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Jubilation and Explosions Mark AC VIII Awards Ceremony

on Tuesday, July 2nd 2013 @ 5:44 am EST by blaisezabini

Podium


Hello and welcome, everybody! The Altador Cup is finally over! It's been a crazy month, to say the least! With everything from Austin being arrested numerous times, to explosions in our very own newsroom, my first year as a reporter has definitely been a memorable one! After twenty-nine excruciating days, the dust has settled and the long-awaited results have been announced! Here to share them with you are myself, Matt, and my co-anchor Katie who is out on the field for the first time! Now we have Katie to get us started with the results!

[The feed first cuts to a panorama shot of Altador. Then, it follows the celebrations taking place outside the Colosseum.]


Thanks, Matt! As my co-anchor mentioned, it's my first time venturing out into the throng of Altador Cup fans, and boy, are things lively! To my left are some lovely pastel-colored jerseys and pennants marking the camaraderie of the Faerieland team; the scene on my right has gathered some Virtupets fans, garbed in chrome; and further ahead are the distinct camps of the Moltara and Mystery Island supporters. I'm here to discuss this year's Bottom Four, whose efforts won't go without notice. Even when they were down, they simply did not give up! Such raw determination is admirable, don't you think?

Magma Jubjub [An eager Magmas fan sneaks up from behind and swipes the microphone away.]

Moltara fan: Yeah! Of course it is!

Uh, well, that was a rhetorical question--

Moltara fan: We nearly swept Mystery Island and Faerieland, and everyone thought our team was full of hot air. We had results, it just didn't show!

True. You did also have nine Shootout Showdown wins to show. A real question for you now: what are you hoping for Moltara to improve upon next year?

Moltara fan: We've got to get out of last place, duh! Our team is much more capable of a higher ranking. That's pretty much it, as we've got to take it one step at a time.

Great. Can I have my microphone back?

Moltara fan: I'll play you some trivia for it, how about that?

Really? Okay, fine. Let's play.

[An intense round of Altador Cup trivia ends in the reporter's favor, allowing her to continue meandering around the various celebrations.]

Now that the microphone debacle has been sorted out, we return to our final results coverage. Next up, we have our first tie -- Virtupets and Faerieland are sixteenth!

[The mention of both teams draws attention from the respective supporters.]

Faerieland fan: We had five Yooyuball wins! Go, Worrill!

Virtupets fan: Yeah, well, we had seventeen!

Faerieland fan: Both of our teams got side-swept by Mystery Island, so there!

Robot GrarrlVirtupets fan: You know what I have to say about that? 001010101010 010101 0101010110 01010 010101011101 0101011110100110 110110!

Whoa, there! This is family-friendly television! We don't need another lawsuit on our hands, okay? Both of your teams deserve some merit, no matter what the standings say.

Virtupets fan: Right, sorry. Faerieland did win Yooyuball twice against Kiko Lake, which is rather impressive.

Faerieland fan: Seventeen Yooyuball wins are amazing!

See? That's the Altador Cup spirit! Both Virtupets and Faerieland have the potential to climb in the standings, and next year could be the year they do! The Robots need to establish a stronger presence in the beginning of the Cup to amass points early on, which may be holding them back from a higher finish. Faerieland would like to prove to everyone that they can be a force to be reckoned with, and especially a team that can cause upsets. We'll have to see if captain Kakoni Worrill can make that a reality next year.

Mystery Island Native Before I hand over our coverage to Matt in the newsroom, I've got one more team to report on: Mystery Island. I'm approaching the festive campsite as I speak -- the music is quite loud, but also very spirited. A kind Island Techo has put his flute aside to speak with me. I'm from TDN and I'd like to ask you--

Mystery Island fan: The Daily Neopets? Like Austin from TDN? The one involved in the Kau explosions?

Er, well, yes, our emphatic Austin is our usual field reporter... and I cannot comment on the allegations of Kau explosions. I'm just your regular Altador Cup reporter. I'd like to ask you about Mystery Island's season this year: Was it what you expected?

Mystery Island fan: Going from second to fifteenth place isn't exactly a picnic, I'll tell you that.

Sure, it may have been a rough year, but certainly there's a silver lining to it all?

Mystery Island fan: Some of our best outings came against teams Virtupets and Faerieland, who we side-swept during our match-ups.

So I heard! Not too bad. Any comments on what you'd like to see next year for the Natives?

Mystery Island fan: We all agree that we would like to place higher than fifteenth place, and a Yooyuball win wouldn't hurt either. We still have faith in Volgoth!

Mystery Island PartyThank you! I've got to pass off the report to Matt now to report on the next ten rankings, as I've been coerced into jamming out with the Natives of Mystery Island. What a fun bunch! This has been an enthralling field report from yours truly, Katie.

Thanks, Katie. It seems like there's a lot of action at the colosseum! It's lively in here as well! Plushies from all teams have been scattered around the newsroom. Isn't this Darigan Citadel plushie the cutest? Before I get too distracted, let's get on with the results from the middle of the pack, the middle ten!

In fourteenth place we have Kiko Lake! The Kikos had a fairly good season this year, and although it's a big drop from their finish in sixth place last year, they certainly had some highlights. The Kikos were able to nearly sweep Meridell twice, which was no easy feat. The Kikos' record of 19/25 wins in Slushie Slinger is also nothing to scoff at! Next year, the Kikos hope to have a stronger presence earlier on in the Cup, and to use their Slushie Slinger skills to their advantage.

Lest Desert CelebratesTied for twelfth place we have the Lost Desert Mummies and the Shenkuu Ninjas! These two teams had a decent run this year, each team having some highlights to note. Lost Desert was able to nearly sweep Terror Mountain, and was also able to win Yooyuball against Shenkuu and Brightvale. It seems that the Mummies have fallen through the rankings again; will they be able to recover next year? If they're able to strengthen their core, and make sure that they don't stretch themselves too thin, they'll definitely improve next year. As for Shenkuu, they were able to side-sweep Virtupets and the Lost Desert and were also able to deal a loss to powerhouse Roo Island. The Ninjas have fourteen Slushie Slinger wins, and if they can work on their Yooyuball skills and focus on Slushie Slinger, they'll have a chance at placing higher next year.

The Brightvale Wizards were able to take eleventh place. Like other teams in the middle, the Wizards were able to do very well in Slushie Slinger, obtaining fifteen wins total. They were able to deliver Altador's first loss in Slushie Slinger, which was amazing! They'll be looking to keep their consistency up, and also focusing on advancing in the rankings. We'll see if they have what it takes to rise in the rankings next year.

Tied for ninth place, the Maraqua Mermaids were able to pull off an amazing year! Sweeping powerhouse Darigan Citadel, and former champions Kreludor, Maraqua was a force to be reckoned with! Their eighteen wins in Make Some Noise and Shootout Showdown were also very impressive. At the end of the day, however, those wins don't make much of a difference if the Mermaids don't place well in the brackets. So next year, they'll be wanting to be a stronger presence in the beginning of the bracket system as well as the remainder of the Cup.

Now before we get on with the rest of the results, we have breaking news to report! The charges against Austin have been formally brought up, and the trial is being aired now! Let's watch!

[The feed cuts to a stone floor. Light can be seen from the upper-left.]

We at TDN would like to thank the Magistrati for their aid in transcribing parts of the following segment.

Praetors Peregrine Praetor Livia: Austin Johan Mustachio, you are hereby charged under Altadorian Council Law with the following criminal offences: Child Destruction, Endangering the Safety of an Aircraft, Arson, Riot, Cruelty to Persons under 16, Assaulting a Prison Officer, Hostage Taking, Abduction, Offenses Against Neopolitic Protection of Nuclear Material, Breach of Prison, Assisting Prisoners to Escape, Bomb Hoax…

[The camera swivels upwards, focusing briefly on a field reporter, Midtime, standing in front of an arched window.]

Oh! Is that camera -- ah. My mistake. Salvete, dear viewers! You see before you now --

[Visible through the window is the centre of a vast court, enclosed by terraced seats in Altadorian fashion, whereunto the camera turns.]

-- one of the famous tribunals of Altador, constructed, in fact, in the second century of the kingdom, specifically for the discharge of criminal cases -- what? I am not rambling. This is important information that the audience may well find relevant. They wo’n’t -- they are hardly going to change the channel: we are, and have been, the primary source for -- this is very important work: d’you understand that?

[The cameraperson is heard to mention the name 'Lydia'.]

