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Altador Cup IV
Jellyneo's Altador Cup IV Coverage
It's Game Time!
The Altador Cup is in full swing, and Jellyneo will be bringing you the best coverage of the games! Matches have begun, so you can expect daily updates with the current standings, who's up against who, and any major events. Keep checking back for all things AC!
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- July 7, 2009, 4:00 pm NST - The scores have been calculated and the prize shop is now open!
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- July 6, 2009, 3:16 pm NST - Sadly, we have come to the last post of the year :(....
After a month of heated competition, the Fourth Annual Altador Cup has come to a close. Congratulations to the winners of each bracket: Terror Mountain (13th place), Roo Island (9th place), and Maraqua (5th place).
And the winner of the Altador Cup is.............*drum roll*.............Krawk Island!!!!! Many congratulations to Team Krawk Island! It seems all your hard work this year has paid off. :)
And now, for a recap of the final matches.
They began with the highly unanticipated match between Faerieland and Altador, one of the few even matches either team would encounter this year. After a hard fought fight, a winner was decided. 15th place went to Altador, leaving Faerieland in 16th.
The deciding match of the lowest bracket was between Kiko Lake and Terror Mountain. After two days of battling in the four games of the Cup, 13th place went to Terror Mountain, and 14th to Kiko Lake.
The third bracket's matches began with Virtupets vs. Meridell. Without last place on the line, this match was not a particularly big deal, as the teams were only competing for 11th place. Nevertheless, both teams fought hard and long, and the results were thus: Virtupets in 12th place and Meridell in 11th.
The third bracket was decided in the following match between Roo Island and the Haunted Woods. The scores were close, but in the end 9th place went to Roo Island and 10th to the Haunted Woods. It seems the "previous winner always gets 7th place" curse was broken....
The second bracket's matches began when Darigan Citadel faced off against the Tyrannians. It seemed the Darigan Yooyuballers' skills were too much for the Tyrannians, however. The Tyrannians began the top half of the results in 8th, while the Darigan Citadel team won 7th.
The second bracket was determined in the match between Maraqua and Mystery Island. In the epic battle between the island-dwellers and the sea-dwellers, the Maraquans triumphed, putting them in 5th place and Mystery Island in 6th.
And now for the top bracket...first of all, congratulations to all teams that made it to the top bracket! The battle for the bronze was between the Lost Desert and Kreludor. In the closest battle yet that day, the Yooyuballers from each team ducked and weaved and swerved their hearts out, but in the end, the Lost Desert team knocked the Kreludans off the podium to 4th place while they took home the bronze in 3rd.
And last, but most absolutely not least, was the match for the Cup. This year, Krawk Island and Shenkuu faced off in the Yooyuball match of the year. The teams were evenly matched, making for a heated game in the colosseum full of hundreds of thousands of fans from all over Neopia. Neck and neck the entire game, the two teams fought toward the final few seconds, when the Krawk Island captain seized the yooyu with just a second left to score. In an epic throw, he flung the yooyu halfway across the field into the far corner of the net, capturing the Cup for his team.
Congratulations to the Krawk Islanders for a job very well done this year. See you all at the Fifth Annual Altador Cup next summer!!
- July 6, 2009, 2:28 pm NST - Congratulations to the Winners of the Altador Cup IV Games. You can see the final standings for all the teams by going here.
Krawk Island takes First place! Shenkuu comes in second and the Lost Desert in third.
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- July 4, 2009, 3:31 am NST - Confused by the layout of today's standings? I wouldn't blame you ;)
Today we'll be assuming that teams on the left of the standings page are the winners of the matches, and teams on the right are the losers.
So, the main story of today's results is the dramatic upset at the top of the standings. Shenkuu came out of nowhere and managed to defeat Kreludor, the number one seed going into the finals. Krawk Island meanwhile managed to defeat the Lost Desert. This means that Shenkuu and Krawk Island will play for 1st/2nd, while Kreludor and the Lost Desert will play for 3rd/4th.
In the second bracket, it was a similar story. Mystery Island, in 8th place at the beginning of the finals, were able to best the 5th place Darigan Citadel. Elsewhere, Maraqua managed to beat Tyrannia. This means that Mystery Island and Maraqua will play for 5th/6th while the Darigan Citadel and Tyrannia will play for 7th/8th.
