Here’s the second week recap of the Rocket League T.H.E Asia Pro League tournament that’s going on for the next couple of weeks, written by Rocket League Commentator Byron “Byza” Barker. Head here for the original article.
Week 2 of the T.H.E Asia Pro League saw the two regions, Asia Mainland and Japan, take each other on, which led to some interesting results. After the dust has settled, Japan has asserted the dominance in week 2 of League play. Check out the full game replay below.
Match 1: Rule the Sky (RTS) #1 vs Aerial Lunatics Esports (ALu) #4
This game was always going to be interesting because of ALu’s start to league play in week 1, knocking off the Asia mainland #1 seed (Crossbar Kings). This being the first game for Lemonade Lime in league play, RTS showed us the true force of their full lineup with a 6-0 first game to start and then moving quickly making light work of ALu 4-0. The form displayed by RTS was incredible; it was a warning for everyone to bring their A-game, lest they be forced to face a brick wall of barrages.
It’s back to the drawing board for ALu, but being 1-1 and competitive against RTS isn’t so bad! They will be tested in the next 4 weeks & clutching close games.
RTS | 6 | 3 | 4 | 5
ALu | 0 | 2 | 1 | 2
Match 2: GloryStone (GS) #2 vs Toxicity #3
After a shaky start for Toxicity, everybody on the panel was worried about what would happen when you play the #2 seed of Japan that is currently in their career best form. Toxicity brought in “Walrus” as the core player and was set for a competitive game. However, an illness struck Walrus before the game and he was forced to sit out, bringing “Dumbwaystodie” who hasn’t played all week into the team.
The next four games were one for the history books with GS soaring to new heights, scoring a total of 26 goals over 4 games and Toxicity dispatched like it was training drill for GS. For Toxicity, it is apparent that this will be a tough road to finals.
They still have a chance, but they need to step up to dominate the competition. The mind games have started!
GS | 6 | 10 | 3 | 7
TOX | 0 | 1 | 0 | 1
Match 3: Apricot Candy #3 vs The DrawfLickers #2
This series was tipped match of week 2 by the public. It certainly lived up to the hype, seeing the match go to 6 games out of 7. After close games against Glorystone the week before, Apricot Candy were hungry for a win. They dominated the first two games, but the Drawf Lickers showed us why they are one of the teams to watch but turning it around and tying it up at 2-2.
At this point, the inclusion of “WA” replacing Squirrel for this week was looking like a masterstroke! However, Dore and his team stepped up the pace and went what I call “Full Animal” and could not be stopped. The Dwarf Lickers were chosen by many to make it to the finals, but they need Squirrel; WA’s PC needs to be in tune if they are going to be real contenders later on.
AC | 3 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4
DL | 2 | 2 | 5 | 5 | 1 | 0
Match 4: TomChan #3 vs The Crossbar Kings #2
The last game of the League play for Week 2 would see the Crossbar Kings staring down the barrel of a Japan Clean sweep. Turns out we got another thriller to game #6 that would have the Crossbar Kings chasing for game #7, but they fell short to Tomchan who showed us they are not a push over.
Hageoyazi played brilliantly, but Serpent stole his Thunder and thus earned Byza’s “Player of the Week”. Tomchan is a real contender and showed rapid improvement over the space of a week!
If they can keep close to their opponents in the next couple of weeks, they’ll have a real chance at the finals. Crossbar Kings have had a rough start to the season, and this puts them in a tricky position. They must win from here on out.
TC | 2 | 2 | 2 | 3 | 2 | 3
CK | 5 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 2
You can catch all the action every Saturday GMT + 7 16:00 on https://www.twitch.tv/therocketleague I look forward to seeing you in week 2!
Byron “Byza” Barker
Rocket League Commentator