by @SiKiMaGe 1st/2nd place FragD – Killercrank, Scar, Cream, HighDistortion / Infinity – Atmo, Puff, God, Genetix These two teams are a very interesting mix of every thing good in this game but who will win Toronto? This is my best guess and theory on the matter. I will start with FragD. FragD – Led by the brain Killercrank. I did say that by picking Crank up this team would be a threat just because of the intelligence he brings to a squad and the leadership. His direction is harsh and extremely blunt. He is constantly on these guys about making the correct plays and always, always insisting on certain aspects of the game that they become the best at. Crank has been around the block a few times with this game. He knows very well what it means to play at the top of one’s game and also at the top levels of it. By winning Orlando he now has 4 MLG championships under his belt. Now, people can say what they want, but you are not getting 1st place by having no skill. Sorry, it just does not happen that way. He has got the skill to back up his intelligence as well and leads this team just fine. On to Cream, the host for the team. I would believe it is safe to say, Cream - had an exceptional tournament. He didn’t destroy but he played exactly like he needed to and I did notice his teamwork and awareness was much better than previous tournaments. So, good job on both Cream’s efforts and Crank’s constant nagging J haha. He did well though, host pistoling/off host pistoling was destroying. He played his role very well and carried on a few maps when he had to and kept this team going with some sick plays. Overall, I saw a new player out of Cream at this tournament and I am glad to finally see after 7 MLG events? lol . I hope the success does not go to his ego though which I assume it has but we will see. Scar – Had a great tournament also, IMO. Better than I have seen in the past. He was more of an inconsistent player to me at events. But, this event he seemed to play very consistent and do this thing. He played really well top War Machine and definitely did his part. He brings a great thing to a team as well, he is smart and never really loses his temper at all. He always tries to improve and has great dedication. He didn’t really have a great showing at Meadowlands but he definitely picked up his game in Orlando and was a part of the reason why this team had the success it did. HighDistortion – I honestly did not see much out of him at this event. Other then the last map on War Machine against Infinity where he did work. He is a good support player that is a fact so if his stats are not big he is most likely doing work with the pistol/lancer for other key players in spots. I don’t really think he is that high caliber of a player. Smart for sure but he brings doubts a lot everywhere. Mainly his attitude and his sense to get down on himself when things do not go his way. He can tend to get aggravated at an event and it will affect his performance. Hopefully this win doesn’t go to his ego and he will play with a steady head on his shoulders. But, he already has an ego boost from this win so if he brings this attitude to Toronto he will not do well. He is a good enough player though that will keep this team together support level and team wise. He is a key situational player also, I only know this from playing against him. There are many reasons why sometimes a player is not going big on stats but plays a very big role elsewhere. FragD – As a team I found there win in Orlando not that great to be honest. They beat vBi then they beat MbN and an emo Infinity team. Once they won the first match it was over. Infinity got down on them selves and they were not coming back. FragD had all the momentum going into the finals and they had an easy tourney win in my eyes. I think they are going to have to work extra hard this event in Toronto if they want the same outcome. So we shall see if it is a fluke or they have what it takes to repeat. I predict them either winning this event, or I predict them finishing 3rd/4th depending on how Infinity plays this event. FragD does have an easy road to top 3 though so that will help them out a lot. Infinity – This is an up and down team. They have great skill on the team but in Orlando they just didn’t have it. Teamwork was not on and communication was basically nothing. They got down on themselves very early and let it sit with them. Hopefully, that won’t be a factor at this event. Although, playing them lately their teamwork and team happiness is at a very low point. They have something to prove this event and take back though. They need to give it their all vs. a team like FragD who is determined to stay on top. Infinity has the number 1 seed again though going into Toronto, so it is fair to say you might see the FragD Infinity rematch in Orlando. I am going to go with Infinity on the win though. I see FragDs win like I said before just a little too easy and almost handed to them. Watching Infinity play at Orlando you would or will understand why I said that. Puff – Probably the most dominant host in the game. He is a very good player and a huge threat when playing Gears of War. This is a kid you hate to play against because his skill level is very high. Orlando, he definitely did not play well and it affected the whole team. If he does not perform on host then they are definitely going to lose. Puff can be great but he can be very sad and get down on himself very very very easily and it will affect this teams outcome. He really has to stay up and its up to his team to keep his mind in the game. If Puff does slightly badly, then this team will struggle a lot. Atmo – Best player in the game hands down and he doesn’t even host for this team. He has incredible skill and is a very good player. His level of play depends on how the team is doing. If the team gets down and stops being into the game he tends to just rush a lot and try to do everything for them. This is bad though for the team because most of the time its just 50/50, get the kill then die, or down a person and die not helping your team. I see Atmo having a great tournament and doing very well. He has the drive to win this tournament and I know this. He will be playing his hardest no matter what at this event. I can see him carrying hard at this event. GoD6o3 – He can either be hot or cold. When he is cold this team tends to rag on him and not keep him up and in the game, which is bad for God. Having teamed with him in the past, keeping God pumped up and in the game is crucial to success. In Orlando, he had a mediocre event but most definitely did his part. I saw him on top and on bottom never consistent, which hurt them as well. Must play consistent at the top pro level. In Toronto I see God picking his game up because like Atmo he has the drive to win and play hard. Just can’t let his team get on him and get him down because then he plays bad and he plays like he doesn’t care. Genetix – A great player is in Genetix. This year he has been just staying under the radar. Not going really huge and not doing really terrible. He is being a consistent player like normal. Last year he had some beast performances. I think Toronto is going to be one of his best performances to date. I don’t know why but I just feel like Gen can make things happen and he will prove me right at Toronto. Gen is a very smart player and he is skillful as well in every area of this game. He is very versatile and knows the game very well. Many people under look Gen and don’t really give him credit or show him any type of support. But, Gen definitely has a lot going for him in this game and needs to break out in Toronto for them to be successful.