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The Lucky 13
Map
Flare
Name###RName###R
Justblu380ZFoxtrot Labs LEAibeitUSA829T
Cube880ZOvergrowth LEThrasky176Z
Costanza533ZCatallena LEMicroDickLE284Z
Blitz1851PKing Sejong Station LEHaro203P
Stimcraft969TMerry Go Round LECrayon942T
Rubid2915TNimbus LEVanderhal679P
COuchie359TDeadwing LEFuturekorean734Z
themightyL569PFoxtrot Labs LERavenstorm683T
Enak683POvergrowth LETimepeddler590T

All-Inspiration
Map
Bear Sloths
Name###RName###R
Stark1539TFoxtrot Labs LEfuinkaze964P
Jayro244ROvergrowth LEdamthatsbig535P
acadien391PCatallena LEgenericname371Z
Neostar526ZKing Sejong Station LEresker986T
Cythen766TMerry Go Round LEbigkitty195Z
FruitPotato698TNimbus LEawkwardWiz459Z
Shadver776PDeadwing LEgauvenator353Z
MinimumRage1625TFoxtrot Labs LEDoubleD762P
MrLando517TOvergrowth LEIRieStill964T

Outset
Map
The Confederation
Name###RName###R
Hydro141ZFoxtrot Labs LETramp647Z
TheDaftOne977ZOvergrowth LECrunChy136P
Brownling857ZCatallena LEGigglesmirk474P
Slooth547ZKing Sejong Station LERetrO715P
FapMaster705TMerry Go Round LENazty594T
Cyberwizard123PNimbus LEStarTaledBOB425T
Chimaera351ZDeadwing LEFleeT218P
Starlight754ZFoxtrot Labs LESyn209T
AdultDiaper843TOvergrowth LEWugi285T


PSosa If we get another 7-2 I'm gonna start to believe in the AllIn's curse

CTL Team 6
Map
UnRivaled
Name###RName###R
BlueEye904ZFoxtrot Labs LEYabol691P
Elysian177TOvergrowth LECobaltt166Z
yfiftyfour975PCatallena LEApogee965T
awake735ZKing Sejong Station LEHeavy Arms155T
Extraneous957PMerry Go Round LEDefenestrata580P
Shinobu646TNimbus LEDonJimbo122P
Guluheend564TDeadwing LEZackor434P
rei832PFoxtrot Labs LEGathorisx963Z
Doomshy646POvergrowth LERoxas283Z

Guns n' Roaches
Map
Composite
Name###RName###R
Neru793PFoxtrot Labs LEafracanis484Z
Athreos882ZOvergrowth LETidus420T
Poaq507TCatallena LEricemonkey599T
Ninkazi450TKing Sejong Station LEResolution160P
Dropinbodies725TMerry Go Round LEGuttej615T
Justin2631ZNimbus LEWaste390P
Dux495ZDeadwing LESpicyLings939Z
ScotchBonnet326PFoxtrot Labs LEPawN677P
GDP622ZOvergrowth LEAtlas1185T

House of Renegades
Map
Legion Gaming Revolution
Name###RName###R
izzy471TFoxtrot Labs LESpyro817T
Woogie585ZOvergrowth LEScoHyrule531T
RefurinN436TCatallena LElIlIlIIIIllll6720R
Womec627TKing Sejong Station LEFurbiford398T
tool176ZMerry Go Round LEMonkeydung906Z
Cgrij393TNimbus LEJerkface718Z
doohickey355PDeadwing LEVraddik836P
Flameball279TFoxtrot Labs LErequieSCe498Z
ObiWanPwnobi300POvergrowth LEPrettybird299Z

