With the STREE FIGHTER LEAGUE playoffs just around the corner in week sixteen, competition is still fierce as several teams are on the bubble and even the top teams are working for higher seeding. This week’s exciting Team Battles have Team ALL-IN facing off against Team UYU and Team ALPHA 3 versus Team NASR.
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TEAM ALL-IN vs UYU
Banned Characters: Akuma and Poison
iDom’s ALL-IN got a very important win last week over Team DYNAMITE to break a three Team Battle losing streak. They came into this week in second place on the standings but a big loss here could have been trouble. Taking them on was Oil King’s Team UYU, which came in at 0-9 and had absolutely nothing to lose.
UYU certainly left it all on the field in their last outing of the season with all three players giving a strong showing. JB was the standout for UYU with wins against 801 Strider and SKZ. Kami’s match against SKZ and Oil King’s match against iDom did not go UYU’s way but they were both nail-biters. Oil King’s relentless use of the EX Spinning Mixer against iDom, and its high success rate, illustrates UYU’s willingness to take chances in this last Team Battle.
ALL-IN lived up to its name this week with very strong performances by SKZ and, of course, iDom in particular. This Team Battle went the distance with iDom once again stepping up to stop JB’s momentum and complete the win for ALL-IN 2-0 in the last matchup. ALL-IN won 3-2 against UYU this week and will likely go into the playoffs as the second seed against ALPHA 3.
TEAM NASR vs ALPHA 3
Banned Characters: Karin and Akuma
ALPHA 3’s Punk said in the interview before this Team Battle that he considers NASR to be a tough matchup for his team and would like to contribute to them not making the playoffs. NASR sat at 5-3 prior to this Team Battle and is certainly one of several teams on the bubble. ALPHA 3 did its part this week to push NASR off the edge, getting the 3-0 team sweep.
This Team Battle was a sweep for ALPHA 3 but NASR did not make it easy. Punk’s Kolin had some trouble against Big Bird’s G in the very first matchup. CJ Truth went against his usually aggressive playstyle, using Necalli’s V-Skill 2 to continuously walk down Samurai’s Ryu. Samurai seemed unsure of how to deal with V-Skill 2 but it was still a very close match. Despite some close matches it was still all-ALPHA 3 this week with all three players pulling their weight.
ALPHA 3 is still feeling on top of the world going into the final week. Next week they face off against DYNAMITE, another team on the edge of playoff contention, and will have another opportunity to stifle a team’s chances. As things stand they are certain to go into the playoffs now as the first seed and cannot ask for a better place to be as a team at this point.
|Punk||ALPHA 3||Kolin||defeated||Big Bird||NASR||G||2-1|
|CJ Truth||ALPHA 3||Necalli||defeated||Samurai||NASR||Ryu||2-1|
ALPHA 3 is still in first place with a 8-1 score while ALL-IN remains in second place at 7-3. NASR is still in third place at 5-4. DYNAMITE and PSYCHO SHINOBI are both at 4-5. Next week will be critical for NASR, DYNAMITE and PSYCHO SHINOBI to decide which two teams will join ALPHA 3 and ALL-IN in the playoffs. Team UYU will finish the season in sixth place at 0-10.
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