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Post Cup Report

The images below are in order of the teams' standings, click on a team to jump to them.







Please know that this is a preliminary version and will be amended throughout the upcoming week.

For my final report of ACVIII I've done a large report with lots of numbers and analysis of the cup. A few terms you will hear, and their definitions, are as follows. Power Ranking is the strength of the team according to my Power Rankings, which analyze the teams' performances throughout the cup, with more weight on their recent performance. Another term is classic placement, which based on the Classic Standings according to The Daily Neopets and the projected outcome of Finals, shows how the teams would have placed in a ACII - ACVI style cup. Another term used is Corrected Bracket Placement, which refers to the current brackets, except with standings adjustments for when teams beat the ones above them. Lastly, there is Total Bracket Difficulty, which rates the difficulty of a bracket on a 1-5 scale, and is displayed by round and bracket in the table below, which also displays where I believe each team should have placed each round.

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
A. 3
4
3
4
4
M. 5
4
5
1
2
V. 2
1
2
5
3






1st. Tyrannia
Past Placements
AC1: 11th
AC2: 11th
AC3: 11th
AC4: 8th
AC5: 10th
AC6: 6th
AC7: 10th
PR7: 7th
AC8: 1st
Power Ranking: 1st
Total Bracket Difficulty: 18
Actual Points: 112
Corrected Bracket Points: 112; 1st Place
Classic Placement: 1st
YYB: 27.00 SLSL: 8.67 MSN: 9.00 SOSD: 8.67
Sum: 53.33 Tier: 1 F1: Win F2: Win

Tyrannia was undoubtedly the strongest team this cup. This was visible in the team's scores, where they were regularly scoring above 10 in every game. Additionally, the team was undefeated in both Yooyuball and Make Some Noise, while the Dinos only lost one game each of Slushie Slinger and Shootout Showdown, both against Roo Island. Without a doubt, Tyrannia dominated the cup, not without a bit of help of course.






2nd. Altador
Past Placements
AC1: 14th
AC2: 13th
AC3: 13th
AC4: 14th
AC5: 17th
AC6: 17th
AC7: 17th
AC8: 2nd
Power Ranking: 2nd
Total Bracket Difficulty: 19
Actual Points: 109
Corrected Bracket Points: 109; 2nd Place
Classic Placement: 2nd
YYB: 26.00 SLSL: 7.67 MSN: 8.67 SOSD: 8.00
Sum: 50.33 Tier: 1 F1: Win F2: Loose

Altador was this year's STEALTH team, jumping from the bottom 6 into the top 3. Virtupets and Mystery Island are two past examples of these teams. The second year in a row, the team placed second. Altador only lost a few games, Slushie Slinger to Brightvale, Shootout Showdown to Roo Island, and a clean sweep from Tyrannia. Once again, Altador only lost to the team above it, still not without help.






3rd. Roo Island
Past Placements
AC1: 4th
AC2: 2nd
AC3: 1st
AC4: 9th
AC5: 4th
AC6: 9th
AC7: 14th
PR7: 10th
AC8: 3rd
Power Ranking: 3rd
Total Bracket Difficulty: 20 (Hardest)
Actual Points: 92
Corrected Bracket Points: 92; 3rd Place
Classic Placement: 3rd
YYB: 21.00 SLSL: 7.00 MSN: 7.00 SOSD: 8.33
Sum: 43.33 Tier: 1 F1: Loose F2: Win

Many members of SOTAC returned to their home this year as the former winners from Roo Island itself, Krawk Island, Lost Desert, and Kreludor. Roo Island did not perform as well as the teams above it, but was the clear 3rd place team, beating all of the teams below it, with only 19 total losses throughout the cup, even after being swept my Altador and Tyrannia several times. Roo Island was the only team able to upset the Dinos, and with most of their other matches resulting in favorable sweeps, the Roos returned to the podium for the first time since Cup 3.






