The MS announced today the line-up of CPL teams that will be competing in 2013. Instead of the customary two teams promoted from the SPL, Vision & Polar Bears, this year's CPL will feature 5 new teams. Waiting on various and sundry Millennium announcements is rather like watching for the white smoke to drift over Vatican City. Hopefully they weren't burning the new rule book. (But I kid, there is no new rule book, is there?) (The Board, like the Pope, is infallible don't you know.)
Filling in for the Dynabrats is Empire LA Infamous, which is something of a surprise but apparently KEE is feeling the need to push back a bit against the efforts of GI Sportz in the European arena. GI has Houston Heat in the Damage spot from last year and GI also sponsors Edmonton Impact, who will be playing out of the Amsterdam Heat spot. Was there one Heat too many for the CPL or were the kids from Amsterdam made an offer they couldn't refuse? (I hope they negotiated a multi-year paint deal with GI to give up their spot.)
And as to the remaining Heat I'm curious to see if they pick up any established Pros to fill in for their missing Russian crew. I confess I had expected to see that happen before now. Or perhaps they will be content to give the guys who don't always see a lot of action more PT over in Euroland.
Will the lads from Amsterdam combine their squad with their SPL team and make a strong run at regaining a CPL spot for next season? Inquiring minds want to know. Well, at least I do.