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Phoenix snatches playoffs semi final victory against SurfAholics Alpha to make final of CTP TEams season three against Lucky 13

SurfAholics Alpha won all but one week of the entire six month Season Three before crashing out of the playoffs last night in a battle described as ‘beyond epic’ by Jon Olson.

The dramatic departure of the hot favorites came in the dying moments of play when opponents Phoenix unleashed a short but intense barrage of lethal blows in their semi final game.

With the other semi final game showing only token opposition from Uber Surfers, this means that Phoenix will meet Lucky 13 in the final.

Ironically Phoenix won by employing exactly the same tactic which propelled the Ubers into the semi finals…they did nothing of note for 47 hours and then unleashed a torrent of frenzied activity in the final few minutes.

The fact that this technique could work twice in a row in these playoffs was amazing but the fact that it worked against what is the most experienced, successful and savvy team in CTP Teams is almost beyond belief. (more…)

marcus looks crushed as Ubers hulk smash CSN in dying moments of CTP Teams Season Three play offs.

Marcus looks crushed as Ubers hulk smash CSN in dying moments of CTP Teams Season Three play offs.

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. (more…)

tokens offer bannerWell I hope you are all rested because the quarter finals for the Season Three playoffs are just a few hours away.

This ‘off day’ seems to have flown by and before we know it then it will be back down to the competition.

By way of marking the event Janelle persuaded Justin to offer an amazing deal on tokens – 100 tokens for just $10 and he agreed.

I think he was relieved at not having to pay out his own cash during the first round that he was more than happy to agree.

I am not sure how long the offer will last, so don’t miss out. Tokens are good to have whether you are in the playoffs or not.

So this is the line up for the Quarter Finals:

#1 – SurfAholics – Alpha v #9 – WealthBuilders

#5 – Phoenix v #4 – Renegades

#6 – In To Win v #3 – Lucky 13

#7 – UberSurfers v CSN

 

 

So here we go.  The first ever TimTech all playoffs All-Star Team.

The criteria for inclusion on this team is simple.  Those that scored the most got the biggest consideration.  Even more important was nomination by a team member or team leader.  The highest tribute is a nomination from an opponent.

Starting Line Up

These players were all nominated for the honor by their compatriots.

Listed in order of the way they are listed:

Aaron Green, Rob Paris, Linda Mayer, Chauncey Penfold and Evelyn Kramer.  Mona LaSala, Tim Hansen, Scott Rohn and Kathy Dyer.

Bench Players

Ben Frazier, Norbert Laudner, Marian Gurowicz and David McKay.  Tom Rasmussen, Leone Marizano, and Suzanne Howarth.

Pitchers

Maya van Doorn, Mihai Razuan Stotica, and Debra Chism.  Winter Perkins, Nick Grimshawe, Gary Calvert II, Randy Sult and Barbara Romming.

These are the people that drove an incredible competition that was the first round of the Playoff season.  In honor of their contributions the will receive a special badge specifically for the All Star team and never to be seen again.  Thanks to Bill Gorsci for the badges.

Any disagreements?  I fully expect some.  Please use the comment section to explain to me the error of my ways.

I’m just sayin’

 

Screenshot 2015-10-08 04.48.26One of the downsides to be in a timezone five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time is that I am usually miss events which happen at midnight in the Eastern US.

It just so happened that the end of the first round playoffs ended at midnight eastern but this is was one event I was determined not to miss.

For a start we have never seen anything as intense as a playoff before and we were also going to have a live blab and a live blog ongoing.

Add to that the instant knockout of half the teams taking part and Justin’s $2,000 from his own pocket at stake then it was sure to be exciting. I was not going to miss this. (more…)

We had no doubt that the playoffs would be an intense competition from the outset but we didn’t realize just how intense it would be.

Teams are working so hard that every point counts. As almost every team found out yesterday just because you are in the lead – even if the lead looks comfortable – that is not enough to guarantee that you will make it through to the quarter finals.

Yesterday we saw that at some points a team was up against its opponent and then at other times it was down.

Different activity patterns and times of players on teams can have a huge impact on that team’s overall performance.

This is proof, if proof was still needed, that every team player has a vital role to play and that every individual player can make a real difference.

So now at 7.47am Eastern on the final day of the first round, things look like this:

First placed SurfAholics Alpha is comfortably in the lead over 16th placed Beginners and Winners. However the totals for the Alphas are relatively low compared with many other teams. I suspect they are pacing themselves at this point. This opens up the possibility of the bottom seeded team pulling out all the stops and trying to sprint to the finish. If this happens it would be very spectacular indeed.

Fahrenheit (8) are behind by 5 billion points to WealthBuilders (9) while Phoenix (5) are about 30 billion points behind Lucky 13 Too (12). So, as of now, the two lower placed teams are in the lead. The competition between these four teams is intense, absolutely intense.

However none of the above are the headline story of the first round…if you have been following the first round live blog then you will know that this honor goes to Renegades (4) and Living Wealthy (13) who have earned 140 billion XP between them in this first round alone.

