Altador Cup Predictions

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It's that time of the year again! The Altador Cup is upon us, and all eighteen teams in the tournament are gearing up for their shot at the championship. Some teams may have a better chance than others however - in these predictions we take an analytical look at the teams' past and potential future performance, as well as recent developments which may affect how well they play this year. Some quick stats for the teams in various categories are also available. We know you probably won't agree with all our predictions, but we hope you'll still find our opinions interesting.

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Altador

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Riding off a storm of support from some of the Altador Cup's most influential All-Star groups, Team Altador broke free of their history of lower tier finishes last year, blazing a spectacular trail through the tournament to land themselves in second place. Traditionally a small, tightly knit, and generally friendly team, their success will likely bring a great deal of change to the team's supporter base. Together with the turmoil brought about by recent changes to the tournament's structure, and the uncertainty as to whether Altador will still have the support of All-Star groups, this makes it very difficult to guess how well the team will do, but chances are Altador will still finish higher than in previous years.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 13.43
Overall Annual Ranking: 15th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Outstanding
Yooyuball Skill: Excellent
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Excellent
Shootout Showdown Skill: Excellent
Overall Skill: Excellent

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Brightvale

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Brightvale will be wanting to move up a few places this year, having worked hard to maintain a middle tier placement for the past three years. Their strengths currently lie in the stands, with Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise being their strongest side games. The Wizards are the perfect example of a consistent middle tier team, hovering around eleventh and twelfth place for the past few competitions. They are in a great position to move closer to the top ten if they focus on their strengths and continue their tradition of beating teams of a higher ranking.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 12.50
Overall Annual Ranking: 14th
Fan Base: Small
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Low
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Darigan Citadel

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Since Darigan Citadel’s fall from grace in Altador Cup III, they have achieved a degree of consistency which few top teams can match. In the last six years of this tournament, the Citadel has never placed higher than third, or below seventh. Given this stability, it is hard to see them finishing Altador Cup IX with any dramatic changes in their final placement. They have improved significantly since their bout of "winner's curse" in seasons III and IV, and a podium finish should not be ruled out for Lord Kass this year.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 4.86
Overall Annual Ranking: 3rd
Fan Base: Huge
Sportsmanship: Average
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Average
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Faerieland

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You could technically rate Team Faerieland as one of the Cup's lowest performers, going purely by their final results, but, this being the Altador Cup, it would be foolish to count out a team based simply on statistics. The Faeries have a decent number of well-earned upsets under their belt, with one of the most sporting, dedicated, and well respected fan bases in the tournament. It's difficult to assess how far a team can get under the current scoring system without serious powerhouse muscle, but the Faeries have always given the tournament a fair shot, and who's to say it won't be their turn to make some headway this year? Certainly not their supporters.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 15.57
Overall Annual Ranking: 17th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Outstanding
Yooyuball Skill: Very Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Very Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Very Low
Overall Skill: Very Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower

Haunted Woods

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Krell Vitor and the rest of the Zombies, though winners of the first Altador Cup, seemed to be on a steady decline, falling to as low as twelfth place in Altador Cup V. Since that year, however, Haunted Woods has been on the slow and steady path to recovery, ending with a duo of ninth place finishes during the recent "brackets" era. Given that there has been little pre-tournament talk surrounding the Zombies this year, it is unlikely that they will diverge from the upward trend, and will most likely make an improvement on their placings. However, only time will tell how much they will improve.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 9.43
Overall Annual Ranking: 10th
Fan Base: Large
Sportsmanship: Average
Yooyuball Skill: Good
Slushie Slinger Skill: Average
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Kiko Lake

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Kiko Lake has typically been one of the smallest teams of the Cup. However, this also means that they are one of the most close-knit communities. Their team, though typically placing in the lower tiers, broke through in Altador Cup VII and earned themselves a respectable sixth place. The next year, however, Kiko Lake lost some of their support and once again found themselves in fourteenth. Though the team's history has been mostly stable, they have proven themselves capable of large improvement, and a good placing should never be ruled out.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 13.17
Overall Annual Ranking: 16th
Fan Base: Small
Sportsmanship: Average
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Krawk Island