4th. Krawk Island
Past Placements
AC1: 3rd
AC2: 4th
AC3: 2nd
AC4: 1st
AC5: 7th
AC6: 2nd
AC7: 7th
PR7: 6th
AC8: 4th
Power Ranking: 4th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 20 (Hardest)
Actual Points: 85
Corrected Bracket Points: 74; 8th Place
Classic Placement: 5th
YYB: 17.00 SLSL: 5.33 MSN: 4.67 SOSD: 7.00
Sum: 34.00 Tier: 2 F1: Win F2: Win

After 3 teams of me talking about how they deserved their placements, we get to Krawk Island. The Pirates had a great showing their odd numbered rounds, but a below-average performance, with adjusted losses to Kiko Lake, Darigan, and Kreludor in the even numbered rounds. These adjustments move the Pirates down to 8th, though overall the team is stronger than those they lost to. This is shown in the classic placement, where after all the matches, despite a difficult schedule, they ended in 5th. After facing Haunted Woods and Maraqua in the finals, the team finished off in 5th, not quite the damage done in their adjusted brackets. Still, the Pirates ended power-wise in 4th after doing well overall in the cup, and only losing to the Roos in the last round.






5th. Darigan Citadel (Correct Prediction!)
Past Placements
AC1: 2nd
AC2: 1st
AC3: 7th
AC4: 7th
AC5: 3rd
AC6: 7th
AC7: 4th
AC8: 5th
PR8: 10th
Power Ranking: 10th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 18
Actual Points: 82
Corrected Bracket Points: 73; 9th Place
Classic Placement: 10th
YYB: 13.00 SLSL: 5.33 MSN: 5.00 SOSD: 5.33
Sum: 28.67 Tier: 3 F1: Win F2: Loose

First off; I got this prediction right, yaaay! Alright, despite how happy I am with this prediction, Darigan's other placements are substantially lower. Darigan was overplaced in rounds 1, 2, 4, and 5, with losses to Meridell, Kreludor, Maraqua, and Meridell again, respectively, with an under-placement in round 3 below Kreludor. These adjustments land them in 9th. In the classic placement, Darigan enters the finals in 9th after a more difficult schedule, beating Brightvale and subsequently losing to Kiko Lake, clearly visible after the round 5 result to Meridell, who the Kikos consistently beat. As for power, Darigan's significantly declined in the last two rounds, causing a drop in the Power Rankings from 5th to 8th. Overall, the team under-preformed compared to their predictions and placements, but benefited greatly from the system available, even with difficult brackets.






6th. Meridell
Past Placements
AC1: 7th
AC2: 8th
AC3: 5th
AC4: 11st
AC5: 8th
AC6: 5th
AC7: 3rd
AC8: 6th
PR8: 9th
Power Ranking: 9th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 14
Actual Points: 79
Corrected Bracket Points: 76; 5th Place (Tie)
Classic Placement: 11th
YYB: 13.00 SLSL: 3.33 MSN: 5.00 SOSD: 7.33
Sum: 28.67 Tier: 3 F1: Loose F2: Win

Meridell is this year's last team in Group 1, the first tier of 6 teams. Meridell not only greatly benefited from the bracket system, being in the round's hardest bracket only once. The team often placed above Kiko Lake, a team they lost in the later two rounds they were together. While Meridell was under-placed in round 1 and 5, they were over-placed in rounds 2 and 4, and drastically over-placed in round 3, only winning 2/5 matches. Meridell's placement classically ended in 10th. This places them against Kiko Lake who they would take another loss to, followed by a victory against the Brightvale Wizards, ended them in 12th. Power-wise, Meridell started round 5 in 12th place, but after a sweep of Darigan, some of their power returned, bumping them into the edge of the top half, at 9th place. Meridell also under-performed compared to placement and predictions, predicted to win by most, and taking advantage of the easy brackets and damaged bracket placements, the team was able to sneak out of tier 3 and into 6th, bottoming off group 1.






