EMS IX TMNF & CAP 8: Playdays 5 & 6
The group stage of the EMS IX TMNF will end soon, then we will see who is going to participate at the playoffs. But also the CAP 8 only got two playdays left. Again we would like to summarize what happened last playday, while taking a look at the upcoming matches already!
EMS: Playday 4
The last EMS playday was unfortunately quite sad because there has only been a total amount of 3 matches that were really played, while the others weren't played due to no-shows/defwins.
One of the matches that has been played was Mouse Control against Team Acer TM2S. The match started very well for the dutch team as they were able to win both 1on1 and 2on2!! So they had a very good chance to defeat the clear favourite and keep their chances of reaching place 1 alive. However the Germans were able to win the 3on3, and as their opponents unfortunately only had 4 players for the 5on5, the match ended with 4:2 in Acer's favour. They are therefore qualified for the Playoffs!
Still group B is by far the closest group. While dac-SP received a defwin because 3DMAX.Thermaltake couldn't attend, there has been an impressive performance by another team of this group: being on the 2nd place after 3 playdays, mythiX eSport has been under pressure; but they were able to show what they are capable of and defeated the leading team, Team Infused.Tt eSPORTS, with 6:0! Therefore the british team is tied with the german team on the 2nd place now, both having 7 points, being only 1 point behind the leading team mythiX eSport. Therefore the last 2 playdays promise to be extremely interesting!
In group C we had StrinG quitting the season, wherefore Team Dignitas.TM2S had a relaxed week, still leading the group with a perfect score difference of 24:0 now! In the other match the Norwegians from GamersLeague missed their final chance to reach the playoffs by losing 0:6 against BX3. The team from the UK was the clear favourite though, so it's not a big surprise that they and their fellow countrymen will go to the playoffs!
EMS: Playday 5 - top matches!
In group A Underground Motorsport of FIN will have to go for "all or nothing" now: They need to win their next match against Mouse Control, and then at least a draw against Team Acer TM2S. This sunday they can make the first step to accomplish that mission!
The top match of the 5th playday is another one though. In group B there's gonna be a very important match between dac-SP and mythiX eSport. The winner of this match will make a big step towards the playoffs, therefore both teams should be very motivated!
CAP: Playday 5
The CAP 8 also got only 2 playdays left. The last one was number 5, so let's see what happened!
But first of all we also need to make a sad announcement here aswell. During this week a few teams decided to quit this season due to a lack of players: dac-SP-2-, SpeedBr/spd Team and FakedGaming won't be able to play their last matches. Therefore we decided to set all their matches, also the ones that were already played, 0:6! Still most matches were of course driven. Let's start with the 2nd division!
Both Rule them All and BadBoys kept their winning streak alive and are still together in the lead (11 points), now even with exactly the same score difference! wX.Group by Crew.sk are 3 points behind now after their draw against Against All Authority. The french team is on the unlucky 6th place at the moment, which would mean they would have to go into the Relegations. However they are tied with Druidz.TM, that had to suffer a clear 0:6 loss against Bullracing, that got 9 points now! On the last places both SL-Communis and eEriness TMNF collected 1 point so far, which means the big question will be who can make it into the Relegations at least, and who will directly go down to the 3rd division.
There it looks like A New Era will be the team that secures a place for the highest CAP division for the next season, after defeating Drivers From Finland 5:1. Also it seems like the 2nd place is saved aswell. It will go to Brazil most probably, to Seven Eleven. They defeated Tt Dragons, that are struggling on the 2nd last place now. However there are 3 teams that will fight for the 3rd place: Miracle Group has the best chances of them having 8 points, being 1 point in front of Wings of Speed and Drivers From Finland.
As we always said it in the last week, the 2nd division is crazy close, and maybe the closest league ever. But that changed with the last playday, because now it's group A of divison 4 which is even closer. A very interesting situation with nSpire leading the field with 13 points. Behind them there are 4 teams, that always got 1 point less than the team being ahaed! So at the moment it's Frogs.Of.War being 2nd, after an important and clear 6:0 victory over International Racing Clan. This team is also on the bottom of this chain now, with 9 points at the moment. The 3rd and 4th placed teams met last playday, and yes, the fight between Phenix-GaminG.TMNF and CZManiaci ended with a draw! So the french team is still one point ahead of the czech! So in this group 5 teams still got the chance to reach at least the Relegations, which is simply awesome! The next two playdays will be very interesting.
