Howdy all, and welcome to Snowball Esports’ weekly OPL Power Rankings. These will be hot off the press each Monday, serving only the hottest takes fresh out of the oven that was the last week’s games. Our panel, as always, are our contributors: Reece, Andrew, Callum, Swifty, and former SIN Gaming coach Bencel.
A quick note on power rankings: Power Rankings are different to how one would traditionally rank teams. Normal rankings are a bit more based on ability than results. In a traditional ranking if one team beat another you could still rank them lower if you thought they were still worse than the team they beat. Power Rankings are by definition recency-biased and results-focused and are more of a snapshot of how a team looks right now than how they have looked throughout the year or how they project overall. A bad loss may see a team drop below a team most would see them as being better than. A string of losses can see a team tumble down the rankings.
Want more detail as to why our panel put the teams in the order they did? Click below for more thoughts from each pundit.
DW / CHF / ORD / AV / LGC / SIN / BMR / TTC
Not much reason for change towards the top of the pile. Maybe I want to believe in the Bombers narrative a little too much, maybe not…but when the Bombers string together encouraging plays it looks to me that they’re trying to do things and it ultimately falls short. When I watch Tectonic have some of these strong early games I want to scream at my screen “WHAT ARE THEY (the other team) DOING?!” I want to take a closer look at Tectonic’s matches to see if this is something they’re forcing or a product of being disrespected. For now though what I see from the Bombers is more repeatable and controllable.
Let Reece know what you think of his power rankings on Twitter @LoLTies
DW / ORD / CHF / AV / LGC / TTC / SIN / BMR
Power Rankings remain for another week. CHF have cemented themselves as a top 3 team, and until they face tougher competition it is difficult to place them above ORDER. As for the bottom 3, until competition between these teams commences it remains difficult to gauge which order these teams will belong with all teams showing signs of improvement.
Let Callum know what you think of his power rankings on Twitter @CDMLoL
DW / ORD / CHF / LGC / AV / SIN / BMR / TTC
After our first Super Week, the rankings may be a little skewed because some teams played more games than others. I’m leaving my top three the same, however in my mind Chiefs and ORDER are on the same level currently. I’m keen to see them match up in week 9. I do believe Legacy at least for the time being look slightly better than AV, even though they’ve lost to them now twice. I’ll be watching Avant closely this weekend as they go up against ORDER, could be a very telling series for both sides.
Let Swifty know what you think of his power rankings on Twitter @Swift_y