not to take anything away from what it means to win a tournament, but hb wasn't exactly dominant at the CPL you won... got knocked to the lower bracket early, squeaked out a bunch of wins against pugs and then got spry and ackpth to start whining and took 2 games off the best pug there to win the tourney.
six months later, hb wasn't even close to coL's level at CPL Summer 2005. hb also placed 5th, not 4th at that CPL. at that time, there was 3 tiers of teams.
The first tier was x6/coL. All of our matches, with the exception of the cal-i finals where coL was playing from a laggy lan center, were close. For the most part, our scrimmages and bootcamp games were close. I thought x6 was the better team but that in a long series we would only beat coL maybe 60-65% of the games. No other team was close. We lost scrims, and even matches during CAL, but I would guess that if we had played a long series with any other team, none would have won anything close to 35% of the games. We could play well against coL and they could still take games off us. No other team could do that.
The 2nd tier was u5/exigent/hb/tec/ele/ukz... these teams I knew that if we had an off game, and they played well, we could lose. I also knew that if we played an average game, we would beat them unless they played a career game. If we played well, and they played anything less than great, it probably wouldn't be close. u5 was the best of those teams. Not sure how the rest stacked up.
The 3rd tier was everyone else in cal-i, where we would have to play fucking awful and they would have to play an amazing game for us to lose. Normally, we would just win by 200+ no matter what map.
I think x6 was better than any of the dominant teams to come before or after, but I have no idea whether we were more dominant than them. We didn't stick around very long (7months). We didn't win every cal-i title while we were a team. The only way you could consider us the MOST dominant is if we were way better than everyone else, but everyone was so good when we played that I don't think that could be true. We just happened to be the best when everyone tried hard and had figured the game out.