Formless
Map
Vortex
Name###RName###R
SauCe431ZFoxtrot Labs LERonixi842T
Slug723POvergrowth LEnitroped976P
Trumpet575TCatallena LESpirit467T
Caiobex179TKing Sejong Station LEAskaria189P
Pulse529PMerry Go Round LEkgp114P
Entei658TNimbus LEkali865T
InsidiA654ZDeadwing LEKoYa669T
Revive436PFoxtrot Labs LExTotalHavok702P
Rengen872POvergrowth LEHeat136P

Week 2 Lineups Part 2

DonJimbo posted Oct 20, 14
Formless vs. Composite

Match

Formless


Composite

Map

1 Diamond (sub)

Rengen.872 (P)

Atlas.1185 (T)

Deadwing LE

2 Platinum (sub)

Entei.658 (T)

afracanis.484 (Z)

Foxtrot Labs LE

3 Platinum

Pikujs.900 (T)

Waste.390 (P)

Overgrowth LE

4 Diamond

Quakecomm.227 (Z)

TUX.359 (T)

Catallena LE

5 Gold

Revive.436 (P)

PawN.667 (P)

King Sejong Station

6 Platinum

Maverick.3134 (Z)

fuss.975 (P)

Merry Go Round LE

7 Diamond

caiobex.179 (T)

plzgoez.847 (T)

Nimbus LE

8 Platinum (sub)

Trumpet.757 (T)

Abonnen.435 (Z)

Deadwing LE

9 Diamond (ace)

Puddle.959 (Z)

Resolution.160 (P)

Foxtrot Labs LE*


Bear Sloths vs. Outset Gaming

Match


Bear Sloths

Outset

Map

1 Silver

Bossmagnet.112 (Z)

Tymer.382(T)

Deadwing LE

2 Gold

DoubleD.762 (P)

ShadowWolf.126 (P)

Foxtrot Labs LE

3 Platinum

GenericName.371 (Z)

Senka.794 (P)

Overgrowth LE

4 Diamond

Resker.986 (T)

SynPrime.473 (P)

Catallena LE

5 Gold

Damnthatsbig.535 (P)

FapMaster.705 (T)

King Sejong Station

6 Platinum

Truedge.777 (Z)

Kommatiazo.557 (Z)

Merry Go Round LE

7 Diamond

TheM.830 (T)

AdultDiaper.843 (T)

Nimbus LE

8 Gold

Hillbilly.582 (Z)

TheDaftOne.977 (Z)

Deadwing LE

9 Diamond (ace)

IRieStill.964 (T)

Chimaera.351 (Z)

Foxtrot Labs LE*


Legion Gaming Revolution vs. The Lucky 13

Match

LGR

Lucky 13

Map

1 Diamond (sub)

Vraddik.836 (P)

Couchie.359 (T)

Deadwing LE

2 Platinum (sub)

Devonian.126 (Z)

MonsterMash.718 (Z)

Foxtrot Labs LE

3 Platinum

lllllllll.6720 (R)

Justblu.380 (Z)

Overgrowth LE

4 Diamond

Cyfa.255 (Z)

Blaze.1514 (T)

Catallena LE

5 Gold

Protoss.1303 (P)

Stimcraft.969 (T)

King Sejong Station

6 Platinum

Jerkface.718 (Z)

Rubid.2915 (T)

Merry Go Round LE

7 Diamond

Furbiford.398 (T)

Enak.683 (P)

Nimbus LE

8 Gold

requieSCe.498 (Z)

OnionKnajt.222 (Z)

Deadwing LE

9 Diamond (ace)

Prettybird.299 (Z)

Metalcore.839 (T)

Foxtrot Labs LE*

fish whoa, this looks a bit trippy...