7th. Kreludor (Correct Prediction!)
Past Placements
AC1: 9th
AC2: DNP
AC3: 6th
AC4: 4th
AC5: 2nd
AC6: 3rd
AC7: 1st
AC8: 7th
Power Ranking: 7th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 20 (Hardest)
Actual Points: 78
Corrected Bracket Points: 75; 7th Place
Classic Placement: 7th
YYB: 12.00 SLSL: 5.67 MSN: 6.67 SOSD: 4.33
Sum: 28.67 Tier: 2 F1: Loose F2: Win

For the first time since the fall of Krawk Island, the returning Champion fell to the classic placement of 7th. Not only did Kreludor end in 7th, but Power Rankings, Predictions, and Adjusted Bracket Points, and even the Classic System places them there. Kreludor was strongest in rounds 2 and 4, but was still very consistent throughout the cup.






7th. Terror Mountain
Past Placements
AC1: 15th
AC2: 10th
AC3: 12th
AC4: 13th
AC5: 9th
AC6: 9th
AC7: 11th
PR7: 13th
AC8: 7th
PR8: 5th
Power Ranking: 5th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 19
Actual Points: 78
Corrected Bracket Points: 86; 4th Place
Classic Placement: 4th
YYB: 20.00 SLSL: 5.67 MSN: 4.33 SOSD: 5.00
Sum: 35.00 Tier: 1 F1: Loose F2: Loose

Terror Mountain tied with the consistent Kreludor. Terror Mountain was anything but consistent. If the team had performed better in the first two rounds their power would be above Krawk Island, but their later power is still shown by the adjustment to the brackets and the classic placement, both of which landed the team in 4th. Terror Mountain had a poor first two rounds, but an amazing last 3, with Adjusted Placements in 1st, 1st, and 2nd. The team's scores started to match that of Altador and Tyrannia in roudn 4, but dwindled during the end of the cup. If the Chillers can make a showing like that next year, they are a force to be reckoned with.






9th. Maraqua
Past Placements
AC1: 10th
AC2: 9th
AC3: 10th
AC4: 5th
AC5: 5th
AC6: 4th
AC7: 8th
PR7: 5th
AC8: 9th
PR8: 6th
Power Ranking: 6th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 20 (Hardest)
Actual Points: 70
Corrected Bracket Points: 76; 5th Place (Tie)
Classic Placement: 6th
YYB: 13.00 SLSL: 4.00 MSN: 6.00 SOSD: 6.33
Sum: 29.33 Tier: 2 F1: Win F2: Loose

Maraqua beat the team ahead of them in 4/5 Brackets, and continued to outperform them in 3/4 of those Brackets. I am, of course, referring to brackets 3, 4, and 5, where Maraqua beat Meridell, and swept Darigan and Kreludor. Still, they ended up behind these teams, landing them in 9th place with Haunted Woods, another team they defeated. Power wise, Maraqua was only below the top four and Terror Moutain by the end of the cup, and their consistency also landed them in 6th. Meanwhile, the bracket adjustments place them team in 5th after their consistency. Maraqua is a team who's standings placements do not reflect their power abilities. This team has not dwindled at all from their 4th place finish during the last Classic Cup, rather the ASGs and other groups have caused the competition to rise. Not to mention, Maraqua was tied for hardest schedule throughout the cup, and still landed where they did power and clasically. Without those groups, Maraqua would have easily landed on the podium, and despite how underrated the team is, they are still feared by all teams when it comes to playing them. The Mermaids are still just as vicious as they are beautiful.






9th. Haunted Woods
Past Placements
AC1: 1st
AC2: 7th
AC3: 8th
AC4: 10th
AC5: 11th
AC6: 12th
AC7: 9th
PR7: 16th
AC8: 9th
PR8: 12th
Power Ranking: 12th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 14
Actual Points: 70
Corrected Bracket Points: 69; 10th Place
Classic Placement: 8th
YYB: 18.00 SLSL: 3.67 MSN: 4.33 SOSD: 3.67
Sum: 29.67 Tier: 2 F1: Loose F2: Loose

Haunted Woods gets an overrated 9th for the second year in a row. The Ghosts definitely gained some power compared to their performance last year, and was able to place 8th classically after a double finals loss due to their easy schedule, but that still only gives them a 10th in their brackets, and a 12th place Power Ranking. Haunted Woods, to their credit, seems to thrive pretty consistently in the 3rd tier, and will likely remain there for a while, as Darigan seems to be a darker and more popular alternative.