You cannot er well all right. Criminal cases, dear viewers, such as the one going on at this very moment: a villain of the most classically dastardly sort (one whose acts, of course, we have nothing to do with) has finally been detained, and the charges against him have just finished being read by the praetor inter cives et peregrinos, Gaia Altadoria Livia Librata (which is translated, Livia the Staid), whose personal presence here is clearly indicative of the gravity of these accusations. It is not customary for such procedures to be open to the public, for fear of disruption; but as this is a matter that concerns a good portion of Altador’s population, and much of the rest of Neopia besides, we have been specially permitted to observe, and to broadcast the results throughout the television-attendant world.

Blumaroo court clerk Now the legal proceedings in Altador differ somewhat from those in Central, and as such you see neither prosecutor in person, nor the impassioned rhetoric that usually attends an adversarial trial. The work of the advocates both for and against the accused can be seen in the documents that the iudices are now examining, which are supposed to present the entire case as clearly as possible, and not to influence their judgement or interpretation to the extent of which a skilled speaker is capable.

The iudices are those other figures that are visible in the seats below the sella curulis. While the praetor is an official selected for her position by Altadorius Venator himself, each iudex has been selected by the praetor specifically for the occasion.

Well, it appears -- to no surprise -- that the guilt of the defendant has been ascertained in almost the full list of his alleged crimes. However, if I recall correctly, it is generally considered necessary to secure the firm testimony of the defendant, whether for or against his culpability in each matter, and furthermore his willingness to accept his punishment. The first part of this obligation was discharged earlier on; but -- ah, here it comes. We will greatly benefit from listening in silence for this section.

Peregrine Praetor Livia: Mr Austin Johan Mustachio, do you admit your guilt concerning the aforementioned charge of Child Destruction?

Austin: I'm innocent!

Ah, he motions for an -- what? Oh, all right, I’ll be quiet.

Peregrine Praetor Livia: Do you then uphold this claim against the verdict of the quaestio?

Austin: Ma'am, I don't understand French. You're gonna have to speak English.

[The iudices are seen to converse briefly among themselves. After a few seconds, the praetor motions them to be silent.]

Peregrine Praetor Livia: Very well. Do you admit your guilt concerning the aforementioned charge of Endangering the Safety of an Aircraft?

Austin: Safety of an Aircraft? What on earth are you talking about?

Peregrine Praetor Livia: I refer to the self-same charge of which you were convicted in the hearing of the court, some twenty minutes ago.

Austin: Look, the only reason I destroyed the aircraft was because it had a bomb in it. I was saving countless numbers of innocent lives.

Peregrine Praetor Livia: You have already given your testimony in this regard, with...

Indeed he did; it was defeated by video evidence, which is by law accounted to be invincible against verbal testimony -- oh, sorry.

Peregrine Praetor Livia: ...according to which we will no longer accept further assertions. The court requires you to answer the question asked.

Austin: You know what? I don't need your criticism. Y'all don't know me! I'm out of here!

Smoke Bomb [Austin kicks away one of the guards standing at his side and tosses a small metallic object at his feet, which produces a sudden flash of white light. The camera is abruptly dropped to the ground. A few seconds pass before it is finally recovered and turned to the centre of the court, where various personnel are shown collapsed and unconscious, and whence Austin -- along with his guards, and a perfect hemisphere of the ground below him several metres wide -- has disappeared.]

Well!

I think that concludes our segment; don’t you? I am going to pass the baton back to Matt very quickly. Thank you for watching, friends. Pax vobiscum.

Well, wasn't that...interesting. Hopefully we'll be able to hear from Austin later on. Let's continue on with the results! Also tied for ninth place, we have the Haunted Woods Zombies. Haunted Woods has had a good year as well, nearly sweeping Brightvale and powerhouse Meridell! They were also able to give Roo Island two losses, which you all probably know is not an easy thing to do. Like Brightvale, the Mummies’ consistency is good, but they've made slow progress in advancing to the top. Their slow start set them up for a poor bracket ranking, so next year we'll see if they can get out of their slump at the beginning!

Zenor KevixPrytariel We have another tie to report! Terror Mountain and former champions Team Kreludor are tied for seventh! Kreludor did very well this year, and despite winning last year, they haven't faltered from the winner's curse as badly as previous teams have. They were able to give losses to Roo Island in Make Some Noise, and were also able to sweep Darigan Citadel and Haunted Woods! They did very well considering that they had the winner's curse with them. Does this mean that the winner’s curse doesn't have as much as an effect as in past years? We'll see if Tyrannia will be able to do well next year. If Kreludor can improve in all the games slightly, they'll be a force to be reckoned with next year. As for Terror Mountain, they did very well from the middle to the end of the Cup! They stood fast against numerous powerhouse teams, such as Altador, whom they were able to give losses in Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown. They also had a sixteen-day Yooyuball streak! Amazing! Their hopes next year are to have a stronger presence early on, and to keep that presence remaining for the Cup!

Meridell took sixth place. The Knights were able to do very well at the start of the Cup! They were also able to take numerous first-place bracket finishes, which resulted in their high-ranking finish! The Knights were able to do very well in Shootout Showdown, only losing five games in the entire Cup. They were also able to sweep their powerhouse rival, Darigan Citadel! Amazing! Next year, they'll be looking to be on the podium and to do so, they'll have to keep up motivation later on in the Cup, along with improving their Yooyuball and Slushie Slinger skills!

Darigan Elemental Rounding out our middle ten, at the top in fifth place we have Darigan Citadel! The Minions had an average performance this year in comparison to their other years, and they were able to keep their team from falling below seventh place! They nearly swept powerhouse Krawk Island and also Haunted Woods. Their fourteen Shootout Showdown wins are nothing to scoff about, but they do need to improve their skills in all the games if they want to do better. Their hopes for next year are to keep up motivation, especially middle-to-late in the Cup, which is where we saw the Minions struggle. They also have some redeeming to do, and hopefully they'll be able to show us that they have what it takes to remain a powerhouse team by rising higher in the rankings next year!

Now let's turn it over to Katie, who will finish off this report with the top four teams!

I'm back from my jam session with the Mystery Island Natives to report on your Top Four this season! This is Katie, your newly-turned field reporter, giving you the scoop on all the wild celebrations from the top teams this year! Krawk Island supporters are blasting off cannons filled with confetti and petpets, which seems highly questionable, while the Rooligans are having a massive gathering to celebrate their podium finish. The two most humongous celebrations, however, belong to Altador and Tyrannia. The Fossils are rocking the house with their guest musical performers, but the Altador fans are going absolutely nuts, just like our favorite Crazy Techo!

Yooyu misplay Krawk Island had an exceptional season this year, especially as they destroyed their competition during the third round of play. That round in particular, in which they cite no losses, helped propel them to a higher finish.

[Interjecting] Krawk Island fan: And we nearly swept Meridell, Kreludor, and Maraqua too, arrrrgh!

Right on! What are you shooting out of those cannons?

Krawk Island fan: Confetti, o' course!

What about those petpets, mhm? I'd watch out for the PPL if I were you.

Krawk Island fan: Oh, don't you worry your pretty little head, lass. They enjoy it! It's like a game!

I'll abstain, thank you. I'm just here to record your reaction to the final standings.

Krawk Island: We're overjoyed! We're in the mood for plundering, arrrrrgh! Fourth place is decent enough, but we'll get back to the podium next year...

Lilo Blumario Fantastic! Carry on. The next scene I'm walking toward is that of our third-place winners -- Roo Island! The fan fervor is intense for the Rooligans, who have a shiny new bronze trophy to take home.

Roo Island's record is--

[Interjecting] Roo Island fan: TeROOfic.

Spontaneous, okay. I can dig that. Can you elaborate, please?

Roo Island fan: I mean, we ROOlly pounded Tyrannia in Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown, and that's not even the best part! We bROOke their undefeated streak. That's brilliant.

Excellent work! Didn't you also give Altador a loss in Shootout Showdown?

Roo Island fan: Yeah! Our team set out to pROOve that previous champions can be consistent, and we Rooligans will try to do the same next year. BOING!

Indeed. Thank you for your time! And now we're heading to the extremely bright celebration over to my right, which seems to belong to the Suns...

The hosts of the tournament have outshone most of the other teams this year, as they have taken second place! Many of the supporters are simply basking in the ambiance of their victory, while a few of the younger fans have been keeping things lively with some Clockwork Yooyus.

Clockwork Yooyu [The distraction with the Clockwork Yooyus works. Two of the Altador fans steal the microphone and fight over possession of it.]

