After starting out the PPL on the right foot against Team EnvyUs in Week 1, RNG Paladins had to work double duty in Week 2 in order to remain undefeated. First up on the docket was Splyce, the roster formerly known as “Woogly” that took a spill twice in the first week against G2 and Team EnvyUs to start their PPL play. Could Renegades hand them their third “L” or would Splyce finally find their footing (But wait, aren’t they snakes, meaning they don’t have feet?) in the PPL?
GAME 1: FROG ISLE
The champion draft to start the set began with a ban I certainly did not expect out of Renegades. Georges “Lokii” Chalhoub looked great on the Sha Lin for RNG last week, even collecting 2 “Player of the Game” accolades. Wouldn’t you expect Splyce to be the one banning out Sha Lin? Splyce’s triple tank composition was certainly the talking point of this draft, as any Paladins player knows that a triple tank composition has to snowball early or it just won’t get the job done. A fair criticism of Renegades has been their inability to confidently pick blaster DPS, which means that Zach “ShadeeyShades” Gilbert’s performance on Drogoz is going to be very important for the rest of the split.
Speaking of ShadeeyShades, he picked up first blood on Splyce’s Ash (Javier “ElZulu” Figueroa) to start the game and was able to protect his team from Dredge Anchor by taking out Makoa (Kevin “Rovaniik” Segura” [DPS player]). Splyce was able to capture 69% of the point uncontested, but Renegades was able to stay safe under cover and slowly whittle down the beefy Splyce composition. It was just too good to be true, as the next teamfight belonged to Splyce and they got what was supposed to be theirs (given their composition) in the first point. Things were definitely going to plan for Splyce, as they managed to convert the payload and take a 2-0 lead in overtime. A majority of Renegades had dealt close to or over 50k damage at this point, but it just didn’t matter because of how much base health Splyce had. How long would Splyce’s defense capabilities hold up?
The fight for the second point was very similar to the first, as Splyce was able to set up shop on the point but eventually lost it in the first teamfight. Renegades was able to properly zone out and stagger Splyce this time, albeit with the help of the comeback mechanic. Splyce began their payload defense with a huge ultimate commitment that paid off. Dylan “Cliku” Mohne and Josh “Stormtroopey” Veillon on Renegades used their ultimates as well, but they both came up empty. Renegades was able to recover, as Splyce was too spread out on defense and got taken out individually to improve RNG Paladins’ position on the payload push. The shields were being destroyed so quickly at this point for Splyce, meaning that their composition fully fell off at this point. Even bigger proof of that was the new score, 2-2.
Splyce pushed way too far forward to start this point fight, as they pushed all the way up past the rock wall next to the point. It’s safe to say that they probably now regret that strategy, as Renegades was able to run and gun through Splyce while they were split up between the objective and their forward position to make the score 3-2. It definitely wasn’t easy, as Splyce proved that there was a little life left in their triple tank composition by capturing 99% of the point before getting wiped. It wasn’t perfect, but Renegades was able to make the yellow and black squad black and blue by completing the 4-2 comeback. This game serves as a perfect example of why the triple tank composition isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Lokii proved that he doesn’t need Sha Lin to put the team on his back, as he picked up “Player of the Game” honors as Viktor with a 19/5/34 KDA and 166,521 player damage.
GAME 2: FISH MARKET
Renegades didn’t ban the Sha Lin this game, meaning his appearance was very likely in this draft. Oh yeah, first pick Sha Lin, told ya so! That being said, Splyce’s picks of Torvald, Makoa, Jenos are the embodiment of the meta right now. But let’s be clear that Splyce isn’t a team that’s a slave to the meta, especially because they Strix as their last pick. Dallas “Envy” Smith would run the Ambush legendary, meaning that his shots deal 15% damage while he’s stealthed.
A combination of ElZulu’s Dredge Anchor and Envy’s Talon Rifle would be enough to get first blood. Fish Market is a map where there aren’t many places to hide from a hook and/or sniper shot, so it makes sense why Splyce chose it for this game. Cliku was able to take out Envy as Ash, and he also sacrificed himself to buy time for his team to take the first point. The corner before the final straightaway is always hard to push past on Fish Market, meaning the score would tie up at 1-1.
Splyce’s Adam “amosts” Wong was able to pick a double kill with Torvald’s Hyper Beam with Renegades having 72% of the point captured. That amazing ultimate along with the slaying power of Rovaniik as Bomb King was enough for Splyce to take the 2-1 lead. Since Renegades didn’t know the Strix pick was coming, they had no flank to properly attack Envy from behind. He sat in the back near the point on the high ground and was able to free fire into the large open space at the end of the payload push route. Renegades split off on both sides of the payload route into the trees in order to hide from Strix, but that allowed Splyce to run the payload down their throat to a 3-1 lead.
The boys from Boston didn’t play their triple tank composition effectively in game 1, but they showed the true power of Strix on a wide open map like Fish Market in game 2. Renegades just couldn’t push forward onto the objective after not being able to flank the Strix. All of this was happening while Splyce’s front line was holding their own on the objective and capturing the 4-1 victory. Rovaniik of Splyce got “Player of the Game” honors as Bomb King with a 13/5/7 KDA and 67,003 player damage.
GAME 3: STONE KEEP
Renegades learned their lesson from last game, as they banned out Rovaniik’s Bomb King in order to see if he’s truly a “one trick” like some critics say. Lokii abandoned the Sha Lin pick this time around, as in game 3 he favored the other archer in Cassie.
In the short term the Cassie pick paid off, as Lokii was able to win a duel to start the game against Envy’s Androxus. You have to wonder if Envy’s choice of the Heads Will Roll legendary (50% bonus headshot damage) cost him a lot this game. Stone Keep is a wide open map (meaning it was hard for Envy to get up close to headshot) and Envy isn’t leminate (leminate was a European pro player who had aimbot in Ranked and ran this legendary). Renegades pulled out to a 93% to 18% lead, but Splyce wasn’t down for the count yet. Splyce battled back to make it a 99% all contest, but it was Renegades who captured it in the end with the help of ShadeeyShade’s ability to attack multiple targets as Lian. The kitchen sink was thrown by both teams while the payload was super close to the finish, in the end it was Renegades who converted their lead to 2-0.
Saying the next teamfight was one-sided is an understatement, as Renegades slowly captured the objective without much resistance from Splyce until the very end. Splyce then fully commit onto the point and didn’t pick up a kill in the process. In a blink of an eye the payload was converted, making Renegades the winner by the final count of 4-0. ShadeeyShade’s unique Eminence legendary loadout obviously worked for him, as he picked up “Player of the Game” honors with a 13/1/14 KDA and 57,320 player damage. This legendary choice allowed ShadeeyShades to spam Presence and deal increased damage from range. He hit his Presence ability almost every time, lowering the cooldown even more because of the Heraldry IV in his loadout. It’s a winning combination you don’t see very often that worked super well against Splyce.
RNG Paladins was able to pick up the win over Splyce to start with Week 2 of the PPL. Stay tuned for a writeup on their other Week 2 matchup against G2 Esports. To continue to keep up to date with our Paladins team, follow us on Twitter at @Renegades. To keep up with all that is Paladins esports, follow @PaladinsPro on Twitter and visit PaladinsWorld.com.
Article written by Jacob “WordsWinWars” Russell (@WordsJR on Twitter).