11th. Brightvale
Past Placements
AC1: 8th
AC2: 12th
AC3: DNP
AC4: 16th
AC5: 13th
AC6: 10th
AC7: 11th
PR7: 12th
AC8: 11th
PR8: 12th
Power Ranking: 12th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 15
Actual Points: 69
Corrected Bracket Points: 57; 12th Place
Classic Placement: 12th
YYB: 13.00 SLSL: 5.33 MSN: 3.00 SOSD: 2.33
Sum: 23.67 Tier: 3 F1: Loose F2: Loose

Brightvale is another team that's been stuck in a rut the past few years. This is a small team with great sportsmanship, who is constantly expected to break out from an ASG or even common interest. Still, nothing seems to happen. Brightvale was over-placed a bit in their last two brackets, losing a lot of steam, dropping the team's power, corrected, and classic placements all down to 12th. Around where they were last year, Brightvale continues to sit stationary.






12th. Lost Desert
Past Placements
AC1: 5th
AC2: 5th
AC3: 3rd
AC4: 3rd
AC5: 1st
AC6: 13th
AC7: 5th
PR7: 9th
AC8: 12th
PR8: 15th
Power Ranking: 15th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 13
Actual Points: 56
Corrected Bracket Points: 47; 15th Place
Classic Placement: 15th
YYB: 8.00 SLSL: 1.67 MSN: 3.33 SOSD: 2.33
Sum: 15.33 Tier: 4 F1: Loose F2: Win

The big surprise this cup with a serious power dropis former victor Lost Desert. From 5th to 12th in the standings and 9th to 15th in power, one of my top 3 predictions did not meet expectations. Lost Desert was definitely too far up over Kiko Lake and Virtupets in rounds 5 and 4, dropping their placement down to 15th. This pattern of 15th repeats with their Classic and power rankings, despite an easy schedule. Lost Desert has had a lot of bouncing around the past few years, and is quite unpredictable with their placements.






12th. Shenkuu
Past Placements
AC1: DNP
AC2: 3rd
AC3: 4th
AC4: 2nd
AC5: 11th
AC6: 10th
AC7: 16th
PR7: 14th
AC8: 12th
PR8: 14th
Power Ranking: 14th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 12
Actual Points: 56
Corrected Bracket Points: 51; 14th Place
Classic Placement: 14th
YYB: 4.00 SLSL: 5.00 MSN: 3.00 SOSD: 3.00
Sum: 15.00 Tier: 4 F1: Win F2: Loose

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14th. Kiko Lake
Past Placements
AC1: 13th
AC2: 14th
AC3: 14th
AC4: DNP
AC5: 16th
AC6: 16th
AC7: 6th
PR7: 8th
AC8: 14th
PR8: 8th
Power Ranking: 8th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 15
Actual Points: 45
Corrected Bracket Points: 65; 11th Place
Classic Placement: 9th
YYB: 11.00 SLSL: 6.67 MSN: 3.33 SOSD: 3.33
Sum: 24.33 Tier: 3 F1: Win F2: Win

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15th. Mystery Island
Past Placements
AC1: 6th
AC2: 6th
AC3: 9th
AC4: 6th
AC5: 14th
AC6: 14th
AC7: 2nd
AC8: 15th
PR8: 16th
Power Ranking: 16th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 14
Actual Points: 42
Corrected Bracket Points: 36; 18th Place
Classic Placement: 18th
YYB: 0.00 SLSL: 1.67 MSN: 2.00 SOSD: 2.00
Sum: 5.67 Tier: 5 F: Loose

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16th. Virtupets
Past Placements
AC1: 12th
AC2: 16th
AC3: 14th
AC4: 12th
AC5: 6th
AC6: 1st
AC7: 13th
PR7: 11th
AC8: 16th
PR8: 13th
Power Ranking: 13th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 14
Actual Points: 39
Corrected Bracket Points: 55; 13th Place
Classic Placement: 13th
YYB: 18.00 SLSL: 1.33 MSN: 3.00 SOSD: 0.00
Sum: 22.33 Tier: 4 F1: Win F2: Win