Oh, no, not again!

Altador fans: WE ARE THE BEST!

Well, second-best, technically...

Altador fans: Who cares? Nuance! We're going to celebrate all night! For the first time in eight years, we get to party hard!

I need to ask you about this season, so hold off on your celebrations for a moment! What was special about your run for the podium this year?

Altador fans: Nine losses. Nine losses the entire Cup! Isn't that just awesome? That warrants some celebration, baby!

Well, certainly. Any hopes for next year?

Altador fans: Probably watch out for that pesky winner's curse or whatever Mystery Island had. For now, we're going out with a bang!

Oh, okay... can I have my microphone back, please?

Altador fans: Sure, and you should probably stand back...

[They hand back the microphone before riling up a few Clockwork Yooyus. The Yooyus start glinting with red light.]

Are they going to... explode? I didn't sign up for this, argh! RUN!

[BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!]

[The reporter is out of breath by the time she gets to the Tyrannian campsite.]

Tyrannian Party Finally! I've arrived at this year's champions’ bash, where various guest musical performers have been playing nonstop since the standings were announced. The Fossils' music is simply timeless. Let's see if I can snag a willing interviewee for a brief moment while the concerts rage on... Excuse me, can you comment on your victory run and unprecedented win streak?

Tyrannia fan: UGGA UGGA! UGGA SMASH!

No need to get nasty! Can I get a translator, please? Yes, you can? Okay!

Tyrannia translator: This gentleman says that his team enjoyed stomping on their competition in order to bring home the gold trophy. Make Some Noise was their favorite, as they have had much practice with making a racket.

What poetry! Such lovely cadences come from the Tyrannian language. Can you tell us what your team hopes to achieve next year?

Tyrannia fan: UG UGGA UG UG UGGA.

Tyrannia translator: What else? Avoid the winner's curse!

Stadium Celebrations Truer words have never been spoken. You've heard it all right here from TDN! I've got a few more minutes to enjoy the celebrations taking place outside the Colosseum, so let's send it back up to Matt to wrap up our final report for the eighth Altador Cup! This has been your usual co-anchor, Katie, reporting to you live from Altador. Good night!

Thanks, Katie, for your excellent report. I hope you have fun with the Tyrannians! Well, thanks for reading, everyone! I hoped you all enjoyed this year's Altador Cup, and I also hope that your fingers haven't fallen off! Get plenty of rest and have a great year, everybody! From all of us at The Daily Neopets, thank you for sticking with us through all our shenanigans! You guys are the best, and we hope to see you all next year for AC IX!

I would also like to thank the Altador Cup team: Lydia, Theo, Livvy, Xepha, Noog, Midtime, Katie, Austin, and Bryce! Without them, delivering all this coverage wouldn't be possible, so I would just like to say: thank you all for your hard work, and I look forward to working with you guys next year! This has certainly been an Altador Cup that I won't forget! We'll see you next year!

[Static.]

[The camera cuts to Austin holding what looks to be a detonator, with the Colosseum in the background.]

You know, they call me crazy. I break out of jail countless times to stay on the crew, yet I'm still treated like some kind of criminal. They say my Johan character was too much, that rock isn't real, and that I'm a liability.

I'll show them a liability...

[Austin presses the button, and the Colosseum explodes.]

Call me crazy again! I dare you! You know what's really crazy? All these shenanigans that I've been in have been for a good cause. You just don't know it... yet.

Just wait, and you'll see how everything I've done impacts the world. It's been fun, Neopia. Have a great year! And remember, stay classy.

[Hundreds of armoured guards have slowly become visible. All of them are running towards the cliff where Austin is standing.]

You know, after a full month of doing this, you'd think those guys would have learned. I'm unstoppable. So long, Neopia!

[Austin jumps off the cliff and swoops into the air with some sort of powered glider. He glides into the sunset.]


Obligatory disclaimer: This news report was written to inform you all of the latest Altador Cup results in as entertaining a manner as possible. The rest of its content is largely fictional, composed from various fan comments and the whims of our imagination in an attempt to inspire a sense of realism through our reporting. While we do our best to keep things reasonably neutral, this report is in no way intended to be a completely bias-free listing of the day's results, nor does it claim to provide critical analysis of past and potential outcomes from qualified Altador Cup experts. Please note that the opinions formulated in this report are from a full team of different reporters, and in no way represent the views of only a single faction. If you're looking for 100% unbiased performance data, take a look at our standings page. If professional analysis tickles your fancy, you want our predictions pages (global/daily).

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AC VIII Concludes Intense Final Day

on Saturday, June 29th 2013 @ 9:57 am EST by blaisezabini

Teams Map


Hello and welcome, everyone! The last day of the Altador Cup has wrapped up, and we have the results! This is Matt, and I'm here with my wonderful co-anchor Katie! Austin couldn't make it today, but we'll carry on! I have the results from the Alabriss Bracket, and Katie and I will both be reporting the results from the Minitheus Bracket. So let's get started!

Roo Island and Kreludor went head to head, and the results were surprising to say the least! After being swept by Maraqua, very few people expected Kreludor to do so well against the Rooligans, but they were able to surprise many! Roo Island was able to take Yooyuball from the Moons as expected, and were also able to claim Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown. However, Kreludor was able to take Make Some Noise, their fans screaming their heads off, taking the side game with a close score of eight to seven. When the dust settled, Kreludor had made their mark against the Rooligans, who are currently the third-place team in the overall standings. Of course, the overall standings aren't final. To find out the results you'll have to stay tuned for our final report!

Our second matchup in this bracket was Mystery Island versus Krawk Island, and the results were as most analysts expected. Krawk Island was able to dominate Yooyuball, winning with a score of five to three! The Pirates were also able to side-sweep the Natives, resulting in a clean sweep to end the last day of the Cup. With their second-place finish last year, Mystery Island shocked many people this year as they dropped back into the lower tiers, but hopes are still high for a better run next year.

Sela Pretore Weldar Xupenfarb For our last matchup in the Alabriss Bracket we had Virtupets go against Maraqua. Virtupets stuck to their regular tactics today as they focused all their energy on Yooyuball. The Mermaids put up some resistance but almost all their scoring attempts were quickly dispatched by Virtupets' pair of defenders, outperforming even Maraqua's hardened defensive line! The Robots were able to take Yooyuball with a close score of six to five, but having spent all their energy on Yooyuball, they were side-swept by the Mermaids.

This concludes the results of the Alabriss bracket! Now let's move on to the Minitheus Bracket, where Katie and I will be co-reporting the results! Let's have Katie start off!

And they say that chivalry is dead! Hello, folks, this is Katie helping out with the Minitheus Bracket results today! First up, the Haunted Woods scared the wits out of their rival, Darigan Citadel, in Yooyuball...

...but the Minions weren't scared for long, as they were able to win the side games, nailing the Zombies into their coffins! Wait a minute -- we're getting word that Johan has returned, and is out in the Colosseum now, so let's turn to him for the rest of the Minitheus Bracket results!

Yoris Obbles Hey, Neopia! It's Johan, with extremely exciting results from the Minitheus Bracket! Shenkuu wasn't able to keep up with the attack from Meridell last night, as they were only able to take Slushie Slinger from the Knights. Meridell was able to end the tournament on a hot note, by finally taking out the Ninjas. The Knights should hold a strong placing in the top eight of the tournament after a good win last night. We'll see how both teams did overall later this week.

An administrative miracle Tyrannia once again upended their opponent with a complete sweep, as they topped Moltara. The Fossils extended their almost unbroken streak of sweeps, tearing through the competition with unparalleled might. Tyrannia looks strong enough to win not only the bracket, but the Cup. The Dinos are definitely looking to take the top spot in the tournament, and at this point only an administrative miracle could bring them down.

It's been an exciting Cup so far, but only a few te-

Jail Break! Guards: There he is! Get him!

What in the world is going on!?

Guards: You're under arrest for escape, resisting arrest, and vandalism.

You have the wrong g-

[The guards tackle the reporter.]

Guards: Aha! We've finally caught you after all this trouble! Prepare yourself for A LOT of jail time!

No! You've got the wrong-

[A loud but indistinct conversation begins between a guard and the camerawoman, drowning out the reporter’s voice. The camera briefly swivels to show the reporter in the process of being subdued before the screen goes blank.]

...Oh, we're back in the newsroom!

[Flustered by the unexpected cut, the newsroom anchor regains her composure.]

