In short, the league is now contracting, something I predicted a few weeks ago. Part of me is saddened as I enjoyed the league expanding due to so much interest. However, my original plans for this season were for only 32 players. That changed to 40 then to 48 then to 64 with the creation of the European Region. Finally, the number hit a ceiling of 72 members for most of the season. I now welcome the smaller, more committed league. The top 5 weeks we had the highest completions took place in the first half of the season (weeks 2, 3, 11, 5, & 6). The bottom 5 weeks for worst completion rates include the last 3 weeks (weeks 15, 10, 9, 16, & 17).
Apologies to all the members that continue to play their matches, win or lose. Thank you for your committment to the SFCCL. It is your committment that makes this league a success. I understand we all get busy with things in our real lives. However, consistently not playing points to something else. I owe it to you and the integrity of league to continue to remove the members that do not play their matches every week. They bring down the fun for everyone else, and waste all of our time. If it were up to me, I would dump even more members that I continually have problems with. However, I will will abide by the rules of the league as those members will eventually be removed from the league by their own doing. During the closing of the week last nite, I did differ in one thing. I did not send out the results to EVERY match like I usually do. If a fighter won by default, I was sure to let them know. With so many forfeits and double forfeits, I decided not to waste any more of my time than necessary with those matches. If the members involved care about their outcome, they can look them up themselves with the weekly update. I know some of you guys get tired of tring to contact your opponents without them ever replying back. Just imagine how tired I am of getting those messages.
The SFCCL is 66 members (132 fighters) strong going into Week 18 with members in 11 different countries. The C Division and Green Divisions have been contracted by 4 and 8 spots, respectively.
WEEK 17 RECAP
Thirty-two (32) matches were "Decided" to close the week. Below are the final statistics:
Completed matches: 40 out 72 (65%)
Forfeited matches: 10 out of 72 (14%)
Draw matches: 2 out of 72 (3%)
Double Forfeit matches: 20 out of 72 (28%)
OLD, NEW, & CHANGING MEMBERS
Seventeen (17) members have left the league after last week. Twelve (12) members from the Americas Region, and five (5) members from the European Region have been removed from the rankings:
Thank you for your commitment to the SFCCL. For those that didn't contribute anything but headaches, good riddance.
As a result of the departing members, we have a total of eleven (11) new members this week, 10 in the Americas Region and only 1 in the European Region:
Ballin--Ranger (New York)
DJ_ _C--4 (Guatemala)
All members were invited to join the active roster from the Waiting List. Welcome to the SFCCL!
The following 'Auto-Promotions' occurred as a result of the former members and change of fighter (note - depending on where the vacant spot is in the division, not all fighters take advantage of the auto-promotions):
GOLD Division: 1 spot
SILVER Division: 5 spots
BRONZE Division: 6 spots
A Division: 7 spots
B Division: 14 spots
C Division: 20 new fighters (division contracted by 4 spots)
RED Division: 4 spots
BLUE Division: 9 spots
GREEN Division: 2 new figthers (division contracted by 8 spots)
Any fighter that did not play their matches do not benefit from these Auto-Promotions, and could see other fighters jump them in the rankings. It pays to play.
Members changing fighters and Division change:
HerkulesHulk SAGAT to GUILE (Blue to Green Division)
Any member in the league can change their fighter, but it will result in a penalty of the new fighter dropping one division and starting at the #15 ranking.
THE WAITING LISTS
Both region's Waiting List are now clear. This section will be removed from future blogs. A couple of players on the previous Waiting List never replied to my emails nor PSN messages, and therefore, were not added to the league. No need to add new members if they don't even acknowledge basic coorespondence.
MATCH OF THE WEEK:
European Red Division Championship Triangle
War Games Prize Match: Champion Shooryukenn BLANKA (13-3) vs. #14 Risoh GUY (3-1)
+ Winning fighter vs. #1 Contender Cravin456 RYU (13-1)
Argueably the best three fighters in the European Region will clash against each other for the European Red Championship!
Shooryukenn BLANKA (13-3)
* Joined:Week 4 of season 2 (August 2010)
* Location: England
* First ranking: #9 ranking in the Blue Division
* Last 3 wins: SabishiiRyuu VEGA, Rudeboy_2Deep ADON, Wauhti ROSE
* Alternate fighter: Guile (9-6, #5 rank in Red Division)
Risoh GUY (3-1)
* Joined: Week 15 of season 2 (Jan 2011)
* Location: Germany
* First ranking: #11 ranking in Green Division
* Last 3 wins: Nurska CAMMY, Cuby KEN, Moduz GUILE
* Alternate fighter: Ryu (2-1, #1 Contender in Blue Division)
Cravin456 RYU (13-1)
* Joined: Week 11 of season 2 (Nov 2010)
* Location: England
* First ranking: #3 ranking in Green Division
* Last 3 wins: Rudeboy_2Deep ABEL, Serjery KEN, Jay19000 VEGA
* Alternate fighter: Rose (6-2-1, #4 ranking in Red Division)
RYDER CUP II:
The second Ryder Cup is still underway. The current score is 7 to 5 in favor of the Americas Team. Cravin456 is the only remaining member from the European Team. Remember, the tournament is not complete until one team has earned 8 points, which is only done when all members from a team have been defeated.
Americas Team II remaining fighters
Gold #1 Contender: ElGeneral GUILE (California) *
Gold #3 Fran_Gil BARLOG (Dominican Republic)
Invitee: Bronze #4 Zabi- VIPER (New York) *
Europeans Team II remaining fighters:
Red #2 Cravin456 RYU (England)
The asterisk (*) denotes the returning fighters to their Ryder Cup team.
4th Round Matches:
Zabi- VIPER vs. Cravin456 RYU
Bye: Fran_Gil BALROG, ElGeneral Guile
WAR GAMES Prize Matches:
The WAR GAMES Prize Matches are taking place this week. These matches were chosen by the three winning members, Zabi, Red---Ranger, and Risoh.
1st Place Prize Match: Zabi- VIPER vs. Cuby KEN
* earn the right to challenge any fighter for their ranking
2nd Place Prize Match:
Red---Ranger BLANKA (B Division #12) vs. ModeType_Beast T. HAWK (A Division Champion)
* earn the right to challenge any fighter for their ranking in the next highest division
3rd Place Prize Match:
Risoh GUY (Red Division #14) vs. Shooryukenn BLANKA (Red Division Champion)
* earn the right to challenge any fighter for their ranking in the same division
DEADLINE FOR WEEK 18
Deadline for Week 18 matches is Sunday, March 13th, 2011.
Good luck to all members this week!