The Fates of USA East, Canada, Asia, and Italy – The 2020 MKWC Group C Preview

For the most part, Group C of the Mario Kart World Cup is a star-studded and intensely packed group, full of amazing players and phenomenal talents. We will take a look into these teams, noting the strongest and weakest points in these teams gameplays, and predictions for how this Group fares.

United States East

Projected lineup: Kasper, Shawn, Ken, Zagler, Maq (bagger)

Team USA-East has been racking up all of the scrimmage wars they are able to do, typically working through around 2 a day, this team has been training for the World Cup ever since this team was formed. This team looks very impressive, and without a doubt one of the favorites in this group, definitely looking strong chemistry and teamplay wise. This is the team that seems the hungriest to win it all, practicing since the day it was formed, this team is very eager to win it all and obtain practice and bring it home for their country. Players such as Maq, who has been practicing bagging for a long time and becoming a strong bagger for this group stage, and to compete at high levels with his USA teammates.

Canada

Projected lineup: Tricks, Mikey, JaS, neuro, Spart

Team Canada going into this group stage was looking initially like a favorite to win all of the world cup, and still looks like a very strong team. However, outside of the phenomenal Tricks, Mikey and JaS big three runners, Canada is in dire need of a strong 4th runner if they truly wish to win it all. Neuro has recently gone inactive but was once a very prominent Canadian runner in 2017 and 2018. Tyler is a a former top tier champion player for Relapse. Kyle is a known time trialer who has made a comeback to the game to regain his status. But it remains to be seen if that solid 4th has been seen. 

Additionally, seen from the recent wars Canada has played versus Team USA East, Canada’s weak spot could be in sandbagging. Spart may have some trouble dealing with other top baggers in this group, such as USA’s Maq, who seem to have his number when it comes to outbagging and obtaining shock against Spart.

As a whole, this team has a world of potential, but all needs to come together for the Big 3 in order for this team to make it far throughout the tournament.

Asia

Projected lineup: Insane, Pix, Sinclair, Veil, Gabriel (bagger)

A dark horse of the group, Team Asia looks to make their mark. This group of underrated players from the community have been equally underrated team in the entire tournament, and look to upset the major competitors of the group and advance to the bracket.

This team, as I have come to realize, has a lot of chemistry when put together, as many of them are from the same MKPS team and play actively in the team Apocalypse, players such as Aditya, Smash, Veil, and Insane have played with each other and know each others game style for much of the time, with additional players joining this group of people for the MKWC 2020.  

Such as Sinclair, a fresh player who rose to prominence within 2 years of playing the game, leads a crew of talented players. 

This team is held to a different standard, and many of them are looking to prove the doubters wrong and show the rest of the teams in the MKWC they are a force to be reckoned with. 

Italy

Projected lineup: Sal, Dugo, Trattore, Alex, Kyon

A team that completely tore up the play in stage, Team Italy is looking very dangerous coming into this group.

The team performed incredibly well and had many of their players score extremely well in the process, such as Sal, who averaged almost 138 points per match in the span of 3 wars. The rest of the team performed notably well, and could be a very big upset team in the making.

This team is not to be slept on: with chemistry, coming in from many playing together in Team Battle Alliance, comes the ability to play as a team. Italy sets themselves up so that all players are able to do what they do best in game. Dugo’s “schlagging” playstyle cleans the floor with many players in the packs of races, often dropping back and making sure that opposing players will not reach his teammates in the front. This team, along with Asia, is a force to be reckoned with, and should not be taken lightly throughout these group stage match-ups.

Who wins?

  1. Team USA East
  2. Team Canada
  3. Team Italy
  4. Team Asia

Overall, as a player who has warred against Team USA East, it’s hard to feel like they aren’t the heavy favorite in Group C of the MKWC. 

This team has all that it needs going their way. Not only is their teamwork and communication some of the best in this group, they also have the best sandbagging ability among this group, with Maq and Prove holding it down in the back for the USA. 

Team Canada should also make it through, as they hold a large axe over the head of Team Italy and Team Asia respectively, with Mikey, Tricks, JaS and the rest of team Canada looking to bring it home and onto the next stage. 

Unfortunately for Team Italy and Asia, this is looking like a two-team affair, with USA-East and Canada having a fair share of superior talent that on paper some would say are superior to the likes of Asia and Italy. With USA East having the running power of Shawn and Kasper alone, it will not be easy in the front for any of these teams. Team Canada potentially has the best chance to combat them with their Big 3, but Team Italy and Team Asia might struggle more.