I'm your co-anchor, Katie, with the results for the Vaeolus Bracket. Well, that didn't last too long, did it? We may have to post Johan's bail over the weekend... anyway, onwards with the rest of the results!

Last, but certainly not least, the Vaeolus Bracket saw two solid finishes for Altador and the Lost Desert, who swept Brightvale and Faerieland, respectively. The Terror Mountain–Kiko Lake matchup was more heated, although the Chillers put the Kikos on ice in Yooyuball and Shootout Showdown. Kiko Lake finished the season with an exceptional Slushie Slinger record, as did Terror Mountain with Yooyuball. The Cup has been anything but dull, that's for sure!

Remis Team Altador continues to assert their dominance over the competition, outshining Brightvale in all four games yesterday. By securing the victories by fairly large margins, the Suns have guaranteed themselves a podium trophy. When solicited for comment, Altador's captain "Trapper" Remis told us that he was waiting on the final decision of the Altador Cup Committee before any celebrations took place for the host land of the tournament. He also added that their recognition as a serious team was long overdue, and their cohesion as a team helped their rise in the standings. The Suns have certainly earned their trophy!

The Lost Desert had an excellent outing against Faerieland, their best since the team swept Mystery Island during the third round. The Mummies finished their underwhelming season with a green row, which is nothing to scoff at. Leera Heggle, the Lost Desert's captain, and Faerieland's captain, Kakoni Worrill, shook hoof and flipper on the field for a brilliant display of sportsmanship. Worrill commented that he is taking the losses in stride. He also notes that next year could be their year for a championship run, as Altador's rise from the bottom of the standings has been rather inspiring for the Faeries. Indeed, it seems that historically low-ranking teams are getting their shots for gold, which is quite refreshing.

Prytariel Terror Mountain took two games from Kiko Lake yesterday: Yooyuball and Shootout Showdown. The Kikos retaliated with wins in Slushie Slinger, their best game, and Make Some Noise. It's likely that the Chillers will finish with a tie for seventh place with Kreludor, which isn't too shabby considering their poor start to the season. Along with the notoriety they’ve gained for climbing the standings during the middle of the tournament, team captain Prytariel is in contention for the Altador Cup's Most Valuable Player, as she retains the highest goals per game average -- with an approximate 6.8434 GPG. Congratulations, Prytariel: your hard work has paid off!

Congratulations to all teams -- you made it to the end! Today's report marks the end of daily results, so, everyone, please enjoy your weekend! Matt, perhaps Austin, maybe Johan, and I will see you all right here when the Altador Cup Committee releases the final standings on Monday, so stay tuned for the most exciting part of the Cup -- the coronation of this year's champions! Au revoir, folks!

We await the final results...


Obligatory disclaimer: This news report was written to inform you all of the latest Altador Cup results in as entertaining a manner as possible. The rest of its content is largely fictional, composed from various fan comments and the whims of our imagination in an attempt to inspire a sense of realism through our reporting. While we do our best to keep things reasonably neutral, this report is in no way intended to be a completely bias-free listing of the day's results, nor does it claim to provide critical analysis of past and potential outcomes from qualified Altador Cup experts. Please note that the opinions formulated in this report are from a full team of different reporters, and in no way represent the views of only a single faction. If you're looking for 100% unbiased performance data, take a look at our standings page. If professional analysis tickles your fancy, you want our predictions pages (global/daily).

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Faeries, Mermaids, and Chillers Aim To Go Out With A Bang

on Friday, June 28th 2013 @ 9:32 am EST by blaisezabini


Welcome, folks! This is your ever-effervescent newsroom reporter, Katie, bringing you today's results alongside my co-anchor, Matt, and sans our scheming field reporter, Austin, and his mustachioed doppelganger, Johan. We ought to look into their absences, especially since our producers have been insisting upon meeting our entropy quota each day, but Matt and I need to get on with your results first! Updates on our field reporters will be read as they come in. For now, onto the Alabriss Bracket!

The Alabriss Bracket showed off the steadfast resolve of three teams yesterday, as the bracket consisted of nothing but clean sweeps! Krawk Island, Maraqua, and Roo Island defeated their opponents as the fifth round started to wrap up. Virtupets fell to Krawk Island in Yooyuball, their best game, by a one-point margin; Maraqua bested their higher-seeded adversary, Kreludor, in a suspense-filled match; and Roo Island continues to prove their worthiness for third place in the standings with another sweep over the Natives of Mystery Island.

Feldon Collibridge Many were stunned to see that Krawk Island had taken Yooyuball from Virtupets, as the currently sixteenth-ranked team has one of the best Yooyuball records this season. The Pirates' right forward, Feldon "Dinksy" Collibridge, was attributed the winning goal, juking past the Robots' Keetra Deile and Sela Pretore to score the Snow Yooyu in the lower right-hand corner of the net. Krawk Island's captain, Garven Hale, congratulated his teammate for her quickness on the field and for lifting them to victory. Vying for third has been rendered nigh-impossible at this point, Hale pointed out, and he was still happy for the high finish regardless. The Virtupets team, however, were disappointed that they were unable to beat out the Pirates yesterday. Still, they should be proud of their awesome Yooyuball record!

The Maraqua-Kreludor match-up was exceptionally nerve-wracking for those in attendance, as each game ended with one team edging out in all four: Maraqua! It took a few seconds for the gravity of the situation to be fully realized. The Moons were favored to at least win Yooyuball yesterday, if not the other games. The higher-seeded Kreludor underwhelmed and perhaps underestimated the Mermaids, as Maraqua bounced back from a rough outing against Krawk Island to snag the sweep against the Moons. Elon "The Black Hole" Hughlis, Maraqua's captain, could not be reached for comment, but the mirth that erupted after the clock ran out confirmed that the Mermaids were pleased with their outing yesterday. Kreludor does remain tied for seventh place in the standings, while Maraqua is still tied for ninth place. All in all, both teams are determined to keep fighting until the end!

Volgoth Jair Tollet Mystery Island fell to the Rooligans yesterday, although the Natives ought to be commended for their efforts. Many teams were unable to beat Roo Island this season, and certainly the Natives came close in Yooyuball and Slushie Slinger, in which they lost by only a two-point and one-point margin, respectively. Mystery Island's captain, Volgoth, did agree to say a few words on the performance of his team this season. The underwhelming performance, he noted, was due to the changes they had made pre-season. Despite the fall from last year's second place, Volgoth continued to say, their morale has stayed positive, and that is the most important thing of all. Roo Island was certainly out to secure their podium spot yesterday, and it was a valiant effort by the Natives.

The Minitheus Bracket, on the other hand, saw only one sweep yesterday with the highly-contested clash between Tyrannia and Meridell; the Fossils went all-out in every game to best the Knights by incredible margins. Darigan Citadel and Shenkuu met on the field and fought spectacularly in a close match, with the Ninjas able to edge out in Slushie Slinger in the end. The Minions recuperated with their classic flair and took the other three games, including Yooyuball. The Haunted-Woods–Moltara match-up saw similar results, though the Magmas edged out in Shootout Showdown and left the Zombies with wins in Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, and Make Some Noise.

Meridell had their hands full yesterday against the mighty team Tyrannia, who has beaten powerhouse teams without batting an eye. Unfortunately for the Knights, the Fossils did not relent their amazing numbers. Tyrannia's numbers were in the double digits for all four games, and poor Meridell did not stand a chance. The Knights' gallant efforts were not in vain, as they retained their decent sixth place showing in the standings. As for Tyrannia, gold is certain for Loryche and his teammates. For having such a strong presence the entire tournament, it seems folly for the team not to get the glory for the eighth Altador Cup. There's still one day left to upset the brackets for Meridell, even if there is only a sliver of a chance of doing so. It is the Altador Cup, after all!

Darigan Citadel was another team that bounced back from a brutal match the previous day, managing a near-sweep against Shenkuu. With wins in Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown, they were able to keep Meridell at bay in their bracket. The Minions' captain, Layton Vickles, did not speak with a forked tongue when he said that his team would do well this season. Trumping Meridell in the bracket, he noted, was one of the highlights of the season. Shenkuu, however, was unable to reach their potential this year. Currently tied for twelfth place with the Lost Desert, the Ninjas have had a decent season overall. Their Yooyuball record was below average and could definitely be improved upon next year. The Slushie Slinger win did prove that Shenkuu is still in the tournament to cause some damage, which is a good thing indeed.

