Waterbowl update + FUMBBL

Hello Again

 

Well I will start with an apology for taking so long to make a blog post. I am aware that it’s been a while. So lets get into what I have been up to

 

Waterbowl League

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In Round 7 my Ogres took on Matt Shaw’s Elven Union team and …… got absolutely decimated.

I despise Elven Union/Pro Elves and came out of this game on the painful side of a 6-0 loss!

Which is why, if I am being honest, I haven’t written a fluff piece on the game. I could barely look at my notes afterwards, And I was happy to take a break during the Bye Week.

Round 9 will be against the always great Ringbeard with his Amazon team, followed by Dark Elves in Week 10

 

In other tabletop, I helped Ringbeard with his NAFC preparation. He ran Halflings (my new love) against a Nurgle team. The game ended 1-0 to the ‘flings, with me making a mistake in the first half to deny myself a score; I need to count squares away from Treemen.

Getting away from Ogres was a nice palette cleanser, Nurgle being the team that seems to fit my playstyle a little easier.

 

SAWBBL

 

I am using Halflings in the FUMBBL based SAWBBL league. Even though I am not from the Swindon area, the Halfling Half Biscuit are there to prop up the division.

I am also recording each of my SAWBBL games on my YouTube channel, so check the playlist out there!

 

FUMBBL

 

I am using FUMBBL a lot more for my Blood Bowl fix. My record on there isn’t the greatest, but this is down to two reasons:

  1. I mainly use Halflings, Nurgle or Ogres
  2. I don’t cherrypick games

Unskilled stunty and Nurgle teams are very difficult to use against teams with even a couple of skills, with them being Tier 2 or 3 in usual tournaments.

The cherrypicking in Ranked games is something that I don’t buy into. I will play against any team, regardless of TV or Tier. This has meant my Halflings have been up against Skaven, High Elves, and Undead of all varieties.

If I was playing it to pad my rankings up, my Halflings would only play other Stunties, for example. But I like to play, so I don’t turn games down.

And speaking of which, if you would like to challenge me, and possibly appear on the channel, sling my an inbox on my Profile Page there.

 

….and finally

 

I am proud to announce my membership to the FLING NATION!

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With the newly released Halfling team, along with the YouTube channel and FUMBBL, this Waterbowl season will be the last I use anything but Halflings for the foreseeable future!

Special thanks go to the Two Drunk Flings cast for inspiring me in this decision.

I am just waiting for my shirt now!

 

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Waterbowl – Darknail Preview

The Teams

# Coach Team Race TV Pld W D L TD Cas Pts
1 CarolusMagnus Los Orcos Negros Salvajes de Nuevo Toledo Orc 990k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Isvan Stockport Surf Club Daemons of Khorne 990k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Fireolli Stormheim Rhinos Human 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 elperas Pitch Black Dark Elf 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Cunning For The Skulls Thrown Daemons of Khorne 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 campmark Butchers of Gladden Field Halfling 800k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 kfoged Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Nurgle 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 DrewCleary Staying Alive BBC Undead 980k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 The Martian Sultans of Skink Lizardman 960k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 KillerB Teesside Tomahorcs Orc 990k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Maxik Orange crush Chaos Dwarf 980k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 caeser-22 Altdorf Greatswords Bteam Human 990k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Blessedknight Four King Blight Crusaders Nurgle 990k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

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.

 

 

Predictions

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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Waterbowl – ‘n Thorg Preview

The Teams

‘n Thorg

# Coach Team Race TV Pld W D L TD Cas Pts
1 Barney Zakynthos Zoadiacs Slann 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Volkmair Gorgoth Bulls Chaos Dwarf 980k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Podfrey Bone Thugz & Harmony Khemri 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Davelklatzen Acceptable in the 80’s Nurgle 980k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Leipziger To RR Is Human Human 990k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Bigbenbear Grom’s Gnashers Orc 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 cjblackburn Born Slippy Underworld 990k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Brionnebiletappers Hat Headed Hatefilled Hat Haters Chaos Dwarf 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Heatoncoach Viral Communication Breakdown Nurgle 990k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Gniuz All Star Small Things Dwarf 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Jimbob Raccoon City Cannibals Undead 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Vagabond1982uk Decadent Horde Chaos 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Beanbag Gateau Superstars Halfling 770k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

With a potent mix of Veterans and Up And Comers, the ‘n Thorg division contains some of the finest names in Blood Bowl. And Leipziger.