In bracket three things went more according to plan. The Haunted Woods were able to beat Virtupets, while Roo Island were able to defeat Meridell. This means that Roo Island and the Haunted Woods will play for 9th/10th, while Virtupets and Meridell will play for 11th/12th.
The final bracket also didnt contain any surprises. Kiko Lake managed to triumph against Faerieland, while Terror Mountain bested Altador. Kiko Lake and Terror Mountain will now play for 13th/14th, while Faerieland and Altador will play for 15th/16th.
...or, who knows? Maybe it's a final between Kreludor and the Lost Desert, and maybe Faerieland beat Kiko Lake? :p
- July 2, 2009, 7:37 am NST - As the round robin comes to a close and the teams look towards the finals, we caught up with Chelo Binay, a retired player who helped take the Haunted Woods to victory in the first Altador Cup. We asked her for her take on this year's teams, and what she thought it meant for the final match ups.
It's been a year of gentle upsets in the Altador Cup, but some teams have still stayed true to form. Unfortunately, one of those teams is Altador. With an average placing of only 13th, and the second worst Yooyuball record of all time, very few ever suspected Altador to ever rise out of the final bracket. Last year's placing of 13th seems unlikely at this point, but at very the least I don't expect them to come dead last.
On a somewhat more optimistic note, the Darigan Citadel has seen a comeback this year that took almost everyone by surprise. Finally proving that the winners curse didn't have to be permanent, they seemed a genuine contender for much of the cup, but were finally pushed out of the top bracket by Shenkuu. Being such a strong team, I wouldn't put them anywhere less than 5th at this point.
Faerieland, meanwhile, has been the same old team as ever. With 27 days without a single win, and the worst all-time performance record of all the teams, many wouldn't put them anywhere but dead last. However, in the final few days of the round robin, Faerieland were able to boost their scores in small, but significant ways. If they keep it up, perhaps they can manage to take 15th.
Next, the Haunted Woods, my old team I'd love to say that this year we've made a dramatic comeback, but that just isn't so. With a somewhat volatile record against teams this year though, the Haunted Woods could prove to be a real wild card in the finals, either jumping up to the top of the bracket, or falling right to the bottom. Hopefully they'll have the power to stay at the top of the third bracket, but who can say?
Meanwhile, this year saw the return of the Kiko Lake team, hoping to cash in on the same returning boost that Kreludor did last year. Sadly, that didn't happen. Perhaps it was signing the worst goalkeeper in the cup, Erli Quinnock, or perhaps it was rearranging the team absurdly so that former goalkeeper Ditan Colb turned into a defender. Either way, it seemed unlikely that Kiko Lake would rise out of the final bracket. However, they've held their own against the likes of Faerieland, Altador and Terror Mountain in the past, so they could stay at the top of the bracket.
So, we come to this year's two big contenders, Krawk Island and Kreludor. Krawk Island, the perennial bridesmaid of the finals, and last year's second place, is an obvious choice as winner for many. However, Kreludor has the stronger record from the round robin. When the two teams have clashed before; Kreludor has come out on top, ever so slightly. Who will win? It could go either way. It's genuinely going to be one of the most exciting finals we've seen so far!
The Lost Desert meanwhile remains a contender for first place. A predicted winner by many before the cup began, the Desert didn't disappoint, and sit comfortably in third as we head into the finals. I'd say it's doubtful they could be this year's champions, but stranger things have happened many of which have happened in this year's cup!
Speaking of which, this year has seen a boost in Maraqua's fortunes. Sitting comfortably in 6th at the moment, a whole 3 places ahead of their average, Maraqua has managed some small upsets over a lot of the bigger teams this year, including both Kreludor and Krawk Island. It could be a serious competition between them and Darigan Citadel, if Maraqua plays hard enough they might just be able to take 5th.
Meanwhile, Meridell rests in the third bracket, underperforming compared with the original predictions of many. It seems unlikely that Virtupets will completely beat Meridell, meaning that Roo Island and the Haunted Woods are their main competition. If they have a very good few days, they could conceivably rise to the top of the bracket.
