Ascension refers to rule 6b of The Book of Blaseball, which states "If a team wins three championships, they, and Blaseball, shall ascend." As of the beginning of Season 12, the Baltimore Crabs are the only team to have ascended. In addition, it has been confirmed that there will be no more ascensions. As a result, the rule is now struck out from the book.
Ascension was first revealed at the end of Season 1 when The Forbidden Book was opened and revealed to be a highly redacted rulebook. Rule 6b was quickly noticed for its clarity among dozens of vague and redacted entries.
In Season 3 and Season 4, the Hades Tigers won both championships back to back, becoming the second team to be eligible for Ascension with the next victory. At the time, both the Pies and the Tigers were in the Evil League, making only one of the two teams eligible for any given Internet Series.
The next team to be eligible for Ascension was the Baltimore Crabs, who won the Internet Series in Season 6 and Season 8. The Crabs made it to the Internet Series in Season 9, but were thwarted by the Charleston Shoe Thieves.
In Season 10, the Baltimore Crabs defeated the Charleston Shoe Thieves in a rematch in the Internet Series, in a 3 game sweep. Immediately following, the Crabs faced off against The Shelled One in Day X. The Shelled One had some words for the three-time champions:
THIS IS YOUR CHAMPION?
YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE WORTHY
TO GO UP?
The Crabs were then instantly defeated by THE SHELLED ONE'S PODS, however, the Shelled One left some hints as to what Ascension entailed for the Crabs.
LET THIS BE A LESSON
THE BIG LEAGUES ARE CALLING
The next day, as a part of the Season 10 election results, the League learned that the Crabs had been "Called Up" and replaced in the ILB by the Tokyo Lift. The Baltimore Crabs were no longer listed as an active team in the Wild League and would not be participating in Season 11.
At the start of Season 11, however, a new tracker appeared on the Blaseball Bulletin, called Telescope, that displayed a win-loss record for the Crabs in the Big Leagues, with the Crabs having posted majority losses. An issue of The Blaseball Beat released that covered the events of Season 10 asked readers, "Wait a minute where ARE the Crabs?"
About a quarter of the way through Season 11, the groundskeepers (Discord server moderators) discovered the location of the Baltimore Crabs, and along with it, the 1-Blood Blagonball. The location of the Crabs appeared to be at a sort of Gateway in the clouds, with a second, red gate blocking the exit of the Crabs. The newly-promoted CEO Commissioner Prime Minister Parker MacMillan III clarified in a tweet, "The Crabs are playing. The Big Leagues are not for your viewing pleasure. Our Optics extend as far as the Gateway 🩸⚾"
On Season 12, Days 71 and 72, Fans noticed that sometimes, the Black Hole weather event shown for the next game was being switched out for Flooding, a brand new weather type in Season 12. The weather forecast would return to Black Hole before the games started, however Fans were on alert.
At the end of the Day 72 games, an emergency alert went off, suggesting that a Breach was imminent.
THE COIN FLIPS
Everyone remain calm.
We are actively monitoring the situation.
As a precautionary measure
We have activated Expansion protocols ahead of schedule.
Do not blame yourselves.
This is not your fault.
In the meantime
Play must continue.
On behalf of Ownership
Let's all extend a warm ILB welcome to our unexpected additions.
Try to make them feel at home.
Following this announcement from the Coin, the Baltimore Crabs rejoined the League as part of the Mild Low Division, along with three new teams from the Big Leagues, the Ohio Worms (joining the Wild Low Division), the Atlantis Georgias (joining the Wild High Division), and the Core Mechanics (joining the Mild High Division. The teams entered Party Time shortly thereafter, and are able to participate in the Season 12 Elections, though they did not play in the Season 12 games. Each new team had several championships to their name already, suggesting that they too were participants in Blaseball 2 due to winning three championships, much like the Crabs did to Ascend in Season 10. Following these events and the start of the first Latesiesta, Fans were greeted with a game log, detailing the events of the day. Additionally, Boss declared Blaseball to be in the Expansion Era.
- Ground Broken
- New Challenger
- The Georgias have joined the ILB!
- They will play in the Wild High division.
- New Challenger
- The Worms have joined the ILB!
- They will play in the Wild Low division.
- New Challenger
- The Mechanics have joined the ILB!
- They will play in the Mild High division.
- New Challenger
- The Crabs have joined the ILB!
- They will play in the Mild Low division.
Evaluation of blaseball2.com shortly after the Crabs descended showed the Crabs were no longer present there. Additionally, the 1-Blood Blagonball was no longer hidden behind any of the clouds.
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