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IFL 2017 Week Five Power Rankings
by Jack Smith
December 5, 2017

We had some big matchups this week with playoff spots on the line. Great of Strength still has that "just win, baby" attitude. Real RhyDin and Chae Dynasty continue to dominate. Who will get that last playoff spot? Team Fist? Deathcake? Who knows? But we're going to find out! Here are your Week Five Power Rankings!

(The number that precedes the team name is their previous ranking)

1) (1) CHAE DYNASTY (4-1) The Chaes retained their top spot by winning three duels over Warrior Force. Jenny is having a great season, staying undefeated after her Iron Fist win. Kenny also came out on top, and Morgan got an admirable substitute victory over Andu. The Bye week is coming up for the Chaes.

2) (3) REAL RHYDIN (3-1) A big win over Team Fist puts Real RhyDin at second in our rankings. Tahlia gets another huge Iron Fist victory, this time against former Kiowa Belt winner, Darik. Jewell and Eden contribute victories as well. Week Six sees them facing unlikely powerhouse Great of Strength in what is probably the matchup of the week.

3) (4) GREAT OF STRENGTH (3-1) Rebounding from a hard loss against Chae Dynasty, Great of Strength squeak out another victory against Deathcake. Bile takes the Iron Fist, and a clutch performance in the Anchor by Melanie puts them in the win column again. That victory puts them in the driver's seat for a playoff appearance. We'll see if their luck will continue against a strong Real RhyDin team.

4) (2) TEAM FIST (2-2) Team Fist drops three of four individual duels to Real RhyDin. Only Blondie came up with a win against Hope in the Push. With two weeks to go, Team Fist still has a chance at the playoffs, but they're going to need a win against Team Dirty coming up, seeing as how they'll be against Chae Dynasty in the final week.

5) (5) DEATHCAKE (2-3) Deathcake falls to Great of Strength by a point in a battle that had playoff implications. Canaan and Sal both got wins, but they unfortunately came up short. Still, with Team Fist's loss, they might have a shot. A win against Warrior Force next week in their final matchup of the season would help their case.

6) (6) TEAM DIRTY (1-3) Bye week for Team Dirty. Dizzy killed bugs good. Kruger did his pose for random people on the street. I bet Cooper's workout routine was a bear. Ha! I kill me.

7) (7) WARRIOR FORCE (0-4) Another tough break for Warrior Force this week as they lost to the powerful Chae Dynasty. Rachael got a Crutch match win against Duci. Deathcake is on the horizon, we'll see if Tex can take a shot at MVP when he squares off against Canaan in the Push match.

TEAMS ON THE RISE: Real RhyDin (2 from 3) Great of Strength (3 from 4)

OVERALL: Tons of important matches are coming up in Week Six. Great of Strength vs. Real RhyDin is the most obvious, but the other teams will be fighting for their playoff lives. Team Fist vs. Team Dirty will be significant for both teams as well. The final weeks are here, so keep watching and supporting your favorite teams and duelers!

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