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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The last few years have been an emotional roller coaster for the Altador Suns, as they shot up from their three-year seventeenth-place slump for a second place finish in Altador Cup VIII, only to plummet back to the bottom of the heap just a year later. These guys aren't the most skillful players, but they're some of the most fun to watch in action. Despite their gloomy prospects, the Suns' attitudes remain undimmed in the face of adversity. If they put their collective noses to the grindstone, and snag a few wins on the Yooyuball field, they might just be able to prove that AC VIII was no fluke.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 14.00
Overall Annual Ranking: 17th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Outstanding
Yooyuball Skill: Terrible
Slushie Slinger Skill: Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Very Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Very Low
Overall Skill: Very Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower

Brightvale

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Falling short of a single digit rank, the Brightvale Wizards will be looking to improve their performance this year in search of an upper tier finish. The Wizards have proven themselves to be a consistent middle tier team, although their strengths and weaknesses seemed to have switched around in the past two years. The Wizards have refined their yooyu slinging techniques and now need to focus on the stand, pumping up spectators to cheer loudly, a complete flip from their great performances in Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise a few years back. If the Wizards are able to fix their weaknesses, they are in a great position to break away from the middle of the pack and earn themselves their first ever single digit finish.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 12.14
Overall Annual Ranking: 15th
Fan Base: Small
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Good
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Darigan Citadel

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A major powerhouse team in this tournament, the Minions are one of two teams that have never dropped below seventh place in the history of the Altador Cup. Recently, the Minions have been slowly rising in the rankings. With a fifth place finish in AC VIII, and more recently a shared fourth place finish with Tyrannia in AC IX, the Minions are steadily making their way up the rankings. Will the Minions be able to stand atop the podium once again? With a solid win rate in Make Some Noise, the Minions will need to improve their skills on the Yooyuball field if they wish to prove that Darigan Citadel belongs on the podium. Will Captain Vickles be able to lead his team to the podium?

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 4.75
Overall Annual Ranking: 3rd
Fan Base: Huge
Sportsmanship: Average
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Average
Make Some Noise Skill: Good
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Faerieland

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One would think that after nine years of finishing fifteenth place or lower, the Faerieland Faeries would have lost heart. But not so! The Faeries flutter onto the scene every year with a spark of determination in their eyes and their fists clenched defiantly against the oncoming storm of more advanced teams. They may not have crazy skills but they have perseverance and unquenchable spirit! Will Altador Cup X be the year Kakoni Worrill leads his team out of the darkness and into a coveted top-tier finish?

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 15.75
Overall Annual Ranking: 18th
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: 8.38
Overall Annual Ranking: 9th
Fan Base: Large
Sportsmanship: Average
Yooyuball Skill: Excellent
Slushie Slinger Skill: Excellent
Make Some Noise Skill: Excellent
Shootout Showdown Skill: Excellent
Overall Skill: Excellent

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Kiko Lake

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The Kiko Lake Kikos, a team usually thought of as lower tiered, shattered all expectations when they once again rose to sixth place from their fourteenth place finish in Altador Cup VIII. The small, tight-knit community was very successful in Yooyuball, even outperforming powerhouses Krawk Island and Darigan Citadel. The Kikos have proven themselves capable of performing on the same level as the Altador Cup powerhouses. If the Kikos are able to improve their side game performances, they will definitely become a force to be reckoned with this year. Never count the Kikos out because remember, dynamite comes in small packages!

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 12.14
Overall Annual Ranking: 14th
Fan Base: Small
Sportsmanship: Average
Yooyuball Skill: Good
Slushie Slinger Skill: Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Krawk Island

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One of the most feared teams in the Cup, the Pirates have never failed to perform at their very best. Krawk Island once held the record of never falling below seventh place, along with Darigan Citadel and Kreludor. However, in last year's Cup, the Pirates dropped down to a surprising eighth place. The powerhouse team struggled last Cup, finding some success in Shootout Showdown. With less than ten wins for Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, and Make Some Noise, the Pirates have to find their momentum once again before they continue to drop in the standings. Krawk Island still has a major chance at rebounding back up to the podium, as they are projected to do very well this Cup. With their large fan base's support, will Captain Garven Hale manage to sling his band of pirates to the top?

