Looking Ahead: Trying to Predict Altador Cup VI (Part II)

After Krawk Island won Altador Cup IV, the classic championship hangover was expected to linger over into Altador Cup V and hold back the powerhouse from greatness. Going simply by how Krawk Island placed, it did. Dasher’s team placed seventh just as Darigan and Haunted Woods did after their championship years.

Don’t let Krawk Island fool you though. Seeded sixth going into the finals, Krawk Island beat Darigan, Shenkuu, Roo Island, Lost Desert, and Virtupets during Altador Cup V. KI also had a better yooyuball record than second place Kreludor and was one of the only team to win over 20 games in three of the four AC games. They still had power I believe, it’s just Altador Cup V had a lot of good teams.

Chances: Krawk Island is one of those teams I don’t think you’ll ever be able to write off. While it certainly is possible for Krawk Island to win it all if they make the finals, making the finals will not be an easy task. Personally, I have Maraqua, Darigan, and Kreludor already written in on my ‘Top 4′, but as for the fourth team, it’s a toss-up that could easily land favorably for Krawk Island.

Meridell came back from the depths of the third tier and made it known they would not go quietly into the night. Barely missing the finals thanks to Roo Island, Meridell slipped up in the playoffs and was handed eighth place. (I can’t completely fault them though, it’s hard to play for fifth place and you already have it, but you wanted first)

Chances: Meridell was a yooyuball powerhouse last year; the knights beat every team last year at least once with the exception of Roo Island. Where Meridell falters, of course, is the side games. All three of their side game records are below average for a team that was looking to make the finals. Meridell certainly has potential, but are they spectacular enough to make themselves one of the top four teams in the cup? Every point counts this year for Meridell unless they revamp their side game powers. Any would help really, you can’t have a third tier team (Haunted Woods) do better than you and expect to play for the gold.

Lost Desert claimed their gold last year. LD has been eerily consistent through the years in all of their games with the help of their well-structured fan base. That is all in the past now though. They now have to deal with the pressures and doubts that come with being the defending champions.

Chances: Defending champions have been doing better and better each year lately, but Lost Desert certainly wasn’t separated from the pack last season (Roo Island had just as many yooyuball points and Darigan had more). Teams are ready to pounce if (and probably when) they slip up. Expect Lost Desert to put up a fight though. Krawk Island was less than one point away from the finals last year. It is possible for a defending champ to make the finals now after all these years.

If Hollywood was to make a movie about an Altador Cup team, it would without a doubt be the story of the little team that could: Virtupets. After finishing dead last in Altador Cup II and 14th in Altador Cup III, Virtupets came out of nowhere and dominated SOSD, leaving only two blemishes on what would have been a perfect record. Surely they couldn’t repeat that, right? Yes, they instead went up to sixth place while beating the likes of Darigan, Maraqua, and Meridell in yooyuball.

Chances: When suggesting that Virtupets could be trying to make a claim to them playing for the gold, it is kind of hard to take seriously at first. Cellar-dweller Virtupets? In the finals? The thing is though, they’ve earned the right to be discussed. The robots earned more yooyuball points than Kreludor, more SOSD points than Darigan, and more SS and MSN points than Roo Island. You can’t really predict Virtupets this year on anything other than gut feeling. Nothing like this has ever happened in the cup. They’re so small, have risen so much, and have such potential in big games. I have to ask you this though: Has Virtupets done better every year since AC II?

Leaving the feel good story, we head to the one that probably made fans cry. Altador Cup V was supposed to be Shenkuu’s year. Krawk Island had finally won and had made way for Shenkuu to finally win gold in their fourth trip to the finals. It’s really pretty scary what happened to Shenkuu. Their train really did fly off the tracks and into a wall labeled 11th place.

Chances: The good thing about flying off the radar is that nobody really expects anything from you the year after. Shenkuu was carrying the eyes of Neopia in Altador Cup V and can now finally breathe. For the first time ever Shenkuu isn’t returning from a trip to the finals. While Shenkuu doesn’t have any pressure after finishing 11th though, they also still have their potential. We all know the team is capable of being a team playing in the first place match. (I certainly do, being beat up by Shenkuu was a hobby for Kreludor in AC IV.) Of course an 11th place team making the finals is an outside chance, but they do have a chance.

Looking Ahead: Trying to Predict AC VI (Part I)

After the craziness that we now call Altador Cup V ended, we were left without a real front-runner for winning the cup this summer. With Lost Desert having won AC V, the teams I would call the original powerhouses (LD, KI, RI, and DC) have now all won gold. Someone either now has to step up to the plate and shake things or dare I say even repeat?

