|1||Chebby||The Mighty Gorgons||Chaos||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2||Rick Wreckless||Beautiful On The Inside||Nurgle||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3||Ben Shaw||Hugh Mans||Human||990k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4||douglowe||Last of the Summer Plague||Nurgle||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|5||Tintenfisch||Here comes the Sidestepper||Elf||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|6||Moysie||Purple Show Ponies||Elf||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||TheGngrNoob||The Shreking Balls||Ogre||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|9||Chilli||Har Ganeth Reivers||Dark Elf||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|11||spoboyle||Ground Frog Day||Slann||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|13||Kanter||Sisters of a Down||Human||1000k||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
As the dust settles on the draw, the preseason excitement is palpable. With a mix of veterans and newer coaches let’s take a look at the teams!
Tabazco Tarantulas – Amazons – Ringbeard
We will start our review with the seeded coach, and favourite to take the division.
His strong Blitzer Amazon build kicks off the season with a clash against The Mighty Gorgons. Tackling the Chaos team before they can get skilled up is perfect for the fledgling Amazons. The following two games also have a Chaotic slant, with Nurgle and Chaos matches respectively.
Plays me in Round 9
The Mighty Gorgons – Chaos – Chebby
The first of two Chaos teams in Skuttlespike, The Mighty Gorgons. The Sure Hands Beastman will help the early ball moving difficulties that Chaos teams can face. After an opening match against the seeded Tabazco Tarantulas, the next two games should help the Gorgons to settle in to their natural hitting tactics. Although going man on man (Beastman on man?) with the other Chaos team could prove to be carnage!
Plays me in Round 4
Horn’em Globetrotters – Chaos – deeferdan
The second of our two Chaos teams is coached by deeferdan of Double Skulls podcasting fame. Like the other Chaos team, Dan picked a skill to help wit ball handling. However he eschewed the Sure Hands route for the much more thematic Extra Arms mutation. Today isn’t the day to run the maths on which skill is better.
The Globetrotters face the Troll-less Magenta Maniacs Goblin team in the first round. A match that could end up in a pitch clearing.
Plays me in Round 13
Har Ganeth Reivers – Dark Elf – Chilli
Fresh from his strong showing in the Waterbowl Veterans League, Chilli could be one to watch this season. If the Har Ganeth Reivers can avoid injuries during the 3 game stretch from Round 9 (Nurgle – Ogres – Chaos) then the Dark Elves could be dark horses this year.
Round 1 sees the Dark Elves take on Doug Lowe’s Nurgle, a clash of two of the top coaches in the division.
Plays me in Round 10
Here comes the Sidestepper – Elf – Tintenfisch
Seemingly my perennial Round 1 opponent, Tintenfisch has traded in his Chaos Dwarfs for Elven Union this season. A mixed start sees Ogres, an Elven mirror match, and Chaos in the opening few weeks.
Round 1 against Ogres has paper thin armour vs Mighty Blow Ogres. If they catch the Elves then it could be akin to a 7s game in Round 2. IF they can catch them.
Plays me in Round 1
Purple Show Ponies – Elf – Moysie
With déjà vu on the team roster we reach our second Elven Union team. Whereas Tintenfisch starts against Bash teams, the Purple Show Ponies face two Human teams and the other Elves. If this translates into less violent games remains to be seen.
Moysie will be pushing for the automatic playoff places this season.
Plays me in Round 7
Magenta Maniacs – Goblin – Dafo
With an unorthodox build, Magenta Maniacs enter the league with more dirty tricks than the Red Light District. No Trolls ensures the only really stupid action will be standing in front of the fanatic.
The Goblins begin their campaign against Chaos, followed by Nurgle and Slann. The first two games could see a revolving door of goblins in and out of the team.
Plays me in Round 5 (STUNTY MATCH!)
Sisters of a Down – Human – Kanter
Bringing Gallic flair Kanter brings an ogre spearheaded Human team to the division. The Sisters of a Down face a baptism of fire with three of the division’s top coaches in his first three games.
Round 1 sees the Humans take on the Purple Show Ponies. With the next rounds seeing matches against Chilli’s Dark Elves and Douglowe’s Nurgle
Plays me in Round 6
Hugh Mans – Human – Ben Shaw
Another Human team and another Ogre involved. The Hugh Mans biggest game, for the casual fan, comes in Round 3. Sibling rivalry is sure to whet the appetite.
His debut season starts matches against Nurgle, Ogres and Elven Union.
Plays me in Round 2
Last of the Summer Plague – Nurgle – douglowe
Another of the Playoff contenders, Doug takes on the mantle of Nurgle coach this season. No doubt inspired by our game last year.
If he manages a regular season like last season then the rest of the division should be on notice. Rounds 7-9 could be tough, although the Nurgle team should be properly seasoned by then.
Plays me in Round 11
Beautiful On The Inside – Nurgle – RickWreckless
Beautiful On The Inside begin the season with the same lineup as my own Detroit Pox City started with last year. However they get the boost of 2 Rotters with the skills of Block and Wrestle.
Wrestle in particular could come in handy in Round 3, when they come up against the Tabazco Tarantulas. Amazons can be a tricky prospect, but against an early Nurgle team it can snowball quickly.
Plays me in Round 2
Ground Frog Day – Slann – spoboyle
The Slann will be looking to leverage their cage breaking abilities after their Round 1 Bye week. Dark Elves will be there to meet the well rested team.
In a relatively mixed division of Bash and Agility, Ground Frog Day could spring out as one of the surprise teams this year.
Plays me in Round 12
THE SHREKING BALLS – OGRES – THEGNGRNOOB
After last season I decided I needed to work more on my defensive positioning. So what better than to use a team that can barely tackle?! One day I’ll play sensibly.
The opening rounds sees me take on Elven Union, Humans, and my beloved Nurgle.
DougLowe, Ringbeard, Chilli and Moysie are the frontrunners of the division and I think these will easily make up the Top 4.
Tintenfisch, Chebby and Deeferdan will probably be in a standoff for the final Playoff Place. Although Spoboyle’s Slann could surprise many.
As for myself, I will be ecstatic with a 6-6 Record; happy with 4-8; wouldn’t mind 1-11 as long as I beat Chilli!
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