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The Only Round 4 Report - Blame the Meepits

on Saturday, June 25th 2016 @ 4:44 am EST by NixtheWatcher

Welcome to The Daily Neopets' Definately-No-Longer-Daily Report on the Altador Cup! And yes... you may have noticed that we took a week's worth of hiatus. That was for reasons that I cannot disclose, but it involves snow, a Omelette, test papers and tons of Meepits.

 

While we have been away, Round 4 has come and gone and this segment will be just a recap of the most exciting moments of the last round, and the standouts and the sitdowns that showed up. In addition, we will be giving you a rundown of the three final brackets and all the teams in it!

 

And if we are going to talk about exceptional play, we need to talk about Faerieland. And wow - what a journey it has been for the team. For many years in the Cup, the Faeries were seen as a second-rated team, and to most commentators the Faeries really never had a chance to win. Well, Faerieland has proved them wrong. And they proved it with style. Again and again they had defied all expectations and won, if not outright crushed their opponents.

 

But the shining moment for the Faeries came during the third day of Round 4, when they faced off against Tyrannia. Up to then, the Tyrannian Fossils were borderline unstoppable as they got win after win - their only real challenge was Krawk Island and even then the Pirates had to settle for a draw. The Faeries seemed like a easy sweep for the Fossils - but they turned it around big time. Out of absolute nowhere, Faerieland seized the three support games - including SoSD, where they had been unbeaten to deliver Tyrannia's very first defeat. With the wind caught up in their sails and crowds of supporters cheering for them Faerieland, the dark horse of the tournament, may be set to give us the biggest upset in the history of the Cup!

 

Another team that deserves a mention is Meridell, who had shown a second win and has taken most of the matches in the Alabriss Bracket of Round Four, which landed them the top spot - but they were denied entry by the aforementioned Faerieland by just 1 point. They really need to show great skill to get to the podium. And speaking of top bracket, the top 5 teams - Brightvale, Tyrannia, Mystery Island, Krawk Island and Kiko Lake - have remained mostly steady as of late, but once Round 5 starts, expect a free-for-all of epic magnitude.

 

One team that fell from grace though is Kreludor. The second place finisher from last year are now lounging in the bottom bracket after a multitude of defeats from all angles. Early favorites Maraqua aren't better as they are now in the last place of the second bracket. Shakeups and surprises really are the theme of this year's cup.

 

And the dishonorable mention of the day is Haunted Woods. The less we talk about them, the better for their fans.

 

This is a quick piece, and i'm sorry about that. But once Round 5 begins, expect up to the date coverage as we close off this year's wild Altador Cup! Until then, this is Miko signing off.

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Three Days, Three Recaps, One Round... Three

on Monday, June 20th 2016 @ 5:14 pm EST by NixtheWatcher

Ahem... Welcome to The Daily Neopets' No-Longer-Daily Report on the Altador Cup. I'm Miko. As you have probably have noticed, there is a little drought of reports on the Altador Cup these few days. This is due to personal issues and the Staff Tests I'm buried under. But to make up for that, I'll be recapping on three days' worth of matches, so let's cut to the chase and go to Day 3 of Round 3!

During Day 3, there were a few up and downs, but the status quo for the Alabriss Bracket didn't change too much. Brightvale kicked things into high gear as they slaughtered Moltara in all four games with shocking margins. Lost Desert also kept up their tempo in their match against Terror Mountain, as they won 3 games to keep on pace with the leaders. But Kiko Island wasn't able to slip past the strong defenses of Shenkuu as the Ninjas forced a tie.

Minitheus Bracket started off with a sweep by Faerieland against Virtupets, who were once again introduced to the dustbin. Faerieland has been dealing performances that are more reminiscent of top level teams... Well, showed. Mystery Island continued to see wins as they knocked Merdill in all games except the showdown at the Shootout. Altador and Roo Island drew each other out in the final match of the bracket, leaving both teams steadily at the middle of the bracket.

In Vaeolus Bracket, Kreludor and Maraqua's recovery were steady but slow - leaving fans of the team with only ties against Daigran Citadel and Krawk Island respectively. And predictably, Tyrannia trounced the Zombies.

