Tex, Goose, Kal and Taco are back this week with a piping hot serving of Grifball news. The crew talks up the start of the AGLA’s Summer League ’11 and the Amateur-Pro league debate, GGL playoffs, PAX, Halofest, and a special announcement!
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It would be nice if the sport keeps gaining more and more popularity that there be a conference set up specifically for first year teams so that everyone still has a good time without getting murdered…I remember my first time playing Grifball I did really well but I think my second or third game was against a team and I just got murdered.
I myself did not feel demoralized enough to not want to play anymore but I was somewhat turned off of going into a league. WIth the system set up now if I was just starting out I would feel better about entering onto an amateur team. I love meeting new people that play this game and I feel like combining the leagues would shy against that because who’s to say that if it happens and Way to Fail somehow gets their schedule put against a bunch of new teams not only would they skate into the playoffs, but that’s two or three new teams that may or may not get turned away.
That being said, there are ways to group skill sets, there are ways to enhance the importance of one league over another. Yes I love playing in both GGL and AGLA, but can anyone honestly say they don’t hold AGLA over GGL just a little bit. I mean my basic point is there are things we can do to not only make the sport attractive to new players while keeping the competitive at the upper levels. In my opinion, if some of these teams have been around for awhile, at the very least in AGLA they should not be so opposed to being entered into the pro league because though you may be playing for fun, I consider fun to be playing someone at least at the same level if not a higher level than myself.
I can maybe think of ten or twelve teams that could be put into the pro division and you can make some arguments that not all these “upper echelon” teams are going to automatically rage over everyone. As I told SilentShadow last night, I am very excited to play Way to Fail if Go For It beats Kemp’s team. I am all about taking on any challengers regardless of skill level and I hope the rest of this GGL season is as exciting as the beginning.
You seem to have missed a big reason a lot of teams that you think should go pro don’t and that is the scheduling issue. Pro AGLA teams are given a window to play their game in as opposed to a single night and time. For many of us it would become the nightmare of playoff scheduling for an entire season.
The other reason that we don’t divide up into more skill divided conferances (which I am all for) or leagues is the pure lack of teams to do it. There are only 6 teams in each weeknight division, if you divided that up more you would have an even smaller league than we have now, and due to scheduling conflicts, would have an ever harder time playing games.
So yes there probably should be a 3rd tier of teams, as well as some sort of relegation/promotion system to move teams into the proper skill level, but the AGLA just doesn’t have the numbers to make it work.
I also don’t think anyone holds the AGLA over the GGL. They are 2 different leagues opperated in 2 different ways. I would have to say that right now, the GGL is by far the more superior league or at least the bigger (i don’t know if superior is the correct term) due to numbers alone. Not to mention that it’s currently easier to start up a team in the GGL and stay in it mainly due to the fact that the GGL has control over the website they operate in, unlike the AGLA. Not to mention that the GGL admins take a proactive role in getting games played by new teams, as well as the sub system, that makes it easier to get games played without your full roster on.
Unfortunatley, like anything in the gaming world, Grifball numbers will continue to decline as the less dedicated and hardcore players move on to the next big thing. We saw it when Reach came out and the GB numbers surged upwards, but then have steadily declined, mainly due to people moving on to the next game, which is understandable as there are continually way to many new great games constantly coming out to expect anything different. I suspect we will see the same thing we Halo 4 comes out, another surge and then decline.
let’s just have a huge nationwide grifball car wash to promote its awesomeness…get a few celebrity chicks and we could make it a party