After talking to team owners and coaches, countless hours computing information gathered all season long from the games themselves and from the type of games Paintball Sports Promotions wants to showcase, adding a few more bunkers to the existing PSP field is the best remedy to slow Race-to games.
The length of the PSP field increased in 2011 to help keep players alive off the break. Though it helped, those 20 extra feet also increased the gaps between bunkers once primary positions were taken, making the progression a bit more difficult. We all saw countless games going to time again season. We all saw countless players running out of paint on the field again this season.
Shooting more paint cost too much to the teams and slow games are definitely not attractive to watch.
To demonstrate the difference between 46 bunkers and 50 bunkers on the field, we took the most recent layout: PSP World Cup. (see below)
What could be considered as an insignificant change is indeed a crucial one. Looking at the routes towards Snake1 and D1, the total distance is about the same, but that distance is broken into 4 segments with the new configuration, making each move that much shorter.
On the Dorito side, you had to run 27 off the break, then 19 from the Small Dorito to the Aztec. With the alternate configuration, you would have a 9 shorter break and two short bumps: 11 then another 16 to make it to that Aztec. You can see the alternate route is much safer and the bunkers much easier to get to.
The Snake would have been even also easier to get too.
At PSP MAO, we all remember that huge gap between the Tall Aztec and D1. An extra bunker would have broken that gap in half, making the game that much faster. (And we would have had an extra bunker to place on the field to offer more options or shorter moves).
Now its on you to win your gun battles and get to the key positions before your opponent.
Those 4 added bunkers are shapes we already use on the PSP field. There will be no new shape for 2013, guaranteed.
This new addition will come at almost no cost to those buying a new field and, to those buying the bunkers individually; this is going to be the cheapest PSP Upgrade Kit ever.
We are looking forward to the 2013 season with more exciting games for those on the field or watching the webcast!