PAG Open X-Division Wrap Up
The 2015 season would begin with more teams than ever commiting to play the very popular multi-point paintball format. A few new wrinkles to the exsisting rules look to make every match played very exciting. After the first event, The CPPL will drop one X1 team to X2 and raise one X2 team to play with the top teams in the CPPL. At the first event 2 X2 teams will be promted to X1.
The 2014 X-division season proved to the most popular in CPPL history. Before 2015 even began, more teams have committed to play the first event then ANY event run in 2014. With 11 teams in total slated to play the PAG Open would be a great place to start the biggest season of X-division yet. Returning 2014 series champions Vengence would join a re-built Inquisition as the first teams to sign up for X1.
Joining them would be the two most domminate D2 X-division teams from 2014. Ragnarok won the 2014 D2 Series Championship, and every event they played, well except the event that Saskatoon Savage beat them in the final. It took an entire season, but Savage FINALY broke through in style. Both teams would make the jump to X1 for 2015.
New teams abound in X2. The D2 and D3 divisions would merge into one division for the current season. Hinton Chaos, 2014 D3 Champions the Regina Regulators, D2 teams LSD Kittens, Sons of Osiris, Saskatoon Savage2 and the Ragnarookies would join new entrant Cochrane Lockout in the first season of X2.
The weather is usually the story when you run any event in early spring. Last season we saw SNOW, RAIN, HAIL and SUN, all of that before LUNCH! 2015 would see many of those same patterns, even at all at once! If you don’t like the weather in Alberta, wait 10 minutes, it's bound to change!
PRE-LIMS (X1 and X2)
The X2 teams would start the season. 2014 D3 X-DIV teams Hinton Chaos and Series Champions Regina Regulators, would both emerge victorious, securing 3-1 wins vs newcomers SASKATOON SAVAGE2 and COCHRANE Lockout. The 2nd Ragnarok team would also win their first match, however the LSD Kitten team would push them to overtime, earning the “loser point” as they fell 4-3. The X1 division would start of with a statement made by an early season favorite. Inquisition would route Ragnarok 7-0. The match seemed much closer than the score, as every point was competitive. Two major penalties called on Ragnarok seem to tip the balance to “INQ”
The matches really picked up steam in the next set. The four teams combined to score 19 points!! The “Sons of Osiris” would fall just short of a MAX point win vs. Hinton Chaos. The most competitive match so far would see 2014 X-Division Series champions “Vengence” slip by “Saskatoon Savage” 5-4. The game was a battle from start to finish. Run throughs, tons of penalties and a playoff like intensity, great start to the season by both squads.
The next round of matches would see teams rebound from first match disappointments. SAVAGE2 would put up 6 points vs. LSD, they dominated in a 6-1 win. Lockout would steal a 2 point victory over the SONS, to even their record at 1-1. The single biggest turn around would see Ragnarok destroy Vengence 7-0. Ragnarok but the pressure on Venegence right from the start, even with the early lead they kept coming. The result was lots of desperate play from Vengence, and even more questionable decisions. 6 penalties were called in this match, all on one team. This is a CPPL X-Division record for penalties called in one game. Not the record breaking performance that Vengence was hoping for.
The playoff spots would be decided in the last round of games. Lockout would secure top spot with a dominating 7-1 3 point win. This would put them clear of the rest. Also with 3 wins, Regina Regulators would step into second place just one point back. On the strength of 2 wins and an overtime loss point SAVAGE2 would qualify in third place. The final position would see three teams tied 4 points each. Point differential would see Hinton Chaos advance.
With a 2-0 record Inquisition was assured a place in the X1 final. Vengence and Ragnarok would both need to win their final mat ch. Vengence fell to Inquisition in overtime putting them at 4 points for the event. Ragnarok would advance with an overtime loss or a win of any kind. They left nothing to chance, snatching the last finals place with a 5-1 win against SAVAGE. I watched every game, every point nearly, I couldn’t figure out how SAVAGE didn’t win a single match. They seemed to be “IN” every point, just couldn’t finish I guess. They are better than a 0-3 record. I am sure they will prove it next time out.
X2 teams would have a semi-final followed by a winner take all final game. Both finalists would be then be promoted to X1 for Event2. To be the first team promoted to X1 would be quite an accomplishment. Who would be the first?!
Back and forth battles would see each of the four teams hold the lead at different points. As the matches ended it appeared that we would finish the event the same way we started. The Regulators and Lockout would have a rematch of their first prelim game. A great rivalry is beginning to develop between these teams. The first X-Division event ever for Cochrane Lockout would finish very impressively. They would play one event and be promoted to X1 for their second. Well done guys. For the Regina Regulators, the final would be a continuation to a trend they started last season. They have improved at every event, playing 5Man and X-division. You can see them get better every point.
The Regina Regulators are your PAG OPEN X2 CHAMPIONS. Fantastic performance, good luck in X1 boys!!
The X1 final would be a one and done affair. Ragnarok started this event with a disappointing loss to the very team they would now face for the Championship. The event long struggle did see Ragnarok make adjustments; they played the center section of the field as good as anyone. They used this to gain an early lead on the undefeated Inquisition. They would hold on for a 3-1 win. Playing in their first X1 event, they would take their first X1 Championship. This is an unreal accomplishment.
PAG OPEN X1 Champions - Ragnarok!!
The X-Division is shaping up to be more than we could have ever asked for. New event winners, and new teams are introducing new blood into our top division. Positions in the top division must be earned at every event. Every match means something. Intensity will build with each event. We can’t wait to see what’s next!!
CPPL 2015 SEASON DATES
EMPIRE OPEN JUNE 13/14TH
WARBURTON CLASSIC JULY 18/19TH
BRAGG CREEK OPEN AUG 22/23RD