 

Bone Thugz & Harmony – Khemri – Podfrey

Reigning NAF Championship winner Podfrey enters the season coaching one of the lowest ranked teams in Blood Bowl. This, however, lowers his ability to merely demigod levels.

His first victim, sorry, first opponent is the mighty Halfling team the Gateau Superstars. Giving an air of 90s rap nostalgia to proceedings.

 

Decadent Horde – Chaos – Vagabond1982uk

The lone vanilla Chaos team in the division, and a rare foray into a more bash minded team for the coach. Two smash mouth games start off the season before the soft amphibian underbelly of Zakynthos Zoadiacs wait in Round 3.

In an aggressive looking league it will be interesting to see how the team develops, or should that be mutates, during the season.

 

Gorgoth Bulls – Chaos Dwarfs – Volkmair 

Waterbowl 13 Most Casualties winner Volkmair coaches the more tusky variety of Dwarfs in this Waterbowl season. With an opening three games consisting of Chaos, Nurgle, and Halflings, will those injury rolls still be with him throughout the season?

The Round 5 Chaos Dwarf on Chaos Dwarf matchup jumps out as a potential highlight for the season.

 

Hat Headed Hatefilled Hat Haters – Chaos Dwarfs – Brionnebiletappers

The second and more alliteratively named Chaos Dwarf team the Hat Headed Hatefilled Hat Haters. After reaching the playoffs last season, in what was a bloodbath of a game, Brionnebiletappers will be hoping for more of that regular season form.

Pencil these in as my Wildcard to reach the playoffs.

 

All Star Small Things – Dwarfs – Gniuz

If Gniuz was looking to improve on last year’s record, this is possibly the worst division to be drawn into. But his hard headed Dwarf team could grind out those victories.

An opening game against Nurgle makes way for games vs Underworld and Humans. All three games could see casualties on the board, and hopefully touchdowns for the bearded fellows.

 

Gateau Superstars – Halflings – Beanbag

Poor Beanbag. Drawn into the most bash heavy of the three divisions, the lone stunties must be writing their wills already.

Round 1 sees the ‘flings taking on the always scary Khemri, before a possibly less hitting game against humans in Round 2. An aerial assault could get points on the board for the Superstars but I have a feeling that there won’t be much to write home about.

 

To RR Is Human – Humans – Leipziger

The sole Human team. Coached by renowned scoundrel and cad Leipziger, the League Commissioner is up for a tough season. Whether through sheer fluke or nefarious means he manages to avoid the perceived Top 3 Coaches until late in the season. Lets see if that turns out to be a blessing or curse.

 

Acceptable in the 80’s – Nurgle – Davelklatzen

After reaching the playoffs last season, Davelklatzen will be hoping for more of the same with his Nurgle team. A tough opening three rounds could prove tricky for the rookie Nurgle squad, however.

 

Viral Communication Breakdown – Nurgle – Heatoncoach

With a Beast of Nurgle flying in from sunny Spain, our second Nurgle team are a newish addition to the tabletop circuit. Starting with a 2 Pestigor 3 Warrior build, the increased speed to the sluggish Nurgle team will come in handy against the Round 1 Human opponents.

Matches versus Chaos Dwarfs and Orcs follow in what will be two aggressive matchups.

 

Grom’s Gnashers – Orcs – Bigbenbear

Starting without the cookie cutter Orc build, Grom’s Gnashers will be hoping luck is on their side with 4 re-rolls. The Hat Headed Hatefilled Hat Haters will be the first challenge for the Orcs.

Four bash teams in a row is never the easiest run, but with high armour and re-rolls the Orcs could be off to a flyer

 

Zakynthos Zoadiacs – Slann – Barney

One of the top coaches in the league, Barney’s Slann will be looking to leap into the playoff picture. But two tough games kick off the Zodiacs’ season.