Renegades are winning by about 20 billion points right now but Living Wealthy has a very good chance of winning this battle – remember that if they do then Living Wealthy will qualify for Justin’s $500 bonus for wiping out a top four team in the first round.

In To Win (6) is leading Easy Team (11) but these two teams have been up and down during the first day so anything could happen here.

Lucky 13 (3) are playing Success Seekers (14) and seem to be adopting the same technique as the Alphas. Lucky 13 is in the lead, not by a huge amount as I suspect this team plans to do enough to win while conserving energy for the later rounds of the contest.

What a story it would be if both the Alphas and Lucky 13 misjudged things and were both knocked out in the first round by much lower ranked teams.

Uber Surfers (7) are leading Dream Team (10) – both teams have made significant advances during the first day of this contest so anything could happen here.

Finally CSN (2) clearly does not believe in the minimalist approach to this opening league. Their favored strategy seems to be to start hard and fast in a bid to totally demoralize their opposition. CSN is currently leading Ultimate Surf Warriors (15) by about 29 billion points.

Not a bad start at all I would say. Let’s see what the rest of today brings.

Rob P Cruisin is the first winner of the internal CTP playoffs rivalry between Tim and Justin.

Tim decided to make our morning TimTech chat live on YouTube and Rob was our first viewer.

Obviously he decided to promote his one million XP offer for anyone who commented on his blog.

And Rob duly commented and revealed that, with bonuses, he had gained 246,000,000 XP.

In the play offs the big story is that Easy Team, who are ranked 11, has opened up a huge early lead over sixth place In To Win.

Similarly 9th place WealthBuilders is ahead of 8th place Fahrenheit.

Good going everyone.

 

The fantastic 48 hour frenzy of playoff action has commenced and it looks like two additional “teams” have managed to enter into the contest…but more about that later.

Check out the special playoffs zone within CTP – it has its own “Playoffs” tab on the CTP teams page which will take you directly to the ‘Tournament standings” table.

The table makes it super-easy to see what is going on at a glance – scores for teams which are currently winning are shown in green while their opponents’ numbers are shown in red.

It is great to see that all 16 teams are playing hard to progress to the quarter finals and seeing the numbers change is a great spectator sport.

In some positions huge gaps have already opened up while in other spots there is very little between the two teams.

Where the gap is narrow, all players know that it is going to be a long 48 hours and where there is a big gap even the top teams know they don’t have the luxury of taking their foot off the gas.

Officially there are 16 teams in the contest but two more secret “teams” are also doing battle and it is getting very intense indeed.

Team Justin is battling against Team Tim and their aims could not be further apart.

Justin has put up $2,000 of his own money by offering $500 to each of the four bottom teams if they win their first round game.

There is a problem though…he has not told his wife that their personal cash is on the line so he clearly wants the top four teams to win.

Tim has decided to get behind the smaller teams because he wants Justin to pay out and have to explain to his wife what has happened.

He has already written a blog post asking for ideas about how the bottom four can be helped.

This is a twist I didn’t expect.

There will be another playoffs update later today…this is getting fun.

CTP Teams Legacy Hits Division at end of week 23

There are always surprises in CTP Teams and if I was a betting man then yesterday is the day I would have lost my bet.

I had thought that SurfAholics Alpha would have managed to get through this entire marathon season without dropping a single point.

This would mean winning every single week of the competition which is a very tough call indeed.

The team was actually on track for doing just that, right until last week when they dropped a single point by coming second to Cash Surfing Network for the first time in Season Three.

Now if you look in the Seasonal Standings it can be seen that Alphas have 114 out of a maximum possible 115 points at this stage in the contest.

If you are new to CTP teams, the seasonal score card is worked out by giving five points to the weekly winner of each division, four points to the second placed team, three points to the third placed team and so on.

The SAA’s have a score card as follows:

After 23 weeks:

22 weeks @ 5 points = 110 points

1 week @ 4 points = 4 points

Total = 114 points.

As of now there are 53 teams taking part in the Season Three contest and only one of them has full points now. That honor goes to Renegades with a maximum of 115 points. So well done Renegades.

CTP Teams Pharaohs Army division at end of week 23

Nobody has seen Tim for a couple of days but he is busy working.

I am sure he won’t mind me sharing this short extract from his latest work with you all.

One of the Golden Hens of XP looked through his keyhole about an hour ago and caught a glimpse of what was on his screen.

According to the off duty hen, it was the following sentence repeated many times…

“Remember – Duel has an ‘e’ not an ‘a’.”

I have no idea what that means but I guess it must be important.

Personally I could not care less whether it is Duals or Duels…the important thing is what they represent.

They are another way of fostering team cooperation and of building team spirit and those things are good because they are also good for business.

Brenda summed it up really well when she was dealing with a question in Skype chat from someone who commented that sometimes the duels (or duals if you prefer) took place while they were sleeping.

She said: “We realize we have members all around the world and in many different time zones…… we know that not every team member will be awake each time there is a duel for their team… one of the purposes is to get the teams communicating better.”

Better communication…now there is a thing.

Worth giving some very serious thought I would say…