ProPaintball insiders leaked us a bit of information that indicates the best of 3 series being tested by the NPPL has been dropped in favor of traditional brackets. Sources suggest the reason for reverting back to the traditional pool of 8 teams playing in a round robin format was due to bracketing issues.


The following email was sent to NPPL Pro teams on Sunday;


After testing a new format in Huntington Beach, it has been decided that we will be making some changes prior to Chicago. We are going to go back to old way of doing prelims, with two pools of 8 teams playing round robin against every team in your pool and the top 4 teams advancing. We are going to run things on Sunday just like we did them in Huntington Beach.

Below is how it’s going to go, along with which day you play your prelim games.

Friday Prelims

  • XSV
  • Impact
  • Aftershock
  • Infamous
  • Damage
  • Avalanche
  • Explicit
  • Vendetta

Saturday Prelims

  • Dynasty
  • Legend
  • X Factor
  • Arsenal
  • Blast
  • Mutiny
  • Thunder
  • Uprising

Quarter Finals: Like we did it in HB with 2 pools of 4 teams and everyone plays everyone in a best of 3 match

Pool 1
Winner Group 1
2nd Place Group 2
3rd Place Group 2
4th Place Gorup 1

Pool 2
Winner Group 2
2nd Place Group 1
3rd Place Group 1
4th Place Group 2

Semi Finals: Winner of Pool 1 vs Runner Up Pool 2 and Winner Pool 2 vs Runner Up Pool 1

Finals: Winners play off for 1st and 2nd”

So there you have it folks. The league has decided to revert to the traditional game play after trying a hybrid-like format of race-to meets round robin format. Is this a good move for the league? Or should the NPPL have tried to develop other options? Sound off in the comments below!

Photo Credit: Matt Dawson, FeatureThisPB


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