The CTP Teams Season Three semi final play offs are live.
Check in with this blog to see some of the key developments over the next 48 hours.
Good luck to all the teams taking part.
This is for a place in the final and absolutely anything could happen.
I am already gearing myself up for some surprises and absolutely nothing can be taken for granted here with four top teams competing like they have never competed before.
The action is back once again as the last four teams in the play offs battle for a place in the play offs.
With 25 minutes in things look like this.
Alphas are trailing behind Phoenix while Lucky 13 has opened up a large lead over Uber Surfers.
Can’t help noticing the Member Spotlight at CTP today…someone doesn’t want Alphas to win it seems.
Well the advert is from Randy Sult from Team Phoenix so I guess that explains that I guess. It didn’t take long for the smack talk to start.
Lucky 13 has just broken the 5 billion mark. I think there are going to be crazy numbers again.
Ubers are behind but they will surely need new tactics for this round. The ‘playing dead’ trick is unlikely to work twice in a row. Or is it?
So we are now approaching the first 45 minutes of competition and Lucky 13 is the only team with a score line in the billions but it looks Phoenix is widening their lead over Alphas.
This will be a game of strategy for sure…keep checking back for more updates throughout the next 48 hours.
Something tells me the Plus 1 Daily show might also be a rather good source of info too…don’t miss it. 4pm Eastern weekdays.
Well I was going to leave the live blog for now but I will do a final update on the hour…looks like Lucky 13 is making an early statement…
By the way for those that like numbers, the semi finalist teams, when they went into the play offs were ranked #1 #3 #5 #7
And if the contest was to end right now after just one hour the final would be between Phoenix and Lucky 13.
So we have now passed the first hour of play and in the last few minutes Lucky 13 has almost doubled its lead…impressive start for sure.
It is the first day of the semi finals and all is going well.
I saw this idea from Mona in the Plus 1 Daily room and I think it is a great idea… Mona LaSala: Good Luck to everyone in Round 3. For the teams that are competing to the finals I think it a nice gesture to adopt-a-friend, and gift them some things like batteries, wands, whatever you are able to help them out with.
Afterall this is Community and Team Work at its best – helping one another out. I have already adopted my first person. Will you cross the aisle and lend someone a hand too? Good Luck to everyone.
Now we are coming up to eight hours of play and Pheonix are leading Alphas by 2.3 – 1.8 – interesting scoreline.
In the other semi final game Lucky 13 are leading Ubers by 60 – 5.
Just a note about scoring – the numbers above are in billions of XP!
The two semi final matches are like chalk and cheese right now. Alphas and Phoenix are very close to each other while Lucky 13 has opened up a huge gap against Ubers.
The funny thing is that apart from Lucky 13 I feel that the other three teams have not really even got going yet.
Look who is starting their comeback…it surely can’t be long before Alphas move into the lead…
Well that didn’t take long. Now all four teams are well and truly in the game.
That was an increase of around 800% for the Alphas by the way.
Now it is Lucky 13’s turn to pull ahead…look at them go…now they have 83 billion points compared with 5 billion for Ubers.
Big moves taking place right now.
Lucky 13 Gained 41% – 33.89 billion
Phoenix Gained 139% – 4.01 billion
This means the totals are now like this:
Alphas v Phoenix: 20 – 6
Lucky 13 v Ubers: 117 – 6
Ubers and Phoenix are both training big…Is this part of their game plan like last round? Or will it be too little too late?
Are Ubers making a move at last?…they have just jumped from 6bn points to more than 11 bn but are still a long way behind Lucky 13.
Jon thinka Alphas and Lucky 13 will be in the final…
Meanwhile Justin thinks it will be Phoenix and Ubers.
Bottom line…nobody knows.
Jon has just announced that he believes Lucky 13 will be season play off champions.
Alphas now have 25.9 bn points compared to 7.9 bn for Phoenix. That is a gain of around 17% for Alphas in the past hour.
So this is it…the final day of the semi final play offs.
After this the four teams will be reduced to two and we will know who our final two are.
I am expecting some drama and despite the predictions made earlier I think nothing, absolutely nothing at all, can be taken for granted.
With just over 18 hours to go things look like this:
The big news is that Lucky 13 seem determined to make the final and have extended their lead over Ubers to 173 – 24
To put this in perspective if Ubers were playing Alphas right now the scoreline would be 59 – 24
This, to me, is Lucky 13 saying: “Hey Ubers if you are planning to play dead until the end then we are going to make it very difficult for you.”
It is interesting that Phoenix and Ubers both have similar points scores right now…26 and 24 billion points respectively.
Does this mean they have reached their natural limit or are they holding back?
I think both teams are holding back. What do you think?
We seem to have had the teams all taking a bit of a break in the last few hours…not much movement except for Alphas which is extending its lead over Phoenix.
In the last hour or so Alphas has gained 6% or 3.39 billion points.
Forget the break…Phoenix are making big moves right now…narrowing the gap over Alphas.
Pheonix has just gained 66% or 17.82 billion points in the last hour.
The state of play for all four teams now looks like this…
It’s crunch time for the 3rd round! Let’s see what strategies are in place for this afternoon….
something tells me all teams are now playing a game of ‘who is going to
blink first’ – the final hours should be very interesting.
With a little over four hours to go it is looking like SurfAholic Alphas will play Lucky 13 in the final…that is if things stay the same.
While things have remained the same way for hours now I think we have more than a little drama to come between now and close of play.
Now we are talking. Alphas have just made a move at last with a gain of 29% to add another 19 billion points to their total.
another four billion for the alphas…memo to other teams…you are allowed to play along too you know.
Now with less than three hours we are beginning to see some action once again.
right now Alphas lead Phoenix by 90 – 50 and Lucky 13 lead Ubers by 180 – 38
I am glad all the teams have woken up once again…welcome back into the game everyone. I have missed you while you were gone.
In less than two hours we will know who the first ever CTP Teams finalists are.
And with just 60 minutes to go on the clock this is how things stand…
well jon and marcus are back on blab so that means another playoff round is about to end.
Could it be true that Ubers have given up?…this a rumor that is going round right now I hear.
so 20 minutes into the final hour and there has been virtually no movement at all.
Did I detect a little confusion from Marcus when Jon asked him to name the four semi final teams?
Time for some soup …
And a little more…
Pheonix are alive…
That is a gain of 7% for team phoenix
and it takes just seconds for Alphas to respond…
that last gain for Alphas was 15%
20 minutes to go and this round could not be more different to the previous round
Justin is here too…I tried to get a shot of him but he keeps getting up and leaving.
Almost a full house now but Bill is on Internet Explorer so you can’t see him…
14 minutes to go, Bill’s internet explorer is still warming up and the teams are still as they were before.
Marcus just called Justin ‘big chicken’ and meanwhile Bill is still adding coal to the IE engine.
12 minutes to go Justin says Alphas and Lucky 13 will make the final…but with a twist…
Justin will pay $50 to either Pheonix or Ubers if hey make the final and Marcus will add another $20
eight minutes to go and Alphas extend their lead
That was a 21% jump for Alphas
Lucky 13 also extend their lead
less than five minutes to go now…
Alphas pile on the pressure
Pheonix go for the win
and with a minute to go
less than a minute to go
So it is Pheonix and Lucky 13 in the final and Justin has lost $50 to team Phoenix
So after yet another dramatic finish this is how the semi finals ended…
So Jon is backing Pheonix to be play off champions and Justin thinks Lucky 13 will take it.