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Krawk Island bears many striking similarities to their longtime powerhouse rival, Darigan Citadel. The two have never finished below seventh in any Altador Cup, and both have only won once. Krawk Island has had one of the most stable histories in the tournament, and they have their consistent Yooyuball skill, along with significant side game strength, to thank for it. Additionally, they have the second highest average rank in the entire Altador Cup, so they are the statistical favorite to become the first repeat winner in the Cup's history. All signs point to another successful season for the Pirates this year, but it remains to be seen whether they'll be able to take the Cup once again.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 3.86
Overall Annual Ranking: 2nd
Fan Base: Huge
Sportsmanship: Average
Yooyuball Skill: Good
Slushie Slinger Skill: Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Very Good
Overall Skill: Good

Predicted Final Tier: Top

Kreludor

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After their victory in Altador Cup VII, Kreludor faced the inevitable post-win decline and fell to seventh in last year's Cup. It seems unlikely that they'll stay down for long, however, as the team still boasts a considerably-sized and dedicated fan base, plenty of positive attitude, and a history of consistent tournament placings. Considering the competition this year, that might not be quite enough to make it to the top tier, but chances are Kreludor will climb at least a few ranks.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 3.83
Overall Annual Ranking: 1st
Fan Base: Large
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Good
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Lost Desert

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The Lost Desert has a long history of consistent performance dating back to the very beginning of the Altador Cup. In the first few years of the Cup, they never fell below fifth place. After taking the gold in Altador Cup V, however, the "winner's curse" dragged them down to thirteenth. They subsequently leapt back up to fifth, but with the changes to the scoring system last year, fell down to twelfth. This year, the Lost Desert will be counting on their dedicated core fan base to bounce back and reclaim their standing in the top five. However, with big powerhouses like Darigan Citadel, Krawk Island, and Meridell standing in their way, the journey to the top won't be easy.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 6.00
Overall Annual Ranking: 4th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Low
Overall Skill: Low

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Maraqua

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The new format of the Cup has not proven helpful to the Mermaids. After their brief stint in fourth place during Altador Cup VI, they dropped back down to eighth with the introduction of the new format, and seem to have stabilised in the middle tiers since. Unlike many teams, and in a change from their earlier years, Maraqua tends to find a steady pace for the season and sticks to it. This doesn't exactly make the team a powerhouse, but they shouldn't be underestimated by those pushing for the top tier, as the Mermaids have been known to give a nasty tail slap to the unwary. Their tight-knit fanbase keeps them going, even after many teams lose steam.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 7.14
Overall Annual Ranking: 7th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Average
Make Some Noise Skill: Good
Shootout Showdown Skill: Very Good
Overall Skill: Good

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Meridell

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The Knights have generally been known as one of the Cup's dark horse teams, powerful but lacking the consistency to hold a top ranking. They challenged this status in Altador Cup VII, with solid performance across the board landing them a successful podium finish. Last year's scoring changes seem to have upset their balance significantly (although they were still able to maintain an impressive Shootout Showdown score), but if they can stabilise, they have more than enough support to power through a championship run this year.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 6.57
Overall Annual Ranking: 6th
Fan Base: Large
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Very Good
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Top

Moltara

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It's been a rough few years for Moltara's fiery players, as the team now known for its great sportsmanship struggled to get into the swing of things. While the Magmas faced a crushing defeat last year, they've proven in the past that they're quite capable of upsetting even the strongest teams when they buckle down. Nothing seems to dampen this team's spirits; they just keep chugging along, undaunted even in the face of top-ranking opponents. While any climb in the standings will be an uphill battle, time will tell if this well-mannered team will pick up steam, or stay the course this year.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 17.25
Overall Annual Ranking: 18th
Fan Base: Small
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Very Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Very Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Low
Overall Skill: Very Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower

Mystery Island

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The Natives showed promise their first few years in the Altador Cup, although that was followed by two years of disappointing performances. But in Altador Cup VII, Mystery Island took Neopia by storm when they rocketed to second place. They were quickly pulled under by the vines of defeat the following year, however, dropping thirteen spots in the final standings. While this team's overall skill is high, they've suffered from a slightly smaller fanbase than the dominating powerhouses, and there are a lot of strong teams in between them and the top tier. Still, the Natives have definitely proven that they're capable of greatness, and they'll be working hard to reverse last year's backslide.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 9.43
Overall Annual Ranking: 11th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Poor
Yooyuball Skill: Terrible
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Very Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Very Low
Overall Skill: Very Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Roo Island

