XY and BW predicts!!!!
Sp_ndas vs Haxers
XY: Amaranth vs JRL
- Both of them are standing at a respectable 2-1 record. I generally consider JRL to be a better, more "pure" doubles player if that makes any sense, and that gives them an edge over Amaranth who I still put in high regard after our previous campaign. There's also the fact JRL's teams in general are more solid; whoever gave Amaranth a team with zero Fire- and Water-resists last week in a meta with best mon Volcanion should be banned from the Sp_nda's XY Channel. For your own sake, please get on it Mx. Z Strats
vs Checkmater - Both have been doing just around fine teams- and plays-wise, though Frania does stand at a better 2-1 record. They've generally brought sixes that look generally solid, though Checkmater seems to lean more towards being experimental. That isn't a bad thing, necessarily, but it seems that it's not working well for our hero as he's been exposed to one One Big Threat in two games (Scizor against Biosci, Kyurem-B against DaWoblefet) which seem to just have been forgotten about in the builder. This building can give Checkmater an edge as it can polarize matchups, but if Frania brings a solid, perhaps boring six and plays up to standard, I think they're more likely to come out on top.
Storms vs Lands
vs stax: A 0-3 vs 2-0 (in XY) matchup, that should in itself be enough to inform most on their predicts for this game. Howeverr! Looking at the games qualitatively, we can see that qsns's has been mostly playing up to standards, only really coming short at the end. The Amaranth game was a near mirror matchup, and our game was the worst game in DPL (so far); the only real gaffe, maybe, was the Week 3 game vs KyleCole where qsns stayed in with two Ground-weaks vs a Landorus-T. To be fair, that play is not that
bad by meta perspective, as Lando-T typically doesn't EQ turn 1 and most Lando-T typically never have lethal there, it just so happened that KyleCole was not your typical player (I stay in with one + go Lando-T there btw). Meanwhile, stax's two games are hard to get a real read off: he beat me in a close game that I arguably threw to the dumpster, and he beat Amaranth whose team supplier should be put behind bars. This isn't to diminish their results, of course, but looking at it from this perspective, we can see that they're not that
far off. While qsns may be six foot down under right now, lets just say I'm a jolly fan of zombie movies.
BW: Human vs Bless
- Human is now 0-3 vs Excadrill-Tyranitar and is probably going to bring a Hitmontop. Bless,
meanwhile, is standing in as the Lands' new sacrifice to BW, and perhaps they have the best chance out of all of them--even moreso if they bring Excadrill-Tyranitar this week! There honestly isn't much to say here other than Human has a seeming inability to play around / outplay an Excadrill, and despite trying to at least mitigate this weakness with Rotom-W + Scrafty last week they still lost to it vs DaWob (who made their own Crime-against-Teambuilding, mind you). If Sunrose's advice in my teamchat last year is any indication of their BW prowess, maybe they have what it takes to get the win this week.