The next day was more quiet, but that didn't stop surprises from showing their faces. But the tempo of the Alabriss Bracket went on as expected as Brightvale swept, Kiko Lake kept pace and the geological features drew each other out. No- The main action of the day happened at Minitheus Bracket where Merdill swatted away the Faeries in all games expect Slushie Slingers, bringing the Faeries' momentum to a crashing halt. And it wasn't the last trick that the Knights had up their sleeves... The other games went on fairly as expected, with a sweep for the Altador Suns and a dominating win for the Mystery Island Natives.

Vaeolus Bracket didn't have any sweeps but there were quite dominating wins. Daigran Citadel showed great potential in Yooyuball, but that did not extend to the other support games which allowed Krawk Island to clinch the win. Tyrannia was Tyrannia as they trampled past Maraqua. And Kreludor finally got something done - albeit that something was Haunted Woods.

And the final day of Round 3 gave us many many sweeps. Shenkuu and Brightvale trampled past Moltara and Lost Desert respectively; and Terror Mountain melted in the face of Kiko Lake.

Minitheus Bracket was once again throwing out surprises as Roo Island danced around Virtupets to win all the support games to take the win. Merdill continued their power charge as they routed Altador. And though Faerieland's sudden top-tier play managed to bring Mystery Island's win streak to a halt, the Knights' last-second wins forced Faerieland to settle for third. Vaeolus Bracket ended predictably with triple sweeps - Maraqua dried up in the face of the Citadels' minions; Krawk Island swabbed Kreludor off their decks; and the less we talk about the Zombies, the better for them. They are already humiliated enough.

Whew... That's three days' worth of games there. So sorry for the delay, dear viewers. But thankfully, my workload is finally letting up, so I'll be manning this wild ride once more as we go into Round 4. Until them, this is Miko signing off. Good Night Neopia.

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Party Crashers and Broom Sweepers

on Thursday, June 16th 2016 @ 8:42 am EST by NixtheWatcher

Welcome to the Daily Neopets' Report on the Altador Cup, Round 3! Once again, I'm Miko live in the stands of the Yooyuball Stadium. Some fans are still here, but most have moved outside to celebrate a day where the leaders' momentum came to a much needed halt.

Knockdown to BrightvaleLet's start off with the Alabriss bracket where low-ranking team Lost Desert stunned sports fans and commentators alike as they managed a tie against first placed Brightvale. This came as a surprise for the Wizards as Lost Desert weren't actually in top shape leading up to the match. But a tie is a tie, and better luck next time. The other two matches were swept rather predictably as Shenkuu continued to show strength and Moltara continued to lose it - resulting in an all-out sweep in favor of Shenkuu. Terror Mountain started to slip as Kiko Lake took 3 games and only left Shootout Showdown for the Chillers.

Rise to FameIn the Minitheus Bracket Faerieland continued their rise to glory as they swept all four games from Roo Island. It's another win for these fan favorites and their powerful performance is putting them in arm's reach of the Cup. But Mystery Island is looking to prevent that as they took 3 games against the Altador Suns, with them managing to secure the goal to get Shootout Showdown. Both teams are new to the big leagues, but their hunger is strong. Meridell ended the bracket with a near-sweep of Virtupets.

Victory over Fossils at LastThe Vaeolus Bracket had two pairs of sweeps - Darigan Citadel winning Kreludor and Haunted Woods getting decimated by Maraqua. But the match that excited everyone is the last. Tyrannia finally hit a speed bump in their journey to be the winners as Krawk Island managed to draw them out by winning Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise. This however may prove futile as Tyrannia continues to be a dominating force in the bracket. And going back for a while - Maraqua's wins have finally proven that it has climbed out of their funk and are now back in the running for the cup.

Well that's all for today! There were some great games today, and also some predictable ones. Let us all see what comes next. Until next time, this is Miko signing off. Good night Neopia!

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.

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Third Round's The Charm!

on Tuesday, June 14th 2016 @ 5:04 pm EST by NixtheWatcher

Hello, and welcome to The Daily Neopets' Daily Report on the Altador Cup. Once again, I'm Miko. Well folks, round 3 has swung into action and there are bound to be some mix ups and shocks this round, if we can trust the opening games. This may well our be the year of the underdogs - but I'd better start on the results before I lose you guys.

