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CarlisleFrost

Registered: 19.03.2009
Location: USA
Posts: 120

14.04.2019 15:03:09
  PRFL Cup 2019
Just checked up on the groups for the Cup this year and I think I had a mini heart attack. Group 14 definitely can be described as the GROUP OF DEATH!

Ferdel, Rainer-Zufall70, Chris, FUTCHIVAI, Maverick and myself in it, along with Magne (Rookie champion from last year), Sir Jhary on a fine looking budget and GlennL (who's had a solid start to the year). With only 3 places to go through, I'm preparing for carnage!

   
CarlisleFrost

Registered: 19.03.2009
Location: USA
Posts: 120

27.06.2019 23:25:10
 
@FUTCHIVAI, I'd say almost everyone in the group still has a hope of qualifying from it, except Sir Jhary, who appears to have stopped updating their team. 3rd place qualifies and Rainer, who's 3rd now only has 2 wins so far. One decent round of results and you, Ferdel or Chris could go into third. GlennL and Magne have a bigger challenge to make it, but even they're not too far adrift.

The way I see the group...

MAVERICK: Perfect record so far and they have the largest budget. That said, a low ERS balance plus some TOUGH matches could really change things. They still have to go against Chris (next), Ferdel and myself, and it's likely Maverick will have ERS disadvantages in most of those. Still a strong chance to qualify and even win the group, but they're not guaranteed and I don't expect he'll be sitting easy yet.

FROST: Strong recovery after losing in the first round, and I have a little gap between myself and the chasing pack. ERS is low, which hurts a bit and my budget isn't amazing, but I'd say I have a slightly easier run-in than Maverick. I'll need a miracle over Rainer though in the next round, as he has a major ERS advantage. With Maverick, I'm probably one of the favorites to qualify, but won't be relaxing until it is certain!

RAINER: A mixed start for Rainer, the reigning champion. He just scraped a win against Sir Jhary in the first match (important he did, as if he hadn't, he'd be in trouble now!), then a close loss to Maverick, an amazing win vs Chris, a loss then to Ferdel, and draw against Glenn. His next two matches are tough (myself and yourself) and he has a lot of ERS, so I'll be interested how tactically he uses it. His final two matches are tough too, though he's proved he can fight with the best, so there's no ruling him out!

FERDEL: Ferdel started badly with two losses, but has bounced back with some really strong performances to sit in 4th. Their next match is Sir Jhary, so their odds of winning there AND perhaps charging ERS too are good. They then have matches with Rainer and Chris, and those matches will be very important to the group and who gets through.

CHRIS: Chris is on 2-0-2, like Ferdel, so is just behind Rainer. He has the 2nd best budget in the group (I think) and a full ERS tank to use, so should be strong in the next few rounds. Maverick up next and Ferdel in round 8 will be key matches, but he has every chance of making it through. Beating Maverick would help me too!

FUTCHIVAI: You have 2 wins, like those ahead, though still have a bye round to take, meaning they could move further ahead. That said, it is a chance to charge ERS and increase chances of winning other matches! If you can do well in the next 2 rounds, you'll be right in it. A bye, then Sir Jhary means you could have a LOT of ERS for the final few matches. I wouldn't be surprised if you won most/all of your remaining matches.

GLENN: They've been far from a pushover in the matches so far and have a solid budget to work with. Tough next few rounds though for them!

MAGNE: Unlucky in a fair few rounds so far. They're picking strong teams and a few good results puts them back in the picture. The problem is their next three matches are against you, Chris and Rainer, which is a TOUGH set of matches, as those all have strong ERS balances and decent budgets.

   
FUTCHIVAI

Registered: 16.03.2012
Location: Italy
Posts: 6

26.06.2019 10:44:34
 
@CarlisleFrost I just saw you discharging so I thought I'd do the opposite. Quite frankly I don't think I have a chance in this august group and am just having a bit of fun. You and Maverick are banker bets to go through.

Perhaps the big problem here is not so much the copied info issue (easily avoided by paying a million) but that so many top players all end up in the same group.

