Gotta keep this one fairly short, kids, 'cus it's getting late and I got's work yet to do to prepare for tomorrow. Some unusual results on the first day of pro play. Legion drop an overtime match to Ironmen--who are playing very well--and finished the day; 2- 1. A morning win on Sunday will almost certainly get them through. Impact went 2- 0 but have two tough matches Sunday morning in Legion & Dynasty. CEP has shown well for their first event. Penalties have hurt them and the field (and new dimensions) has helped them. Shock struggled on Saturday in the afternoon bracket as did Infamous, to a lesser degree. Vicious, with a short roster, has played very solid and consistent paintball as has X-Factor. Damage went 2- 0 but will need to pick it up to make a real run at tomorrow's title. Right now it looks like at least one, perhaps two, unexpected teams could crack the semis. And it also looks like we could have a few tie-breakers determine outcomes. (More on this after the event.)
The PSP is filming the pro field with the intent of uploading largely raw video footage to YouTube in full match form. (Check it out and see what's there.)
In today's prelims in D1- D3 more than 50% went to time instead of score. (For example, if it was Race 2- 5 that means winning scores were less than 5.) Yesterday the total was over 40% so for the total prelims nearly 50% of all matches played failed to reach their race score max. (And there were plenty of really low scores.) Of course the same was true of the pro field where less than a handful of scores went to 7 points.
The weather continued to be amazing and despite being breezier than yesterday it was a terrific day to play some paintball and tomorrow promises to be more of the same.
There won't be a report tomorrow but (hopefully) on Monday I can go into more detail and discuss Sunday along with putting the event into perspective relative to the new rules (or even the made up rules.) (Yes, that was a tease to make sure you come back.)