AFC 10: Division 2 Roundup
Banner by Cell, writeup by vetia, vetted by moosepi and Caldoran
This season of AsiaFortress, Division 1 is tiny and Division 3 is engorged. So where do you go to watch or follow games? Division 2 of course! Division 2 is perfectly sized this season, with eight teams ready to take each other on, and find out which of them is the best of Asia (relatively speaking, since it is Division 2)!
But in all honesty, Division 2 is set to hold some of the most competitive matches AF has seen in recent history. Based on team reviews by players who’ve watched the scene for lengths of time, there isn’t really a clear winner overall. Of course, there certainly are teams that stand out above the rest; It isn’t a complete tossup like Division 3 where there are so many new players we can’t keep track of them all.
Division 2 has one of the most even distributions of players across different teams, ranging from DM-heads, to PUG stars, to minions; an expansive, even spread worthy of feast tables in the halls of unscrupulous, medieval nobles! However, unlike feasting nobles, we have to cherry pick. I’m not paid (I’m actually not paid anyway) to talk about every single team in Division 2, so we’ll have to settle for the four we think are most likely to make playoffs.
A healthy mixture of players, Fruit Salad has all the essential vitamins and minerals of a Division 2 team: experienced veterans, a few middle-grounders and some fresh faces. Several of the names (such as shuenny, nastyyy and joshi) are familiar, dating back to a time when Turbo 9000 was a simple seed in older AFCs.
With so many old beans on their roster, it seems that first place is ripe for the picking for this team. They’ve demonstrated the ability to coordinate, even if their flanks are a little shaky at times, and their DM ability could allow them to punch through the competition. And who knows, perhaps they’ll even help a new player or two bear fruit.
Wine n Cheese
If any team could sour the chances of the competition, it’s Wine n Cheese. Featuring the dregs of Division 3 runner ups Backcappers, hopefuls of once-Kawaii and several other older names, it’s a cocktail of good players that could turn other teams blue in the face. Almost every single member here has prior league experience, and a few have a reputation for throwing games that both make things interesting and irritating (for the opponent, that is).
To cut to the cheese, there’s no doubt that this team has the ability to take the championship. In terms of raw DM, a few on their lineup could be rostered with the current run of Division 1 teams. Though they might be a little rough around the edges, this slice of Division 2 could age the competition well, and force other teams to new heights.
You don’t have to look too pharah way from LFT Overwatch for good competition either. Their roster mei not be as strong in terms of experience, but combining fast-rising talent like Aqua with experienced players like ReD_SpY creates a bastion of a solid team, that could potentially win(ston) them the championship.
Yes, this slightly haphazard mix team led by ReD_SpY is going to have to push (rein)hardt if they want to take the championship this season. Their strength in terms of DM makes them almost a shoo-in for playoffs, but in order to face off against rosters lined with people boasting years of experience, their team game has to be at its peak. Truthfully, I’ll be following this team’s progress the most during the round robin stages!
Steal Your Job (SyJ)
Talk about last minute sign ups; this team joined the contest with literally 36 minutes to spare.
Steal Your Job, unlike most of the other teams currently in Division 2, actually have history in their résumé. They competed in the last season of Mercenaries Cup 7, and did fairly well considering they had to fight Championship contenders Cute Beast in the second week, and AMC, a team with more history than them, in Lower Bracket Round 3. Now they’ve returned, and are seeking (the enemy’s) employment once more!
It’s a solid roster of consistent players DM wise, and teams with a past have a way of handling coordination better than mix teams of PUG stompers. While they have the potential to be great at the game, a lack of interest could resign their chances of even making playoffs. If they practice consistently, there’s no doubt in my mind that they could climb the metaphorical corporate ladder to the top four. But without practice, SyJ could get fired from the competition by any of the current Division 2 teams.
While I only listed four teams that I think will make playoffs this season, I’d love to witness any number of upsets. The 7 weeks of Round Robin stages are there for teams to thresh their way to the top, and it’s plenty of time for good and interesting players to unveil their true potential as great and superb gods!
Let’s hope the pressures of competition will get the forging fires raging, and send these teams into a transformation process that will have them gleaming like gold when they hold those placement medals. After all, Division 2 is a preparatory stage for Division 1, and Asian TF2 needs more heroes!
May the best team win!