It's strange sometimes how such vibrant things can peter out in the concluding stages due to a lack of, what, interest, i suppose.......or, like Marauder mentioned, real life takes over and lux has to take a backward step. Castles has generally always been my highlight of the lux year, even more than luxtober, simply because January is summer holiday time over here, and i can normally get to most games on most days without being disturbed by work. It has also become more complicated this yr, as Snyper and Precious have had to quit this game for more underlying problems/issues in their lives, which puts pressure on Para to take up the slack, on Earth and Virtue as they lose 1 player each, and on the whole tourney, as 1 or 2 lost days really mess up the schedule for people who do have schooling/work/parental committments.
This is my 5th castle tourney, and i have only been able to participate in the finals once, in 2009, when we lost to Virtue, otherwise, BANE have been the laughin stock of this compettion, as we came dead last all other 3 yrs i have been here, plus the yr before i joined lux, well, BANE came last then too. I've hasd to put up with shirt from every other team as to how bad we are, and with good reason too, lol, and now, i really see the irony, as the 1 year we may actually be able to top the table, all this stuff happens to affect the tourney, and people's attitudes to completing it, which makes me sad, as i feel like, even if we do win, it has been "tarnished" somewhat with the issues we face now.
Last year, when these 2v2v2 games started, Snyper actually skipped a game, as BANE were not even close to being able to jump into 5th spot, hence he just skipped the game, and the other 5 teams continued. I'm not sure whether the 2nd place team COULD have caught AIR in the final standings if they had won that game and AIR had finished 6th in it, im really not too sure, but for all those who were not privy to that information, I just wanted to set the record straight, before anyone claims that we now have an unfair advantage as the 2v2v2 game now looks to be cancelled. Para was quite concerned about this yesterday, as his opinion is that if you are going to win, you win doing all the right things. IF he had followed snyper's way of thinking, then frankly, we should only have to play the 1 3v3 game with Fire, but we both agreed yesterday that this was not fair on FIRE, in particular, as mathematically, they still do have a hope of catchin BANE vif they had won the 2v2v2 AND the 3v3 game.
Now, frankly, i see this tourney a bit like an English Premier league season, where they play every team 2 times, home and away, and the leader at the end of the 38 games is the winner, no play-offs, or anything....EVERY team competes on the last day of the season, and the winner decided by the accumulation of points over this gruelling period, which is way different to you guys over in the States, who, obviously greedy with potential revenue , have many "play-off" games to further the season, and get a winner weeks after the actual season has concluded. To be frank, i do not really care for these 2v2v2 or 3v3 games, as i think if you are good enough as a team over the month, there should be no need to continue these games afterwards. BUT, this is the way the tourney has gone throughout its history, so this is what must be done now.
I'm a bit like Shockandawe now, i have commitments from both work and family over the next 3-7 days; sure, there will be times that i can log on and play, but work has picked up again since most concreters are back from holidays, i have jobs booked in for the next 8 days, have to take my daughter to a party on the weekend, have dinner with friends and so forth, so it is really goin to be hard for me now, AND, on top of this, the time differences between Australia and the States really make it difficult for me when i am busy to be around when the rest of you are available, so frankly, this tourney, which culd be the yr m,y team finally breaks our duck, will prolly end for me now, with no contribution to these games, either playin or cheering, which, as team Captain, makes me feel both a little empty and very frustrated, especially coz of all the times that we managed to finish 6th over so many other tournies.
In fairness to FIRE however, i think these 2 games must be played, and if BANE loses, well, it was not to be our destiny to be winners, simple as that....... I will assist in any way Drifter and Whirl to get consensus on a time, but we really have to conclude this thing ASAP, even if half of us cannot make it. Para has other things in the pipeline that he wants to committ his time to; he never asked to be host, it was really thrown to him out of necessity by Snyper, as he knew he would get the committment from Para to do the job properly. HOWEVER, it was a bit the same with Luxtober, when para got dumped with most of the work (Dustin was overseas), and some tournies had to be cancelled due to lack of time. AND, even if it was a bit rude of some peeps to claim that Castles is only a January tourney and they wont wanna play in February, well, in a way they are right....the longer thnigs drag out, the worse it is, and also, some of the "gloss" is taken away from it