Here we are again in deepest darkest Chesapeake City for the NPPL's relocated Northeast Open. Today it was in fact deepest and darkest as slow moving low flying rain-laden clouds proved to be the only spectators on site and if the volume of rain was any indication the weather is no fan of competitive paintball. At least not today. It finally got so bad the final three match sets of the afternoon were cancelled and rescheduled to begin early tomorrow morning. "Fortunately" we got in all 3 of our scheduled matches for the day. (And won all three.) The starts and the backfields at each end of the layout were mud and standing puddles from the get go. The paintball wasn't always pretty but it wasn't really the weather's fault. The rainy day didn't help of course but it often looked like the teams competing didn't know what they wanted to do or were *gasp* trying to emulate the slow play trend of the PSP pros.
There are 12 "Pro" teams here. Missing are Vendetta, Arsenal Crush & PB Gateway. Also missing from a team or two are some players who are probably practicing for the PSP Chicago Open with their regular teams. With two brackets of 6 teams we are playing 5 prelim matches--1 more than previously--yet still taking 8 teams thru to Sunday. 5 matches to eliminate the bottom third is ridiculous but what are you gonna do? (I know, stop playing NPPL.) We could forfeit tomorrow's matches and still make Sunday.
All told there are apparently fewer than 40 teams competing with no D2 at all. (Tippmann was legitimately signed up for D2 but bumped up instead of down when they proved to be the only D2 to pay their entry.)
Despite the weak turnout, general struggles and the inclement weather Shawn Walker announced on PBN the new NPPL was committed to finishing the season at very least--and the word on the street is that Valken (Gino P.) will help keep the league alive and if that's true the number of competing teams won't matter--for now.
Tonight we dry out the boards of our guns and wash & clean our pods. We will also wash and dry our gear (dry mostly) cross our fingers and hope for the best. Since it's still the NPPL we'll gladly settle for something less.