The second round clash versus Podfrey may very well be the division decider.

 

Raccoon City Cannibals – Undead – Jimbob

Last season was middling for Jimbob and his Orcs. The Raccoon City Cannibals face the Zakynthos Zodiacs in a tough start for the Undead. They could leverage their comparative speed in the next games against Nurgle and Orcs before a walking dead clash against Podfrey’s Khemri.

 

Born Slippy – Underworld – cjblackburn

Amassing 21 wins over last year’s Premier and Veteran’s Leagues CJ makes up the trio of pre-season favourites.

After a bye week, Born Slippy tackle the All Star Small Things Dwarf team.

 

Predictions

The top 3 favourites for the division, and the League overall, have to be Podfrey, Barney and CJBlackburn.

After that I predict Brionnebiletappers to make up the Top 4.

My soft spot this year will be for BeanBag’s Halflings.

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Waterbowl – Skuttlespike Preview

The Teams

Skuttlespike

# Coach Team Race TV Pld W D L TD Cas Pts
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
7 Dafo Magenta Maniacs Goblin 880k 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
10 Ringbeard Tabazco Tarantulas Amazon 960k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 spoboyle Ground Frog Day Slann 1000k 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 deeferdan Horn’em Globetrotters Chaos 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.

 

Predictions

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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Waterbowl League – Game Week 11

Pox City slither over the line into Final Playoff place

 

The newly built Poxviridae Bowl was the stage for Blood Bowl action as Detroit Pox City took on the Clipstone Coalminers. After a long season a playoff berth would be guaranteed if the Nurglites were successful in the Game Week 11 encounter. For the Dwarfs there was pride to play for after a season of mixed fortune.

The stadium was bursting at its seams as 23 thousand boisterous fans swarmed in to find their seats amongst the fleshy stands. With nary a breeze in the air, and the sun heating the ground to an unbelievable stench, the teams set up for the coin toss. Coalminers Star Player Ruadhan won the toss and chose to receive while the determined Pox City defence attempted another of their famed kick offs.

As the whistle blew, Bruce Lŭvgŭnn hurled himself towards the ball using his patented Green Manalishi Two Prong Tip Toeing technique. The ball went high. Very high. But not very far, landing barely three paces into the Clipstone half. The usually stoic dwarfs moment of shock was seized upon by the City forward line as they claimed the ball seconds after it landed. Both teams clashed in the centre with armour denting and heads shaken. From the scramble debut Pestigor Parotitis bleated down the sidelines for the games first touchdown midway through the half.

The sun shone ever brighter after the score, Solkan as pleased as Nurgle for Pox City taking the lead. Wise to Lŭvgŭnn’s kicking shenanigans, the Coalminers lined up in a more conservative set up. This time the ball went deep to the dwarf right flank. With a play taken from an dusty book of ancient tactics, the entire team moved as a wave, swinging the ball from the right flank to the centre, and then down to the Pox City end-zone. The tag team of Haumea and Ruadhan making the score even shortly before the whistle blew for half time.

With halftime entertainment provided by the Three Stick Nurgling Clown Troupe and team-talks bellowed and grumbled, respectively, it was time for the second half. The final game of the season isn’t usually the time for experimentation, yet it was here that Pox City lined up with a three pronged Pestigor attack, with Bruce resting his feet.

Nurgle teams are renowned for a slow, grinding playstyle. The second half could be studied as a textbook case. The ball was glued to “Strutter” McGhee’s hand from the offset, with the willy player scampering around deep in the Clipstone half until seconds from the end. Not a half for the neutrals, perhaps. Definitely one for the Nurgle faithful as the last second touchdown ensured a playoff place.

When Pox City were drawn in a group with highly fancied Max Deadroom, Guardians of Ghrond and I Like Big Bulls And I Cannot Lie in the Lustria Division, few observers thought they could make it out of the blocks.

That theory was blown apart when they managed to claim a win against I Like Big Bulls in their opening match. 5 points from 6 in their consecutive Orc challenges gave Pox City a decent chance of escaping the group which they grasped with hands and tentacles after the Week 11 victory.

