If Uber Surfers had worked out this strategy from the beginning then this team must have nerves of steel.
For 47 of the 48 hours of the quarter finals they played dead.
Turn the clock back 48 hours and CSN came out of the blocks at a fast sprint. The opening screen shot showed that they had nearly three billion points at just five minutes in compared with the 500,000 of Ubers.
From then on it was one way traffic. Ubers made small gains and CSN made large gains.
By the final few hours CSN had such a huge lead over ubers that almost everyone – myself and Jon included – had called it a CSN victory.
If I was a bookmaker I would have happily paid out to those punters who had placed bets on CSN going through to the semi finals.
By way of illustration, with about an hour to go CSN was up by 131 billion to 29 billion. This margin was so large and Ubers seemed to be doing nothing that I didn’t even think to take a screen shot.
In fact during the final hour all eyes were on the dramatic battle between In To Win and Lucky 13 as the two teams piled on the pressure and the lead changed several times.
It was then that the team of the waking dead fully emerged from their zombie like state.
They started making gains.
I will be very honest here, I thought they were just try and narrow the gap so as not to lose face, but I had totally underestimated this killer team.
Next this happened.
Here is a screenshot from last night’s quarter final live blog.
Ubers seemed to add one hundred BILLION points in the blink of an eye.
Then they followed up with more and more and more. A right hook, followed by two short, sharp rabbit punches and it was all over for CSN.
They never saw it coming and, even if they did, they were powerless to come back from such a pummeling from a team everyone had given up for dead.
The Ubers revival had another side effect too and this could be significant for the semi finals.
SurfAholics Alpha – comfortably ahead of WealthBuilders by 89 billion to 12 billion with less than an hour to go – suddenly didn’t feel comfortable at all.
In fact they felt decidedly uncomfortable.
They must have felt that if this could happen to CSN it could happen to them too.
So with the clock counting down to the final few seconds they dumped a huge, and I mean huge, amount of their reserve XP into the quarter final round.
This is XP that would have set them up nicely for the semis but they didn’t want to take any chances and secured their place in the next round by adding an extra 44 billion XP just to be on the safe side.
I couldn’t help but feeling a bit sorry for CSN’s Marcus Wahl who was on the live blab with Jon to mark the final hour of the quarter final play offs.
The look on his face said it all.
So today is a rest day and the semi finals begin just after midnight Eastern tonight, ie the first moments of Monday morning.
Alphas face Phoenix and Lucky 13 face Ubers.
At the outset I had Alphas penciled in as play off champions but who would bet against Ubers after last night’s dramatic performance?