Haunted Woods Logo Aldric Beign The Haunted Woods steamrolled Moltara yesterday, taking Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, and Make Some Noise from the Magmas. The Magmas did have some steam left in them, however, and managed to pull off the Shootout Showdown win. Moltara has suffered under the bracket system, despite their decent numbers this season. With little hope to overtake Virtupets and Faerieland to climb out of eighteenth, the Moltarians have to keep plugging along against Tyrannia today. Additionally, the Zombies have little hope of surpassing Meridell to advance past their tie for ninth place with Maraqua. However, neither team ought to be discouraged over their standings this season. As the old Altador Cup saying goes, there's always next year!

Since neither Johan nor Austin appear to have checked in from the Colosseum yet, we'll swivel our cameras over to my co-anchor, Matt, to hear him give his riveting rendition of the Vaeolus Bracket results.

YOUR WELCOME. Do not get wet Thanks, Katie, for your excellent report! Now, let's continue on with the results from the Vaeolus Bracket! It was an intense day today, to say the least, and... what are these FURRY THINGS doing under my desk!? Are they... multiplying? What are these things!? Somebody get them out of here!

(loud crashing and clattering noises)

*ahem*

As I was saying, it was a very intense day and many teams were able to do very well! We didn't see any sweeps in this bracket, which was very surprising!

Leera Heggle Lost Desert and Brightvale faced off against each other yesterday. Lost Desert was able to take control of the whole match, only letting the Wizards score a few goals. The Mummies were able to take the win in Yooyuball with a score of four to two. This marks their first win in Yooyuball in this bracket, but with today being the last day of actual gameplay, it won't make much of a difference in the Mummies' overall standing - however, many fans appreciated the morale boost as we move towards the end of the season. As for the rest of the side games, the Wizards were able to cleanly side sweep the Mummies.

For our next match we have Kiko Lake against Faerieland. The Faeries were able to pull off an upset today as they were able to claim Yooyuball from the Kikos, but the Kikos were able to side sweep the Faeries. The Kikos have been doing relatively well in their bracket, but it seems that they underestimated the true power of the Faeries, who took advantage of that. This is the Faeries' fifth Yooyuball win, and we'll see if they can pull off another upset against Lost Desert!

Prytariel Altador Logo Our last match of the day, Terror Mountain versus Altador, was the match to watch! The Scary Terrors definitely showed us that they're a powerful team! The Suns and Chillers went head to head on the field, and despite the Chillers’ best attempts, the Suns were able to get the better of them. With a score of thirteen to eleven, the Suns were barely able to win. The Chillers were able to obtain a win in Slushie Slinger, and their score of thirteen to five definitely isn't something to scoff at. Terror Mountain wasn't going to stop there, however - they went on to claim a win in Shootout Showdown! Amazing! No team has been able to win more than two games from the Suns beside Tyrannia, so the Chillers have achieved what no other team except one has done. The Suns were able to claim the remaining side game, and are hoping these two losses don't hinder their performance today as they go against Brightvale.

Now let's wrap this report up with the matches to watch!

Today we'll see Roo Island and Kreludor face off against each other! It'll be an exciting match to watch considering that Roo Island swept Mystery Island yesterday while Kreludor was swept by Maraqua. Kreludor will be looking to prove themselves on the last day, so we'll see if the Rooligans will be able to hold their ground for one last day.

Underdogs Faerieland and Lost Desert will be facing each other today, and with both of them claiming wins in Yooyuball against their opponents yesterday, we'll see if their strategies will change. Lost Desert will be also trying to make a final push to move ahead of Brightvale, who is currently third in their bracket. Will the Mummies be able to do it?

This concludes our report! This is Matt, with my co-anchor Katie, signing off! We'll see you tomorrow for what may be our last day of coverage!


Obligatory disclaimer: This news report was written to inform you all of the latest Altador Cup results in as entertaining a manner as possible. The rest of its content is largely fictional, composed from various fan comments and the whims of our imagination in an attempt to inspire a sense of realism through our reporting. While we do our best to keep things reasonably neutral, this report is in no way intended to be a completely bias-free listing of the day's results, nor does it claim to provide critical analysis of past and potential outcomes from qualified Altador Cup experts. Please note that the opinions formulated in this report are from a full team of different reporters, and in no way represent the views of only a single faction. If you're looking for 100% unbiased performance data, take a look at our standings page. If professional analysis tickles your fancy, you want our predictions pages (global/daily).

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Citadel Minions Buckle Under Unrelenting Pressure From Team Meridell

on Thursday, June 27th 2013 @ 9:34 am EST by blaisezabini

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Hello and welcome, everybody! The final round is halfway over and the matches only get more intense from here on out. This is Matt with my co-anchor Katie, who has returned! Apparently she hasn't found Austin yet, but we'll keep on looking for him. There's only a few more days until the Cup ends so let's hope he returns soon. With that aside, let's get started with the results from the Alabriss bracket!

Water DwellingThe water dwellers Krawk Island and Maraqua went head to head yesterday. It was certainly an exciting match to watch! Krawk Island was able to take the early lead against Maraqua, and despite the Mermaids’ efforts to catch up, the Pirates were successful in claiming Yooyuball. The Pirates were also able to claim Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown from Maraqua, but the Mermaids weren't discouraged -- they were able to drown out the Pirates' supporters, claiming a win in Make Some Noise. It seems like Krawk Island was able to get back on their feet, and we'll see if they're able to keep it up in the final days to come!

We saw Kreludor and Mystery Island face against each other, and the results were surprising! Kreludor was able to outperform the Natives in Yooyuball as expected, and the Moons were also able to claim Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown. However, the Natives were able to pull off a surprising win in Make Some Noise! They're doing slightly better in this bracket than in the previous ones, but it may be too late in the competition to make a significant difference. Mystery Island is currently at fifteenth place in the overall standings. It's highly unlikely given their performance that they'll be able to pass Maraqua in their bracket, but they have to focus and make sure that Virtupets doesn't pass them and make them drop even lower in the standings.

Virtupets Team with Fire YooyuFor our last matchup in this bracket we had Roo Island face off against Virtupets. It was a heated match, and the results were definitely unexpected! Roo Island was able to dominate in Yooyuball like always, but the Robots were able to catch up! It was looking like the Rooligans were going to claim Yooyuball when Keetra Deile Virtupets' forward was able to score a goal, making the score six to five in the Robots' favor! It's amazing that Virtupets was able to claim Yooyuball, since Roo Island has only previously lost to Tyrannia and Altador, the two top contenders for the Cup, and Terror Mountain. Roo Island was able to side sweep the Robots as previous teams have.

These are all the results I have! Let's turn it over to Johan!

Good morning, Neopia! This is Johan reporting live from in front of this green screen. I can assure you that I am not really in the middle of a Yooyuball game; it's just a projection that's behind me. It's some really neat technology.

Sweeps once again dominated the day in the Minitheus Bracket, as we saw two teams get sweeps. The only team in the bracket to fall short of a sweep was Shenkuu. The Ninjas only dropped Shootout Showdown to the Magmas. With the win, Shenkuu broke their streak of three straight Yooyuball losses. Moltara, on the contrary, has not won a game in ten days. It will be interesting to see if they'll be able to end the Cup on a high note.

Tyrannia pulled another dominating sweep over their unlucky opponents yesterday. Tyrannia has once again started their streak of sweeps and is now up to six in a row. The Fossils continue to dominate the Cup and are looking to finally, after so many years of slowly creeping up in the standings, win the Cup and prove they're one of the greats. Tyrannia is definitely a force to be reckoned with this year and, hopefully, for years to come.

In the surprise of the day, Meridell was able to take from Darigan Citadel their second straight sweep. Meridell, after winning just one game in their previous bracket, has started this one hot. The Knights have won eleven games, while dropping just one. Darigan Citadel has been extremely inconsistent over the past eight days, having pulled away on the winning side of three sweeps, but on the losing side of five. Both teams are still in contention for a top spot and should be fun to watch down the stretch.

Green Screen As the Cup nears an end, we should see some very exciting Yooyuball. Many teams still have a lot to play for. Stay with us at TDN for all the coverage you need! And with that, I'll send it back to the studio. This is Johan reporting in front of a green screen, stay neat, Neopia.