Terror Mountain DefrostingThe new Alabriss Bracket started off with a bang as Brightvale and Kiko Lake clashed. The Kikos held strong in Yooyuball but they didn't shine enough in support games, which allowed Brightvale to secure their victory. Once more, Brightvale is on a roll. Lost Desert crushed Moltara into powder in the next match, even with Magma fans rallying cries. And rising stars of the cup Terror Mountain and Shenkuu outplayed each other to a halt. Expect to see more powerful plays from them.

Victorious CelebrationsMinitheus Bracket was thrown into a loop for a few minutes as fan favorite underdogs Faerieland struck Virtupets where it hurts. The Robots managed to create some breathing room by winning Yooyuball but with this win and the last 2 brackets, the Faeries may finally have a chance at the Cup. Mystery Island once again are dancing to the beat as they walloped Meridell in all games except Shootout Showdown. Roo Island seemed to have found a source of energy as they tied Altador in the final game of the match.

Exhausting RoundThis round has the Vaeolus Bracket as the bracket to be watching. It includes five powerhouse teams - and the Haunted Woods. Speaking of them, they still can't come out of their grave as Darigan Citadel sweeped more soil onto it. Maraqua and Krawk Island clashed, with no side coming up with a decisive victory. But just tying the Pirates could be a sign that the Mermaids are back for more. Unlike Kreludor, who got bashed into moondust by Tyrannia, who are starting to look like ACX's Kikos.

Wow! One day and already there are twists and turns in this path. So where will this path take us next? Well, you just have to wait to find out. This is Miko signing off. Good Night Neopia!

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.

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Another Down - Brooms and a Groundhog end the Second Round

on Monday, June 13th 2016 @ 11:51 am EST by NixtheWatcher


Welcome to TDN's Daily Report on the Altador Cup and finally we are at the end of Round 2! I'm Miko, live from the TDN Sports Center. It's been a wild ride of ups and downs this past week and finally it's over. But this is just the second stop of the park. We've got quite a few to go through today, so let's get it started!

Confused YooyusWe start off with some confusion, courtesy of the Alabriss Bracket. A scheduling mishap caused all the teams of the bracket to play against the same opponents as last time. Fans were left scratching their heads at this - and more than one report has surfaced of fans ending up in the wrong match site. We tried to contact the ACC for a comment but it's radio silence on their end.

Sweeping CelebrationsBut the teams took it with stride and played nevertheless. First in the bracket was Brightvale and Mystery Island, with the Wizards taking the broom to the Robots. With Krawk Island and Terror Mountain, Krawk Island swept them aside. And finally Mystery Island easily out performed Haunted Woods. So yes, the results were the same as last time's.

Maraqua on the MoveMoving onto a bracket that isn't in a Groundhog Day loop, the Shenkuu Ninjas ended the bracket in strength as they ran circles around the Moons and trashed them in all four games. Things aren't looking up for the Moons, and many are asking where has the former powerhouse gone to. Faerieland continued their path to a possible victory as they won all the support games and lost to Lost Desert by the slimmest of margins in Yooyuball. And it may be high noon - I mean high tide for Maraqua again as the Mermaids seemed to have shaken off most of the seaweed clogging them up to deliver a crushing victory over Altador, just missing out on a sweep by on goal scores in Yooyuball.

Meridell vs. RivalsThe Minitheus Bracket had some unexpected wins, but yet again Tyrannia bowls over another team - Kiko Lake - to mark their second straight round win-streak of the Cup. Arch-rivals Darigan Citadel and Meridell were up next and the Knights were deemed victorious by the scores - although Minions' fans were saying otherwise, judging by their win in Make Some Noise. Once again Moltara is in its worst shape in many years as they were handily defeated by the Roo Island Rooligans. They'd better stoke the flames again if they want to have a good finish this round.

And that's the end of Round 2 people! Tune in next time for some Round 3 action, for it may well be another bumpy ride. From everyone here, this is Miko of TDM signing off. Good Night Neopia!

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.

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Do you want an order of sweeps with that?

on Sunday, June 12th 2016 @ 7:51 am EST by NixtheWatcher

Welcome to the The Daily Neopets' Daily Report on the Altador Cup! I'm Miko, reporting from TDN HQ. Once again, sorry for being late - I had to take another chapter of the Staff Entrance Exams, and it didn't help that the ACRC suddenly popped up halfway to ask me about my interviews and to check if I had the plague...