Of the teams that have yet to win a cup, Kreludor has without a doubt had the most success. Since sitting out in the second cup, Kreludor came back and placed fifth, placed fourth, and won the silver last year. What got them there is their notorious and consistent skills in the side games. Even more importantly though, they can beat you in yooyuball on any given day. With their yooyuball and side game skills put together, Kreludor is a force to be reckoned with in the regular season.

What could stop them from winning this coming cup though? In the two years Kreludor has made the final four (first seed both times at that), they have only won one game out of four. I don’t know if it is either Kreludor isn’t/wasn’t motivated or whether the other teams really stepped up their game when it really mattered. Regardless though, they still lost and seem to have a bit of playoff issue.

Chances: I would be very shocked to see the purple and orange miss the finals. I would be somewhat surprised to see them win though. Kreludor has had two chances in the finals and has fallen short both times.

The new kids on the block of the Altador Cup are lead by Elon Huglis and Maraqua. Maraqua came out of the cellar of forgotten teams and went 13-2-0 in the second of the double robin of Altador Cup IV before placing fifth. The pressure was now on for Altador Cup V. Maraqua was seemingly the trendy pick for the team to make a surprise splash into the finals. They didn’t live up to expectations at first at all, but thanks to another late season dash and a stellar post-season performance again, Maraqua claimed fifth for the second year in a row.

Maraqua has two things going for it that every team needs to win the cup. They can play yooyuball and they go crazy in the playoffs (They’ve won all four of their playoff games the past two cups!). What could hurt them? A team like Maraqua can’t have slow starts like those that they did in Altador Cup V. Though the fish did improve their side game skills between AC IV and V, they were still a little lacking. If a team is lacking in side games to begin with and depends upon their yooyuball score, they need every point they can get if they expect to make the finals.

Chances: Maraqua has a real shot of winning this year. Maraqua kind of has the opposite problem Kreludor has though; I’m not worried about Maraqua showing up when it matters the most, it’s will they be trying to win fifth or bring home to the gold to their king? They have to bring their a-game all season – the slow start in AC V kept the team with the best yooyuball record out of the finals. (If Maraqua has earned just a half point more, who knows who would have won……)

Darigan Citadel came roaring back last year. The Altador Cup II champions boasted the cup’s second best yooyuball record (Only behind Maraqua) and fourth best make some noise fan base. DC is a huge team, dedicated, consistent, and is looking for the gold and nothing else.

Darigan doesn’t have any one thing you could say would hurt their chances of winning like Maraqua and Kreludor. They have consistency and appear to show up in the playoffs. With DC, it’s more of just a question of will they be able to match the hype they stir up for themselves.

Chances: I really like Darigan this year. They appear to have it all; it’s if other teams know they bring the same intensity day after day, can they beat it?

Roo Island exploded in the second half of the season last year. After placing a disappointing ninth in Altador Cup IV and looking like they’d have to compete to be able to even make the top eight at the start of the fifth cup, Roo Island stood up and said enough is enough. Lilo’s team went 12-1-2 in yooyuball to close the season.

The Rooligans quietly were the second best SOSD team in the cup and had a yooyuball record equal to that of Lost Desert. Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise bring them down though – Roo Island had the worst records in those two games out of the teams that made the top eight. RI needs every point they can get if they have those scores bringing them down. It would be foolish to assume that they can make the finals again if they have a slow start. Maraqua was less than half of a point away from being the finals rather than Roo Island

Chances: Roo Island is a powerful force in yooyuball and SOSD and can ride momentum like nobody in the cup, but I think the negatives outweigh the positives right now.  They will be skating on thin ice this year and if anything goes wrong look for the ice to crack.

Altador Cup 6 Predictions

Site Update: We are in the process of getting hosted and moving the site over to Altador.com. A hostgator hosting package has been purchased and right now Altador.com is under construction and no longer forwards to this site. To access this site, just continue to go to the altadorcup.wordpress.com URL. When Altador.com is ready to go, I’ll forward you guys to Altador.com :) Thanks!

Altador.com is now taking your Altador Cup 6 predictions. You can give your opinion on who you think will do well, and who you think will not fair as well, in the Altador Cup 6. You will have your predictions displayed on the website, under the predictions tab. Keep in mind that they won’t be displayed instantly, and there will be a short delay before they’re put on the site. To give us your predictions simply fill out this form, and in the predictions box make a list 1-18 of who you think will get 1st to 18th place. Try to be as unbiased as possible :) You can views other predictions here.

Flashback: Check out how accurate Chris’ predictions were from the Altador Cup 5 (he correctly predicted the top 3 teams).

Altador.com podcast looking for guests/interviewees

We at Altador.com are looking for guests and interviewees for our team analysis podcasts. We are looking for representatives from every team, except for Faerieland, Moltara and Lost Desert (We do have an interview for Krawk Island lined up, but a guest who will join us for the podcast will be much appreciated.

