Imagine playing a 2v2 on Acid Foursome, and you find out you´r ally is a newbie. A game like that will be almost a 2v1. Ending in either a) a beatdown or b) a game of pure ownage when you beat both opponents.
This game is neither. Cieko does indeed have a complete newb as his ally. But when the opponents finally attack the less experienced player (tm) he´s got enough defense to be safe.
The guys down south, Tommo and Chesire, never take advantage of the fact that one of their opponents bought the game last week. So the newbie-for-ally-perspective doesn´t really matter. When PANNIC (Cieko´s pretty far from expert ally) lags out/disconnects/ctrl-D it´s a real 2v1. But by then Cieko, who was the only player to expand, has most of the map.