Then we come to Mystery Island, the team has had a hard fought competition with the Haunted Woods for a position in the second bracket. Narrowly gaining 8th place going into the finals, Mystery Island could face difficulties against higher ranking teams. Still, with a little bit of luck and a lot of effort, Mystery Island could claw their way higher in the standings.
Roo Island, the final team in the third bracket, has fallen victim to the winners curse this year - with dramatic results at the start of the cup. The fallen champions started to pull back some wins as the round robin progressed, if they boost that performance then they may just be able to take 9th place from the Haunted Woods.
Shenkuu, a team that has quietly been able to take consistent final positions since their debut in the ACII, has been true to form this year. Many expected a boost from the Shenkuu team that would see them take 1st or 2nd, but that hasn't happened in the round robin so far. It's not a stretch of the imagination that they could win the cup, but they would certainly have to focus all of their energies on the finals.
Team Terror Mountain retain their normal fourth bracket position as we head into the finals. Despite this, with the introduction of Shootout Showdown, Terror Mountain has managed to improve their game. Will it be enough to beat Kiko Lake? Maybe. The results from the round robin are mixed; it really could go either way.
Tyrannia meanwhile are perhaps one of this year's major success stories. No matter what the system, no matter what the scores, Tyrannia has held onto 11th place firmly since the beginning of the Altador Cup. This year however sees them rise to 7th place as we go into the finals. Are they out of their league as they tackle teams in the second bracket? With a traditional strength in side games, Tyrannia will need to buck up their Yooyuball game in order to emerge victorious.
Finally, Virtupets. This year's introduction of Shootout Showdown has really been to the Space Station's advantage, winning 28 of the 30 matches they have played. The team haven't stopped there though, winning in other games as well, and now sit at the bottom of the third bracket, only narrowly ahead of Kiko Lake in the fourth bracket. Virtupets might have a challenge against bigger teams than they are used to, but with their performance this year, Virtupets could prove to be a surprising opponent.
Well, there's my take on the final matches. Good luck to all of the teams!
- July 2, 2009, 6:58 am NST - And so the round robin comes to a close, with 30 days of fast-paced action behind us!
Yet despite it being the 11th hour, so to speak, teams are still playing their best to scrape every last point they can. As a result, there were only two sweeps today. One was Krawk Island over the Haunted Woods, and the other was Tyrannia over Faerieland.
Outside of the sweeps, Kreludor faced a minor problem before the finals in the form of the Darigan Citadel. Whilst Kreludor took wins in all three of the side games, the Darigan Citadel took the more heavily weighted Yooyuball win.
Virtupets also came up against difficulties in their match against Altador. There were wins for the Space Station team in Yooyuball, Make Some Noise and Shootout Showdown, but Altador managed to force the Slushie Slinger match into a draw.
It was an identical story in the Shenkuu/Meridell match, with Shenkuu conceeding a draw in Slushie Slinger to the far smaller Meridell team, while keeping wins in all three of the other games.
It was a different, and more mixed story in the Terror Mountain/Roo Island match. Terror Mountain took the win in Shootout Showdown, their strength so far during this cup, while Roo Island took wins in both Yooyuball and Make Some Noise. The Slushie Slinger match once again ended in a draw.
Maraqua seemed on course for a sweep against their opponents Kiko Lake today, taking wins in Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise. However, Kiko Lake managed a last minute rally and took a win in Shootout Showdown, avoiding a full sweep.
Finally, the Lost Desert also faced a small problem today that echoed the Kreludor/Darigan Citadel match. The Lost Desert took wins in all three of the side games, but Mystery Island managed to take a win in Yooyuball to even out the scores.
So that's all of the round robin results! The finals should be kicking off soon, and in quite a few of the brackets anything could happen, so good luck to all!
- July 1, 2009, 6:38 am NST - Today is the final day of the Altador Cup IV's preliminary round! We have for you the second to last set of results before the finals!!!
The sweeps today are Darigan Citadel over Terror Mountain and Mystery Island over Kiko Lake.
