Franchise Manager – C0P3X
Season 13 Teams – AL, CL, ML, PL
Debuting in MLE as a part of the Season 8 Franchise Expansion that, ironically, brought 8 more teams to the league, the Express had a strong opening season. Under the leadership of General Manager C^2, they enjoyed a fruitful first season, with their FL and CL teams both making the playoffs in the wildcard spots, and the CL team shocking most by winning the Blue Conference. Despite all this, they were unable to capture the MLE Championship in their final match of their season.
Following their first season’s success, the Express would enjoy further success through Seasons 9 and 10, racking up 3 divisional titles. However, they would enjoy their greatest success in the most recent season, Season 12. With a strong regular season capped off by a ML 3s Divisional title, it was instead their ML 2s team that would take the Blue Conference and then the MLE Championship, bringing the Express their first Championship title.
Now going into their 5th season under C0P3x’s management, the Express look to continue their success in Season 12 into Season 13. I spoke to him about the atmosphere within the franchise and he had this to say, “On the Express, we are all hyped up to get Season 13 under way. It can get a little quiet once retentions are processed and players are returned back to FA, so we are super excited to get the discord filled back up with players and restart the grind to bring home another Express championship.”
With their first MLE championship in the back, the Express are looking to add to their already illustrious roster with new players from the draft. When asked what sort of players he wants, C0P3x responded, “We are looking for players who are going to be active in the discord, and willing to play with their teammates a lot throughout the season.”
If you would like to be a part of the Express for Season 13, make sure to turn up to any tryouts they hold in the tryout server, and you can join their discord using the link below. When asked for a closing statement, C0P3x had this to say: “If you’re looking to become a part of a family, the Express is the place for you. As always, #ChooChoo.” https://discord.gg/nWUEymxGvb
Franchise Manager – Rexton
Season 13 Teams – AL, CL, ML
Debuting back in Season 5, the Jets found muted success in the original 1 league system that MLE offered. At their outset, the Jets were led by Springy, who would help guide them to the playoffs as a wildcard team. However, they would be stopped before they could take a conference title in their first season.
The Jets struggled at first to progress past the wildcard spots in their championship hunts, but that would change in Season 7, as their General Manager Blackwatch would take them to their first Divisional and Conference title win. Despite this, the Jets would struggle to find success for a while, until Ripperr took over the team in Season 11. Under his management, the Jets found 7 Divisional titles, 2 Conference wins and 1 Championship title across all divisions of play. Ripperr left a large hole to be filled when he stepped down at the end of last season.
Now under their 7th franchise leader in 8 seasons in Rexton, the Jets are looking to rebuild for Season 13. As Rexton said in my interview with him, “The Jets are a very chill group. We value intermingling between all members as well as good healthy banter within the group.”
Of course, with a rebuild comes a need to fill out the roster with new faces, and the Jets are perfectly expecting this. In terms of what or who they’re looking for, though, it’s rather simple, as Rexton explained. “We are looking for active players who prioritize enjoying themselves over the grind of winning. Of course, I do care about results, but the player experience is more valuable in my opinion.”
With a positive mindset and an eye for chemistry, the Jets look towards another season of glory and glamour with another head at the end of the table. When asked for some parting words, Rexton told me, “The Jets have always found their success through the chemistry their teams have built by being a community.” If you’re looking to be a part of the Jets community this season, feel free to join their discord server linked below, and tryout for them in the tryout server. https://discord.gg/XuA52hpfMw
Franchise Manager – Galaxy
Season 13 Teams – AL, CL, ML, PL
Debuting in Season 4, the Knights struggled to find any early forms of success, mainly due to the constantly shifting management situation in the earliest form of MLE. Despite starting the season with Cathexis as their franchise leader, they would end the season with dpants as their interim leader, and he too would not be leading them for their second season in MLE.
The Knights struggled to find their feet at first, but after their Divisional win thanks to the leadership of MikeIsMyIke in Season 7, their fortunes began to turn upward. By the start of Season 12, they would have 4 Divisional titles under their belts, as well as a singular Blue Conference, but their greatest success was still ahead of them. Under the management of Galaxy, the Knights found 4 Divisional titles, 2 Conference wins and an MLE Championship, all in the latest season of MLE’s long history.
With Galaxy leading them for the 3rd season in a row, the atmosphere in the Knights franchise is at an all-time high. As Galaxy told me, “We are starting to get in the groove of tryout season and have been working with our scouts to start to get an understanding of who we would like to draft. We understand what it takes to win and how to create a fun environment and a community while doing so.”
On the topic of scouting, I asked Galaxy about the Knights’ plans for the draft, whether they were focused on players that go for gold, or those that are here for community. Galaxy responded by saying, “We don’t see that as mutually exclusive. You can be a player who can bring a championship to a franchise and also stay engaged and active.”
With a plan and a shake up to the Knights management team planned for Season 13, you can expect them to look for talent across the board to help them keep up their performances. In a closing statement, Galaxy wrote, “Please feel free to come to a Knights tryout if you haven’t already or just drop by the server and say hi. We really do want to build a community within the server that is not exclusive to our franchise players.” You can join their server by clicking the discord link down below. https://discord.gg/KjzWKYEHYJ
Franchise Manager – B++
Season 13 Teams – AL, CL, ML
Debuting in Season 5 of MLE, the Spartans got off to one of the strongest starts of any franchise, immediately conquering their division under the management of MLE Alumni Phi Sig. They would be unable to convert their Divisional title into a Conference win, a theme they’d soon come to hate.
The Spartans would take 5 Divisional titles before they achieved their first Conference win, in Season 9. A period of transition would take place after their then General Manager, Blagden, stepped down. After two seasons without a playoff appearance, the Spartans would take their second ever Conference win, as well as their first MLE Championship in the AL 2s Finals for Season 12, under their Franchise Manager B++.
Having finally achieved their first MLE Championship last season, B++ is in high spirits for the upcoming Season 13, as well as the Spartans franchise as a whole. Speaking about the topic, he said, “We are very excited after coming off our first MLE championship” and that they are, “setup and ready to win more!”
With such an intensely positive attitude towards this current season, you’d be right in thinking that the Spartans are going into Season 13 with high expectations. This also translates to the types of players that they like, as B++ explained to me. One of the types of players they’re looking for are, “Players who are not only active and nice but also always looking to improve”, as well as, “challenge for starting spots in the league above.”
The Spartans have a very specific direction that they’re attempting to head in for this coming season. If you’d like to be a part of that, you can join their discord server with the link below, or turn up to any tryouts you see in the tryout server that they hold. With any luck, you could find yourself on the defending AL 2s Champions for Season 13. https://discord.gg/QBGwkRF