Week 2 Lineups Part 1

DonJimbo posted Oct 20, 14
CT6 vs. House of Renegades

Match

CT6


House of Renegades

Map

1 Platinum (sub)

Daspocksta.564 (T)

Endo.983 (P)

Deadwing LE

2 Gold

Babypuncher.284 (T)

Tool.176 (Z)

Foxtrot Labs LE

3 Platinum

Vespasian.314 (T)

Woogie.585 (Z)

Overgrowth LE

4 Diamond

Chaggi.734 (T)

Izzy.471 (T)

Catallena LE

5 Gold

Weedface.519 (T)

Flameball.279 (T)

King Sejong Station LE

6 Platinum

Spoom.453 (T)

RefurinN.346 (T)

Merry Go Round LE

7 Diamond

Indaend.936 (T)

ObiWanPwnobi.300(P)

Nimbus LE

8 Gold

Caedus.850 (T)

Cgrij.393 (T)

Deadwing LE

9 Diamond (ace)

Guluheend.564 (T)

Womec.627 (T)

Foxtrot Labs LE*



Flare Gaming vs. AllInspiration

Match

Flare


AllInspiration

Map

1 Platinum (sub)

Dahktor.536 (P)

Acadien.391 (P)

Deadwing LE

2 Gold

Hoozy.894 (R)

MinimumRage.1625(T)

Foxtrot Labs LE

3 Platinum

FutureKorean.734(Z)

Einherjar.912 (Z)

Overgrowth LE

4 Diamond

Kaboosh.539 (T)

sOs.834 (P)

Catallena LE

5 Gold

beastlymanz.720 (Z)

Jayro.244 (R)

King Sejong Station LE

6 Platinum

MicroDickLE.284 (Z)

FruitPotato.698 (T)

Merry Go Round LE

7 Diamond

TimePeddler.590 (R)

MrLando.517 (T)

Nimbus LE

8 Gold

Coda.682 (Z)

Revelator.125 (P)

Deadwing LE

9 Diamond (ace)

Haro.203 (P)

Stark.1539 (T)

Foxtrot Labs LE*


Guns and Roaches vs. Team Unrivaled

Match

GnR


UR

Map

1 Diamond (sub)

GDP.622 (Z)

Razzle.367 (Z)

Deadwing LE

2 Gold

Athreos.882 (Z)

DefenestratA.580 (P)

Foxtrot Labs LE

3 Platinum

Eramis.752 (P)

Yabol.691 (P)

Overgrowth LE

4 Diamond

Driven.109 (Z)

Hydro.518 (T)

Catallena LE

5 Gold

ScotchBonnet.326 (P)

Cobalt.166 (Z)

King Sejong Station LE

6 Platinum

Lightning.587 (T)

Datenstreber.101 (T)

Merry Go Round LE

7 Diamond

Zakari.194 (T)

Polar.508 (P)

Nimbus LE

8 Gold

Howl.242 (T)

Gathorisx.963 (Z)

Deadwing LE

9 Diamond (ace)

Ninkazi.450

Doc.1233 (T)

Foxtrot Labs LE*


Vortex vs. The Confederation

Match

Vortex e-Sports


The Confederation

Map

1 Diamond (sub)

Askaria.189 (P)

Tramp.647 (Z)

Deadwing LE

2 Platinum (sub)

Bluffkin.2904 (Z)

Alaska.200 (P)

Foxtrot Labs LE

3 Platinum

Kajji.981 (Z)

StarTaledBob.425 (T)

Overgrowth LE

4 Diamond

dia3Ronixi.842

Sirrent.177 (P)

Catallena LE

5 Gold

kgp.114 (P)

syn.209 (T)

King Sejong Station LE

6 Platinum

---------------------------

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Merry Go Round LE

7 Diamond

KoYa.669 (T)

Anoteros.381 (P)

Nimbus LE

8 Gold

xTotalHavok.702 (P)

Remo.538 (T)

Deadwing LE

9 Diamond (ace)

AppleJack.210 (R)

Fleet.218 (P)

Foxtrot Labs LE*

gdp GDP vs A Zerg. ezpz. GZP ftw!
HousePeddler not sure i like this format.

Welcome to Season 8. Line-Ups for Week 1 follow:

We're waiting on LGR to provide their line-up and for a race clarification in Set 1 between the Lucky 13 and The Confederation. Those will be added as they are provided.

