Street Fighter League season six is in full swing and the standings continue to shift every week. This week’s Team Battles resulted in a big shakeup with five of the six teams changing positions. The competition has been fierce and it is evident on the standings. The scores between the top teams are very close and they tightened further this week. Once the dust settled after week five the difference in score between first and fifth place was just 40 points. One 40-0 Team Battle can catapult a team right up to the top of the standings.
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ENDEMIC (HOME) vs RED ROOSTER (AWAY)
Away Team Player and Character Order: 1) PR Balrog (Juri), 2) Ajax Fidelity (Juri), 3) BananaKen (JP), 4) Mono
ENDEMIC and RED ROOSTER came into week five in similar situations. Both teams were sitting at the bottom of the standings with ENDEMIC in last place. ENDEMIC won its very first Team Battle of the season but has not won one since, dropping three in a row. RED ROOSTER also won their first Team Battle with a 40-0 against VERSUS VORTEX but their last three weeks have been losses.
It’s been a tough road for ENDEMIC as their last two weeks have been 0-40 shutouts. RED ROOSTER hands them a third straight shutout this week. Despite RED ROOSTER getting the 40-0 win this was a very close Team Battle.
The first two matches were 2-1 and could have broken either way. ChrisCCH’s Ken in the first match took on PR Balrog’s Juri and it went to the last round. ChrisCCH’s strongest game was the first as he was able to stuff a lot of PR Balrog’s attempts to press forward into offense. In the second game PR Balrog got his momentum going and controlled most of game two. The last game was incredibly close but PR Balrog landed a punish counter to close out the game to win 2-1.
Up next in RED ROOSTER’s lineup was Ajax Fidelity, also using Juri. ENDEMIC chose FlashMetroid with Blanka to face him. Very little seemed to go FlashMetroid’s way in the first game but after that he slowly started getting more sustained momentum. There were some clutch plays on both sides but Ajax Fidelity was more consistent overall and it earned him the win.
BananaKen is turning out to be quite the JP-killer this season as he triumphs in another JP mirror match, this time against Reynald. With this 3-1 win he has now bested three other JP players in DCQ, VXBao and now Reynald. He is also one of the few to have beaten NASR’s AngryBird and has only lost to MenaRD. Even more impressive is that he is doing this mostly from the most high-pressure position, playing in the anchor position in all but one Team Battle.
This was a good performance by Reynald. Each of the four games played were won by narrow margins as both players traded blows both up close and with ranged attacks. There were a lot of scramble situations but BananaKen made more clutch plays. RED ROOSTER’s 40-0 win here moves them up the standings to fourth place while ENDEMIC continues to fall behind.
|1||PR Balrog||RED ROOSTER||Juri||defeated||ChrisCCH||ENDEMIC||Ken||2-1|
|2||AJAX FIDELITY||RED ROOSTER||Juri||defeated||FlashMetroid||ENDEMIC||Blanka||2-1|
NASR (HOME) vs UYU (AWAY)
Away Team Player and Character Order: 1) Zhen (Dee Jay), 2) NuckleDu (Guile), 3) VXBao (JP), 4) Dual Kevin
NASR came into this week unbeaten but have survived some very close calls. Two of their Team Battles were decided in tiebreaker. They got the wins but they did not come away unscathed. Both of those Team Battles earned the team only 25 points, which explains why 2-2 BANDITS was in first place coming into this week. The standings are first and foremost about points and not raw wins and losses.
In this week’s Team Battle with UYU they came away with another win to preserve their undefeated record but, more importantly, they scored 30 points. With BANDITS stumbling in their own Team Battle this week, NASR earned just enough points to claim first place on the standings.
UYU performed well in this Team Battle even though they came up short. UYU was the away team so NASR was able to counter pick players and characters. Zhen and his Dee Jay was first in the order and NASR put AngryBird and his Ken against him. This was a very exciting match to watch as it seemed like nonstop offense from both players. It went to the final round but AngryBird got a 2-1 win.
NuckleDu answered back for UYU in the next match as his Guile faced Big Bird’s Marisa. Big Bird smashed NuckleDu in the first game with Marisa inflicting tremendous damage at each opportunity. NuckleDu came right back with a fast second game, adapting his game to make it more difficult for Marisa to get in close to start her offense. NuckleDu would win the match 2-1 in the last round.
With the score now tied 10-10 it was time for the anchor match and Punk with his Cammy went in to take on VXBao’s JP. VXBao’s JP has proven formidable so far this season. Punk and his Cammy were unbeaten and it remains so after this week. VXBao won the first game but Punk came back in the second game and you see Punk’s confidence grow as the match went on. Punk would win 3-1 to give NASR the 30-10 victory.
BANDITS (HOME) vs VERSUS VORTEX (AWAY)
Away Team Player and Character Order: 1) Xian (Dee Jay), 2) NL (Luke), 3) DCQ (JP), 4) Oil King
BANDITS clung tenuously onto first place coming into this week despite a 2-2 record on the strength of two 40-0 wins. VERSUS VORTEX, who has been moving up the standings in recent weeks, got another strong win this week as they prevail over BANDITS 30-10.
The first match earned 10 points for BANDITS as Xiao Hai’s JP triumphed over Xian’s Dee Jay. Xiao Hai won the first game convincingly but Xian struck back and won game two. At the end of the final round of the last game there was a scramble situation with both players having low health when Xiao Hai scored a jump-in to clutch out a 2-1 win.
VERSUS VORTEX answered right back in the next match as NL’s Luke defeated Caba’s Guile in two very quick games. NL has been on fire the last few weeks. After taking a shutout loss to PR Balrog in week one he hasn’t lost since. NL’s last three matches now have been shutouts wins.
The biggest shock to BANDITS fans came next as DCQ’s JP handed MenaRD his first defeat of the season. MenaRD is one of the most formidable players this season not just for his raw skill but also because he can play multiple characters at the highest level. MenaRD would start with Luke and felt confident enough that he didn’t switch characters. In this match DCQ quite simply outplayed MenaRD, playing patiently and making the most of any opportunities. MenaRD made some incredible clutch plays here and there but this match was in DCQ’s control from start to finish as DCQ wins three straight games. VERSUS VORTEX moves up the standings again to third place and is sure to be full of confidence going into next week.
|1||Xiao Hai||BANDITS||JP||defeated||Xian||VERSUS VORTEX||Dee Jay||2-1|
After this week’s Team Battles the scores between first and fifth place are tight. ENDEMIC is falling behind though and needs to turn things around in the back half of the season.
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK!
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