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16th. Faerieland
Past Placements
AC1: 16th
AC2: 15th
AC3: 15th
AC4: 16th
AC5: 15th
AC6: 15th
AC7: 17th
PR7: 18th
AC8: 16th
PR8: 17th
Power Ranking: 17th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 12
Actual Points: 39
Corrected Bracket Points: 37; 17th Place
Classic Placement: 17th
YYB: 5.00 SLSL: 1.33 MSN: 1.67 SOSD: 0.67
Sum: 8.67 Tier: 5 F: Win

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18th. Moltara
Past Placements
AC1: DNP
AC2: DNP
AC3: DNP
AC4: DNP
AC5: 18th
AC6: 18th
AC7: 15th
AC8: 18th
Power Ranking: 18th
Total Bracket Difficulty: 11 (Easiest)
Actual Points: 35
Corrected Bracket Points: 41; 16th Place
Classic Placement: 16th
YYB: 4.00 SLSL: 1.67 MSN: 1.00 SOSD: 3.33
Sum: 10.00 Tier: 4 F1: Loose F2: Loose

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Tyrannia's Cup

Tyrannia has won Altador Cup 8. Congratulations to the Dinos! The theme colors will be updated shortly.

Power-Rankings

This year's system was, unfortunately, not the best. Many people disliked this, so, in addition to my standard un-biased strictly factual rankings, I will also have a set of power-rankings based on how the teams did overall during the cup. This will also be replacing the usual section of the best teams in each sport, and will be in parenthesis next to the team's placement this year on next year's predictions.

New Altador Cup Format?

AC7 had a brand new format introduced into the cup, and the response was overwhelmingly negative. Due to this issue, it is likely that TNT will be altering, or overhauling the format, for, possibly, a user-submitted idea, such as mine here.

Daily & Bracket Predictions

The cup is over! Come back next year for more Daily Predictions!

Standings




ACVIII Final Standings
1st
Tyrannia
2nd
Altador
3rd
Roo Island
4th
Krawk Island
5th
Darigan Citadel
6th
Meridell
7th
Terror Mountain
7th
Kreludor
9th
Haunted Woods
9th
Maraqua
11th
Brightvale
12th
Lost Desert
12th
Shenkuu
14th
Kiko Lake
15th
Mystery Island
16th
Virtupets
16th
Faerieland
18th
Moltara



Power Rankings


NOTE: These are Power Rankings, and not the actual results of the Altador Cup. These are based on teams' performances throughout the cup, with later matches being more important.



ACVIII Power Rankings: Final
1st
Tyrannia
2nd
Altador
3rd
Roo Island
4th
Krawk Island
5th
Terror Mountain
6th

Maraqua
7th
Kreludor
8th
Kiko Lake
9th
Meridell
10th
Darigan Citadel
11th
Brightvale
12th
Haunted Woods
13th
Virtupets
14th
Shenkuu
15th
Lost Desert
16th
Mystery Island
17th
Faerieland
18th
Moltara

Predictions for ACVIII

Below are my predictions for ACVIII. PR7 stands for my power rankings for the team during AC7. PR7 will also only be displayed if the team's power ranking is different from their final standing. Please do not call me biased, I truly believe in my predictions and will stand by them.

Disclaimer: These are predictions, and guaranteed to be wrong. Do not base what team you pick off of this. Thank you.

These predictions are based off the theoretic results of a Single Round Robin followed by Finals, as this had been the most well-received concept by the public. Also, please note that freeloaders refers to low-contribution players.

The images below are in order of the teams' predictions, click on a team to jump to them.










1st. Meridell
Past Placements
AC1: 7th
AC2: 8th
AC3: 5th
AC4: 11th
AC5: 8th
AC6: 5th
AC7: 3rd

This may sound odd, but losing the tiebreaker match on June 26th could have been the best thing to happen to Meridell. The let Meridell avoid 2nd place, which the past few years has caused teams to fall the following year.