After the game the Detroit Pox City coach, in the middle of an interview, was turned into a creature of 3 eyes and seven wings. If this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.

The next challenge facing Detroit Pox City is the almighty Grave City Gunslingers, yet another bookies favourite.
Will the Nurgle team have the true grit to qualify or will this be their last shot?

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Waterbowl – Lustria Playoff Predictions

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WEEK 10 TABLE

# Coach Team Race TV Pld W D L TD Cas Pts
1 cjblackburn Max Deadroom Undead 1470k 9 8 1 0 15 6 26
2 douglowe I, Eldarius Wood Elf 1560k 9 5 3 1 9 0 22
3 TheGngrNoob Detroit Pox City Nurgle 1240k 10 4 2 4 -2 2 20
4 Ringbeard Guardians of Ghrond Dark Elf 1500k 9 4 2 3 1 -1 19
5 Isvan The Weather Veins Vampire 1490k 9 4 2 3 -4 -7 19
6 The Martian Lil Green Meanies Orc 1520k 10 2 4 4 -1 2 18
7 Tintenfisch I like big bulls and I cannot lie Chaos Dwarf 1370k 9 3 3 3 0 2 18
8 Jimbob Kracked Toof Orc 1500k 9 2 4 3 -3 8 17
9 EndoSpartan The Dapper Lycanthropes Necromantic 1510k 9 2 3 4 0 -4 16
10 Adam boo The Bone Idles Khemri 1280k 8 2 4 2 -2 3 16
11 Chebby Clipstone Coalminers Dwarf 1130k 9 1 4 4 -6 -4 15
12 Queek Baltimore Skavens Skaven 1280k 9 1 2 6 -5 -7 13

 

This is the league table going in to Week 10. The lone game of this week being my 2-1 win over Lil Green Meanies. A win which currently has the record for biggest underdog win in the league (TV 1520 vs TV1250).

But even with this win, could I make the playoffs?

Let’s try and find out, making predictions based on league positions, race matchups and tiers.

 

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Week 10 Fixtures (Positions in brackets)

 
Guardians of Ghrond  (4)  –   (5)     Weather Veins

In this game I can see the Guardians winning. Although 5 Strength 4 Vampires could really hurt the Dark Elves, should they be able to catch them.

Prediction: Guardians Win

 
Max Deadroom             (1)  –   (8)     Kracked Toof 

I cannot see Max Deadroom losing a game this week, CJ being a wizard with the team.

Prediction: Deadroom Win

 

I, Eldarius                      (2)   –   (11)  Clipstone Coalminers 

The nippy Wood Elves should pick up a win here. The Dwarfs hopes relying on a 2-1 grind

Prediction: I, Eldarius Win

 

Baltimore Skavens      (12)  –   (9)    Dapper Lycanthropes

After winning their first game last week, I predict an unfortunate return to form this week for the Skavens.

Prediction: Dapper Lycanthropes Win

 

Bone Idles                      (10)   –  (7)   Big Bulls

This has draw written all over it. The Khemri defence seems solid against a slow/mid paced team. Although stranger things have happened.

Prediction Draw

 

Projected League Table -End of Week 10

# Name Points
1 Max Deadroom 29
2 I, Eldarius 25
3 Guardians of Ghrond 22
4 Big Bulls 20
5 Detroit Pox City 20
6 The Weather Veins 20
7 The Dapper Lycanthropes 19
8 Lil Green Meanies 18
9 Kracked Toof 18
10 The Bone Idles 18
11 Clipstone Coalminers 16
12 Baltimore Skavens 14

 

As per my predictions, Max Deadroom would be crowned as division champions, with I, Eldarius as the runner up.

