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BST has really been a great team that has flown under the radar despite their record. That might have to do with their fairly light schedule early in the season (they played the bottom 3 teams). But Rosking has done an excellent job. Early in the season, I didn't think they would be able to get a lot done with Cartel as a newcomer and Dastan as an off-the-street pickup that could only play one day per week.

I was very wrong. Rosking has BST rolling with captain-of-the-year credentials. He went into a playoff game against a very, very good DEM squad and beat them without the league leading runner AVC. Cartel has made a strong case for rookie of the year for sure.

Caution has whined both seasons about being captain - why that is I cannot figure out. He had the first and only perfect regular season for any team ever last season and has continued that dominance into the fall. After dropping their first game of the season, TKV has been on a 6-game win streak heading into the championship match. He's a great captain and his players have been great as well. Zakken has dealt nearly 700 more damage per round than anybody else in the league this season. Infer is near the top in flag touches per round.

This battle is going to come down to the homefields. If BST can win their first two rounds, I think they take this game. Then again, I thought that would stop TKV against us last week. At the end of the day, I think TKV edges out BST 3-2-1 in 6 rounds.

 :kobe2
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WDL Discussion / Re: Proposals for future WDL seasons
« Last post by Ralphis on Today at 05:38:49 AM »
3-Man Rosters vs 4-Man Rosters: We had 3 man teams in the first season of the IDL. It was a never-ending disaster. It's easy to predict that 3-man squads will be just as easy to schedule (or fix broken schedules) when you haven't spent seasons scheduling the games. If anything, the season we just played proves that the 4th enhances and bolsters a team's roster. All 8 teams used all 4 of their players in meaningful ways this season. It's also been a great way, historically, for newer or lower skilled players to become acclimated to the league without being thrust into a soul crushing position of responsibility before they're ready.

Also, in regards to picking experienced players (upper tier) as captains, we try to do this EVERY season. It's incredibly difficult to find anyone to volunteer and we often have to beg like pathetic dogs to fill out our captain roster before the draft. The past few seasons have had our best turn-out, probably ever, for filling in captains.



Maps: Every map in the pack will never be considered "good" by all players, or even most players. Personally, I hate about 1/3 of the pack as it is. The trick with the map pack is to offer a number of different play styles, which is really what the WDL schedule should be all about. Are Map01 and Map31 frag grind fests? Yes, of course. But some teams are built for this type of map and they might pick it as a home field.

I had nothing to do with putting this season's schedule together. At the outset, I looked at map28 and said that it was a piece of crap that shouldn't even be in the map pack. I was wrong. It's a very good map. This happens often with many of the maps we play. A week's worth of practice can change a lot of opinions or thoughts as new strategies and tactics are developed. Map31 plays drastically different than Map06, but both have value in providing drastically different play styles that might force contrasting types of teams to adjust.

With that said, there will be some tweaks to the wad and maps going into next year.


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I agree on Cartel. Def in the running for rookie of the year. Cartel has been consistently good, holding his own against top competition on a game by game basis. BST as a whole has played awesome, and I think Rosking has been a top 1 or 2 player this year, and definitely should be in the running for captain of the year. Also I agree all of TKV has played really well. Jake has been awesome again this year. Infer, as stated before, has been great. And even Godlike has made big-time contributions. Should be an excellent matchup.  :gladi8rup
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WDL Discussion / Re: Proposals for future WDL seasons
« Last post by Zakken on December 11, 2017, 09:30:14 PM »
@ Denzoa: Statistically, most teams have had to rely on their 4th player at least once or twice during any season. A team's 4th player becoming part of a team's main line-up is not a very uncommon story either. Any team worth their salt will give their 4th player generous playtime (assuming they show up regularly), but if 4th players want to play games instead of warming benches, they gotta surpass one of their teammates skill-wise. Simple as that.

Expanding mappack: I don't think expanding the map pack is the issue here(while that's a good idea in my opinion) I think the bigger issue is the actual maps like Isolation was taken out in favor of Bad Moon and 31 IS STILL IN THE PACK WHY I think that adding more maps like bad moon are a great idea but they should replace maps that don't fit with the idea of TEAMWORK and COORDINATION because ctf is not supposed to be 3v3 tdm with a flag in each base COUGH 31 COUGH but rather a gamemode in which teamwork should play a bigger role than who has ammar and edd 300 frags blindfolded tier players on their team for Defence
Inclined to agree, but can we get rid of maps like 01 and 02 before we think about removing 31??
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Infer is technically new to the WDL, but he's been playing competitively for nearly as long as I have. He also played in the last IDL season's MasterBowl. I think the rookie of the year award should go to somebody who's actually relatively new to this side of competition, like Cartel or Razor. But either way is fine by me!

Cartel was around for much longer than I have been in the competitive ctf scene I only started after I joined a3 about a year ago (summer of 2016)
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WDL Discussion / Re: Proposals for future WDL seasons
« Last post by r4z0r on December 11, 2017, 06:13:21 PM »
Franchising: nice bones doesn't know how to not draft kalfoxis shadowfox on his team and gets so upset that he didn't have a proper third that he wants the system to play to his rules horrible idea

Season map voting: yeah this is cool I'd support it nice

Expanding mappack: I don't think expanding the map pack is the issue here(while that's a good idea in my opinion) I think the bigger issue is the actual maps like Isolation was taken out in favor of Bad Moon and 31 IS STILL IN THE PACK WHY I think that adding more maps like bad moon are a great idea but they should replace maps that don't fit with the idea of TEAMWORK and COORDINATION because ctf is not supposed to be 3v3 tdm with a flag in each base COUGH 31 COUGH but rather a gamemode in which teamwork should play a bigger role than who has ammar and edd 300 frags blindfolded tier players on their team for Defence

5 player teams: I actually support denzoa's suggestion, the 4th player usually does just kinda sit there collecting dust most of the time I don't think that 4 ppl is necessary oh well ur teammate missed a match? Just reschedule like what literally every single other team did over the  quarterfinals and semifinals weeks
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WDL Discussion / Re: Proposals for future WDL seasons
« Last post by Denzoa on December 11, 2017, 12:54:56 PM »
How about just 3 player teams, and we pick experienced/veteran players as captains.

This way, we don't get stacked teams, no 4th has to make it to the top so he can at least play 1 round out of the entire season, and we have more teams thus more people playing.

Call it stupid if you want, but a 4 man team is dumb from my point of view, mainly because everyone tries drafting the best they can, so that they have a back-up player JUST IN CASE, their third doesn't make it, in which case the 4th player is mostly spectating an entire season hoping his 3rd has a heart attack or something so he can play anyway.

Just have 3 man teams, and if a dude doesn't make it, tough luck man, there's always next week.
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WDL Discussion / Re: So is anyone going to take over TDT?
« Last post by Denzoa on December 11, 2017, 12:47:48 PM »
That team should be left as it is, wouldn't be the same without DS.
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Infer is technically new to the WDL, but he's been playing competitively for nearly as long as I have. He also played in the last IDL season's MasterBowl. I think the rookie of the year award should go to somebody who's actually relatively new to this side of competition, like Cartel or Razor. But either way is fine by me!
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