Group A:


Group B:




Standings Predictions

In response to my preview post, I asked the captains (or a representative) from each team as well as the admins to send in their own predictions for the Season 8 Group Standings. The composite ranking can be seen below (Note: One max and one minimum rank have been removed for the calculation of the average).


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The league is most confident about the placement of Team UnRivaled, Legion Gaming Revolution, & Team Bearsloths. It is least confident about the placement of All-Inspiration, Vortex e-Sports, & House of Renegades. UnRivaled recieved the most 1st place votes (9), followed by The Lucky 13 (7), All-Inspiration (6), and CTL Team Six (5). Thanks to those of you who participated in a bit of fun.

Justin8er21 GnR is spot on as always #represent
Padula lol LGR did the predictions backwards on accident you can totally tell... they put themselves last place but meant to pu ...
sinistar_lives idk what vortex and lgr are smoking but it must be p good

Season 8 Preview

tbham posted Oct 9, 14

Season 8 is just around the corner! First line-ups are due this Sunday! I haven't played on a team in three seasons and for some ridiculous reason, I'm excited. I really enjoy the concept of this league and it's fun to be involved even without being a player. So, true to my ridiculous form, I have decided to (try to) preview every CTL team for Season 8! I may very well enlist the help of some cool people I know to do another preview show, who knows. For now, enjoy what will likely be the longest news post in CTL history.



Season 7 Record: New Team!
Captain: TheLtleTramp.647

The Confederation is the absolute newest team for CTL Season 8. With CT6 dropping back down to a single squad on Monday, the admin team scrambled and found ConFed as a replacement. Thanks to their supremely organized community, they had 12 members sign up in 24 hours. While an obviously small roster currently, I except nothing but positive things from this team. The Confederation has been around for for longer than some of our members have been alive, beginning in 1997. ConFed is the former home of CatZ, HuK, Drewbie among others.

However, ConFed's introcution to the CTL won't be easy. Their first match-up of the season is with The Lucky 13. Victors of Season 6 and runners-up last Season, The Lucky 13 have lost only three times since Week 3 of Season 6. ConFed also lands in group with Flare Gaming (neé Unseen Gaming), the leaders of Group B in Season 7, as well as Season 7's third place finisher, All-Inspiration. Welcome to the CTL, ConFed.

Week 1 Opponent: The Lucky 13
Cross Match: House of Renegades
Fearless Prediction: 5th Group B


Season 7 Record: New Team!
Captain: Vraddik.121

Legion Gaming Revolution is the second brand new team joining for Season 8. Their roster is more robust than ConFed's, and they even have two silver players, so they're already ahead of the curve. While a releatively uknown team to the powers of Google, LGR has a large roster, including a pair of Grand Master members.

Like The Confederation, LGR's introduction to the league will not be an easy one. They start the season facing defending champions CTL Team Six and The Lucky 13 in the first two weeks. Qutie the rough introduction for our two new teams that can only be blamed on the gods of random.org. LGR will be taking a page from CTsix and Team Composite, boasting a frightening line-up of diamond players. Hopefully the growing pains aren't too hard on the Legion.

Week 1 Opponent: CTL Team Six
Cross Match: The Lucky 13
Fearless Prediction: 7th Group A


Season 7 Record: 2-5
Captain: kgp.114

Vortex e-Sports returns for their third season with the CTL. While Season 6 finished in an impressive 6-5 record that left them out of the playoffs only through a poor map score, Season 7 was a tad tumultuous for our (now) only European team. Hantypen stepped down as captain mid-season and kgp took over, attempting to right he ship after a rough start to the season. Lack of interest coupled with difficulties scheduling match fueled an unhealthy number of walkovers. However, an impressive victory over then #1 Team UnRivaled in Week 7 perhaps gave a morale boost to Vortex, whose only other victory in Season 7 came over the now defunct Alloy eSports.

