Alongside a lot of other people, I feel that the crew battles placing depends on Leffen. The seeds have not yet been determined, but I have a prediction that they will look like this:
1 Florida: Hungrybox, M2K, Plup, Wizzrobe, Colbol (Alt: DrunkSloth)
An arguable 1st seed, everyone thinks the team is extremely strong. Two gods and three from top 7 is nothing to scoff at. Especially since Wizzrobe is arguably top 15 and Colbol can be top 20. The team has a wide range of diversity since Hungrybox can handle fast fallers, M2K handles non-fast fallers, and any weird icies can be sent to either Wizzrobe or Colbol. The ONLY way this crew can lose is if M2K gets counterpicked an ice climber heavy team (*cough NorCal *cough)
2 SoCal: Mango, Westballz, Lucky, S2J, MacD (Alt: HugS)
A fast falling team rounded out with the rare Peach MacD. Not really much to say about it other than the team is aggressive and fast. A lot of things can happen. Westballz can buster and Mango needs to pick up the slack. OR the team can piledrive through a team. This is the most unpredictable team, because it has the most potential as a team. MacD can be used creatively for ice climbers, and no floatie is really safe with the coverage of Mango, S2J, and Lucky. Westballz and Mango seem to be the deciding factors here where Mango needs to be amazing as he usually is in crews and Westballz needs to perform well (and not POORLY).
I love the SoCal crew lineup, but I think that their team and playstyle is a bit too aggressive for a crew battle to do well.
3 Europe: Armada, Leffen, Ice, Professor Pro, Android (Alt: Vanity Angel)
Europe’s success depends on Leffen’s presence. Two gods in Florida’s lineup doesn’t seem so daunting once Europe has two top 6, Armada and Leffen. With Leffen, (and if Armada plays Fox), their team has potentially the same number of fast-fallers. That being said, I think it is smarter to go with Armada’s peach then since they have three other diverse foxes. (As well, they have ice climber armor now)
Europe honestly should have no trouble going to grands with Florida, the only thing stopping them is SoCal, and even that is undecided. Europe tends to synergize poorly, and SoCal “technically” has better players, but Armada somehow can pull it through. That being said, let it be known, I think Europe > SoCal.
4 NorCal: SFAT, Shroomed, Pewpewu, dizzkidboogie, Nintendude (Alt: Zhu)
Norcal’s lineup has gotten a powerup, dropping Laudandus and HomeMadeWaffles for Nintendude and Pewpewu. Ultimately a better choice of players, but switched around their dynamic a bit more. They’re a more “ice climber heavy” team with 2/5 being ice climbers. With the absence of any peaches (except MacD and possibly Armada, he may go Peach since his team already has two foxes) and pretty much only one falcon per team, it’s not necessarily a bad choice.
5 Canada: KirbyKaze, Nightmare, Ryan Ford, Kage, N0ne (Alt: Trulliam)
I have a personal bias against Canada (since I am Canadian) and I think that they will always perform poorly as part of my bias. Ryan Ford, Kage, and n0ne are what I think are the most overrated players of the current Canada meta. I actually would like to see Trulliam instead of Ryan Ford or Kage. KirbyKaze although an amazing player, has been inactive for a while and I’m not too sure on his current skills. (Yes, he did go to a few “Well Played”, EGLX, Smash at York but has had lackluster results for a player of his caliber) We have upgraded from mittens -> Nightmare, but our team still lacks the results and experience to truly be compared to top American players.
I don’t expect Canada to get too far, and I would even say Midwest has a stronger crew. I would have liked to see a crew with Nightmare, Trulliam, Moky, and maybe some other Ontario people.
6 Midwest: Duck, Kels, KJH, Price Abu, Captain Faceroll (Alt: Darkrain)
A fairly balanced team skill wise with relatively skilled players. We haven’t seen Kels in a hot minute for 2016, (and I guess 2015?) Unlike the Southwest team, this team has the breadth of players, but has no really deep depth (top 10 players or really top 20) Duck is their most prominent player, (from the midwest triangle of Abu, KJH, and Duck) but their are no really heavy hitters on the team.
7 Southwest: Axe, Wobbles, Taj, Tai, Ka-Master
A top heavy team with Axe and Wobbles, and then Taj, Tai, and Ka-Master. Taj and Ka-Master are not top 100, but Tai is barely top 100. Their team might run into some problems against a peach (because of Wobbles), but overall just need a stronger breath for their other players to really make it far. Right now they have to rely on their depth from the top to win the crew battle.
8 MD/VA: Chillindude, Chu Dat, Zain, Wenbo, Sypher, (Alt: Peanutphobia)
The most probable last seed and (unfortunately) with good reason. Chu and Chillin are the only top 100 players on the list, and it will take a miracle for them to beat first seed (Florida). From what I’ve seen from all these players is that it is the fact that they will just be placed against a crew where EVERY player is better than their own.
Here is my prediction for the TBH6CrewBattles with Leffen.
Here is my prediction for the TBH6CrewBattles without Leffen.