2015 CPPL Series Event#1 PAG OPEN
Because you asked for it!! Back by popular demand, the event wrap up!
The 2015 season is shaping up to be the most exciting and interesting season in CPPL history. The CPPL is very much looking forward to the season, more so than any other season we have run before. New promotion and relagation systems in place for both 5Man and X-Division should have so many more teams playing for event championships, while making a series title the single most prestegiuos accomplishment a player can acheive in the CPPL.
The single biggest change that the CPPL has introduced for this season is the concept of promotion and relagation. The ranking system the CPPL has employeed for the last few years has been effective, however as with anything, if we dont change, or adapt to new environments we will be left behind. The major draw back to any ranking system is that teams get “stuck” at a level either above, or below their skill level. Teams that struggle at a level, must stay there for an entire season.
This can prove to be very tough on team confidence and morale. No longer will you be “ranked” by the CPPL, your play as a team, and as a player will rank you. We are very excited to see the effects of this adjustment. The Major leagues in the USA and Europe have pioneered this system with great success.
The major benefits in it’s use is that EVERY game is important. Teams that have had a difficult event, will have to fight to prevent being relegated down a division for the next event.
The system will works as follows:
Entry Level (D4)
Entry level teams that place in the Top 2 positions at each event will be given the choice to jump to the next level. If the teams choose to make the jump, they will be awarded a prize package as an Eclipse team. If the team chooses to play another event at Entry level, they will forfeit their prizes. Major incentive for teams to rise through the ranks quickly.
Eclipse Level (D3)
Eclipse teams will be promoted 2 at a time into the EMPIRE division. The top 2 teams at each event will make the jump to the next level. If an eclipse team has made it through to the final 2 placings, they are ready for the next challenge that the EMPIRE division will bring.
Empire Level (D2)
Empire teams will not be promoted to another level. They are the top division that we offer. The “Ultimate” division is a completely OPEN division, any team may play in the Ultimate division if they so choose. Empire teams however will have to avoid relegation back down to the Eclipse level.
The bottom 2 placing Empire teams in the preliminary round will play a “best of three” elimination series to determine which team will be dropped back to Eclipse the level. This system will come into place at The EMPIRE OPEN event in JUNE.
CPPL E1 Wrap up
The 5Man division filled quite quickly. The Ultimate division however proved slow to fill. These spots were released and snapped up by eager teams. The ECLIPSE division proved the most popular, bumped up by numerous Entry teams jumping to the next level. The D3 prelims were extremely competitive. The top 4 spots were less than one game worth of points apart. With 4 teams scoring over 600 points, the cut was very high. All playoff teams scored over 500 points. The bar has been set very high, very early.
The Entry division was dominated early and often by the “MISFITS” They jumped out to an early lead, and never looked back. They did drop a few games, however they showed that they were the class of the newest division in the CPPL. They look ready and willing for a new challenge at the EMPRIE Open in JUNE. The rest of the division was much closer. The HELLHOUNDS, Salt and Pepper SLP would grab the next two playoff spots.
The last qualification slot would be taken by “VILE” Made up a a group of players that have until now played most of their paintball in the WOODS at CPPL event host BRAGG CREEK PAINTBALL. These guys learned quickly, and seemed to really enjoy the new aspect of paintball that CPPL events can bring. They will be ready to make the jump very soon. Great Job guys
The Empire division and the Eclipse division will play a mixed schedule all season long. This allows teams a both levels to understand how they compare to other teams either above them in ranking, or below.
The Empire division would be a very simple RACE to the final. Only the top 2 Empire teams would have a chance to win the event. The “Sons of Osiris” jumped out quickly and never looked back. They dropped just one game, and one flag pull. They were clear into the finals. A slow middle portion of the schedule for LSD kittens would cost them a chance to play for the first 5Man event of the season. The Regina Regulators would grab the last finals spot by winning 2 out of the last 3 games. Pandemonium would miss buy just one game. They need to win their last game to qualify. The Pandas will be back!
The Eclipse division was dominated by “WWJD” 3 straight wins would see them take one of the first round bye. The 403 Outlaws would take the other “bye”, from there everything get really close. Just 100 points would separate third to sixth place. Calgary Cyanide would slide into the last playoff.
Proving once again that anything can happen as long as you make the playoffs, Calgary Cyanide would upset Sindakit, they would join 2015 National Champions ADRENALINE in the semi-finals. Showing the form that won them the National tittle Adrenaline stormed into the final with two straight wins, knocking the 403 Outlaws into the third place game. WWJD had their hands full with Calgary Cyanide, ofter toping the prelim rankings, WWJD would need all three games to join Adrenaline in the final.
Sons of Osiris would start the weekend off right. Two games would be al they would need to grab the Empire 5Man championship, and the early lead in the race to become the best 5Man team in the CPPL.
WWJD finished off a fantastic event sweeping their way to the Eclipse championship. The real accomplishment however would be earning a spot at the next event in the Empire division. Both WWJD and Adrenaline will now challenge the Empire teams for 5Man supremacy.