In group B the situation is different: the top match between Team Jeux and Virtual Xtreme Artillery.TMNF ended with a draw, wherefore the turkish team got 8 points now, while the other team is still on the 2nd place with 11 points; however, the gap between them and the 1st placed team, T.Squad TMNF.CPS, got bigger because the portuguese team managed to win their fifth match in a row, this time 6:0 against f1nerds.cap. The winner of this playday is eSports United.CPS though; they gained a 4:2 victory against SAW.TECH and claimed the 3rd place that way, having 9 points. Only For Fun benefited from SpeedBr/spd Team's withdrawal, being on the 5th place with 7 points now!
E.E.cps vs orKs.TM2 - that was the top match of the 5th division group A! After a good fight, the spanish team eventually managed to take the victory with a 5:1. That way they are still placed 2nd with 12 points, while the french team fell back on the 4th position, staying at 9 points. Another team got 12 points aswell, Easy.eSports, after their 6:0 victory in the german fight against Cradle of Speed. So it looks like the teams with 12 points will fight for the 2nd and 3rd place, because it's quite sure that RESET.TMNF is uncatchable. Another important match was won by Team Q, 4:2 over Insects. With this victory the swedish team doubled up their points from 3 to 6, being on the 5th place now!
5th division group B! A competitor for the 2nd divison and 4th division A? Definitely!!! It is an unbelievable close group aswell. Two teams with 12 points, two with 10, two with 9 - just awesome! However, this was mainly possible due to a big surprise: A New Era of Xtremeness managed to defeat Green Blaze Clan with 4:2. The Russians had to suffer their first loss, but are still leading the field, now tied with Skill Decided though. The teams having 10 points met last playday, and it ended how it was supposed to is what you could say: IMPACT# TrackMania 3:3 Fly racers, while an important fight ended in the favour of the hungarian team THI esports, that are at the end of the chain with 9 points, after their close 4:2 victory versus World Racing Clan.
CAP: Playday 6 - top matches
Two top matches are coming up here! On one hand there is Rule them All, currently on the first position. On the other we got wX.Group by Crew.sk, that also didn't lose any of their last 3 matches. If they manage to win this match, they will reach the same amount of points as the international team, 11. If they lose though, it seems like RtA is already in the Playoffs, while the czech team might fall back to the 6th place. So it's a very important match for both sides!
The other match is extremely important for both teams aswell. It will be the fight of the Scandinavians, Norway vs Sweden, BadBoys vs Druidz.TM. The circumstances are similar to the other match: the team from Norway is in the lead with 11 points, the swedish team only got 7 points though. So they mustn't lose this match if they want to keep their chances of reaching the playoffs alive! If the Norwegians win though, they got their playoff spot booked already!
In the 3rd division we also have to take a look at two matches, since the top4 will meet! The leading team A New Era will try to gain their 6th victory in a row against Miracle Group. Will that be easy? - definitely not! The czech team is well known for its good potential; if they are able to show their full strength, then we could maybe see a little surprise here!
The other match will be the fight between the places 2 and 4: Seven Eleven vs Wings of Speed! The russian team will need a victory to reach a spot in the Relegations, while their opponents seem to have the 2nd place safe. However, if they want more, maybe catching up with the top, they first of all need to win this match, but also have to hope for some help from Miracle Group!
And as it's maybe the closest group at the moment, it also got two top matches this week - group A! There will be the meeting between Frogs.Of.War and Phenix-GaminG.TMNF. The polish team is placed 2nd, the french team only one point behind them. So which team will make its way to the Relegations, or maybe even the pole position?
On the other side there's the fight between the teams that are placed directly behind them: CZManiaci vs International Racing Clan. They are even under a bit more pressure, because a loss would mean landing on the 5th place without having any chance at all to reach at least the Relegations. So it's a really important match, with two hopefully motivated contestants!
In group B Team Jeux will have a very decisive, but also extremely tough match: they will meet the leading team T.Squad TMNF.CPS. As the turkish team is on the 4th place with 8 points at the moment, they need to gain some points here to keep their good position, otherwise they won't be able to reach a solid position in the end. The portuguese team is in a very comfortable situation though. Even if they lose this match, they will stay on the 1st place. Maybe that's the chance for the turkish players?
Last week E.E.cps had a very important challenge and they mastered it successfuly. This week they can prove themselves again! They will meet Easy.eSports. They are tied on the 2nd place at the moment, so it is quite simple: the winner will take the 2nd place, and most probably won't lose it anymore, while the loser is falling back, maybe even being caught by orKs.TM2!
In group B Green Blaze Clan will try to get their winning streak back. After their first loss last playday, they lost their gap to the 2nd placed team. So they will have to win their match against Fly racers if they want to keep their pole position! Their opponents won't make it easy though. Placed 4th at the moment, they want to get a good result here aswell to keep their chances of reaching the Relegations alive. With a victory they would even pass the russian team!! So which team will reach its target here?
ESL TMNF Admin Team
joey, Friday, 09/12/11 23:51
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