After a long weekend and a few days of rest it’s time to look at outcomes from the weekend and fallout for those involved. Teams in bold are heading to CUC or at least planning on doing so.
Phoenix takes the #1 spot as expected. Two big surprises with Firebird not only going to CUC but taking the #3 spot and Too Bad being knocked out of CUC perhaps for the first time in the history of the team. Goose finishes up one spot as well with the final results being:
- Grand Trunk
- Too Bad
Quite a few statements all around but a topsy and turvy weekend came to a close. Both Maverick and Too Bad had quite inconsistent games and both were missing top players. Maverick had many veterans on Goose as they are unable to make CUC whereas Too Bad had many of their top players playing in Mixed where those teams did not intend to go CUC. Bad luck for Too Bad.
Great news for Firebird, though, and a strong tournament for them with a large and strong squad. Phoenix played a good finals and will look to head to Worlds next year after a strong showing at CUC. Grand Trunk is the team with the most potential and have started to work together quite well. Overall the squad is young and determined. They are a top 6 CUC team right now, their challenge is to be top 3.
After a first day upset by Stella, PPF went back to the top with their championship win. No real surprises other than Lotus having a few tricky games. Terra dropping is a consequence of the team gelling and realizing that not everyone is a Capitals player and that pace needs to change sometimes. The final standings are:
- Stella B
PPF and Stella both have good shots at getting to Worlds next year.
Finally, the most dramatic division. Pirates Dogs and some local youngsters caused plenty of turmoil in the overall seeding. Everybody overestimated the strength of the strong teams with all of the top 4 (outside of Union) dropping, on average, 3 spots. The underestimated teams made some big jumps including Legen-Dairy and Zen who were one win away from making CUC. It’s a tough situation for all involved but none more than Whiplash who came in well placed but lost out on Day 2 due to a number of factors including injuries due to a short roster. The final standings are:
- Surge (declined bid to CUC, maybe we can convince them otherwise)
- Quick & Dirty
- Big Fish
We’re seeing a transition from older players and traditional centers to players that have worked hard over the last few years. Surge’s journey starts in the Universities and centers around hard work on defense and big moves on O. Alliance has worked hard for at least three years. I remember playing London Calling with Maverick and PPF players and being knocked out in quarters by Yarrr. We underestimated them then and again this year. They thought they had an outside chance and how they will head to CUC seeded second out of Ontario and probably in the top 8.