Meridell had, what I think, is an undeserved bad reputation this year. There were some unfair players on this team, but they were frozen early in the cup, and did not represent the entire team. In addition, even without them, Meridell was performing very well. In the past Meridell has done very well without all-stars, and I wouldn't be surprised if they got a good influx of stronger players next year.

A ways into the pre-season, Meridell does seem to be the front runner to win the cup, though many are also expecting a repeat winner this year. That's not stopping many all-stars who team-jump to get the gold, and have been moving to the Knights. The team should also prepare for a final battle for 1st, which could put them in danger as the finals have never been their strong suit.

Last year Meridell had the 2nd highest % of all-stars, at 4.83%, on their team, after Kreludor, meaning that a consistent size, last year's being 4.17% of the players, and bump in all-stars should push them over the edge. Despite that, 61.66% of their players were beginners, large for a top team, meaning if they get an influx of freeloaders, the team is bound to fall.





2nd. Krawk Island
Past Placements
AC1: 3rd
AC2: 4th
AC3: 2nd
AC4: 1st
AC5: 7th
AC6: 2nd
AC7: 7th
PR7: 6th

Krawk Island had a rough year this year. As with many of the classically higher teams placing in sub-first tiers this year, they placed lower in this system than they would have in the old one. Now, of the teams who place lower, they were not as poorly hit as teams like Roo Island, though you can still see, based on their Power Ranking, that they were damaged.

This year followed the pattern of Darigan and Krawk Island constantly swapping 7th since ACIV. One of the team attracts podium freeloaders, who assume that the team will do well next year, and then drag the team down due to a constant set of all-stars, and despite having 16.94% of the palyers this cup, only 3.77% of those were all-star.

Once again, Krawk Island is due to hit the top 4. I'm predicting these guys and Meridell are the main two competitors for the top spot, though it's liekly a 3rd, unlikely team will join the fray.

With the loss of freeloaders that should come this year, the Pirates are in the clear to jump to the top. The thing that may get in their way is many of the old dedicated players leaving, though, due to the new format.





3rd. Lost Desert
Past Placements
AC1: 5th
AC2: 5th
AC3: 3rd
AC4: 3rd
AC5: 1st
AC6: 13th
AC7: 5th
PR7: 9th

Lost Desert greatly benefited from the new system. This team had easier brackets, placing 3rd twice, 2nd, and even 1st during the third round. Lost Desert was not a particularly strong team. They were consistently beating teams in the lower half, and that was about it. They did not cause many major upsets, or have any amazing streaks.

I do not believe one can say that Lost Desert is truly the powerhouse they used to be. Yet. They could easily become one next year. In my power rankings, I gave Lost Desert 9th, because unlike Kiko Lake and Tyrannia above them, they were not a formidable opponent for teams that did place higher.

According to this, I predicted Lost Desert is reverting to its old pattern, which is very probable. After returning to the higher placements, Lost Desert is going to get some attention from ex-members, some of whom will likely rejoin the team. In addition, they were not in first tier, meaning they will not attract freeloaders.

Lost Desert next year should be able to gain enough steam to be able to battle a spot on the podium. Not to mention the team has been flying under the radar, and will likely lose some of their freeloaders, which make up 59.8% of the team, a large amount for their size, and gain it in all-stars, which is very low at 3.11%. Still, if the team shrinks a bit more without losing any all-stars, even that will be beneficial due to size.





4th. Maraqua
Past Placements
AC1: 9th
AC2: 10th
AC3: 10th
AC4: 5th
AC5: 5th
AC6: 4th
AC7: 8th
PR7: 5th

Maraqua was one of the teams harder hit by the new system, and the removal of the finals. Getting placed with four other powerhouses in their bracket the final round, and at least two the rest of the rounds.

Unfortunately for the fishes, they also had a weaker team during the middle two rounds of the cup. The new system had them really low on morale, though they picked it up in the last round, avoiding the sweep by Kreludor, drawing Krawk Island, and sweeping Tyrannia.

