Week 4 saw two rivalries well and truly decided in the second season of Gfinity Elite series Rocket League.
This week had no close matches with all the games going quite definitively to one team or another. This came at a surprise as when we found out the line up for Week 4 it appeared we were going to see derby face-offs from two pairs of the closest teams on the roster.
These sets of match-ups were some of the most important coming into the finals for seeing where teams actually sit on the ladder. We may still have one week left before the playoffs are decided but it seems like the end results are already becoming clear.
The first match of the day was the Melbourne derby where teams Order and Avant were finally pitted against each other.
These were the two lowest teams on the ladder before Order stole a win from Ground Zero last week so it seemed as though it could be a close matchup. Avant were, however, winless going into these games and unfortunately remains o on the outset.
Order crushed their rivals with a 3-1 victory. This makes them even safer in their fourth seat spot which is the last slot possible in the playoffs. I wouldn’t expect them to pick up a win against Chiefs in their matchup next week so it seems safe to say they won’t be moving any higher up the ladder.
The next matchup was one of the biggest questions on the roster for the day of play. Brisbane Deceptors and Perth Ground Zero were going head to head and both teams skills have seemed a bit uncertain.
Deceptors had appeared to be pulling ahead when it came to ability after last week where Ground Zero lost to Order and gave up their fourth spot position. Deceptors had previously beaten order, although it was a close match so the best analysis would say they had the advantage, despite my home-town pride.
These facts rang true in the end with Brisbane managing a still surprising 3 – 0 victory over Perth. After Ground Zero’s surprising loss last week it really seems like they’ve lost their momentum.
It seems that we will definitely be seeing the Deceptors in the playoffs as they maintain the fairly safe third spot seat.
Ground Zero will have to pull out all the stops next week to be in with a chance but they are up against Avant, who have shown to be the weakest team of the pack. Anything is possible for my Perth boys and the reverse sweep is something I absolutely believe they’re capable of.
The final battle was another derby but this time between the top teams from Sydney, the Roar and the Chiefs. It was my bet that the Chiefs were just a slight cut above the Roar.
The decider for this was the Chiefs managed victory against Perth Ground Zero in week one whereas the Roar fell to the same competition in their own week 2 matchup. Not only that but the Chiefs have been fairly decisive in all their victories, proving the strength of the team and the individual skill of the players.
Surprisingly this wasn’t how it was set to go down with the Sydney Roar pulling a 3-0 victory over the Chiefs and claiming the number one position with a single point lead.
This has left the rest of the competition far closer than expected with the top three teams all within a single point of each other. Sydney Roar, Sydney Chiefs, and the Brisbane Deceptors are all set to meat in the playoffs holding the coveted top three seats in the competition.
Because of this, the third spot is the one to watch which is currently held by Melbourne Order. Their victory over Avant this week leaves them only two points behind the top three pull away from teams.
They’re having their heels nipped at by Perth Ground Zero who still have a chance at making the playoffs but it will depend on how well their match goes against Avant next week and how poorly Order likely do against the Chiefs.
The two top spots are still fairly solidly held by Sydney so I still hold my projection that they’re the teams we’ll ultimately see in the finals battling it out to decide the competition but I’ve really no idea which one will win.
After this week’s victory it seems Sydney Roar will win it with ease but Chiefs could be saving their best plays for this final game, hoping to take their rivals by surprise.