Season 8 begins the same way Season 6 did for Vortex: a meeting with Outset Gaming. It has been just shy of 8 months since that meeting in Vortex's innaggural CTL match. They won that match 5-4. Will Season 8 bring the same fortune to Vortex, or will it be another season of uncertainty?

Week 1 Opponent: Outset Gaming
Cross Match: Formless Gaming
Fearless Prediction: 7th Group B


Season 7 Record: 2-5
Captain: Renegade.1517

House of Renegades joined the CTL last season, earning a 2-5 record. Two losses were by only a single match, so their record is a bit deceiving. RNG boasted two top diamond players last season: VOJ and doohickey. VOJ was promoted into Masters league and took his perfect CTL record with him and left quite a hole for RNG to fill. Walkovers were also a problem for RNG, giving up five in the first three weeks. Doohickey stepped up into a major leadership role for the team mid-season, but close losses doomed the team. It was a disappointing season record for the Renegades, but if their recent recruitment drive is any indicator, there's no reason for this team not to be competetive in Season 8.

RNG will begin their Season 8 campaign against the oldest team in the CTL: Guns and Roaches. RNG has a favorable schedule for the first four weeks of the season, playing only a single playoff team from Season 7. If the ball gets rolling early, look for RNG's morale to be unshakeable and for a run in the playoffs.

Week 1 Opponent: Guns and Roaches
Cross Match: The Confederation
Fearless Prediction: 3rd Group A


Season 7 Record: 3-4
Captain: Cyberwizard.123

Outset Gaming returns for their fourth season in the CTL. While they haven't enjoyed the success fellow Season 5 entrant The Lucky 13 has, Outset has been a consistent competitor in the CTL. While quiet on the CTL website, many Outset members are quite vocal as the leadership and casting group for SCVRush. A playoff team in their first season with the CTL, Outset is looking to return to their initial success in the league for Season 8. Outset, despite their middle-of-the-pack finish last season, managed to grab the #2 diamond player in the league, master, after Prometheus Gaming disbanded in Week 5. Outset was also the only team besides Unseen to knock off CTL Team Six NA in the regular season.

Outset opens their season with the aforementioned Vortex e-Sports, a similarily quiet team in regards to the website. Outset will have to contend in the arguably tougher group this season, but their percieved inactivty can cause teams to take them lightly. Outset will have to close the season out playing The Lucky 13 & Flare Gaming back-to-back, so they'll need to grab wins early on to feel comfortable in the second half of the season.

Week 1 Opponent: Vortex e-Sports
Cross Match: Guns and Roaches
Fearless Prediction: 6th Group B


Season 7 Record: 3-4
Captain: Puddle.959

Formless Gaming returns for Season 8 for their second season as Formless, but fifth season in the league as a team. First a part of the Clarity Gaming Community and then StraTk Gaming, the team has always had one constant: Yaki as their captain. For the first time, this team of many names will have to compete under the watchful eye of a new captain. Formless has been on the cusp of just about everything in their five seasons in the CTL, including a 2nd place finish in Season 4, a 3rd place finish in Season 5, and the 3rd best record of Season 6. Last season, Formless was ever-so-slightly on the outside looking in. In Week 7, the faced off against eventual champions CTL Team Six EU, with the winner nearly guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Formless barely lost this match-up, tying the map score with a sweep of the ace match but falling in overall sets 4-5.

Two disappointing finishes in a row for the chameleon of the CTL, but perhaps new captaincy and spot in a weaker division than last season can push Formless into the playoffs. They begin Season 8 against Team UnRivaled, a team Formless has never beaten under any name. An 0-4 record against the historical powerhouse of the CTL should be motivation enough for the team to come out strong. A week 7 match-up with House of Renegades could mean Formless is in the same spot as last season: going into the final week with a do-or-die final match against another bubble team.

