The American Grifball League of America’s Spring League 2011 has officially come to a close. GG to all the teams who showed up and played their games throughout the regular season and playoffs. Despite Pro teams having to play on two different gametypes throughout playoffs and Amateur teams doing the same from the Elite Eight forward, this has been one of the smoothest and non flamewar-y post seasons.
Pro League Champions
After winning the GGL Championship, Way to Fail stated on the Hubcast that they had their eyes trained on the AGLA Pro League Championship and would stop nothing short of perfection. In seasons past, this team has come so close so many times to realizing that dream but had always fallen short – quite possibly the inspiration behind their name. Not daunted by their earlier adversity, Way to Fail triumphed in a 2 game series over The Jetsons.
Many thought that this series would go to three games, and with The Jetsons being a Vanilla team and Way to Fail being a Dash team, it seemed that whichever team could dominate their own gametype the most would earn the edge in Goals Per Game and the right to decide the game three gametype. Game 1 was played on the Dash variant and Way to Fail put up an impressive 7 – 2 victory in a 46 minute match.
Game 1 Stats
You can view the film from Game 1 on the AGLA Grifball Youtube Channel.
After taking a week-long break, the two teams stepped onto the court for Game 2. In addition to The Jetsons subbing D Hans in for Lambchop166, Game 2 had a new neutral host, no stream and was played on Vanilla. Way to Fail was unphased by the changes and produced a 6 – 3 victory in 33 minutes on their non-dominant gametype. Both Digital Pain and v Determined v went insanely positive with the later sporting the largest Average Kill Distance of 4.33 meters. In fact, each team had 3 of its’ four members with AKD over 4.0.
Game 2 Stats
Way to Fail has proven twice over that they are the best team in Grifball with a total record of 29-1-1 over the past GGL and AGLA seasons. They have demonstrated mastery over both the Dash and Vanilla gametypes and truly deserve to call themselves champions!
Amateur League Champions
Red Ray’s first season of Grifball was back in Summer League 2008 and they have been an active presence in the community for the last 3 years. Red Ray has been moved up to Pro/Legacy on four different occasions despite never having won a rookie/amateur championship and having been known for more their monicker of “Nicest Team in the League” rather than their skills. This season has changed all of that and Red Ray has finally proven that they’re no push-over team.
Red Ray played in the Vanilla division during the regular season and many were concerned that Vanilla teams in general would be at a disadvantage when forced to play Dash. Having boldly gone where no Red Ray team had ever gone before, they Rays drilled against Dash teams tirelessly and practiced barrel rolls until they puked. All of their effort paid off in Game 1 of the series when they defeated Dash conference champions Hit Squad 6 – 3 on the Dash variant.
Game 1 Stats
No substitutions were made for Game 2 and sp0ny once again had to watch his team from the neutral host box as they battled for the championship. Red Ray was clearly more comfortable and confident on their native Vanilla gametype and wrapped up a 6 – 3 victory in 21 minutes.
Game 2 Stats
In an informal interview with Momstaco81 earlier in the season, he made it clear that Red Ray was gunning for the ‘ship, that this team wanted it more than ever before and were taking steps to assert themselves as a team to be reckoned with. Red Ray is the perfect example that nice guys don’t always finish last and that if you pick a fight with Ghandi, you’re going to lose.
Congratulations once again to Way to Fail and Red Ray and good luck to all teams in Summer League ’11.