In addition, Maraqua received a lot of freeloaders from unsportsmanlike conduct on the boards earlier in the cup. Luckily for them, they placed 8th this year, meaning that they'll be able to avoid a lot of the attention they got this year. This means Maraqua will be having a majority of stronger and more dedicated players, and will likely attract some too.

Maraqua should be able to squeeze off some of their freeloaders next year. They haven't been getting a ton of press this year, meaning that they're 53.5% of beginners should shrink, and their higher ranks, such as their low 3.43% all-star stat, which is still the 6th best overall, should grow. The reason they were still able to do well is because of their organization and encouragement to their players, getting them to play daily. If Maraqua can keep their players playing and boost their rank average, they'll be a force this year.





5th. Darigan Citadel
Past Placements
AC1: 2nd
AC2: 1st
AC3: 7th
AC4: 7th
AC5: 3rd
AC6: 7th
AC7: 4th

Towards the end of the cup there was a lot of discussion how Darigan should have placed higher, but were always stuck behind Kreludor and never got to face Meridell or Mystery Island. 4.49% of their players were all-stars, still the 3rd most and a good number for their size, but detrimental from the way the cup has evened out, Darigan being excluded from ironing out some freeloaders.

Darigan will likely get the Powerhouse Bubble they share with Krawk Island this year. Though as stated prior, with 4th place that's questionable. The team is strong and dedicated, though like the Pirates may be losing some dedicated players due to the format. Still, with the amount of all-stars, most of the slight placement shift will come from freeloaders.

On the other hand, there is a chance that Darigan could have the same fate as Maraqua, and fall a bit after getting first tier the previous year. Still, seeing that they are not getting the same kind of attention, I expect the team to stay stagnate in their standings.





6th. Tyrannia
Past Placements
AC1: 11th
AC2: 11th
AC3: 11th
AC4: 8th
AC5: 10th
AC6: 6th
AC7: 10th
PR7: 7th

Like Maraqua, Tyrannia was another team that suffered from the new format. This year, Tyrannia beat both the first and second place teams in Yooyuball, and was the only team to do so to either of them. Tyrannia was the big upsetter this cup, which is always a good sign for next year.

Tyrannia was one of the strongest Yooyuball teams, and was also strong all-around. If they can keep this up next year, and add a dabble of consistency, the team should be able to battle it out for first tier.

I was going to put Tyrannia into the top 4 this year, but then I remembered that they were the site of the most recent event. That usually blocks a team from jumping, but puhses them upwards a bit. Tyrannia will either hop up, or plummet from freeloaders.

That's more due to the fact that the Dinos are the smallest team after Kiko Lake. Only 1.06% of their players are all-stars, meaning that any more is great, but any less is catastrophic. This is definitely a team to watch this year, and see if they can iron-out their consistency and finally break into the top.





7th. Kreludor
Past Placements
AC1: 9th
AC2: DNP
AC3: 6th
AC4: 4th
AC5: 2nd
AC6: 3rd
AC7: 1st

I'll start off with this: Congratulations for Kreludor for winning the cup! Then continue with this: Have fun with the Winner's Curse next year! Yes, the winner's curse, a problem that has plagued teams since the first cup. In the past few years, the effects of the curse have been amplified, but Kreludor is also a more sound team.

Though Kreludor is on the smaller end, Virtupets was a smaller team, much smaller than Lost Desert, and still only placed 13th. This means that the effects are lessening. SOTAC has also dwindled in size, and the fact that they will be leaving the team next year will not have the same effect it did on Lost Desert.

Still though, winning teams inevitably fall, and this will be Kreludor's fate. The team will, again, not fall catastrophically. Though it will not be the powerhouse it used to, there are enough dedicated players to keep it afloat, similar to Krawk Island.

Kreludor should retain at least half their power from this year, where they swept most of the teams they faced, and only losing one and drawing one yooyuball match. Beyond that, the team should be able to remain around 7th before the finals, and lose then win when they roll around.

Unfortunately, as we've seen in the past, some deditacted players can turn out to be not-so-dedicated. Though the fall may not look like it will be that huge, Kreludor won this year, and only time will tell what effect that will have on them come Altador Cup VIII.