Week 1 Opponent: Team UnRivaled
Cross Match: Vortex e-Sports
Fearless Prediction: 5th Group A


Season 7 Record: 3-4
Captain: Ninkazi.450

Guns and Roaches are of course back for Season 8. The only team still active from the beginning of the CTL, GnR has a similar story to Formless Gaming: Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. GnR has two third place finishes and a second place finish under their belt, but never a first place finish. Despite missing the playoffs last season, they do have one major award to show: most team promotions. With 14 promotions of team members in Season 7, GnR has at least one thing they can be extremely proud of. While maybe not as sweet as the taste of the gold medal, it definitely deserves recognition.

After beginning Season 7 with a poor 1-7 loss to Team UnRivaled, GnR bounced back with a victory over Alloy eSports and an 8-1 drubbing of Formless Gaming. Entering the final week, GnR had a simple "Win and you're in" scenario. The Lucky 13 stood in their way and Metalcore showed no mercy. His team defeated GnR 7-2 in the final week to keep the bro-est team in the league out of the playoffs for the first time since Season 2.

Guns and Roaches has the largest roster in the CTL, but sometimes the largest isn't the best. Their mass promotions from Season 7 do show promise for a good season and a return to the playoffs.

Week 1 Opponent: House of Renegades
Cross Match: Outset Gaming
Fearless Prediction: 4th Group A


Season 7 Record: 3-4
Captain: IRieStill.964

Team BearSloths return to Season 8 with their third captain in as many seasons in the CTL. A team cobbled together from free-agents prior to Season 6, the Sloths barely missed out on the playoffs in Season 7, and all because they're good guys. In their Week 2 match against Unseen gaming, the eligiblity of one opponent was questioned and found to be illegaly played. The Sloths could have taken the walkover and walked out of Week 2 with a win. Instead, MattTheKat and Smithy got together and found a last-minute sub to play a match to decide the week. And, true to the universe's hatred of people who do nice things, the BearSloths lost the match and the week. Their 3-4 finish and +6 map score could easily have been 4-3 with +7 and the #4 seed out of Group B. C'est la vie.

The BearSloths start the season looking to repay their good natured spirit with a match-up against Flare Gaming. The BearSloths also drew the toughest opponent for their cross-match: CTL Team Six. However, this is an organized team with many strong players. Don't expect the BearSloths to give up any free wins this season.

Week 1 Opponent: Flare Gaming
Cross Match: CTL Team Six
Fearless Prediction: 3rd Group B


Season 7 Record: 5-2
Captain: BeoMulf.847

Team Composite begins their 7th season in the CTL coming off one of their best finishes ever. A consistently middle-ground team, Composite has only two third place finishes to show for their longevity. Season 7 was an electric season for Composite (do you see what I did there), starting off the season 5-1 and with the best map score in the league. However, a Week 7 showdown with CTL Team Six NA seemingly took the wind out of Composite's sails. Though only falling 4-5, Composite would lose their Quarterfinal match-up to Team UnRivaled and bow out of the playoffs early. A disappointing finish for a team which for most of the season looked poised to run at the championship.

Composite enters Season 8 with a definite chip on their shoulders, and they land in group with both UnRivaled and CTsix. A week 7 meeting with UnRivaled could vault Composite into the playoffs or be the end of a poor season for the boys in yellow and red. Composite definitely has the player base and structure to finish high this season. The only team not picked for its group (shh, ConFed doesn't count), Composite may sneak through their group or falter in it, only time will tell.

Week 1 Opponent: All-Inspiration
Cross Match: All-Inspiration
Fearless Prediction: 6th Group A


Season 7 Record: 6-1
Captain: Vanderhal.679

Flare Gaming comes back for their second CTL season completely washed of their Season 6 feel. A new captain, a new name, and all new logos define this team. After an impressive 6-1 regular season record and first place finish in Group B, Flare was unable to move past the Quarterfinals. Granted, they did play eventual champion CTL Team Six EU, but it was an unexpected end to an otherwise stellar season. The writing was on the wall all season, however, with every match played after Week 1 ending in a 5-4 result. While consistent, it wasn't overwhelmingly powerful. The Bye week in the final week of the season seemed to have lulled the team to sleep going into the playoffs.