Blumaroo finds ScorchioIt's great to see that Johan has returned, and so have I! Simply put, I was relegated to another task and was unable to return in time for the daily results segment. As always, I'm your co-anchor, Katie, here live in the newsroom with Matt today to round out our brilliant report with the results of the third bracket. Two sweeps ruled the Vaeolus Bracket yesterday, with Altador and Kiko Lake taking the victories from Faerieland and the Lost Desert, respectively. Terror Mountain's steadfast Yooyuball record remained intact, and they vanquished Brightvale overall in three games. It should be noted that the Wizards gave the Chillers their first Slushie Slinger loss since late round two -- how impressive!

Team Altador continues to be a force to be reckoned with, as they latch tight onto first place in the Vaeolus Bracket. The Suns battled the Faeries yesterday, in a largely uncontested match. Leading by at least a four-point margin, Altador secured wins in Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, and Make Some Noise. However, Faerieland showed their tenacity when it came down to Shootout Showdown, keeping the game rather close between the two teams. Unfortunately, the Faeries fell 5-4 to the Suns. Faerieland's captain, Kakoni Worrill, praised their hard work in Shootout Showdown and commended their friends on the Altador team. He also mentioned that they would continue to fight until the very end, despite their disappointing position in the standings. The Faeries' positive attitude is contagious, that's for sure!

The Lost Desert put up a good fight against Kiko Lake, just losing Yooyuball by a narrow 5-4 margin. The Mummies' captain, Leera Heggle, had kept the Kikos at bay until a wayward Darigan Yooyu wriggled past his graceful dive. Ultimately, the Lost Desert team was unable to reciprocate the feat by the time the clock ran out. Team Kiko Lake showed off their Slushie Slinger finesse with another victory, as well as beating their higher-seeded opponent with an admirable sweep. The Kiko's captain, "Poke" Cellers, noted that their victory against the Lost Desert was a team effort. He joked that the Darigan Yooyu that lifted them to the winning score was also part of the team effort. Regardless of the outcome, Cellers added, he was happy with this season and their excellent Slushie Slinger record.

Yooyuball has remained spotless for Terror Mountain since the late second round, and their incredible transformation has raised them up to a tie for seventh place in the standings. However, Brightvale's sole victory in Slushie Slinger yesterday brought the Chillers' immaculate Slushie Slinger record to a halt by a 7-5 margin. The Wizards are no strangers to upsets, as they handed Altador their first loss in Slushie Slinger during the third round. Brightvale is currently situated underneath Terror Mountain in their bracket and eleventh place in the standings. The end is nigh, so every win and ratio margin counts towards a shift in the bracket before the final standings are made permanent.

That's all we've got for bracket results today, so now let's pass it back to my co-anchor, Matt, for the games you folks should all tune in to!

Thanks Johan and Katie! Now let's wrap this up with the matches to watch!

Osielle LidelThe Altador Suns will be taking the Terror Mountain Chillers on today! It will be an exciting match to watch for sure. Altador seems like the stronger team, but the Chillers haven't lost a Yooyuball game since the second round, which is certainly an impressive feat! We'll see if the Chillers are able to cool Altador's streak, or if Altador will continue to sweep.

Another match to watch is Lost Desert versus Brightvale. Lost Desert hasn't gotten a lot of attention, so we'll see if they can beat the Brightvale Wizards.The Mummies have only gotten one win so far in this bracket. Will they be able to upset the Wizards?

Filo DesenzOur last match to watch is between the Maraqua Mermaids and the Kreludor Moons! They've both been doing relatively well so far, but with Maraqua's recent loss against Krawk Island, will they still have what it takes to pull off some wins against Kreludor? Find out tomorrow!

We're done for yesterday's results! This is Matt along with my co-anchor Katie, and our field reporter Johan signing off! We'll see you tomorrow!
 

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Space Teams Showcase Cutting Edge Yooyuball In Heated Final Round Clash

on Wednesday, June 26th 2013 @ 9:45 am EST by blaisezabini

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Missing Staffers reward may be offered Welcome, everybody! This is Matt reporting live from the newsroom! My co-anchor Katie is still not back - I can only imagine that her disappearance has something to do with Austin. While she's gone, I'll take over in her absence! As always, we'll keep you updated with Austin's whereabouts. As for the actual report, there's only a few days left in the Altador Cup, and competition is as heated as ever! I have the results from the Alabriss and Minitheus bracket, so let's get started! The Alabriss bracket had some very exciting matches yesterday!

Long-time rivals Kreludor and Virtupets faced off yesterday. It was a very heated match! Virtupets seemed to have stuck with their old tactics, as they were able to claim Yooyuball from the Moons with a close score of five to four. The Robots were able to take Make Some Noise from the Moons as well. Amazing! Kreludor wasn't going out without a fight however, as they were able to take Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown from the Robots! Kreludor did very well last bracket, but they're off to a rough start this round. We'll see if they can pick themselves up and take some more wins!

Volgoth We also had the Maraqua Mermaids take on the Mystery Island Natives yesterday. The Natives weren't able to make waves with the Mermaids, instead getting swept away in the tide! Likewise with the match between Krawk Island and Roo Island: Roo Island was able to stop the powerhouse Krawk Island from obtaining any wins. Krawk Island had a rough fourth-round bracket, but they are currently fourth in the overall standings, so we'll see if they're able to stay there.

In the Minitheus bracket, there were some intense matches! We saw two sweeps yesterday, so let's get right into the results.

Meridell and Moltara went head to head yesterday, and while Meridell had a rough time in their last bracket, they seem to be off to a good start in the final round! Moltara, on the other hand, has had some bad luck, facing two powerhouse teams at the start of the final round. Moltara wasn't able to stop the Knights, as Meridell was able to cleanly sweep the Magmas.

Loryche Top contender for the Cup Tyrannia faced off against powerhouse team Darigan Citadel yesterday! The Fossils were able to dominate the field like always, shutting the Minions out and taking the win in Yooyuball with a score of eleven to four. Tyrannia was also able to take the side games. Something to note however, is that the Minions were able to get a score of six in Shootout Showdown! The Minions haven't been able to pull off a six since the third bracket. Could they be regaining their momentum? As for the Fossils, they're as powerful as ever, steamrolling through teams! They only have to keep it up for a few more days, and then the Cup will be theirs!

For the last matchup in the Minitheus bracket we have Haunted Woods versus Shenkuu! The Zombies were able to take the early lead in the match, but the Ninjas quickly caught up. The match was about to end in a draw, but Haunted Woods' forward, Zo Junior was able to score a last-minute goal! The Zombies were also able to take Shootout Showdown. The Ninjas weren't going to go out without a fight however. Shenkuu was able to swipe Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise from Haunted Woods. Haunted Woods is currently fourth in their bracket! We'll see if they can muster up the power to pass Meridell!

Johan or Darren or maybe Austin we dunno Now let's turn this over to our field reporter, Johan!

¡Hola! Señors y señoritas. Mi llam-

Camerawoman: CUT! Austin, we have no real significant Spanish-speaking viewer base. You don't need to do this.

Stop! I'm not Austin! You'll blow my cover.

Ahem - Top of the mornin' to ye laddies and lasses. It be yer fav'rite host, Darren.

Camerawoman: Austin! STOP! Be a professional. You look dumb right now.

Your face looks dumb! You're not my real mom!

Camerawoman: I'm giving you one more chance.

Fine. Good morning, Neopia! This is your favorite reporter, Johan!

Camerawoman: Oh, for goodne-

We had a terrific day out in the Vaeolus Bracket last night. One team was able to manage a full sweep, with two others coming one game shy of one.

Brightvale once again showed their inconsistency last night, as they dropped every game except Slushie Slinger. Kiko Lake once again pulled off a surprising win over the Wizards. The Kikos, while inconsistent themselves, have played fairly well this year. They've managed wins against the like of Altador, Krawk Island, Meridell, and Roo Island. If the Kikos can fix the minor problems facing the team, they could be a contender for next year's Cup.

Terror Mountain once again pulled a near sweep over the Faeries. The Scary Terrors dropped their second straight Make Some Noise game, but won the rest. The Scaries, who currently reside in seventh place, will need a strong showing near the end of the Cup to outlast the competition above them and get in the top four. Terror Mountain has a great chance at pulling off one of the Cup's greatest turnarounds ever, but they'll need every bit of strength left in them to push forward.

Rhee Solters Altador took Lost Desert to the woodshed and back last night with an absolute blowout. Altador, who currently sits comfortably in second place in the Cup, will need to continue their trend of sweeping if they plan to catch up to Tyrannia. If Altador can keep their current placing, and if Tyrannia were to have a historic collapse, Altador could be know as one of the greatest teams to play. Right now, Tyrannia and Altador are two of the most dominant we've ever seen. Will the trend continue next year, or will both teams falter like their predecessors?

