Warning: This post may be hazardous to your pride. Continue reading at your own risk.
On numerous occasions in the past I've expressed concern that the classification system does the players a disservice--and some of those concerns remain. But the other thing the player classification system does is force teams up the divisional ladder or out of the league. The counterclaim is, no it doesn't, it simply assigns the appropriate points to the players on a team's roster so the system isn't responsible for the consequences. The reality is the players are the teams and when they are forced to decide between moving up as a group or going their separate ways the result is some significant percentage of teams and players are lost to tournament paintball. Now on the flipside of that is the claim that it is unfair and potentially demoralizing to the up-and-coming teams to in essence be blocked by better more experienced teams. Somewhere between these poles is a worthwhile discussion.
If you want to review the arguments pro and con in greater detail go back to the 'Unnatural Selection' post--down a couple of posts on the main page--and follow the included links.
Let's try a little thought experiment. Imagine the NPPL's pro division as a D2 division. (Insert your own joke here.) Further imagine that instead of choosing to not play teams like Dynasty, X-Factor and Vendetta were moved up a division because of the player classification rules. Now there may be a reasonable argument to be made for moving those teams up but there are also consequences. For today's discussion the important one is that the standard of winning excellence has been lowered. Where once an incoming team needed to be as good (on a given weekend) as Dynasty now the standard is CP Raiders or Outlaws. And next time those will be the players (and teams) the classification system forces up (or out) and the standard of excellence will once again decline. And it gets better--or worse, depending on your point of view. It doesn't take long before what was the (slowly diminishing) standard of excellence in D2 becomes the majority of your D1 teams. The end result is weakening both the division in question and the one immediately above it and in time as the system works its way throughout the divisions the lack of excellence finally becomes apparent when there are no D1 teams capable of successfully taking the next step up. Next stop Challengers.
Wait, you say, what about a team like Revo? They've moved up the divisions and each time proved to be a top team.
My reply is that's what excellent teams are supposed to do but in this environment what does their accomplishment really mean? They were the best of a series of mediocre groups? Remember the Vicious path to the pro division and that was years ago when the system hadn't taken complete hold of the divisions. And Vicious won a semi-pro division too before going into the pro ranks--and struggling.
Challengers exists, in part, to remedy the chasm that has developed between the first tier pro teams and all the rest including those that aspire to one day compete in the Champions division. The hope is that the process of competing in a division dedicated to results alone will eventually produce teams capable of competing with the existing Champions on even ground. And on that score the jury is still out.