Flare gets no favors from the great random equalizer, facing off against Team UnRivaled in their cross match Week 6. While Flare has a strong line-up, many of its players are outside of North America which can make it difficult to efficiently practice and prepare for matches. Smithy gave this team team a great start to their existence. It is now up to Vanderhal to keep the legacy pushing forward.

Week 1 Opponent: Team BearSloths
Cross Match: Team UnRivaled
Fearless Prediction: 4th Group B


Season 7 Record: 5-2
Captain: Padula.475

Team UnRivaled, or the Empire, match Composite's seven seasons of participation. Unlike Composite, UnRivaled has four championships to show. However, after their initial dominance of the league, UnRivaled has been unable to reach the podium in the past two seasons. For the second season in a row, Team UnRivaled fell in the Consolation match in what must be a disappointment for a team with its resume.

Though they finished 5-2, UnRivaled lost in four of its final five matches, including the final two weeks of the season. These two losses to end the season, including the stunning 2-6 loss at the hands of Vortex e-Sports, knocked UnRivaled out of the top spot in Group A and perhaps weakened the morale of the team going into the playoffs. While 4th place is nothing to be ashamed of, UnRivaled suffers from the same problem any other team with a storied and recent history: anything but 1st isn't good enough. A highly structured team, UnRivaled is impossible to count out of any season and this season should be no different.

Week 1 Opponent: Formless Gaming
Cross Match: Flare Gaming
Fearless Prediction: 2nd Group A


Season 7 Record: 5-2
Captain: PSosa.578

All-Inspiration returns to Season 8 after a break-out Season 7 performance. After finishing 4-6 in their first CTL Season, All-In began Season 7 1-2 and made no indication that anything had changed from Season 6. All-In wouldn't lose another match in the regular season, including handing Team UnRivaled their first loss of the season in Week 6. All five of All-In's victories in Season 7 were 5-4 wins and they would continue this streak into the playoffs. In fact, only a single match All-In played all season wasn't 5-4 or 4-5: Their week 3 loss to The Lucky 13. All-In also lost their rematch with the Kiwi and Aussie fueled team in the Semifinals and would meet Team UnRivaled for a rematch in the Consolation match. True to form, All-In would win by a score of 5-4 (even though they gave up two walkovers) and earn a 3rd place medal for the team.

All-In will look to continue their success into Season 8 under new leadership. PSosa will take the reigns from PsyRex, who performed admirably in the position after Nexlux bowed out of the captaincy prior to Season 7's start. All-In begins their season with their cross match, facing off against a playoff team from Season 7: Team Composite. Their only other meeting, in Season 6, was a victory for All-In by a score of...you guessed it: 5-4.

Week 1 Opponent: Team Composite
Cross Match: Team Composite
Fearless Prediction: 1st Group B


Season 7 Record: 6-1
Captain: MetalCore.839

The Lucky 13 come off yet another outstanding season to begin their 4th season in the CTL. After a 2-6 finish in Season 5, The SEA region focused team has gone 15-3 in the regular season and 4-1 in the playoffs. That one loss is a doozy though -- a 2-7 stumble against CTL team Six EU in last seasons finals. The Lucky 13 are poised to continue their impressive finishes in the league. The team has reloaded with a hefty number of new players that will surely only strengthen their line-up.

The Lucky 13 will welcome new entrants The Confederation in Week 1 and subsequently greet the other new team, Legion Gaming Revolution, in Week 2's Cross Match. A loss in either week could be disastrous for MetalCore's squad, as the rest of the division surely isn't frightened by the team's past. While obvious favorites for the division, a quick upset or two will leave The Lucky 13 outside of the top spot for the first time since Season 5. And as always the question remains: Will MetalCore disappear for a week leaving his team to pick up the pieces again?

