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When Team Phoenix played dead in the quarter final and only snatched victory against a surprised Renegades in the dying seconds, it was brilliant play.

When Phoenix pulled off the same trick again in the semi final to take out season favorites SurfAholics Alpha it was the talk of the competition. (I still think this is the absolute shock of the whole season.)

This double blow took them to the final where they kept their nerve and decided that their team strategy would be to attempt the same trick for a third time in a row.

For 47 hours of the final both Phoenix and Lucky 13 danced around each other with no team making significant gains over the other. (more…)

We started with 16 teams in the playoffs to find the overall champion for Season Three and now we are down to the final two…Lucky 13 and Phoenix.

The first ever play offs for CTP Teams has been not without drama, surprises, a little more drama, shocks and upsets, triumphs, disappointment for some and finally a little more drama.

It is not in question that these two teams played amazingly well so far to make it to the final and how they choose to play over the next 48 hours of competition will determine which one is declared the playoffs champion.

Just from looking at their previous play it is clear that either team is more than capable of winning. I don’t see a clear favorite and an underdog, but instead two very closely matched, capable and confident teams.

I think the winner will be the team that works best as a team, has a strong strategy from the outset and is capable of thinking fast if things don’t work out as they had planned.

Good luck to both teams and let’s watch the drama unfold.

 

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…)

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.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

Season Three has been a long, long season and many teams had simply just given up.

We can really understand why but we want to change all that.

Even at this late hour – the season ends on Sunday night – we want to bring back the energy and hunger to succeed to Season Three.

So for this week every single action counts and every team – regardless of their position in the contest right now – has a chance to win and to win big.

For this week only every team is playing for a chance to get into the play offs which begin on Monday.

The 16 teams with the most XP earned during this week will make the play offs.

This means whether you get there or not is based only on this week’s activity. This is a sprint to the finish and anyone could win.

As Jon explained on his own blog: “The top 16 teams, based on CTP XP, will compete for a 2 week playoff in a bracket format. No divisions, no leagues, just the top 16 teams that earn the most CTP XP this week get into the brackets on Monday.”

The playoffs will work like this based on the amount of XP the teams earn this week:

Team 1 v Team 16

Team 2 v Team 15

Team 3 v Team 14

Team 4 v Team 13

Team 5 v Team 12

Team 6 v Team 11

Team 7 v Team 10

Team 8 v Team 9

Basically we already know the teams which will win their respective divisions – that seems to have been settled some time ago – but ANYONE at all could make the play offs and you will be playing for hard cash money.

Remember, as far as the play offs are concerned there are no divisions or leagues – just teams competing against each other.

If you don’t take part then the top teams will probably win the play offs…but if you do then there could be some really massive surprises.

Further reading: Hit Exchange News – October 5th – The Playoffs Begin