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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…)

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

SurfAholics Alpha trophy count at end of S2 W8

After one of the most controversial weeks in CTP Teams, SurfAholics Alpha took the Premier League by a landslide to end their four week spell without a win.

Terry Allison’s team won by 45.8 billion points to 25.0 billion points earned by second placed Uber Surfers in a week which saw Lucky 13 come in third with 7.6 billion points.  (The top eight teams broke the billion point barrier last week.)

In fact the scale of the win was so huge that there were calls for the Alphas to divulge exactly what their team strategy was and explain how they won.

There was even a call for the Alphas to be investigated to determine whether they had broken any rules and a whisper that this was team that TimTech wanted to win.

So let me make it absolutely crystal clear to everyone. TimTech does not support or favor any one team over any other, does not give extra help an any team and nor does it seek to hinder the performance of any team.

If SurfAholics Alpha want to tell the world what they did last week that is up to them, but if they choose to keep their team tactics to themselves then that is also up to them. The same applies to every other team within the contest.

Season Two points table as of end of S2 W8

So as we move into the penultimate week of this season – we are now into week nine of ten for Season Two – there is still everything to play for.

Both Alphas and Ubers are tied on 516 points and Lucky 13 are in third place with 507 points. Looks like it is going to be a rather explosive end to Season Two. Good luck everyone and have fun.

 

 

 

Late surge from SurfAholics Alpha put them top on S2 W8 D7

I knew I shouldn’t have made predictions. As soon as I pressed the “send” button on the last teams update post I said as much to myself.

I wrote: “Right now Ubers are first with a sizeable lead over the Alphas and Lucky 13 are third. If I was a betting man, that is how I would predict the top three teams to remain on Sunday night…”

Wrong!!!

Then I wrote: “…however CTP Teams is far from predictable so I won’t be placing any bets.”

Right!!!

Just look what SurfAholics Alpha has done in the final day of this week’s contest…they have added rocket fuel to their activity and leapt from third place to first in a single bound.

Not only have they gone into first place but they are so far ahead of the field that could anyone catch them now? Alphas are currently on 42 billion points compared with “just” 22 billion for second placed Ubers and 7 billion for third placed Lucky 13.

Talking of Lucky 13, I should have paid more attention to their team member and CTP Teams expert Tom Wacker because he predicted this on Monday.

On his show he said he felt that this would be the week that the SAA’s pounced and put in a concerted effort to win Week 8…and it looks as though this is what happened.

Exactly what the SAAs did remains unclear…you can’t fault a team for wanting to keep their strategy secret. However they insist that they have played within the rules and that the whole team was involved in the push for first place.

So am I going to predict a win for the Alphas? Not quite. I am not getting caught out like that twice in one week…but I will be paying very close attention to what Tom Wacker has to say tomorrow.

Alphas and Ubers level on season points as we enter week seven for season two on CTP Teams

As we enter week seven in Season Two of CTP Teams there is absolutely nothing to separate the top two teams which remain level in every way.

SurfAholics Alpha and Uber Surfers both have three weekly wins and three second places under their belts which leaves them both in joint first place on the Season Points table.

Lucky 13 – which has consistently come in at third place for each of the last six weeks – is, not surprisingly, also in third place on the Seasons Points table.

Uber Surfers has amassed a larger number of bonuses during the season, so right now at least, it does look to be the stronger of the top two teams. That is not to say that an Uber victory is guaranteed as anything could happen in CTP Teams.

This week Lucky 13 has started strongly and at the time of writing (9.30am Eastern) the team is just shy of one billion points. Ubers have passed the half a billion points mark already and the Alphas are closing in on it.

There has been a huge start also this week for Dream Team which is top of the Competitive League and is outperforming many Premier League teams right now to move up to fifth place overall.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the OutKasts – the team that can never win – didn’t win last week’s contest after all. We came in 16th overall and that is where we remain right now.

No matter where you are in CTP Teams, have a great week ahead everybody. Good luck and remember to have fun.

Top Five in CTP Teams at end of S2 W6 D7

Uber Surfers took more than just top honors when they wrapped up the week in first place yesterday…

They also took SurfAholics Alpha team member Howard Fullmer from their main rivals and welcomed him on board with open arms.

Now – at the half way point in this season’s contest – the Alphas have just the narrowest of leads – as they are just one point clear of Ubersurfers.

Lucky 13 came in third yesterday and are also third on the season’s leaderboard. Cash Surfing Network were fourth last week and Renegades fifth, however their positions are reversed in the season points table.