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 4.38
Overall Annual Ranking: 2nd
Fan Base: Huge
Sportsmanship: Average
Yooyuball Skill: Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Good
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Kreludor

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Ever since the infamous gravity issue that kept the Kreludor Moons out of Altador Cup II, they've been determined to prove that their skills are really out of this world. All their trials paid off in AC VII, when they snagged the coveted first-place prize. The next couple of years, however, stuck the Moons at a rather less impressive (but not entirely unimpressive) seventh-place showing. This year, Derlyn Fonnet and the boys are back with a vengeance, ready to carry their multitudes of fans back to the victory box. If they've been practicing their slushie slinging, they might just be able to muscle their way back to the top!

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 4.29
Overall Annual Ranking: 1st
Fan Base: Large
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Average
Make Some Noise Skill: Good
Shootout Showdown Skill: Good
Overall Skill: Good

Predicted Final Tier: Top

Lost Desert

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Lost Desert started off their Altador Cup tournament runs with multiple podium finishes and even scored a win in AC V; however, the Mummies' recent tournament records leave much to be desired. With their lowest finish in Altador Cup history, the Mummies will be searching for a way to dig themselves out of the sixteenth place position they currently hold. With only two wins in Make Some Noise last Cup, the Mummies need to find a way to energize their team once again. Will the Mummies be able to regain their lost momentum and become the same team they were a few years ago? Altador Cup history shows that anything is possible, you can never count a team out!

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 7.25
Overall Annual Ranking: 8th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: 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 Middle

Maraqua

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The Maraquan Mermaids have always had a bit of a fanatical following, and to look at them one would hardly believe they've never had a top-three finish! In fact, since Altador Cup VI, it's been nothing but a downhill slope for the Mermaids, culminating with a disheartening twelfth-place finish in AC IX, their first double-digit placing since the third Cup. This year, The Black Hole will be splashing onto the scene with his loyal crew at his back, and endeavouring to bring Maraqua's heroes back into the light.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 7.75
Overall Annual Ranking: 7th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Low
Overall Skill: Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Meridell

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After the Knights' successful podium finish in Altador Cup VII, they have slowly fallen through the rankings. With a sixth place finish in AC VIII and a ninth place finish in AC IX, the Knights need to rally together this season to obtain a strong ranking. However, the Knights have a reputation of being the dark horse in this Cup, and no one would be surprised if Meridell was a serious contender for the podium this year. Meridell seems to have gotten adjusted to the scoring changes as they have now stabilized significantly (although Shootout Showdown is still their strong suit). In order to place well this year, the Knights will have to take advantage of their large fanbase and start the Cup with a bang!

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 6.88
Overall Annual Ranking: 4th
Fan Base: Large
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Average
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Moltara

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Ever since their first appearance in the Altador Cup, the Magmas have mainly been a lower tiered team. Last year the Magmas shocked many spectators with their spectacular performance. Rising from last place to a podium finish in AC IX, the Magmas have proven that underdog teams should not be underestimated. The question is whether or not the Moltara will be able to perform at the same level this Cup. A similar situation occurred in AC VIII, where Altador was able to finish in second place, however they were not able to keep up the same momentum and dropped back down to eighteenth in AC IX. Will history repeat itself? Only one thing is certain, the Magmas definitely have a long road ahead of them.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 14.40
Overall Annual Ranking: 16th
Fan Base: Small
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Good
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Excellent
Shootout Showdown Skill: Very Good
Overall Skill: Very Good

Predicted Final Tier: Lower

Mystery Island

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Mystery Island had a successful podium push in Altador Cup VII earning second place, outperforming major powerhouse teams such as Darigan Citadel and Krawk Island. However, these last two Cups have been rough for the Natives, as they have returned to their position as a middle tier team. The Natives have proven that they are capable of competing with the formidable teams of this tournament, and they will be hard at work to rise to the upper tiers once again. If their slushie slinging skills improve significantly, the Natives will be able to move towards the upper tiers once again.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 9.63
Overall Annual Ranking: 12th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Poor
Yooyuball Skill: Average
Slushie Slinger Skill: Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Average
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Roo Island

