The question I want to ask this week is: Where is the line that competitive paintball can't cross? The line between value and competition. When does it cost too much? Or when are you getting too little for what it does cost? Obviously there's no way to formulate that into a poll question but those are the questions I'm asking myself and those are the questions behind this week's Monday Poll.
The competitive game has been all over the map in recent years. A dozen years ago we paid around 2 grand for 6 prelim games of 10-man in the woods. Initially divisional xball teams played double elimination. 25% of a division only played 2 matches for their entry fee. 2 years ago the pro teams paid 5K (6K) for Race 2 - 9. In a couple of weeks it will be $2500 for a 3 match prelim Race 2 - 7. 7-man once had a 10 game prelim in Euroland. Many local events have entries in the low hundreds. Others charge seasonal fees. In some respects the price of competitive paintball is always changing.
What keeps teams and players coming back? What drives them away?
Since I can't figure out how to ask the question I want I'm going to pose a somewhat related question: Where do you get the most satisfactory competitive paintball experience for the money?
I'm not differentiating by format and I'm not giving you a price range. I want you to take into account your personal priorities, preferences and resources and vote accordingly. The distinction between "compulsory series" and "series" is in the former there is an upfront fee and commitment and in the latter just the intent to play a series.
Monday Poll in Review
Last week's poll wanted your opinion on the introduction of 50 cal to competitive paintball. A sizable majority viewed it in a negative light; a commercial flop (23%), demonstrate inferior performance (43%). That's 66% compared to the 4% who think it will revolutionize the game and the 14% who expect small ball to be a viable alternative to 68 cal. The remaining 14% didn't expect it to make any difference. The poll question was asked within the context of competitive paintball but I wonder how many of the voters took that limited context into account or if the poll tends to reflect the general opinion that is out there regarding 50 cal paintballs. No way of knowing of course but one thing is fairly clear--the backlash against small ball has connected with players across the paintball spectrum.