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Altador Cup XVI
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Recap: ACXVI Day Two
  • Posted by Zelda
  • Posted on June 9, 2021, 1:20 am NST

The scores are now posted for two days of yooyuballing, slushie slinging, and professional shouting—and this year is shaping up to be quite the Cup!

Underdog Team Faerieland came out swinging on day one, taking Team Tyrannia by storm with new forward Whimsi Dia's precision passing. Only the slushie slingers of Tyrannia could stand against the onslaught of the faeries, leaving fans to wonder if this were finally Team Faerieland's year. It seems their wings are less effective underwater, however, as Team Maraqua's home advantage led them to victory in all four events on day two.

Team Maraqua didn't fare so well on day one, however. Grundo duo Qyldae Wegg and Zenor Kevix kept the Maraquans at bay while team captain Derlyn Fonnet scored goal after goal, leading Team Kreludor to a solid day one victory. Only Team Maraqua's shouts of despair outrang Team Kreludor's celebrations.

Unfortunately, Team Kreludor's luck didn't hold any longer than Team Faerieland's. The hosts are coming out strong this year, with landslide victories across the board against Team Virtupets on day one, and another shutout victory against Team Kreludor on day two. Team Altador's cheerleaders are particularly deafening this year—this is gonna be a team to watch as the matches unfold.

Team Virtupets left the field exhausted on day one, but captain Keetra Deile tells me she gave a pep talk this morning, reminding the team to set past matches behind them and focus only on the moment. The pep talk seemed to work, as their day two losses to Team Krawk Island were narrower—and they even managed to outsling the pirate slushie experts.

Team Krawk Island is another to watch this year. Their first two days have come with smooth, though narrow, victories in three events each—against Team Terror Mountain and Team Krawk Island. They're not showing a consistent weakness, though, so keep an eye out for those pirates. It's tough to ruffle the feathers of players like "Dinksy" Collibridge, who seems to always be near the unpredictable fight paths of the darigan and mutant yooyus on the field.

Team Terror Mountain, on the other hand, seems to be off their game a bit this year. Captain Prytarial says the team was pretty concerned after their day one performance, and it seems their worries got in the way against Team Lost Desert on day two. Left forward Vonde Cayle was first to every single yooyu, and the Terror Mountain team just couldn't keep up in the desert heat. The desert cheerleaders became increasingly deafening as the game went on—fans even started walking further up the stands to protect their hearing! It was as if King Coltzan's own voice were booming through the crowd. Certainly a team to watch out for this year.

Team Kiko Lake's also doing well so far, though their cheer team has been inconsistent. After a day one draw against Team Lost Desert, they soundly defeated Team Mystery Island, particularly on the practice field. New island forward Tulay Ada showed some promise against Team Brightvale on day one, but she was no match for veteran Holbie Pinnock's rapid-fire goals against that taunting Jelly Chia.

Team Brightvale's offense on the yooyuball field has been weak so far, but they've shown promise in the side game arenas against both Team Mystery Island and Team Darigan Citadel. With two wins under their belt without a single win on the yooyuball field, the scholar-players have the potential to disrupt the hopes of any team that relies only on their yooyuballing skills to win the Cup.

Team Darigan Citadel and Team Haunted Woods faced off on day one in a rematch of the very first Altador Cup, but Team Haunted Woods does not seem destined for a repeat victory this year. After several fumbles from multiple Haunted Woods players, Team Darigan took easy victories in all four games before losing in overtime in their match against Team Brightvale. With no better luck on day two, Team Haunted Woods again lost all four games to Team Shenkuu. Captain Krell Vitor says the team is looking closely at their formations and strategy today and is hoping for a strong comeback.

Team Roo Island is also having a rough start to the Cup. Their day one loss leaves Team Shenkuu comfortably at the top of the leaderboard after two complete shutout victories. Day two was no kinder to the Roo Islanders, as Moltaran captain Aldric Beign consistently outpaced Lilo Blumario throughout the day, leaving Roo Island with another complete loss and frequent underdogs Team Moltara with a shutout victory—a huge confidence boost after their own complete loss against powerhouse Team Meridell on day one.

Team Meridell, in fact, completes the list of teams who find themselves undefeated at the end of day two, after a victory against Team Tyrannia in every event. That leaves Meridell, Altador, and Shenkuu as the current teams to beat, while Roo Island and Haunted Woods are in particularly precarious positions.

Overall, this is shaping up to be an interesting Cup, to be sure! Let us know in the comments who you think the winners will be for this Cup. Will it be these early frontrunners, or is a comeback victory in someone's future?
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scribbledclef, June 9, 2021 5:01 AM NST
This was fun to read. Thanks so much!

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