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After their spectacular podium finish in Altador Cup VIII, the Rooligans dropped down in the rankings and ended up in a three way tie for thirteenth place with Terror Mountain and Shenkuu in last year's Cup. The happy go lucky Rooligans will be looking to make their way onto the podium once again. In order to do so, Roo Island must hone their yooyu slinging techniques. Lackluster performances in Yooyuball and Shootout Showdown last Cup hindered the Rooligans; however, their slushie slinging skills and supercharged fans were on par with that of upper tier teams. Roo Island should not be counted out for a run at the podium as they have shown spectators once before that the Rooligans are able to make the impossible, possible.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 6.75
Overall Annual Ranking: 5th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Good
Shootout Showdown Skill: Low
Overall Skill: Average

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Shenkuu

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During the first three years the Ninjas participated in the Altador Cup, Shenkuu was a powerhouse team. With podium finishes in AC II and IV, it seemed that no force would be able to stop the Ninjas. However, in AC V, the Ninjas mysteriously dropped to eleventh place and have forever since remained a middle tier team. In a three-way tie with Terror Mountain and Roo Island for thirteenth place in last year's Cup, the Ninjas will need to improve in their yooyu slinging skills if they wish to separate from the middle of the pack. With only a handful of wins in Yooyuball, the Ninjas will need to put in the extra effort in order to propel themselves to the top of the pack once again.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 8.88
Overall Annual Ranking: 10th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Outstanding
Yooyuball Skill: Very Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Average
Make Some Noise Skill: Average
Shootout Showdown Skill: Low
Overall Skill: Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Terror Mountain

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After the Chillers' seventh place finish in Altador Cup VIII, they have once again returned to their old habits, tied with the Rooligans and the Ninjas for thirteenth place in last year's AC IX. Terror Mountain has already established that they are one of the tournament's most consistent middle tier teams. However, the Chillers will be looking to raise higher in the rankings once again, and in order to do so, they will be looking to improve their Yooyuball skills, a major weakness in their overall performance last Cup. The fourth worst team in Yooyuball wins last cup, will Team Captain Prytariel be able to move to the upper tiers once again? With continued enthusiasm and focus, the Chillers' loyal, hard-working fanbase will surely be able to give upper tiered teams a run for the Cup.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 10.38
Overall Annual Ranking: 13th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Very Low
Slushie Slinger Skill: Low
Make Some Noise Skill: Low
Shootout Showdown Skill: Low
Overall Skill: Low

Predicted Final Tier: Lower Middle

Tyrannia

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A middle tier team in the first seven years of the Fossils' performance in the Altador Cup, Tyrannia climbed the rankings and took the Cup in AC VIII after their tenth place finish the year before in AC VII. Largely unaffected by the "winner's curse", the Fossils were able to tie with Darigan Citadel for fourth place last Cup. Winning twenty Yooyuball matches last Cup, the Fossils have proven that a silly "winner's curse" will not get in their way of their dreams for a second win. Using momentum from the past two years, the Fossils will certainly be making a push for the podium once again.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 7.38
Overall Annual Ranking: 6th
Fan Base: Medium
Sportsmanship: Exceeds Expectations
Yooyuball Skill: Very Good
Slushie Slinger Skill: Very Good
Make Some Noise Skill: Very Good
Shootout Showdown Skill: Very Good
Overall Skill: Very Good

Predicted Final Tier: Upper Middle

Virtupets

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Virtupets' first-place finish in Altador Cup VI took everyone by surprise, as they'd never really been considered a top-tier team. But all their hard work was dashed the following year when they plummeted a shocking twelve places. The next year brought the Robots further disappointment as they slid even lower on the totem pole, landing them with a sixteenth-place finish. AC IX, however, was a year of triumph for the steely heroes of Virtupets as they chugged their way all the way up to second place! This year Keetra Delle and her team will be endeavouring to prove that last year's success was far more than a flash in the pan.

Team Stats At A Glance

Average Annual Ranking: 10.00
Overall Annual Ranking: 11th
Fan Base: Small
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: Upper Middle

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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