And that's all for today's bracket. I must get on the move now. Johan is a busy man! Stay neat, Neopia!

Thanks, Johan? Who's Darren? I'm so confused right now. Let's go over the matches to watch.

Old rivals Darigan Citadel and Meridell will be clashing together once again! They've only played each other once before throughout this tournament, so we'll see what happens! The Minions were able to pass the Knights in their bracket, so we'll see if the Minions have enough motivation to defeat the Knights. This will definitely be a close match to watch!

Is that you Austin or Katie For our last matchup of the day we have Maraqua up against Krawk Island! These two teams are in the same situation as Brightvale and Terror Mountain were in their matchup. Maraqua swept Mystery Island, while Krawk Island was swept by Roo Island. We'll see how these two teams fare against each other. Krawk Island seems to be the better team, so we'll see what happens!

That’s it for today's report! Hopefully we'll find Austin, and my co-anchor Katie will return! Stay tuned for the results on the matches to watch! This is Matt from The Daily Neopets signing off!



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Virtupets Robots Hard Pressed Against Mystery Island Natives

on Tuesday, June 25th 2013 @ 9:39 am EST by blaisezabini

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Hello and welcome, everybody! As the days remaining until the winner is crowned wind down, all teams are trying their hardest to claim as many points as possible! Everybody is hard at work, including our reporters! This is Matt reporting to you from the newsroom! I'm your sole anchor today, Katie has other work in the Altador Cup department to do, so I'll be reporting the results along with our field reporter, Johan! There's still no word on Austin's whereabouts, but we'll keep you informed! Anyways, let's get started with the results from the Alabriss Bracket! There was one sweep yesterday, and two near-sweeps! Both near-sweeps were lost by only a one-point margin! Amazing!

Roo Island and Maraqua went head-to-head in an intense match yesterday! Roo Island dominated the field, and was able to come out on top, claiming a win in Yooyuball! The Rooligans were also able to take the three side games from the Mermaids, obtaining yet another clean sweep! Points are vital in this last bracket, the Rooligans are currently in first place in their bracket and third place in the overall standings! We'll see if Roo Island can hold their ground and stand on the podium once again!

Kreludor vs Krawk Island Kreludor and Krawk Island were pitted against each other today! The Pirates came out with their guns blazing as they were able to shut the Moons out for the first half of the Yooyuball match. The Moons were able to make a comeback but it was to no avail, as Krawk Island was able to claim the victory. The Pirates were also able to snag Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown from the Moons, but despite all this, Kreludor's fans cheered as loud as they could, and were able to claim Make Some Noise from the Pirates, preventing them from obtaining a clean sweep. Kreludor had been doing well in their last bracket, only losing three games in total! Let's see if they can brush off this rocky start to the final round and make a comeback.

Vela Binal Sitting Down on Bench For our last matchup of this bracket, we saw the underdogs Virtupets go against the struggling Mystery Island Natives. It was an exciting match to watch! Virtupets in the past has focused all their attention on Yooyuball while completely abandoning the side games. It seems like they've gone back to that tactic once again! Virtupets was able to claim Yooyuball from the Natives with a close score of four to three! The Natives were able to side sweep the Robots, despite the Robots taking the overall win! The Natives have been doing slightly better in the past few days, and although it's a little too late to make a substantial difference, there's still some hope for an improved ranking.

Now let's turn this over to our field reporter, Johan!

"Good morning, everyone! This is Johan, live from the stands of the Colosseum. I apologize for my absence. I had some... things... to take care of. Rest assured, all is well and I am still totally NOT Austin. My facial aesthetics and my mustache are far superior to his. Everyone should remain calm as we continue our search for this dangerous man.

Wan Dirx The results from the Minitheus Bracket were very one-sided, with two of the three games ending in sweepy sweeps. The only game not to end in a sweep was Haunted Woods versus Meridell, where Meridell managed to dominate the side games, but fell in Yooyuball. At one point, Meridell looked like a front-runner for the Cup, but since then, they have fallen down to fifth place. Meridell will really have to turn things up and play very well if they want a chance at podium glory once again.

Darigan Citadel was able to pull off their second straight sweep by topping Moltara in a surprisingly close manner. All four games were decided by two points or fewer, with Yooyuball coming down to the wire. The Minions were barely able to hold on to win four to three. Darigan Citadel will need to salvage some late Cup points to be able to push them into the top tier.

Tyrannia Logo Tyrannia swept Shenkuu. Not much more than that needs to be said. Tyrannia should be one of the biggest teams to beat down this final stretch. If they finish as strong as they currently are, they could easily win the Cup. We've seen monumental collapses near the end of the Cup before, so Tyrannia must maintain their composure to keep a firm hold of their championship hopes.

Now we go to the Vaeolus Bracket, where there weren't many surprises either.

First off, we start with Altador against Kiko Lake... See my analysis for Tyrannia. Well, except replace any instance of "Tyrannia" with "Altador" and "Shenkuu" with "Kiko Lake."

Altador Logo Hahahahaha! Just playing! Johan is a real joker sometimes! The second-place Suns of Altador put on another terrific showing for their home fans with a sweep over Kiko Lake. Altador currently sits just three points behind Tyrannia, and still has plenty of time to play catch-up. One bad game from the Fossils could very well spark the Suns into first place. However, if they want to win the Cup, Altador will need to finish very strong. The Suns will be one of the most fun teams to watch down this final stretch.

Next, Brightvale showed Faerieland a dazzling time on the fields, holding the Faeries to only two points in Yooyuball. Brightvale continues to play well, despite currently sitting in eleventh place, and even though they sit in the lower half of the bracket, the Wizards have only been swept four times in the tournament. While that may not seem that impressive, the fifth place team, Meridell, has also been swept four times. Brightvale will definitely be a team to watch during next year's Cup, and chances are they'll probably have a few interesting matches in this last round as well.

Minae MitoraTerror Mountain kept their opponents cold as ice while they stayed hot, as they once again pulled off a dominating victory. The last time Terror Mountain lost a Yooyuball match was June 7th, nearly twenty days ago. Aside from the front-runner, Tyrannia, there has been no team that has been more dominant in that stretch than Terror Mountain. The Chillers will try to carry the momentum along with them in the last bracket and attempt to land a spot in this year's top four. The final days of the Cup will be crucial for the Scary Terrors.

This closing round of the Cup should be exciting to watch. There will be many hard fought matches to watch and look forward to. Hopefully this Cup ends as spectacularly as it started. Now, let's send it back to Matt in the studio. Stay neat, Neopia!"

Thanks, Johan! Now let's wrap this report up with the matches to watch!

Kayn Hireck Today, the Brightvale Wizards will be facing Kiko Lake. Both teams have been doing reasonably well so far in the Cup, so this match will definitely be an exciting match to watch. We'll see if the Kikos can stop the Wizards' sorcery!

Coco Metrone We also have former champions and space rivals Virtupets and Kreludor going against each other today! This will be a heated match to watch for sure! Kreludor seems to have the advantage going into this match, but we'll see if the Robots’ tactic of abandoning the side games and focusing on Yooyuball will help them today!

For our last match to watch we have powerhouses Roo Island and Krawk Island going head-to-head! Both teams have gotten off to a great start in the final bracket! We'll see if the Pirates can pull off a victory, or if the Rooligans will be able to obtain a clean sweep!.

That's it for now! Stay tuned for tomorrow's report! This is Matt signing off!

Obligatory disclaimer: This news report was written to inform you all of the latest Altador Cup results in as entertaining a manner as possible. The rest of its content is largely fictional, composed from various fan comments and the whims of our imagination in an attempt to inspire a sense of realism through our reporting. While we do our best to keep things reasonably neutral, this report is in no way intended to be a completely bias-free listing of the day's results, nor does it claim to provide critical analysis of past and potential outcomes from qualified Altador Cup experts. Please note that the opinions formulated in this report are from a full team of different reporters, and in no way represent the views of only a single faction. If you're looking for 100% unbiased performance data, take a look at our standings page. If professional analysis tickles your fancy, you want our predictions pages (global/daily).

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Mighty Maraqua Mermaids Make Mincemeat of Minions

on Sunday, June 23rd 2013 @ 10:51 am EST by blaisezabini

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Goooood morning, folks! This is Katie bringing you the best introduction yet! My co-anchor Matt and I will be bringing you today's report from the newsroom, sans our elusive field reporters. Johan and Austin have yet to check in with us from the colosseum, so we can only assume the latter is engaging in some sort of elaborate machination. We'll be sure to update you on their conditions as we hear of them! For now, we must carry on without them -- let's get to the Alabriss Bracket results, shall we?