Abundant SweepsBut enough about me and my troubles, let's jump back to the Altador Cup! Today was a day of dominations and demolishment, so let's start off at the Alabriss Bracket, where sweeps were being served like slushies. Mystery Island tore apart Haunted Woods handily in the first match of the bracket, leaving the fate of the Zombies very grim. A second last-place round finish seems imminent for Haunted Woods and if they want to be anywhere near the Cup, they need to work overtime.

Victory for Krawk IslandBrightvale continued to stand strong as the Virtupets were once again smashed back to earth. They currently have a chokehold on the lead in the bracket, but Mystery Island and Krawk Island are looking eager to snatch it. And speaking of Krawk Island, the Pirates easily took out Terror Mountain in the last match. The Chillers' performance seems to be waxing and waning randomly, and as I said before consistency is more important in the Cup than once-over performances.

Altador ShiningAnd speaking of consistency, Kreludor of the Minitheus Bracket is another team that is not showing any of that. Despite being one of the best teams of Round 1, the Moons are having trouble staying in orbit. There was a glimmer of hope at yesterday's win (not sweep) against Faerieland, but that glimmer was snuffed out as the Altador Suns eclipsed them, leaving Kreludor on the dark side of hope once more. In the other matches, Faerieland picked up the pieces from yesterday's loss to outplay Shenkuu, winning all games except Make Some Noise, where the dark horse team had an advantage. And things are still looking bad for Maraqua as their fall from first to last continues, this time against Lost Desert.

Rooligans' on a RollIn the Vaeolus Bracket, Tyrannia were as predictable as ever, sweeping Meridell despite resistance from the Knights' side. Darigan Citadel continues to stay in form as they put Moltara's fire out. The Magmas' cooling seems to have no end unfortunately. And Kiko Lake are looking as strong as before, though their loss in Slushie Slinger gave Roo Island's Rooligans some hope. After all, this was the Nearly Unbeatable Team last year, so teams are happy to take a win, however small.

That's all for today, and tomorrow's the last day of Round 2 so stick with TDN for the reports on that. I might be late again, but who knows? Until then this is Miko signing off. Good night Neopia.

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.

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Sweeps and Sweeps; Kreludor Rising

on Saturday, June 11th 2016 @ 1:32 am EST by NixtheWatcher

Hello and welcome to The Daily Neopets' Daily Report on The Altador Cup! I'm Miko live from the Slushie House! It is a relatively quiet day today, but still there were some surprises in store today, so let's jump straight to the brackets.

Faeries SoarIn the Alabriss Bracket, Brightvale continued their domination as they trampled Mystery Island underfoot. There goes the Natives' Yooyuball streak, but they are still hanging on the Top 5 of the cup. In another match, the "last placers" Terror Mountain and Haunted Woods clashed and the Chillers regained momentum as Haunted Woods continued to flounder against nearly all the teams. It was still smooth sailing for Krawk Island as they smashed Virtupets, but their continued loss streak in Yooyuball may have an effect on their final place within the bracket.

Kreludor RisingThe Minitheus Bracket had a bit of a shakeup as Kreludor suddenly rose from their ashes of their loss streak to almost hand a sweep to Faerieland - much to the happiness of the Moons' Fans. Faerieland was victorious in Shootout Showdown and happily kept the Moons from a complete sweep. The Altador Suns continued to blaze as they easily swept Lost Desert back into the dust. And Shenkuu continued their surprise sweeping as Maraqua floundered once more.

Moltara Held the LinesRounding off things in the Vaeolus Bracket and once again Tyrannia is becoming the new Kiko Lake as they bested them in all games except Slushie Slinger. There was balance, but not of the good kind as Meidell and Darigan Citadel drew each other out. Moltara continued to lose form and lose it badly as Roo Island easily swept them out of nearly all the games. With the exception of Moltara stealing a much needed win for their team in Yooyuball.

As I said, a bit of a slow day but still - Kreludor Rising. We may see more of them in the coming days. Until then, this is Miko signing off. Good Night Neopia.

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.

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