Dream Team, Ultimate Surf Warriers and Adkreator move up to the top league this week and have been replaced by The Strays, WealthBuilders and TERacing League.

So now as we are into the second half of the season let’s see if we can make it as fun and exciting as the first half was…something tells me this will not be too much of a problem. Have fun everyone.

 

 

This splash page from SurfAholics Alpha member Martin Bolger made me laugh. It was posted in TELive on Thursday when Matt announced that he was stepping down as team leader.

Funny splash page - Matt Badura's influence on SurfAholics Alpha in CTP Teams

Hopefully it made you laugh too.

And if you have a funny splashpage about your team, then please let me know, as we all need a good laugh from time to time.

SurfAholics Alpha logo

Matt Badura has announced that he is to step down as leader of the top team in CTP Teams and hand over the reigns to Terry Allison.

Matt led SurfAholics Alpha to become the best team in the ultra competitive Premier League and under his leadership the Alphas have broken more records than any other team in the competition.

They more or less won just about everything there was to win and picked up the $3,000 Season One winner’s prize just a couple of weeks ago.

Matt said it was a tough decision to make but one that had to be made as he needs to free up time to focus on his offline business.

He will still be a member of the team, offering advice and assistance, as needed but will be taking much more of a back seat role.

Matt broke the news to team members and then explained his decision on a post on the @CTPSurfAholics blog.

He wrote: “I went into 2015 having set myself some goals, as I think all of us did. To accomplish these goals meant that I had to re-arrange how much time I spend where and how I get things done…

Sadness And Excitement

“As many all ready know, I do run a full time business offline and I do have ambitious goals to achieve. So today I came to my crossroad, choosing one way will enable me to achieve many of my goals, personal and team oriented.”

“It would be unfair of me to choose the way I want to, and try to hold on to some things that I need to let go. So it is with some sadness that I announce the stepping down as leader of the SAA but it is with excitement that I announce Terry Allison as my replacement.”

Taking an opportunity to praise the new Alphas leader, Matt said: “Since day 1 Terry has shown an intense commitment to our team, he is always there for team members and available more often than I am. Terry shares the vision for our team and I hope you give him the support he deserves.”

On a personal note I would like to say I will be very sad to see Matt go. I met him through CTP Teams and he has become a very good friend in that time.

This is further evidence that running a top team in CTP takes a lot of time and commitment but if that amount of time starts to interfere with business then it is time to reconsider.

Further reading: @ctpSurfAholics: On the highway of life we come to a crossroads.

CTP Teams S2 w1 top five winners

In the end it was a rather easy win for SurfAholics Alpha as they got Season Two off to a dream start by claiming top spot in the Premier League.

And with a 12 billion point gap over second placed Uber Surfers it was a fairly dramatic opening statement.

Lucky 13 came in third but Kore4 was not that far behind them and there was another big gap between fourth place and fifth placed Renegades.

CTP Teams S2 Wk2 D1 top five table in Premier League

A few hours into week two and we find Ubers in third behind Lucky 13 in second and Alphas still out in front. Alphas are the only team to one billion points already but that situation won’t last for too long.

Dream Team are in fourth place and fifth placed WealthBuilders are doing very well – having moved up from the Competitive League this week.

Finally the Season Points table is now active with the positions the teams finished in yesterday determining how many points they received.

Given that the last placed team gets one point, the second last team gets two points etc then the placings for the Season Points table is exactly the same as the order the teams have finished in as shown by the Last Week Standings table.

As ever good luck to every team this week and have fun.

CTP Teams Season Points table after one week of Season Two

 

 

 

S2 w1 top of Premier League table at CTP TeamsIt has been, to say the least, an interesting week at CTP Teams…especially for the teams at the top.

Uber Surfers, which formed last year by breaking away from Bonz Brigade, effectively merged with their old team when William Millar disbanded his Bonz team which resulted in him and two others joining Ubers.

There were lots of gasps of surprise at this development but Ubers leader Walter Mulder is quick to spot advantages for his team and pounce when the time is right.

If the move ruffled any feathers in the SurfAholics Alpha camp then we will never know but it does not look like they were very much troubled by recent developments.

First placed Alphas are currently 11.5 billion points ahead of their nearest rivals and 31 billion points ahead of third placed Lucky 13.

In the Premier League eight of the ten teams have now broken the one billion points barrier, and a ninth team, Cash Surfing Network, is very close with 0.99 billion points. In the Competitive League only Hunters have more than one billion points.

With ten hours to go there is still all to play for and the final hours of a weekly contest can be very fast and furious indeed.