The pieces of the 2011 major league season are beginning to fall into place. Sure, there's a few pieces still missing but with the most recent PSP and Millennium announcements it certainly feels more like something is happening. In trying to keep track of the pro divisions for 2011 the numbers are uncertain--last I heard the NPPL was hoping for a baker's dozen while the PSP wonders where 8 teams, 10 would be better, are going to come from and CPL losses continue to mount. Even if the MS doesn't relegate the two lowest ranked teams the shake-up will be profound with perhaps upwards of 40% of the 2011 division being new teams or else a reduced division. Bullets are out. Menace is done. Joy are finished. The league has scheduled the second event on top of the previously announced second NPPL event which presents Dynasty a real rostering challenge at best. (It's almost like the MS wanted to handicap Dynasty or something.) And yesterday rumors leak that Chilli Peppers Riga may also call it quits and that Syndicate have suffered a severe roster shake-up. As the pro ranks everywhere continue to dwindle it brings us to this week's Monday Poll question about the merits of a pro divisions and what makes a major league series major league.
UPDATE: What we have here is my failure to communicate. When the set-up question proposes no pro divisions in the current major league series I didn't mean there were no pro divisions period, only that they were no longer a part of the current major leagues, ie; PSP, NPPL & MS. Does that clarification alter your response?
Imagine there are no pro divisions left in any of the major league series (PSP, NPPL & MS) Would you be ...
More inclined to compete in a major league series?
Wouldn't make any difference.
I'll be very interested in the reasons why you voted the way you did if any of you can bothered to respond in the comments. What is a major league series if it isn't about the pros and representing the best the game can be? Or is the value enhanced if the focus of attention spreads further down the am divisions?
Monday Poll in Review
Last week's Monday Poll wanted to know how much tournament paintball respondents intended to play in 2011. I don't know that the responses were either encouraging or discouraging but the way the concentrations of votes spread out didn't suggest any particular trends--like a strong move towards regional play, for example. The largest vote getter at 27% was the somewhat non-committal "as much as I can but probably not as much as I'd like." It would be interesting to follow-up on that in comments and see what people think will be the major factor in playing less events than they would like. The second most votes (20%) went to "will be taking some time off." Likewise, why will you be taking some time off? 9% said they would be getting back into tourney play this year after some time out of the game. Is that due to PSP changes perhaps or is it more likely those returnees will be playing local or regional instead? 13% specifically identified their regional series as the one they wanted to compete in while local series (or events) pulled only 3%. 7% expect to play some local events plus one major league event and a comparable 7% intend to play in both major leagues without committing to each complete series. Another 7% will play some local events plus World Cup. 1% will do more reffing. 3% are going to switch formats though from what to what is unspecified. And lastly (in something of a surprise to me) nobody voted for playing NCPA with their college team.