Week 1 Opponent: The Confederation
Cross Match: Legion Gaming Revolution
Fearless Prediction: 2nd Group B


Season 7 Record: 5-2 & 4-3
Captain: rei.832

CTL Team Six is no longer a team divided. Returning to Season 8 for their fifth season, CTsix has killed off the grand two squad experiment and returned to a single, unified team. If everyone else in the league isn't frightened by this prospect, they aren't paying attention. Both CTsix squads made the playoffs last season and one of them won the entire playoffs -- and that was the squad that didn't finish 2nd in their division. With a unified roster, CTsix enters Season 8 as heavy favorites both in their division and for the league title. NA Diamonds were 18-9 last season in maps. The EU squad, despite having relatively poor luck at the diamond level, showed great consistency in the lower leagues. The combination of these squads spells doom for the rest of the CTL.

CTsix will welcome Legion Gaming Revolution to the league in Week 1. Week 3 boasts a match-up of the old dynasty, Team UnRivaled, versus what may very well be a new dynasty in the making. A rematch of NA's Week 7 awaits in Week 4 against Team Composite and could very well be the end of Composite's season if their first three weeks don't pan out well for them. CTsix has a chance to run the table all the way to the finals this season.

Week 1 Opponent: Legion Gaming Revolution
Cross Match: Team BearSloths
Fearless Prediction: 1st Group A


So there you have it. I hope you're as excited as I am to see every prediction I've made fall flat on its face.

DalekCaan Writeup really looks great. Good job. Even if comp are the underdogs again ...
SauCe Chobo Hype is REALLLLLLLL
fish great write up man! Good Luck this year everyone! may the bro be with you

All-Star Tournaments

tbham posted Oct 3, 14

Congrats to Doc from Team UnRivaled and yfiftyfour from CTSix for winning their respective tournaments.

The offseason all-star tournament brackets are set. For my sanity, I needed to get this done now rather than hoping to do it early on Saturday when I likely wouldn't want to be awake. Sign-ups have been stagnant for a few days so I don't feel too bad.

There are some byes so it is still possible to place you into the bracket. PM me directly on the site for that situation. Lkewise, if you've realized you're unable to make the tournament, PM me.

Tournaments will begin at 1500 EDT Saturday (1200 PDT, 2100 CEST, 0800 NZDT Sunday). Be in the Chobo Team League in game group 5-10 minutes early. For Bo1 rounds, you will forfeit your match after 10 minutes. For Bo3/5/7 rounds, you will forfeit one map after 10 minutes, and additional maps for every 5 minutes beyond the initial 10 you are absent. (So after 15 minutes, you will lose a Bo3, 20 minutes a Bo5, and 25 minutes a Bo7).

Initial maps are listed on the Challonge Brackets for each round. Loser picks the next map for Bo3/5/7 series.

It is highly unlikely I will cast any of this. Padula will likely be casting some, but others are welcome. Be sure to comment on the event and on this post if you are so I can make sure to have it atop this news post when the tournament is live. The brackets can be found below. Participants were bulk added to Challonge and seeds were shuffled eight times. I promise I didn't control who got byes or that all of X team plays each other in the first two rounds.

Per usual, all CTL rules apply to this tournament. Rules regarding ladder eligibility, BM, and etc do apply. Rules created after the conclusion of Season 7 do not apply however.

Upper Bracket(Challonge Link)

Lower Bracket(Challonge link)

caiobex I'm probably going to fall on the first rounds, so I can give it a shot on casting at http://www.twitch.tv/caiobex ...
Redentor Wish I could help cast, but i work all day today. Have all day off tomorrow too. Aint that just life
Beez Please mark me as protoss.
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