With just 10 days to go until The World Series of Beer Pong XI, we are going to begin previewing some of the best teams that will be in attendance at this year’s main event by highlighting who we think has a good chance at ending up within reach of the top spot!
Let’s begin with our bubble teams who might just end up cracking the Top 16 at The WSOBP. This group of bubblers includes a squad from Hong Kong with a player who won every Satellite Asia had to offer, potentially the best female squad on the planet, some home-town heroes and maybe a few guys you’ve yet to hear of!
(5) – Bubble Teams: (In no particular order)
Dutch Masters – (Tyler Davis & David Zajac)
Kick Rocks Platinum – (Rickey Shepard & Travis Carl)
Here We Go – (Evan Serrano & Cameron Chappell)
OGP Presents: Cunts & Blunts – (Brandi Wrathall & Candi Squartsoff)
Hong Kong – (Kai Yip Tsui & Ho Keung Tso)
Teams 11-16 have a bit more familiar faces and plenty of WSOBP experience. There are multiple previous World Series of Beer Pong champions, countless tournament victories and a bit more international flavor; this time from just north of the boarder.
16. VABP – (Mark Pettitt & Thomas Reap)
15. Sweet Revenge – (Nick Syrigos & Johnny Fourdyce)
14. DFW: All the Dix – (Rob Dix & Tyler Baldwin)
13. Splash Hawk Down – (Dante Yell & David Glaser)
12. Rachel & Michelle Do Vegas – (Brad Mosdell & Chris Sherwood)
11. OGP Presents: White Girl Wasted Unfinished Business – (Aaron Smith & Mark Pimentel)
Don’t see your name here and think you got snubbed? Let us know who your money’s on and don’t forget to check-in with us everyday, as we’ll be counting down the days to The World Series of Beer Pong XI with our Top 10 team predictions!
History in the Making
(Mike Popielarski & Brandon Clarke)
What happens when two-time World Series of Beer Pong Champion Mike Popielarski (Pop) plays without his partner in crime Ron Hamilton as Smashing Time? Well, he doesn’t win the World Series of Beer Pong. However, this year Pop has made an outstanding pick-up by acquiring Brandon Clarke (BC) out of New Jersey after bailing on Smashing Time. Clarke, coming fresh off of a performance at The Best of the Midwest that earned him a 10v10 Main Event title and MVP honors, should not lack any confidence when stepping up to the table in Vegas. However, not being nearly as experienced as Pop could cause this team to have a few hiccups. If BC can keep his composure on pong’s biggest stage and these two can get on the same page early, look out for history to potentially be made, literally. We have “History in the Making” in our 10 slot, but as good ole’ Rudy T said “never underestimate the heart of a champion” and you happen to have 2 on this 2-man squad. Don’t be blown away if Pop becomes the first player in WSOBP history to win The World Series of Beer Pong 3-times, as well as, the first player to win it on separate occasions with different partners.
Cheeseburger & Fry
(Dane Ellis and Brandon Juracek)
Dane Ellis is arguably one of the top 5 players of all time without a World Series of Beer Pong Championship. He is one of the primary contributors as to why there are now bid restrictions for most Satellite Tournaments. Dane made his name through playing his pong out of Michigan (though has since relocated) and is no stranger to the Top 16 at The WSOBP (or prediction lists). However, The World Series of Beer Pong XI seemed like it wasn’t in the cards for Dane until a partnership with a new hero out of Michigan, who just so happens to be a homeless boy that lives out his days under a cardboard box when he’s not on the pong table, evidently was enticing enough for Dane to make a late entry into the tournament. Brandon Juracek is a player who is bound to explode in a major way in a big-time tournament. He was 1 bid win shy from leading the country this year and is regarded as a consensus top player out of the Midwest. He is not only an incredible talent but is also one of the nicest human beings you’ll ever meet. If you’ve been lucky enough to acquire his friendship and compete against him, you’ll understand just how scary this team is.
Wet Back Wasted
(David Talamantez & James Alanis)
Team Wet Back Wasted (WBW) returns as the pride of the South after coming off of a final table appearance at The World Series of Beer Pong X. Heavily regarded as the best team out of the South, David Talamantez and James Alanis look to top last year’s performance with a WSOBP Championship. However, historically, the runners up of the previous year’s WSOBP have not made the same kind of run the following year. (No team has ever made it back to the final table after finishing 2nd, period. This is not just in consecutive years. If you’ve lost in The WSOBP finals, you have NOT been back to the Final table with the same or even a different partner.) Considering this and how tough it is to live up to and follow through with a Championship or bust mind-set, WBW slips a few spots down on our list. (A legitimate championship or bust mind-set because you had lost in the finals the year before and there is no place else to go from there; not an irrational expectancy from a young and/or delusional team.) However, if there is a tandem that can pull off something that has never been done before, it is these two. The WSOBP X Finals were perhaps the highest combined shooting percentage outputs in the history of the game. If you are lucky (or unlucky) enough to get matched up against WBW, you’ll find out why very quickly.
OGP Presents: Ya Lawst
(Ryan Smith & Justin Spurrier)
Team “Ya Lawst,” Ryan Smith and Justin Spurrier, comes in as a clear-cut favorite after slaying Blitzkrieg in the Finals of the 5th Annual West Coast Championships back in November. That win could play just as big of a part in their potential success at this year’s World Series of Beer Pong as it could ultimately play in their demise. A win on that level instills a confidence within your mindset that cannot be artificially placed. Thus, giving them the advantage of knowing they’re capable of beating (and being) one of the best teams on the planet on any given day. However, with a big-time win comes big-time notoriety and accompanied by that big-time notoriety is a gigantic target on your back. Every single team that steps up to the table against these two is now going to know whom they are playing against; meaning, they are going to get every single teams’ best game. If “Ya Lawst” loses to essentially anyone it could be argued that it was an upset. With that amount of respect headed into The World Series of Beer Pong, these two better be ready to play from Day 1. If they are, watch out! A $50,000 novelty check would compliment their newly acquired $10,000 novelty check quite nicely.
Check back each day as we count down the rest of our Top Teams to Watch at this year’s World Series of Beer Pong!