Three other teams left the day without a single loss: Shenkuu, Kreludor, and Krawk Island. In the Shenkuu vs. Roo Island match, the Shenkuu team dominated the Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown games, while the two teams were evenly matched in Yooyuball and Make Some Noise.
Kreludor played well against Meridell, defeating them soundly in Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown. In Slushie Slinger, however, they could only accomplish a draw against the Meridellians.
The Krawk Island team was victorious against the Maraquans in Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise, while the Maraquans kept up enough in Yooyuball and Shootout Showdown to earn themselves a draw.
The Tyrannians had an unusually good day against the Virtupets team. They triumphed in Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, and Make Some Noise, while the Virtupets team was unstoppable in Shootout Showdown.
The Lost Desert team also won three of the four games yesterday. They defeated the Haunted Woods in Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown, while the Haunted Woods team retaliated with a win in Slushie Slinger.
The final match of the day consisted of Faerieland vs. Altador. The Altador team defeated the Faeries in Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise, while the Faerieland team had the superior Yooyuballers. The Shootout Showdown game ended in a draw.
One day more! Can you believe it? Play hard, and good luck to all teams in this final day of preliminary competition! We shall see tomorrow who makes which bracket of the finals.
- June 30, 2009, 6:29 am NST - Welcome to the results for day 28 of the cup! Only 2 days of the round robin left now, teams are beginning to settle in their final brackets - but that doesn't mean there are no more surprises...
Speaking of which, today's main story is the Kiko Lake/Faerieland match. After 28 days, the team from Faerieland had only one draw, and no wins. Today however, they managed to take the Yooyuball win from Kiko Lake. It might be a little early to celebrate however, as Kiko Lake were able to take wins in all three of the side games.
The sweeps next, and there were quite a few today. The Darigan Citadel won over the Haunted Woods, Kreludor over Terror Mountain, Shenkuu over Altador, and perhaps most surprisingly, the Lost Desert completely beat Virtupets. That's hardly unexpected as far as Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise are concerned, but once again we've seen a blip in the Space Station's near flawless Shootout Showdown record.
Outside of the sweeps, it was still a day of upsets. Krawk Island came up against a stronger than expected Tyrannian team. Krawk Island managed a win in Yooyuball, but Tyrannia took wins in all three of the side games.
Meanwhile, Mystery Island met Meridell in a seemingly even match. Mystery Island took wins in Yooyuball and Shootout Showdown, while Meridell took the Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise matches as their own.
Finally, Maraqua managed an overall win against Roo Island. They took wins in Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, and Shootout Showdown. Roo Island were however able to take a win in Make Some Noise.
There's the results! Remember to head over to our Predicted Scores & Standings page again, we calculate that there are now only 5 teams with a shot at the top bracket. With only 4 spaces available in the bracket, 1 team must go. Who will it be? We'll find out soon enough!
- June 29, 2009, 12:21 am NST - Day 27's results are here!
The sweeps: Maraqua over Faerieland, Shenkuu over Kiko Lake, and Darigan Citadel over Altador.
Random fact of the day: Every single other match ended with one team winning all but one game. The Tyrannians ended the day rather well, being the only non-sweeping team to concede no losses. They successfully defeated Mystery Island in Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, and Make Some Noise. The only draw occurred in Shootout Showdown.
In the Kreludor vs. Lost Desert match, the Kreludans dominated the side games, Slushie Slinger, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown, while the Lost Desert yooyuballers were unstoppable on the field.
The next two matches had identical results. The Haunted Woods defeated the Virtupets team in Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, and Make Some Noise, while the Virtupets team was unstoppable in Shootout Showdown. In the following match, Krawk Island played the part of the Haunted Woods, winning the first three games, while their opponents, Terror Mountain, came back with a win in Shootout Showdown.
Roo Island ended the day on top, winning Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown. The Meridell team was able to stay ahead only in the Slushie Slinger match.
Ladies and gentlemen, can you believe we have only three days left? Play hard, and good luck!
- June 28, 2009, 6:28 pm NST - The Altador Cup games will be heading into the finals in just a few days. These prizes, along with the four new basic Yooyu colors will be included in the prize shop this year. It's only a small sampling... so check back to see if we come across anymore. :)
Still waiting on the final scores!
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