I recommend that all players are seeded amongst the groups according to their 'World Ranking' - and not their performance in the first three races. Effectively the tennis circuit system seems to be appropriate here. In that way we would all now be in different groups or with maybe just one or two other leading players.

Regarding tactics, I think it is up to each player to use intelligence and circumnavigate the issue. For example if one player makes a team that would require the other player to make five changes the issue doesn't arrive. Moreover an advantage of just 1 million can make any copy impossible - as long as it is used. And if you haven't got ERS then you should get it; it helps and it is meant to. Kers tactics are a fascinating element in their own right and I don't think Maverick should be so heavily criticised for using the rules to his advantage - after all he wants to win too. We all have to find ways of outmanoeuvring each other - just as in the real sport





   
CarlisleFrost

Registered: 19.03.2009
Location: USA
Posts: 120

23.06.2019 00:11:04
 
@Chris, yeah, my suggestion a while back was to make fastest lap and qualification predictions hidden on Cup teams. I still think that's the best option, as totally hiding things takes away too much of the challenge in my opinion.

Hopefully something does get done on the topic eventually, as it has been raised as an issue for a long time now, without anything being done on it.

   
Chris

Registered: 04.02.2014
Location: Germany
Posts: 668

22.06.2019 20:36:13
 
well, its part of the game. sometime noone will cares about how was the way to a title.. i dont have very good ideas to avoid this. maybe we could cover at least the qualitipps of the cupteams, this would made the team-copy-strategie much riskier.

   
CarlisleFrost

Registered: 19.03.2009
Location: USA
Posts: 120

22.06.2019 12:41:34
 
Well, I feel stupid for changing my mind late and using ERS, now that I see FUTCHIVAI doing a huge recharge! Course, nothing's guaranteed anyway, so I hope it's a good fight FUTCHIVAI. At the very worst, you'll have a huge ERS balance and a decent fixture list. I wouldn't be surprised to see you winning almost all your other match-ups!

Chris, it looks like you'll be super dangerous too. Looking forward to you giving Maverick a real fight in the next round!

Magne, if you read this, I feel for you. I think you picked a really solid team, given the budget you had and I never thought Maverick would be one to copy+ERS an opponent (I thought he was better than that). I hope it doesn't dishearten you, as you're a talent and an asset to the championship.

Maverick, you had a 6m budget advantage (that's a big advantage), an ERS advantage AND a 3-0-0 record (so a loss isn't even that damaging), so I've no idea why you chose that match-up to do it (maybe you've done it before and I just hadn't noticed). I get that it isn't illegal, but it's something that a LOT of people on the site don't agree with and I hoped the most important person on the site (you) would have taken a stand for winning on smarts/being the better person.

Also, the "fun" of the Cup match-ups is the prospect of anyone having the chance of springing an upset. If I was a new member/relatively new member and people did that to me, I'd seriously consider just leaving. As a site, we want to encourage these people to become the next Schumachers/Allraces, not dishearten them.

   
Chris

Registered: 04.02.2014
Location: Germany
Posts: 668

11.05.2019 17:54:51
 
tomorrow u have a good chance to win against me with your ers-advantage and your quali-prediction of albon. ich have to hope for a ferraridesaster :D

   
FUTCHIVAI

Registered: 16.03.2012
Location: Italy
Posts: 6

11.05.2019 17:16:39
'Group of Death' 

I'm greatly honoured to be thought of as a threat against the mega stars around me in Group 14. I don't reckon I've got a chance against you all

   
CarlisleFrost

Registered: 19.03.2009
Location: USA
Posts: 120

28.04.2019 16:12:47
 
Well, this season's started as badly as the 2018 one for me, if not worse. Between bad luck and wrong/stupid choices, it has been an absolute disaster (mile back on the World Championship and Constructors, no hope of making the CRL, bad in the Eliminator, a poor Cup start and no teams with a strong budget). Wouldn't mind a redo button for 2019!

   
Chris

Registered: 04.02.2014
Location: Germany
Posts: 668

28.04.2019 15:47:37
 
yes :D some luck for me

   
CarlisleFrost

Registered: 19.03.2009
Location: USA
Posts: 120

28.04.2019 15:18:13
 
Hah, typical Kvyat. Not a good start to this year's Cup.

   



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