Battlefield 3: Early indications of a three-horse race in the DGL Premier Division
NEWS | Scoper | Battlefield | March 2, 2013
The Do Gaming premier division is taking on quite an interesting spin in terms of how teams are performing relative to last year. Now that the game has entered its second year, we can get a much better feel for the prospects each team has. Here is the lowdown…
Currently Bravado Gaming and NSD Sons of Liberty are the only two teams that have gone undefeated as of roughly week 4 in leg one. Casting our minds back to 2012, a similar scenario played out ahead of the LAN Championships in October. While NSD subsequently failed to live up to their third place ranking, posting a disappointing performance in the group stages to be paired up against ASF in the quarter finals, they have bolstered their team with new players (Dirtypope in infantry; Oakley-Razor in armour) and arguably a new style of play this year (one that is less passive). NSD will definitely be a team to watch out for in 2013.
Perhaps more interesting is the shift we are seeing between SSG Umshiniwam and ASF Aquila. ASF finished second both in the final leg of the 2012 online season and at the LAN Championships, losing only to Bravado in this time. SSG meanwhile placed 5th online, and 3rd at the Championships. However, in leg one this year ASF have already dropped a game, and to none other than SSG themselves. ASF has lost key players in the form of Clwn and Flippy and has had to draw on subs and players from their other teams to field an 8 man line-up. It is uncertain whether these players will return to play for ASF as yet, but at this stage one can certainly see they are struggling. SSG on the other hand, who typically flaunt a “LAN hero” status have come out the gates, becoming quite formidable online, with their only loss noted against Bravado. Their newer players including Ubermeister, Galaxy and Magnum are getting game time to bulk up the line-up.
So it is certainly a game of line-up and game changes at present. Bravado itself has kept its roster comparably the most stable, with the only addition in the new season in the form of Matador as a reserve.
Bottom line from the above – should the current momentum in leg one continue, we could see the premier division turn into a three-horse race between Bravado, NSD and SSG. NSD are due to face both SSG and Bravado in the coming two weeks, so stay tuned.
Check out the DGL Premier League standings here.
Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bravado Gaming.