We now reach our final division preview with possibly the most open. A large concentration of high strength players, wiley veteran coaches, and fiery upstarts, could make this the tightest of the three divisions.
Something is Rotten in the state of Denmark – Nurgle – Kfoged
Last season’s champion, all around nice chap, winner of a fair few competitions. Kåre coaches Nurgle this season with sights to leverage the beginning bonus skills. Two block rotters will come in handy against the Stormhelm Rhinos in Round 1.
With clever coaching, and is there anything else from the Great Dane, the longwinded Something is Rotten in the state of Denmark should saunter to the playoffs this season.
Orange Crush – Chaos Dwarfs – Maxik
Last year’s Dwarf coach has turned to their Chaotic brethren this year, with hopes to improve on the average last season. An opening game against Halflings will create opportunities to rack up casualties early. And they will be hoping for skills to help in tough games against Undead and Orcs in the second and third round respectively.
Pitch Black – Dark Elves – elperas
Waterbowl 13 must have given elperas a taste for the dark side, with another run out for the Dark Elves this season. An extremely strong showing with Orcs last season shows that playoff ambitions are on the cards this year.
I think Pitch Black will be ending the season in the Top 5 positions.
Butchers of Gladden Field – Halflings – campmark
The sole stunty team in the Darknail division. The Butchers of Gladden Field will need to steal every re-roll and ride their luck in a tough opening few weeks. Chaos Dwarfs, Lizardmen and Khorne will be the tricky opponents for the pint sized warriors.
Stormhelm Rhinos – Humans – Fireolli
Closing in on 200 NAF tournament games, Fireolli will be looking to pull from this experience in a tough division.
The Stormhelm Rhinos face league favourites Something is Rotten in the state of Denmark in a tough opening game. And the pressure stays on with the next two games. After a bye week, Undead are the reward for the well-rested humans, with Chaos Dwarfs the opponents in the following game.
Altdorf Greatswords Bteam – Humans – caeser-22
While not as overall experienced as the other Human team coach, caeser-22 has coached his Humans in almost 50 NAF games. A brief foray into Halfling coaching last year could have helped with defensive positioning, a skill which will come in handy this year.
Dark Elves, Undead and Orcs will be a tough task for the rookie Humans.
For the Skulls Thrown – Khorne – Cunning
Cunning may be the coach’s name, but cunning is rarely a Khornate trait. For the Skulls Thrown start the season with a clash of Chaotic Gods as they face the Nurgle team Four King Blight Crusaders.
I can see Cunning making it back to back Playoff qualifications this season, conceivably going all the way.
Stockport Surf Club – Khorne – Isvan
A more Frenzy heavy version of Khorne, the Stockport Surf Club will be looking to live up to their name this season. High risk, High reward is the name of Isvan’s game, with prior experience coaching Vampires.
If his luck is in, then the coaches of Darknail could be in for a tough time. Round 1 coach The Martian has been warned.
Sultans of Skink – Lizardmen – The Martian
And now onto the aforementioned coach. The lizards will look to outmanoeuvre teams from the off, with only the Round 4 Undead opponents having players able to just about keep up with the nimble skinks.
If she can keep the skinks from getting squashed, I can see The Martian being a real Wildcard in this division.
Four King Blight Crusaders – Nurgle – Blessedknight
The second of the Nurgle teams in the division, the Four King Blight Crusaders. While not as illustrious as the other Nurglite coach, Blessedknight will be full of enthusiasm for the new season.
Two Prehensile Tail rotters will help solidify an already defensively minded team. While it may not be of much use against the first two opponents, Khorne and Nurgle, their third game against Lizardmen could be where it comes into its own.
Los Orcos Negros Salvajes de Nuevo Toledo – Orc – CarolusMagnus
2018 Norsca playoff qualifier CarolusMagnus enters this season with a solid Orc roster. Round 1 sees some greenskin on greenskin action versus the Teesside Tomahorcs.
The classic Orcs vs Humans match follows, with a third game against Division seed Kfoged.
Teesside Tomahorcs – Orc – KillerB
KillerB’s Orcs have the tougher run of the two Orc teams. After the mirror match follows games against Khorne, Chaos Dwarfs and Nurgle. If their armour has held up still, Lizardmen and Undead follow. The medical team will be overworked in the early stages of the season.
Staying Alive BBC – Undead –DrewCleary
The large roster of Undead shamble onto the pitch as the final team in our preview. The Undead are always a tough team to face in both early and late season games. A good mix of skills could make this a successful season.
First up for the Staying Alive BBC are Maxik’s Chaos Dwarfs in Round 2.
Making up my predictions for the Top 4 are KFoged, elperas, Cunning and CarolusMagnus.
As for the last playoff place….I can’t predict it.
Caeser-22 has the team experience, Maxik’s Chaos Dwarfs only need a couple of skills to compete, and the rest all have a real chance.
Except The Halflings. Sorry, campmark.
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