AG SNAKE DRAFT I POWER RANKINGS
Welcome to the Power Rankings for AG Snake Draft I! This is based off of the AGPL Power Rankings that Catalystic
does, with the goal of these rankings being to hype up the upcoming few weeks and give a representation of where each team is believed to stand in relation to the other teams. With this edition of the Power Rankings, we decided to do things in a simpler way, as ranking each player in each tier is a bit of a hassle. To obtain these rankings, we asked the manager from each team to rank every team excluding their own, from 1-5. These numbers were averaged to obtain the final ranking.
Even though the whole system serves to be as unbiased as possible, it does not mean these rankings will be predicative of final results! In fact, this ranking is simply the collective aggregate opinion of the managers. If you or your team end up low on this power ranking, please don't take it to heart; this tournament is meant to be fun and it is up to you to prove opinions wrong! However, if you feel that your pride hinges on these rankings, you may feel free to voice your complaints here
and they might be answered.
Although the rankings are a product of the managers' collective opinion, not just my own, I have included some thoughts on each team and their potential strengths/weaknesses. A big thank you to all of the managers for contributing to the rankings! This includes Pigeons velvet Ainzcrad Bread Sandwich Jho
Now, here are the rankings!
1. DC Darmanitans
The Darms have a solid lineup no doubt. Guard went 4-1 in AGPL II and TrueNora went 5-0—together, they make up a very strong backbone for the Darms' Galar squad. Andyboy and Kaitlyn are both solid Natdex AG players, with Andyboy having a 4-0 run in AGPL II and Kate making it to semis of the AG Circuit Playoffs. Vivalospride is a solid USUM player and Leru is a proven capable ORAS player. ShionShadows and Tic-Tac-Toe Guru are both solid subs that could come in and make an impact when needed. Overall, I don't see any major holes in this lineup, which says something.
2. Pudgy Pidgeys
Pigeons went for the "Holy Trinity" strat here, which could pay massive dividends. Catalystic, PurpleGatorade, and Pigeons have very strong chemistry from being longtime friends, and should work together very effectively here. In Galar, Catalystic made the finals of the DLC2 Kickoff Tour and should be very solid here. Maple is perhaps less proven in AG, but should do fine with team support. Staxi is a solid Natdex AG player, having qualified for the Circuit Playoffs, and GRNBLN is a generally versatile player that should transition well to Natdex AG. Jrdn is a very capable USUM player, having proved himself with his 5-0 record in AGPL II and defeating the likes of Skarph, Icemaster, and Catalystic. Frogger1387 and iLlama are very strong subs that could also help with team building.
3. Sinister Shadow Riders
The Shadow-Riders have a generally well-rounded lineup, with standouts in every format. Skarph is the best USUM player and generally versatile enough to slot into any other AG format when needed. MZ is another strong USUM and ORAS player that can move between the two. Cromagnet and Orch make up the core of the Galar squad here, with Cromagnet in particular being both a proven player and builder, especially in team tours. Geysers is the backbone of the Natdex AG squad, having had a solid Circuit Tour run and a 3-1 record in AGPL II. Dream is a very strong ORAS Ubers player, and his performance in AGPL II showed that he could transfer his ability over to AG. For the subs, Raj.Shoot and DNNP are both very strong players that can adapt and fill in where needed.
(TIE) 4. Griseous Giratinas
On paper, the Girseous Girantinas are eye-popping. With a roster full of proven names in the AG community, there is no doubt the Giratinas can perform very well. Icemaster is best Natdex player in the field, having just won the Circuit Playoffs. He also won the DLC2 Kickoff Tour and thus can slot into Galar when needed. Pichus is another proven Natdex AG player, having won the Spring Seasonal, and she is also versatile enough to slot into USUM or ORAS whenever needed. In Galar, Lotiasite and Royal1604 are perhaps a bit less experienced at the tier, but are both skilled players that should do well with team support. Zenithial is top 2 USUM player and should perform very well in this slot. Shivam3299 is a solid all-arounder, and Fardin and Miraage are both strong subs. How well this team does comes down to if they can match their very high potential. Some of the big names here did not have the strongest records in AGPL II, but are very threatening nonetheless in the team tour format. The other mystery factor here is Fardin—the manager of the AGPL II champions, he is prolific builder and a dependable team player, but may not be able to spend as much time in this tour due to other commitments.
(TIE) 4. Malding Madibuzzes
Clearly, someone was taking notes from the Salt-Mining Sableyes. Jho went with the "OM Goons" strategy, drafting Xavgb and Aesf early on. They're both strong players (both went 4-1 in AGPL II) that should perform very well, given that they are passed teams. PinkDragonTamer is a strong all-around player that proved himself in Natdex AG in AGPL II, and Chloe is a very capable ORAS player that is also well versed in Natdex AG. Monsareeasy is a solid Galar and Natdex AG player, having qualified for the Circuit Playoffs, and Dockiva is a strong option for the USUM slot. Jerryl309 and Rabia are both solid subs that can make an impact where they are needed. Overall, the biggest hurdle I see for this team is building, due to the relative scarcity of AG mains—there seems to be an over reliance on Chloe and Monsareeasy to churn out teams, but I'm sure that Jho has some other plans figured out.
6. Eternal Eternatus
The Eternatus are perhaps the least proven team here, at least on paper. However, as we all learned from AGPL II, Velvet should never be counted out as a manager. Choosing to draft with personality as the main factor, Velvet often facilitates strong team culture that brings out the best in her players. Fc is a very strong Gen 8 Ubers player, and should translate that skill nicely to Galar AG. Sevelon and Sputnik are established Natdex OU players that could do well in Natdex AG when passed teams. Pannuracotta is also a Natdex OU main that could make an impact here. King Leo and WSun1 are solid USUM players, and Skysolo is a strong Ubers player that has a good amount of AG experience from prior team tours. Snom Bob is perhaps a bit less established, but could make an impact with team support. If there's one thing this team doesn't lack, it's building—Velvet and WSun1 are both strong builders and should support their team very well.
Thanks for reading. I look forward to the weeks ahead!