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    Mercenaries Cup 7: Grand Finals


    Caldoran

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    Banner by Cell, writeup by vetia, vetted by Caldoran
     
    Mercenaries Cup 7 Grand Finals
    Cute Beast will be facing Club Penguin Crusaders once more, this time fighting for the title of Grand Champions for Mercenaries Cup 7.
     
    The Chinese team suffered defeat in the Upper Bracket Finals, losing 2-4 on Process and 0-5 on Sunshine to Club Penguin Crusaders. They were dropped to the Lower Bracket Finals, where Kusoyotech was waiting for them.
     
    Their performance there was completely overturned. Cute Beast confidently defeated Kusoyotech 5-0 on Badlands and 5-2 on Process, securing their spot in the Grand Finals once again.
     
    It’s a complete replay of the Upper Bracket Semi-Finals, except this time Cute Beast is in full swing. Completely crushing Kusoyotech and eager to retain their title as Grand Champions of Mercenaries Cup from the previous season, the team has been consistently scrimming Club Penguin Crusaders since their loss, though the results have been varying.
     
    Cute Beast
    • http://i.imgur.com/VLEbrY5.png" alt="VLEbrY5.png"> 10
    • http://i.imgur.com/VLEbrY5.png" alt="VLEbrY5.png"> Flower
    • http://i.imgur.com/W5WmBJp.png" alt="W5WmBJp.png"> Shad0w
    • http://i.imgur.com/W5WmBJp.png" alt="W5WmBJp.png"> Fury
    • http://i.imgur.com/j3eMpHs.png" alt="j3eMpHs.png"> Hysteria
    • http://i.imgur.com/hBkNbCx.png" alt="hBkNbCx.png"> RLE
    Cute Beast’s three star players are Flower, 10 and Fury. While Flower has been able to maintain expectations of him, 10 failed to meet the standard where it counted. Though he performed extremely well against teams that were weaker than him, it seems like the Scouts of Club Penguin Crusaders were too much for him in the Upper Bracket Semi-Finals game.
     
    The results of the match might rely heavily on 10 pulling his weight, or simply relinquishing his position as the high-heals Scout to Flower, who proved that he could play without them in the first map of the game against Club Penguin Crusaders.
     
    The rest of Cute Beast’s roster is inconsistent when it comes to performance. A roster switch in the Upper Bracket Final actually led to RLE, normally the Medic, out-damaging his Pocket, while all Shad0w had to do was keep up with the rest of his team and know effectively when to get out.
     
    Hysteria is arguably the weakest link in Cute Beast's lineup; Getting 214 DPM while taking 21% heals is definitely holding back the team. It might be something that has been put upon him considering how aggressive the core of his team is, but if Hysteria were to find a way to complement this playstyle while still fragging and damaging, Cute Beast would likely reach new heights.
     
    Cute Beast are famous for playing an extremely DM-centric style, relying heavily on being able to get away with situations they shouldn’t be able to through pure combat ability. 
     
    Solo Übers on Fury in order to gain advantages and extreme Sniper positioning from Flower are some of the things that normally wouldn’t work, but Cute Beast constantly push to make it happen and it’s always spectacular when it does.
     
    When it doesn’t, however, Cute Beast begins to fall apart, with their players getting picked off one by one as they make desperate plays.
     
    Club Penguin Crusaders
    • http://i.imgur.com/VLEbrY5.png" alt="VLEbrY5.png"> Teejay
    • http://i.imgur.com/VLEbrY5.png" alt="VLEbrY5.png"> Crabby
    • http://i.imgur.com/W5WmBJp.png" alt="W5WmBJp.png"> Shocky
    • http://i.imgur.com/W5WmBJp.png" alt="W5WmBJp.png"> Creep
    • http://i.imgur.com/j3eMpHs.png" alt="j3eMpHs.png"> Moy
    • http://i.imgur.com/hBkNbCx.png" alt="hBkNbCx.png"> And
    It’s easy to say that this team are the favourites for the championship. Club Penguin Crusaders has swatted aside all competition so far, virtually uncontested by even those considered their greatest opponents, not dropping any maps in the season.
     
    It comes back to Teejay, Creep and Shocky forming the core of the team, though that doesn’t discount any of the other players on the team. Roster turbulence has seen at least six different iterations play outside of matches since their formation (with Teejay constantly cycling between Pocket, Roamer and Scout), but they seem to have found something that works. Teejay’s ability as a high-heals Scout is undeniable, and with the experienced and excellent Pocket Creep at his side, the duo looks as if they can do no wrong.
     
    With Moy putting out decent damage to support the combo, it looks as though Shocky and Crabby are simply along for the ride. Though Crabby has yet to prove himself during the season, Shocky has been seen to make the plays when necessary, and if these two can competently watch the flank, Club Penguin Crusaders are on track to another smooth-sailing victory and a straightforward Grand Champions title.
     
    And appears to be the most low-profile member in the team, with some questioning his decisions and plays at times. However, as long as he listens to Teejay main-calling, how many mistakes can one Medic make?
     
    Though praise can be sung for the raw skill of this team’s players, they have also displayed a higher level of cohesion than their combatants. They picked apart Cute Beast and Kusoyotech, capitalizing on mistakes the other teams were making with seeming ease, and with Teejay dropping the occasional 400 DPM while playing out of his mind, there doesn’t seem to be much other teams can do.
     
    Conclusion
    While Club Penguin Crusaders are the favourites, they are by no means unbeatable. Talent, skill and experience on both teams are about even, and solid teams have been shredded to pieces before with formulaic pushes and seemingly unshakeable walls torn to pieces by the piercing bullets of the Sniper - Something that "Teejay teams" have consistently lacked.
     
    Flower has demonstrated consistency in landing headshots. If nothing else, he has wowed viewers by his almost frightening accuracy and was a prime reason Cute Beast picked up any rounds at all on Club Penguin Crusaders in the Upper Bracket Semi-Finals. If Cute Beast plays more cohesively with all their members up to scratch, this match could come down to the wire.
     
    And of course, we all hope the winner wins by the skin of their teeth. Where’s the fun in seeing one team dominate another?
     
    Match will be streamed on Saturday 8th April, 9:30pm GMT +8 on TFLive," rel="external nofollow">http://twitch.tv/tflive'>TFLive, featuring our very own vetia as Guest Caster!
     
    Place your bets on who wins on Saloon.tf," rel="external nofollow">https://saloon.tf/match/265'>Saloon.tf, tune in to catch the action, and discover who gets to officially call themselves Asia’s best team for the next four months or so!



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