Originally Posted by Black Pat
i just dont understand why people are like trying to stay in lower divisions like in 2008 i had never herd of d4/d5 first time i herd that was maybe early 2010.
It's been going on for years. Carl's started out with a strong D3/2 division in 2004/5 time frame and it slowly fell apart because there were a handful of really strong teams that no one ended up wanting to play against. I think it's the same thing that happened to GPL's 7-man division. The problem is, between that and sandbagging there's little middle ground.
There also used to be incentive for those teams to play because they wanted to pay for national events with their winnings. Prize pools dried up, event entries increased, and sponsorship subsidies went away until the the risk wasn't worth the potential payoff for a team who's primary goal was playing nationals or the gap was just too large to cover.