SPL in Review: Season 2 Spring Split Week 1Last updated 1 year ago
Published on 2015-03-11 02:37:54
Hello Guru followers! Here Jhuns and ShadowV3n0m go over the first set of matchups in this Spring Split with some Guru Pro Ratings (GPR) to follow!
Before we get into the matches, we should probably explain what the Guru Pro Rating is, and what it means. Essentially, a GPR rates a player’s in-game performance against a typical performance for a player in the same role. Ratings range from 0 to 3000, where a perfectly average performance would earn a GPR of 1500 and the best showings are awarded a 3000. We don’t want to go into the details, but players are evaluated in five categories: Tankiness, Player Damage, Structure Damage, Gold Earning, and Kill Participation. Each category is weighted differently depending on the position of the player being evaluated (i.e.Tankiness is more important to Supports than to ADCs, while the opposite is true for Structure Damage). Finally, we add up all the category scores to get the full Guru Pro Rating.
ShadowV3n0m, why don’t you start us off with one of our premier European matches?
Team Dignitas Vs TRIG esports
Well in the first game between Dignitas and Trig we saw what looked like a dominant and first (hopefully second) performance coming out from Trig. We expected them to resemble part of the old TSM in the fact that they’d be consistent in their plays, with a bit of flavour from the likes of Funballer and Xaliea. And that’s exactly what we saw in the first game, Freya ADC for Funballer and TrixTank in his warrior role rocking the Hercules. Against the more ordinary Athena and Cupid, the duo from Dig couldn’t stand up to Trig’s, which we see in the overall numbers.
FrezzOO and YOUNGBAE were seen to end with a GPR of 1148 and 913 respectively, against their direct enemies in Trig, Trixtank and Funballer, scoring 1747 and 1164 themselves. Although, going into game two we saw the magic happen. What was once a favored Trig match became a possible upset, as Dig took the second match. FrostiaK settled back into the jungle carry he really is (unfortunately having an unfavorable first game, going 2/6 with Mercury) pulling out Hun Batz, and topping the Guru Rating this game at 2167 and 9/6 in K/D!
Leading into the third game, Dig had the win in their grasp. Whilst unfavored, it seemed as if Dig was going to unexpectedly take it all, and they did. Variety really turned up in the final game, coming out with Osiris of all the gods. We know he loves his ranged, usually mages, but the adaptation to the physical melee is really coming through. FrezzOO also showed Trixtank who’s boss throughout the game and with the final GPR. Frez, with 2209, overlooks Trix at 1162. Better luck next time.
Hopefully we see Dig prove that they should be the top team in this Spring Split again, but I also hope that Trig will show their true potential that much of the community sees.
Alrighty, now how about one those NA team-name-changing games, Jhuns?
Denial eSports Vs Melior Morior
These teams have faced each other three times in the past four weeks. Although each of the matchups showed different team names on the scoreboard, the outcome has not varied. For the third time in a row, Melior Morior has defeated Denial two wins to none. Melior Morior put on a dominating performance, knocking down their opponent’s Titan in under 25 minutes each game.
Everyone on Melior Morior put in some of their best performances to date, but it was their Support, Incon, who put on a particularly impressive show. He was constantly in the fight, absorbing and healing back damage for his team, without actually taking the plunge. Over the two games, Incon averaged a GPR of 2711, nearly 500 more than the next closest, which was his ally CylconeSpin in the Solo lane with 2216.
On the other side of the ball, the most impressive player was also the Support. Shadowq played his Athena well despite the losing circumstances, and earned himself a rating of 1389. Only Macetodaface was also able to break a 1000 rating for Denial.
This weekend Melior Morior will look to continue their winning ways against fellow qualifying team, COGnitive. Denial will attempt to get their first win against last season’s regional champion, Team SoloMid.
Back to you on our EU extraordinaires, ShadowV3n0m.
London Conspiracy vs Upcoming Stars
So for this series, it was almost a coin flip (at least for me) for who would win. I could see the experience from London Conspiracy - the roster playing against Upcoming Stars have all had previous competitive experience. But then I saw the freshness from Upcoming Stars, perhaps they could bring something new to the table (I mean look at Titan’s story or even older happenings of SMITE).
The first game was a show of the experience coming out from LDNC- Suntouch with a very heavy push, and Bastet for kills and presence, using cats to force the Stars away from where LDNC wanted to be pushing. Shouts to the big tree (Syvlanus) played by EmilZy, a few cheers were given at the pulls being made! It was a fairly quick game though, as the Titan fell down pre-20 minutes, which was an unfortunate outcome for Stars’ first game in the Spring Split. EmilZy received a Guru Rating of 2025, which was the highest on the LDNC side. Unfortunately, we didn’t see much out out of either team’s Hunters (Cupid for Shaggyshenk and iRens on Artemis). Their kill participation was minimal, but that was likely due to the time the game ended, as ending just before 20 minutes meant the Hunter’s peak was almost there, but not quite.
Rolling into game two, it was an unfortunate dominant performance (from the perspective of Upcoming Stars at least) coming out from London Conspiracy, forcing out a 16 minute surrender. With a disconnect coming out from Cherryo during the match, this left Stars in an even more difficult position than they’d like to have been in. This eventually led to their demise, with LDNC actually being held back better this game until that point. Suntouch took the reign with the GPR, 1886 leading the team to the overall victory in the series. Notable mention to Snakeskin, a seemingly quiet solo laner who does well in his farm, push, and teamfights, who scored decently when looked at with our Guru microscopes!
Perhaps the next time these teams meet, Upcoming Stars will have some real stars shining, or is this all a Conspiracy for London to win?
Round it up with our final series of the week Jhuns!
Enemy Esports Vs COGnitive Gaming
Both Enemy and COGnitive have something to prove this season. Enemy will want to show that their upset of Nomad and Eager in the qualifying group rounds was more than just a good day, while COGnitive’s name alone bespeaks greatness. This time, it was COGnitive who came out on top, forcing early surrenders from Enemy in both games. Enemy was able to keep it close for the initial fifteen minutes or so of the first match, but after that it was the COG show. There would be one more glimpse of hope for Enemy, when, in the second game, COGnitive made an early attempt at the Fire Giant. After tanking the Fire Giant’s damage poorly, Enemy was able to sweep in and get a 3 for 1 trade. But it was not enough, and five minutes later the surrender vote came.
With a GPR of 1987 COG’s Jungler, Mask, took home honors for best performance over the two games. The man was everywhere, and involved in almost every kill for his team, especially in the first game as Arachne. Coming in a close second was Meerkat at 1746. Much like CycloneSpin before him, Meerkat showed a preference for Assassins by picking up Hun Batz and Arachne.
Unfortunately, Enemy did not have a strong showing. Their overall highest rated player was Awesome2daMax, who clocked in at 1254. BronxBombers deserves a shoutout with his overall average of 1088 points, the second best effort on his team. BronxBombers’ Cupid in the first game showed great promise as he outboxed his opposite, FaymousHate, for several solo kills. He single-handedly kept the Enemy squad in that match for a while.
COGnitive will now have to face the impressive-looking Melior Morior squad on Thursday. This will be a tough matchup for the newer team, but it should be interesting to see how the up-and-coming Mask will fare against MM’s more established Jungler, Weak3n. Enemy’s schedule only gets more difficult from here, with a match against the season one world champions, Cloud9. This will be Cloud9’s first competitive match since the Smite World Championship, so perhaps Enemy can hope to find the champions a bit rusty.
And that’s it from us. We’ll be back next week with more match highlights and player ratings. Remember these are the professional players in a professional setting, please do not try this at home.