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After an unexpected fall to fourteenth in Altador Cup VII, Roo Island made an amazing comeback last year, placing third. While small compared to most championship contenders, their supporters are still plentiful, upbeat, and motivated, and Roo Island has proven that they can beat the odds and adjust well to the current scoring system. Having bounced back on their feet last season, this will likely be the year where the Roos are really put to the test, facing stiff competition from former champions and newcomers alike as they set their sights on the top tier.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 6.00
Overall Annual Ranking: 5th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Very Good
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Very Good
Shootout Showdown Skill: Excellent
Overall Skill: Very Good

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Shenkuu

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The Ninjas of Shenkuu certainly didn't sneak onto the scene their first few years in the Cup, climbing quickly to a second place spot in Altador Cup IV. Their success was suddenly tarnished as they experienced a nine-place plummet the following year, partly due to a rather abysmal showing in Shootout Showdown. Over the next few years they experienced further difficulties, culminating in an all-time low of sixteenth place in Cup VII. Last year, however, optimism blossomed for the growing base of Ninjas, as they rose four places to a twelfth place finish. Shenkuu certainly seems to have a loyal following this year; with a little elbow grease, the Ninjas may find themselves swinging their way back toward the top.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 8.29
Overall Annual Ranking: 9th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Outstanding
Yooyuball Skill: Very Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Average
Make Some Noise Skill: Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Low
Overall Skill: Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Terror Mountain

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The Terror Mountain Chillers are one of the tournament's consistent middle tier teams. They are able to comfortably defend their position, an admirable feat that is rarely achieved by other teams contesting the mid-tiers. With a loyal, hard-working fanbase, the Chillers are very competitive and rarely concede true losses. Their strengths currently lie in Yooyuball and Slushie Slinger, although they are more than willing to adapt to the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents. With continued enthusiasm and focus, they are strong contenders to move to the top of the middle tiers.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 10.00
Overall Annual Ranking: 12th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Very Good
Slushie Slinger Skill: Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Good

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Tyrannia

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For most of the Cup's history, Tyrannia has been typically seen as a mid-tier team with strong side game performance, averaging a placement of eighth and never placing anywhere above sixth. However, in Altador Cup VIII, that all changed as Tyrannia made an extremely steep climb of nine places to win their first tournament, never dropping a match and conceding only two points in the entire season. Nevertheless, if the pattern that has become well-known throughout the tournament continues, Tyrannia will have their work cut out for them to combat the "winner's curse" and maintain their new top-tier status. It has never been done before, but there is always a chance that the Dinos will be the first team to successfully defend their title.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 7.86
Overall Annual Ranking: 8th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Excellent
Slushie Slinger Skill: Excellent
Make Some Noise Skill: Excellent
Shootout Showdown Skill: Excellent
Overall Skill: Excellent

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Virtupets

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Virtupets is certainly one of the more interesting teams, with the widest range of final placements in the Cup. Whilst currently in the fourth tier, and having gone through their early years as a steadily improving lower tier team, these guys battled their way to first place in AC VI, and achieved some surprising upsets even in their lower tier years. A loyal fan base keeps this team going, one which enjoys the main event, making Virtupets morale generally hard to dent. While it's unlikely we'll see them moving far in the standings just yet, this team has definitely ridden the rollercoaster before, so the Robots may well have more surprises in store this season.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 11.14
Overall Annual Ranking: 13th
Fan Base: Small
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Good
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Terrible
Overall Skill: Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower

And that's all for our predictions. There's one more thing to remember however: these predictions are guaranteed to be wrong. Well, maybe not completely wrong, but the chances of them being perfectly (or even mostly) correct are miniscule. Statistics and analysis don't determine how well a team will do in the Altador Cup - the team's dedicated, hard-playing members do. So go ahead, join a team that you care about, and take that team right to the top of the leaderboard!

Best of luck to all participants this year. May the best team (your team, naturally) win, and have a load of fun while you're at it!

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