If you are interested, contact us at tails@altador.com

We’ve added more content to the site today. Check out the Altador Cup Statistics page. There’s a tab at the top of the site directing to it. There you’ll find a history of how all the teams have performed throughout the five years of the Altador Cup.

Also, we’ve added some more polls and now have a total of 9 polls that you can vote in :) Go check them out.

Introducing Altador.com Polls

At the top of our site you may have noticed a few new tabs. I created a dedicated page for the Altador.com Podcasts, which you can visit by clicking here. Also, I created a few polls which you can find here. Some of the polls are just related to site demographics, such as how old you are, while others are Altador Cup related. Give us your opinion by voting in the polls. And if you have a suggestion for a new poll, leave a comment in the comment box :)

In unrelated news, Niku form Niku’s AC Blog came up with an amusing remix, based on the Bed Intruder Song.  I thought our readers’ might enjoy it.

(Well, OBVIOUSLY we have a troll on the AC Boards!)

He’s climbin’ on your topic
He sassin’ yo teammates up!
Tryin’ to hate you all so you need to hide yo friends, hide yo team!
Hide yo friends, Hide yo team!
Hide yo friends, Hide yo team!

And get yo n00b spray ’cause he hatin’ everybody out here!

You don’t have to come and confess, we’re reportin’ you
We gonna ice you, we gonna ice you!
So you can run and tell that
Run and tell that, run and tell that, in Iceland
In in Iceland!

We got your username
Your avatar and all
You are so dumb
You are really dumb – Fo’ real!

[The troller dude got away, leaving behind evidence]
I was attacked, by some troller from the n00b boards

So dumb, so dumb, so dumb, So!

He’s climbin’ on your topic
He sassin’ yo teammates up!
Tryin’ to hate you all so you need to hide yo friends, hide yo team!
Hide yo friends, Hide yo team!
Hide yo friends, Hide yo team!

And get yo n00b spray ’cause he hatin’ everybody out here!

You don’t have to come and confess, we’re reportin’ you
We gonna ice you, we gonna ice you!
So you can run and tell that
Run and tell that, run and tell that, in Iceland
In in Iceland!

Podcast Number 3: Team Moltara

Recorded 8/2/11. With your hosts Tails and Gin

Featuring overview of Neopian news, and analysis of Team Moltara.

Music used are ocremixes of Sonic the Hedgehog soundtracks.

http://www.box.net/shared/s7msv6fuft

MOLTARA INTERVIEW WITH NIKU


Why do you think Moltara did so poorly last year?

I personally believed that Moltara preformed poorly because we had too much press exposure. That Altador Cup ad that kept on playing on Nickelodeon made Moltara look like one of the better teams to join. Then there was also all that buzz when I discovered the Team Moltara background, and then all the swf’s that followed it. Then there was also that our team looks a bit epic. And not to mention that Moltara was the center of the Atlas of the Ancients plot, the most recent plot at that time. All this probably exposed way too many freeloaders to our team, and most likely contributed to our poor year. (This is most likely the case, because Moltara only started to draw/win during the end of the Cup, and by that time most of the “loyal” players have given up.)

Do you think Snow Yooyus are the reason your team did so poorly?

Snow Yooyus melt in contact with the magma/fire pets on our team, so we usually let Vere deal with those. She handles them like any other player would.Snow Yooyus made us do worse, but it’s not the reason why we did poorly.

Do you think they will improve this year?
Yes, but not by much. When your team comes in 18th place, they can’t exactly get in the Top 3 the next year. Freeloaders will (Hopefully) not bother that much with our team, and we at least stay out of last. 14th or 15th may be the highest we go.

What is the dynamic like on the Moltara boards?
The Moltara board (aka GEARS) is very fun and random, probably like all those other AC boards out there. The topics are always different. but a lot of times the things that come up are Warriors, Warriors RP, Glee, Mario (Plus other video games) , internet videos, and anything big in Neopets news.

How many chat groups are there?
There is currently only 1 (GEARS) , but there used to be at least 4 before the AC started. They were known as STEAM (My group, founded by someone else) , MAGMA, MGMA, and STOMP. I was getting worried that people would want to join Moltara, but have absolutely no idea what group to join. I was also afraid that the 4 groups would start fights and needless drama on who’s “Official”, the most “Popular”, etc. So me and the leader of MGMA formed an alliance (GEARS) , and we eventually got all the Moltara chat groups to join in.

Is there competition or drama between them?
There wasn’t really any drama between the first 4, but the alliance was formed to prevent that. I remember GEARS had drama problems with Lost Desert during the AC, but that’s seemed to have died down. Other than that, GEARS doesn’t seem to have that much drama from other teams currently.