Amazing! Three teams dominated their opponents yesterday in the Alabriss Bracket: Maraqua, Kreludor, and Terror Mountain cleanly swept Darigan Citadel, Faerieland, and Moltara, respectively. This bracket has been overshadowed by the infamously "loaded" Vaeolus Bracket, but the top four teams are vying for the last podium spot -- Maraqua, Darigan Citadel, Kreludor, and Terror Mountain are all in contention with each other. Though with varying margins of points, each is fighting for the top spot in the Alabriss Bracket. Recently, Kreludor was usurped by Terror Mountain, and it looks like the Chillers will nab the greatest number of points this round!

Elon HughlisTeam Maraqua shocked fans with the sweep over Darigan Citadel, though they still trail the Minions by three points in the standings. The Mermaids' captain, Elon "The Black Hole" Hughlis, currently edges in behind Terror Mountain's Prytariel in the top goal scorers list. His leadership and notoriety as a clutch performer certainly came in handy as the clock wound down in their Yooyuball match against the Minions. With an assist from Oten Runeu and a perfectly placed throw with the Mutant Yooyu, Hughlis propelled his team to victory with the buzzer beater. Notwithstanding the overwhelming victory, Hughlis promised his fans that they would continue to practice humility as the fifth round comes into view. As for the Minions, Darigan Citadel does have the advantage here. However, after a disappointing fourth round, they need to keep themselves motivated throughout the final round of play if they want a shot at bronze.

The Moons had easy victories against the Faeries yesterday, winning by at least a one-point margin in all four games. The largest margin was the 9-2 Slushie Slinger win over Faerieland. Kreludor had an exceptional fourth round, only suffering definite losses against the team that beat them for first place in the bracket -- Terror Mountain. However, being second in the bracket has certainly bolstered their chances for third place in the tournament. Captain Derlyn Fonnet was optimistic about her team's chances, as they only lag behind the current third place contender by four points. She also stated that she's excited for the last round to begin, as the race for third place is intense. On the flip side, Faerieland has barely raised themselves out of sixteenth. They have still performed better than Moltara and are on par with Virtupets, but their woes continue. Stay positive, yeah?

PrytarielTerror Mountain has been on an icy rampage as of late! Demolishing all teams in the bracket in Yooyuball, the Chillers have made a comeback in the standings. Captain Prytariel's remarkable rise to first on the top goal scorers list has definitely improved the team's Yooyuball performance. Even more remarkable was Terror Mountain's climb to the top of the bracket! After a brilliant round, the Chillers gained pole position for the fifth and final round. Though their slow start has kept them at a lower ranking, they have a slight chance at catching up for the coveted third place seat. Team Moltara is in a similar position as Faerieland, though they are worse off. Remaining at the bottom of the standings, Moltara needs a good final round to elevate themselves out of dead last. Otherwise, they'll be doomed.

On to the Minitheus Bracket! Brightvale held onto their immaculate Slushie Slinger record this round, in addition to winning Yooyuball against the Ninjas. Shenkuu took Make Some Noise and Shootout Showdown in order to secure themselves as third in the bracket, just behind the Wizards. The Haunted Woods kept their first place ranking the entire round, and did so with fanfare! The Lost Desert nearly fell prey to the Zombies, salvaging only one win in Make Some Noise. Lastly, Virtupets were unable to win more than two games against Mystery Island, Yooyuball and Make Some Noise. The Natives continue to improve, garnering two wins for the second time in a row.

Orie DinelleBrightvale and Shenkuu are neck-and-neck in the bracket, though the former was able to stay ahead to clinch second place. The Wizards did excellent in Yooyuball and Slushie Slinger this round, which helped them enormously. Mirsha Grelinek, of Shenkuu fame, was a bit disappointed in the outcome of the match. Still, the captain remains hopeful -- Make Some Noise and Shootout Showdown victories are nothing to be ashamed of. Brightvale is likely to be out of contention for third place, but the margin between their current rank and a higher one isn't too far out of reach. The same is true of Shenkuu, if they can power through the final bracket and amass some wins under their belt.

Zo JuniorThe Haunted Woods' tenacity has kept them at the top of the Minitheus Bracket! Suffering only one loss in both Yooyuball and Shootout Showdown, the Zombies looked stronger than ever during the fourth round. Captain Krell Vitor seemed elated at their wins against the Lost Desert yesterday, his wicked grin revealing glinting teeth. Taking first place in the bracket has garnered them much-needed points going into the last round, and they may very well improve over last year's ranking. The Lost Desert, however, remains rather stagnant in the standings. The distance to the next place up is widening, so winning is their imperative if they wish to move upwards before the tournament ends.

The Virtupets-Mystery Island match-up had many implications in its results. The Robots' robust Yooyuball streak remained untouched, and their Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise records also fared well. Virtupets won Yooyuball and Make Some Noise against the Natives yesterday. It wasn't enough to raise them past the Lost Desert, however. Mystery Island also stayed put at the bottom of the bracket, though they managed to win two games in the past two days. This has definitely been an improvement for the Natives! Despite these victories, both teams are destined for a below-average finish. Still, the margins are close, and giving up now would be absolute folly!

My co-anchor, Matt, has your riveting Vaeolus Bracket results, so let's turn it over to him!

Thanks, Katie, for your excellent report! Now let's turn our attention to the results from the Vaeolus Bracket, a bracket that was full of sweeps today! We had some very exciting matches yesterday as the three powerhouse teams of the bracket went up against the three underdog teams!

Altador Altador took the field by storm yesterday! The Krawk Island Pirates were completely blown away by the Suns! Altador was definitely able to outshine the Pirates yesterday, and show that they haven't lost motivation despite the fact that they were swept the day before by their biggest competition so far, Tyrannia. Yooyuball ended with a score of twelve to five, and this victory was able to propel the Suns to further their wins by claiming the remaining side games, obtaining a clean sweep against the Pirates. The Suns are currently second place in the overall standings, and we'll see if they can keep up this good momentum in the final bracket!

For our second match of the day we have Tyrannia versus Kiko Lake! As usual, Tyrannia dominated the Yooyuball field, scoring goal after goal against the Kikos. The Kikos were able to retaliate, but it wasn't enough to stop the onslaught of the Fossils! Against Roo Island and Altador, the Kikos have done really well in Slushie Slinger, managing to obtain wins against both teams! Tyrannia wasn't going to let that happen, however, as they slung slushies like their lives depended on it! The Fossils were able to get a shocking score of twenty-three in Slushie Slinger, as opposed to the Kikos’ nine! This definitely shows that Tyrannia isn't ready to lose another game, and will go to drastic measures to prevent another loss! We'll see if they can keep their losses to a minimum in the final bracket!

RooligansThe match between Roo Island and Meridell is the last matchup of our bracket today, and what an exciting match it was! Meridell was able to dominate the first half, but Roo Island quickly caught up, and were able to pass Meridell, the score ending six to four in the Rooligans’ favor! The Rooligans were also able to side-sweep the Knights, although they cut it very close in Shootout Showdown! This marks another clean sweep for Roo Island! Currently third place in the overall standings, the Rooligans look to be in a good position to stand on the podium once again! As with Altador and Tyrannia, we'll see if they can keep it up in the final bracket!

Now for our match to watch! We have Jelly World versus Everybody! Jelly World will be a tough opponent to beat, and we'll see if all the teams can rally together and defeat them!

All joking aside, today is a break day! So all of you can relax, max out Shootout Showdown using the one goal method, or explore the vast world we call the outside! This is Matt, along with my co-anchor Katie, signing off! We'll see you the day after tomorrow, everyone!
 

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Obligatory disclaimer: This news report was written to inform you all of the latest Altador Cup results in as entertaining a manner as possible. The rest of its content is largely fictional, composed from various fan comments and the whims of our imagination in an attempt to inspire a sense of realism through our reporting. While we do our best to keep things reasonably neutral, this report is in no way intended to be a completely bias-free listing of the day's results, nor does it claim to provide critical analysis of past and potential outcomes from qualified Altador Cup experts. Please note that the opinions formulated in this report are from a full team of different reporters, and in no way represent the views of only a single faction. If you're looking for 100% unbiased performance data, take a look at our standings page. If professional analysis tickles your fancy, you want our predictions pages (global/daily).

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