lacks a good enemy anchor who provides a real support to the attack. I don't know what is going on with Boeyz, but I think she is a key player on the enemy anchor position, too bad she isn't active enough. The weakness of grid are the swings who don't kill enough and can only do well with a small defense. Also their attack seems to play baseduel all the time and gets only .6 or lower ratios. I think grid will lose versus next in semi's.
Next- #2 is doing surprisingly good. I thought they would end on the 3rd place, and I was kinda right, but didn't know they could win versus silence. With their 2 star players on the attack (BOMBED and qs) they got a strong small attack. I've seen next and silence call 3 swings for just 2 attackers (with one of those 2 either BOMBED or qs). They also (just like grid) lack a good enemy anchor. They used owens and quickstrike as enemy anchor so far if I'm not wrong. Owens is like 23 corners away from the action and if he's closer he'll choke, and qs is a good nme anchor, yet a waste to put him there. I don't see why they don't use In love as MFR and Karth as enemy anchor, I really have no idea. Karth isn't a good mfr, yet I think he's a good anchor. He can find a bombline easily and doesn't choke that much. He's close to the action if he must and he can lure several players. With Karth, qs and bombed on a small attack, it's hard for a mfr to find the right swings to call versus that attack. In Love has proven in the past to be a good reliable anchor, all you need to do is help him improve his calling. With Rushmore they got a good s1, yet Next doesn't have good enough swings to stop a good attack (ex. Bacon and trance). Next also seems to have the mobs under control, their tactics (beside from the line up) are on high level. And maybe next you'll learn from your mistakes, please, so it can be a good final.
Silence- #4 is doing so bad. They may have tied the #1, but they really have to rely on certain players to show. With a bad show, they are just getting baseraced around the map. sponger kute and ioth should make a good defense, or luige dazz and chin, or unlimited rico and bog, and with some mobs with Lee they might have a decent chance to stop an attack. But their enemy totally depends on who shows. Only attackers they got who are decent are odi winnie and knitex. That's it. What silence does have, is a good enemy anchor (either Sin or Boogy) and a good mfr (Jugulate or SK). So imo the only thing silence can pull of is a choke of the other mfr and full D the rest of the game. But I don't see blood line choke, so silence will be out in the semi finals.
warhable- #5 ya well, thanx for participating and it's too bad you guys didn't win versus either the #1-#4.