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Tongue Twisters vs Freelancers
This Freelancers team isn't as strong as their Ladle 28 one (The Usual Suspects), but they are, without a doubt, the stronger team in this matchup. I applaud Cody's effort to organize another team, but the Tongue Twisters are way too inexperienced to even contend with the veteran Freelancers.
My prediction: The Freelancers rout the Tongue Twisters, 2-0.
Immortal Dynasty vs Crazy Tronners
ID has some new young-guns on their team, and CT is without some of its marquee players. Nonetheless, CT has the server advantage, experience advantage, and, in my opinion, the skill advantage. However, let's not forget when ID upset CT a few Ladles ago. The same thing could happen, especially if CT is looking ahead to their possible matchup with SP 1 in the quarter finals.
My prediction: CT focuses and locks down on their opponents, claiming a 2-0 victory.
degree° vs Speeders 1
Degree had high expectations going into their first Ladle, but had some trouble in the opening round against DS. On paper, their team looks a little weaker this time around, but we can't forget that last time their full squad didn't show up. On the other hand, SP has enough players to form 2 teams. I'm a little concerned with their team choice though because I was almost certain that Judders, one of the top players in the game, would be on SP 1. Yet, SP 1 is still a very solid and impressive team.
My prediction: SP 1 slowly pulls ahead in each match, giving them a 2-0 win..
PLZ RES US! vs Twi¦×¦ted ¦×¦ats
PRU is without their best player last Ladle, freako, and up against the reigning Ladle champions. They will be more prepared for this Ladle than the last one, while TX could possibly be out of synch due to lack of practice. But you can never doubt the champs as they will ultimately find their grove.
My prediction: TX eases their way into the quarter finals, beating PRU 2-0.
Speeders 2 vs Plus
Speeders 2 will no doubt have trouble dealing with the lag while Plus will feel right at home. However, this Speeders 2 squad has the potential of beating a Plus team that has struggled in the past. Sine.wav will lock down on defense, but if his teammates die, there will be a lot of 3v1 rounds ending in SP 2 victories.
My prediction: Plus fights hard, but falls at the end, losing 2-1.
Open Team vs Team uNknown
This Open Team is better than the other one in the Ladle (Tongue Twisters), but I seriously doubt that they've had much practice together. UNK has been slowly creeping onto the scene and I believe that this Ladle will be their breakout.
My prediction: UNK rolls to a 2-0 sweep.
Wild West vs Velocity
This WW team is much better than people think. If their best players show up, I expect them to win this matchup. On the other hand, VCL (I don't know how VCL = VeLoCity, but anyways...) has a new tag and some new players. With the tag comes the swag (sorry, thought it was time, for a rhyme). All the jokes aside, these two teams are definitely underestimated, and it's unfortunate that they have to play each other in the first round since only one can advance.
My prediction: WW squeaks out a 2-1 win over their rivals.
Dark Syndicate vs Freelancers
DS has a bye the first round and will most likely be spending that time practicing in their server. The Freelancers will just be coming off of an easy victory over the Tongue Twisters and will be ready to fight. It's always hard to pick against a KoD-esque team, but if the opponent has the edge in either skill or experience, I may be compelled to make such a pick. However, DS has neither.
My prediction: The Freelancers march into the semi finals, defeating DS 2-0.
Crazy Tronners vs Speeders 1
History repeats itself; this will be the 3rd time in 4 Ladles that these 2 squads will face off against each other. SP won the previous 2 and I believe that this trend will continue. Look for CT to fight back, but without some key players like Woned, Beer, and K-Yo, they might fall a bit short yet again.
My prediction: In a back and forth battle, SP 1 edges out CT, 2-1.
Twi¦×¦ted ¦×¦ats vs Speeders 2
Having to play in a US server again, SP 2 will have its hands full against TX. Assuming either SageLord and/or CuRbSidE show up, TX will have its way with SP 2. Nonetheless, TX is clearly the stronger team is the matchup and they will prove this on the grid.
My prediction: TX advances without much trouble, winning 2-0.
Team uNknown vs Wild West
As I said earlier, this is UNK's breakout Ladle. Look for them to take charge against WW and never look back. But they better watch out for a WW comeback, since WW also has a lot to prove. This quarter final matchup, albeit they're not the two strongest teams, will be a great one to watch.
My prediction: UNK has the server advantage and the victory in my book, 2-1.
Freelancers vs SP 1
The players are almost the same, it's the semi finals again, and both teams will be at the top of their games. Both teams got slightly weaker from Ladle 28 to Ladle 29, but SP lost more ground than the Freelancers did.the 'Ladle 28 Predictions' thread wrote:PsYkO, Lackadaisical, Flex, Luzifer, Sasha, pavelo, viper, eggcozy, FoFo, MaZuffeR, Judders, madmax, etc, etc. This could very well be the championship match, but due to the draw, these 2 powerhouses are going to duke it out in an epic Ladle showdown. SP is a hot team with new additions, but if The Usual Suspects can rekindle their past chemistry, then they've got this in the bag.
My prediction: In Ladle 28, SP lost 2-0. For Ladle 29, I expect the same outcome.
Twi¦×¦ted ¦×¦ats vs Team uNknown
UNK's magical run stops here. For the defending champs, the finish line is in site and UNK is just a small bump in the road. TX has the edge in virtually every category (skill, experience, past ladles, etc.) and will have little trouble with this UNK squad. Nonetheless, UNK should be very proud to have made it this far.
My prediction: TX bursts into the finals, sweeping UNK 2-0.
The Usual Suspects vs Twi¦×¦ted ¦×¦ats
More or less a rematch of the Ladle 28 finals, the Ladle 29 finals will not disappoint. The 3 things I notice are that (a) this Freelancers team is not quite as good as the Ladle 28 version, (b) if CuRbSidE shows up, that makes TX only harder to defeat, and (c) the finals are in a US server, giving an additional advantage to TX. But don't count out the Freelancers, especially since they are seeking to avenge their Ladle 28 loss to TX in the finals.
My prediction: TX repeats as Ladle champions, defeating a very good Freelancers team by a score of 2-1.