Behind the Plan Ratking

Behind the Plan: Ratking

Driven, it’s a good word to describe Ratking as a player and captain in Myth. He’s not going to show up and give a half assed effort, I was certainly banking on that carrying over when I chatted with him.


Dantski

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Does SDM have a similar vibe to those old teams you captained 10-12 years ago with rawr?


Ratking

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I don’t think so. The players I had back then were decent but some have grown and I’ve been able to recruit better. I think we have a calmer more confident feel.


Taking rawr in this format was a no-brainer. He’s underrated versatile player who I know well. Plus he shows for matches when engaged.


Dantski

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How did you approach constructing your team given the unique circumstances?
Did you find the 25 point cap limiting at all?


Ratking

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Vibe and value are key. The majority need to be on voice comms as well.

Hell yes it was limiting

I finally got to a place where I can recruit top players only to be hamstrung, but I go with the committee and do what I do given the circumstances

That said, the team I have now has a great feel to it. Like that of syn in TWS two years ago.


Dantski

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If there weren’t any limits like before, how different would your team look?


Ratking

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My guess is you would see a merger between 7th legion and my own, but thats just a guess.
Both paris and I have traction in that player pool.


Dantski

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Ahh yes I see a lot of the players in the runner up team from last year on your two rosters.


Ratking

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I had asmo/hmp/crun as well at one point.

This was before the roster limits.

Kept hmp and crun as asmo said he couldn’t show as much, of course that changed after the all-star game.


Dantski

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Would you say your team is one of the most active?


Ratking

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I would think so.


Dantski

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So no attendance worries?


Ratking

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There are always worries there. : )

But I think we will do better than most.

Showing is a metric few people care to think much about.

I value it highly.


Dantski

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So no upset losses like against berserkers this year?


Ratking

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Meh, the cards fall where they may.


Dantski

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That they do.


Ratking

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Best we can do is prepare and be ready.


Dantski

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I noticed your team despite being a contender was still a few points short of the 25 point cap.
Are you looking to add anymore players?


Ratking

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Attrition almost always happens

I wouldn’t be surprised if a player dropped out. The extra cap space is good because I can add a great player if their available in those cases.

Plus i won’t max cap space for the sake of doing it.


Dantski

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Ok but to add a great player would require rotating players out of the roster, do you see this being commonplace?


Ratking

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It already is.

Gkg’s team.

He added hmp this last week.


Dantski

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Ahh I mean specifically for your team.


Ratking

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I’ve already had one player message me today that they may quit.

I don’t know, we’ll see. Sometimes I can smooth things over.


Dantski

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As the captain do you have a clear idea on who fills each role on the team?


Ratking

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I do, but I know that I need to keep an open mind too.

Have to watch the guys, see how their doing.

If one guy gets rolled on melee he may need to switch to bows to build his confidence back.


Dantski

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So noone is by default the trower/arty/wight patrol guy?


Ratking

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I always love bringing talent along as well.

Not 100% of the time, but I suppose players do have specialities.

I think every team needs at least one ace trower.


Dantski

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On the topic of bringing talent along, do you expect sharp improvements from anyone in particular?


Ratking

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I do. lso and ura.


Dantski

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Can you elaborate on this?


Ratking

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Lso is doing well with mixed sets. Went toe to toe with thal this week and won.
Working on giving him some tries at trow.
Ura is just underestimated in general.


Dantski

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On that I think most agree.


Ratking

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They just need some games at a higher level.


Dantski

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On the whole do you think your team is underrated?


Ratking

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I’m going to say yes but by not that much.


Dantski

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Yourself being the highest rated player on your team at 3.9.


Ratking

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Hard to determine if people just talk us down or if it’s serious.

Yeah that’s a little scary to me lol.

We took TCL down handily.


Dantski

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Are you worried that teams with higher rated individuals may simply out BC your trowers and snowball games?


Ratking

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It’s possible, certainly been a trend in the past I’ve dealt with.
Communication and team work helps, strategy as well.


Dantski

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Do you think that’s where your team has the edge over most if not all other competitors?


Ratking

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I do, its a competitive advantage.
For a first game it was impressive how fast we gelled.


Dantski

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So no funny ingame text chat for the film watchers then? : (


Ratking

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Most of what we do is on voice comms, but I wouldn’t rule that out.


Dantski

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Ok I look forward to rawr taunting his enemies.


Ratking

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Our reaction time was FAST.

Yeah, he will.

Check the film on 19th hole, where TCL decided to rush, near instant reaction of duffs and melee moving up.

So much so they pulled back.


Dantski

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What’s the target for the McDongs?


Ratking

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Same as always, win mwc.


Dantski

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A confident answer.


Ratking

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Been in the finals for years now coming up short.


Dantski

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So if i asked you for your mwc winner predictions…
Would it be yourselves 1st?


Ratking

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No, tough to go against gkg.

7th legion looks good too if they can pull it together.

I would put my team at 3rd, but not far behind.

Wait np too, I forgot them.

Maybe 4th?


Dantski

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So a dud pus here or there could make all the difference in your ranking at the end?


Ratking

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Gkg, np, 7L, kongs
Its myth, of course : )
That’s why we play it, it’s fun.


Dantski

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Anything else you’d like to say about your team?


Ratking

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I’m very proud of them, and we will surprise ppl.



Shortly after this, Ratking informed me that Verminix had left the team and was only interested in playing with GKG. At the time of typing, he is not listed on TMNT3 but is still on SDM’s roster.