LOST DESERT DRAMA
On the days that Moltara had to verse Lost Desert, we would always find these boards made by Lost Desert trolls telling us to give up and go home, quit the ac, don’t play today cause they’ll win anyway, vacation day for them, etc. Now, I know this only was made by a few LDers, but this got my team very angry (Including me) , and we spent half the day arguing that we were playing our hardest. Then we would also see that LD was posting stuff like “We’re versing Moltara? ALL TOO EASY :D” or “MOLTARA?!?!? Yay I don’t have to play today!” or “Moltara? *lol* VACATION DAY EVERYBODY!” . Honestly, it was just too much. Maybe 1 troll would have been ok-ish, but we experienced problems with half of the LD chatters. And I would also be getting hate mail (As leader) from the other teams. :K

And then during the 2nd time of versing LD, our team was already worn out by all our hard losses. Then when the trolling started that very day, I think our team just exploded. We got into WAY too much drama than needed, and we ended up having some of our own players spying on LD’s chatboards in revenge (Not posting names) . It was just way too much. I think we must’ve experienced more drama those 2 days than any other player has experienced in their whole lives.

Do you think moltara is a united team?
I think it’s pretty united. There were times where some of us quit or totally blew up at our teammates, but you have to remember that Moltara was predicted to get in the top 3 or even win. When we ended up getting 18th place, there were not only our own players quitting, but other people from other teams telling us to just give up and quit. We were all greatly disappointed with results, but we never all just gave up, disbanded, and quit Neopets. So yeah, it’s pretty united.

What would you say is Moltara’s strongest game
Make Some Noise. It’s one of the only games we’d actually win, and our teammates always enjoyed that game.

What was your biggest accomplishment last year as a team?
No doubt it was during the 1st day of the finals, when we managed our first win. We were all like “Wait, we WON?” , and we were all celebrating and were very motivated by that win.

Who is your favorite player (character) on the team?
My favorite player is Mor Gollog. He has his own nickname, though, and is more commonly referred to as ‘Abs’ on our boards. He is also associated with Taylor Lautner sometimes. ;)

What teams are your biggest competition?
The “Underdogs”, because they’re the only teams that we have a chance of winning against. If we’re versing Lost Desert of Darigan Citadel, we’re all just like “Bleh we aren’t gonna win but we might as well play”. If we’re versing a team like Faerieland or Altador however (No offense to either teams) , we’re all like “Ok so let’s all play our hardest and try to pull a win! YEAH! /mash mash keyboard” . So yeah, all the teams considered “Underdogs” are our biggest competition.

What is your strategy against a big team?
I’m not telling you! All I’m saying is that it’s a good strategy, and it’s the reason Team Moltara sometimes pulled surprise wins/draws against the bigger teams :D Nice try though.

A smaller team?
Again, I’m not telling.

What is the team’s biggest strength/weakness?
Our strength and weakness are the same; Trolls. When we see someone post that Moltara should give up and go home, We all get pretty mad about that and accidently start some drama or something. But after all the drama wears off, then we’re all like “We’ll show that Troll that we’re an amazing team!”, and we end up playing harder.

What is the team’s motivation to play?
Usually trolls, or realizing we actually have a chance to win against the other team. If it’s not either of those 2 reasons, it’s because we want to get All-Star.

How did you deal with losses?
It’s usually not that bad. The first day of the AC, though, it was total chaos. When we found out we were swept by Altador, you have NO idea how many trolls we experienced from not only other teams, but our OWN team as well. After a few days of complete losses, we finally got over the fact that we’re gonna get 18th and just continued to play without complaining. On all the other days of losses, it was kinda like “Oh we lost. Ok then. LETS PLAY OUR HARDEST TODAY /mash mash keyboard”


Why did you join Moltara?
I… honestly don’t know why I joined Moltara. One day I just did. I then chose to stay with Moltara, mainly because I was the leader of STEAM.

Why should people join Moltara?
People should join Moltara because we’re a really fun team. We’ve got loyal members, and epic team players (The ones created by Neopets) . Also, being on Team Moltara has taught me that you don’t have to win (Or place anywhere in the 1st-3rd tier) to have a great year in the Altador Cup. This lesson was also taught to most of our teammates that stuck with us till the end, and you will also learn this reason if you join. So join today!

BUT WAIT!

If you join Team Moltara in the next 15 minutes, you’ll have the option of displaying this ABS Bobblehead on your lookup!


GOOD NIGHT?

GOOD NIGHT!

YOU SAY NIGHT I SAY NO YOU SAY NIGHT AND I SAY GO GO GO! OH NO YOU SAY GOOD NIGHT AND I SAY HELLO /end song

Moltara Podcast coming soon

Hi everyone,

The Moltara podcast will be coming soon. Gin and I have both been super busy, and it’s been hard to find time to record it. But good news everyone. We have recorded it, I just need to edit it.

Expect a new one this week.

Tails.

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