At the bottom, The Bone Idles, Clipstone Coalminers and Baltimore Skavens would be mathematically out of the running

 

Week 11 Fixtures (Predicted positions in brackets)

 
Weather Veins   (6)  –   (9)   Kracked Toof

Although the Vampires are higher in the division, Orcs are tough against any team. Especially a team that likes to hit. I call a draw

Prediction: Draw

 
I, Eldarius   (2)  –   (1)   Max Deadroom

In the battle of first and second, I think the Undead will finish undefeated and with a win

Prediction: Max Deadroom Win

 
Big Bulls   (4)  –   (12)   Baltimore Skavens

Heaping the misery on the Baltimore Skavens, with one eye on the Playoffs I see I Like Big Bulls And I Cannot Lie winning this

Prediction: Big Bulls Win

 
Detroit Pox City   (5)  –   (11)   Clipstone Coalminers

It’d be wrong without me predicting a win for myself now, wouldn’t it?

Prediction: Detroit Pox City Win

 
Bone Idles   (10)  –   (3)   Guardians of Ghrond

The skill gap between the teams will be telling in this match. Ringbeard’s experience should swing this game in his favour

Prediction: Guardians Win

 
Dapper Lycanthropes   (7)  –   (8)   Green Meanies

This will be a very close game. Orcs edge this for me.

Prediction: Lil Green Meanies win

 

Projected Final League Table

# Name Points
1 Max Deadroom 32
2 I, Eldarius 26
3 Guardians of Ghrond 25
4 Big Bulls 23
5 Detroit Pox City 23
6 The Weather Veins 22
7 The Dapper Lycanthropes 21
8 Lil Green Meanies 21
9 Kracked Toof 19
10 The Bone Idles 19
11 Clipstone Coalminers 17
12 Baltimore Skavens 15

 

Well according to my optimistic predictions, I would not finish in the Top 4 on TD difference. This isn’t surprising considering my usual win is by 1 TD and losses of 2 or 3.

The four predicted Lustria playoff representatives are strong teams, with CJ being one of the favourites for the overall championship

Now it is time to see how it plays out in real life!

 

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Waterbowl League – Game Week 9

Meat Bag hands Kracked Toof draw with last minute TD to punish wasteful City

The Kracked Toof Orcs recovered from a second half TD to salvage a draw against Detroit Pox City, to keep up the pressure in an already tense Lustria division.

A sloppy start from Bruce Lŭvgŭnn had Pox City on the backfoot from the very first kick.

The Toof were the aggressors in the first half, sending four Pox City players to the box for smelling salts.

With the teams deadlocked at the start of the second half, Detroit Pox City lined up extremely aggressively. The ball was ignored as Kracked Toof teeth were cracked. The defending Orcs resorting to bundling the new Pox City player Äss Holle over the line for a TD.

As seems to be a theme with the Pox City in recent games, a second half Pitch Invasion resulted in over half a dozen players floored before the ball landed.

With the game dying came a moment of brilliance from Kracked Toof’s goblin rookie Meat Bag. A block from “Strutter” McGhee forced Meat Bag into the tentacles of Beth the Beast. With ball still tucked to his chest, Meat Bag squirmed and squeezed out of it’s grasp and belted down the left flank for a last second Touchdown! This earned his team the draw and himself a well deserved Most Valuable Player award.

Rumours that Meat Bag was discovered to be taking performance enhancing mushrooms were proven to be unfounded, and completely legal in the Waterbowl.

After the game the irate Pox City manager vented to the waiting press:

“Brick Far’th is not walking through that door! Lord Borak is not walking through that door, and Morg ‘n’ Thorg is not walking through that door! What we are is young, exciting, hard-working, and we’re going to improve. People don’t realize that, and as soon as they realise those three guys are not coming through that door, the better this team will be for all of us because there are young guys in that locker room playing their arses off. I wish we had an extra 500,000 gold. I wish we could buy the world. We can’t; the only thing we can do is work hard, and all the negativity that’s in this city sucks. I’ve been around when Prince Moranion was booed. I’ve been around when Ghoul-Chewer was booed. And it stinks. It makes the greatest teams in the world, lousy.”

Being asked whether they are still aiming for the playoffs only exacerbated the situation:

“What’s that? Playoffs? Don’t talk about; playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game! Another game!”

Detroit Pox City continue their playoff push, or lack of, against the second Orc team of the league the Lil Green Meanies.

Kracked Toof face a tough task against league leaders Max Deadroom.

 

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