8th. Roo Island
Past Placements
AC1: 4th
AC2: 2nd
AC3: 1st
AC4: 9th
AC5: 4th
AC6: 9th
AC7: 14th
PR7: 10th

Roo Island was probably the hardest hit team by the new system. After sweeping Haunted Woods, they didn't move at all in the standings. This is what really showed the problems with this year's system.

Roo Island was also off a bad year, meaning they should have done better this year. Unfortunately, that wouldn't have happened even if the system have been the old one. This means that the team is beginning to weaken.

Roo Island was the first small team to win the cup, and stays smaller to this day, and has not attracted large amounts of all-stars the past few years. This is unfortunate for them, butting them in Maraqua's old position of being high-third tier. Though they placed 14th, they had the power of 10th, which is where they should also be placing next year.





9th. Altador
Past Placements
AC1: 14th
AC2: 13th
AC3: 13th
AC4: 15th
AC5: 17th
AC6: 17th
AC7: 17th

Altador was very impressive this year, during the last round. They got their big upset against Krawk Island. Still, the hosts got swept for most of the cup, and they weren't showing the consistency to move up quite yet.

Many of Altador's all-stars are 1-year members, who come on for a short time and leave. I'm not saying they don't have loyal members, just not as many. Rumor is they get STEALTH this year. This is as of May 29th and we still have 24 hours left. So, between STEALTH and the other All-Stars I've seen joining, Altador has made a large jump in my last pre-cup predictions. Still, even without STEALTH, there has been a large influx of high-playing All-Stars.

As stated prior, there are over 24 hours left in the sign-ups, meaning a lot of people will likely join Altador for a trophy. Not to mention it is getting a lot of press on the boards. It also means that the size will increase, taking away some of STEALTH's advantage.

This clearly makes Altador a contender this year though. I hesitate to move them to the top, despite Mystery Islands 2nd place finish last year, because this could be a ruse like with Kiko Lake, where a fraction joins one team to psyche out the public. Still, it may finally be time for the Gladiators to take back their Colosseum.





10th. Brightvale
Past Placements
AC1: 8th
AC2: 12th
AC3: DNP
AC4: 16th
AC5: 13th
AC6: 12th
AC7: 11th
PR7: 12th

Brightvale tied. That summarizes this year.

Unlike other teams this year, Brightvale landed about where they should have, showing their continuous growth. I have not seen them getting a lot of attention this year, which is surprising given that they are the smallest team after Kiko Lake. Still, if the Altador getting STEALTH thing is a ruse, this is my next bet.

Brightvale has a stable fanbase and not a big attraction for an influx of new players such as steampunk, or pirates or anything else along those lines. This makes them a great target for an All Star Group. For now though, Brightvale appears to be inching their way higher and higher in the standings, waiting for the year to strike.





11th. Kiko Lake
Past Placements
AC1: 13th
AC2: 14th
AC3: DNP
AC4: 14th
AC5: 16th
AC6: 16th
AC7: 6th
PR7: 8th

I think Kiko Lake did impressively well this year. The new "rising star" team, the Kikos manages to pound their way into second tier. Still though, despite their 6th place finish the Kikos benefited from the new system, and if they want to work in a class-style placement, they'll need to work out a few issues first.

Kiko Lake will be getting a lot of attention this year, and though they got a push for a small team from a few confused STEALH members, they will need to keep their numbers up to continue. The Kikos lost steam as the cup went on, but it was the same with many of the sub-top teams. Next year Kiko Lake will need to have their all-star cound even higher than this year.

Though Kiko Lake is my #1 of the top 8 with a risk of falling, they should be able to keep up their power next year. Kiko Lake should be able to finish 7th in their bracket, bur regardless of that of 8th, Tyrannia and Lost Desert are both stronger. Unfortunately, as they showed this year, the Kikos get low morale after a loss, so Kreludor should be able to pull out the win against them.





12th. Virtupets
Past Placements
AC1: 12th
AC2: 16th
AC3: 14th
AC4: 12th
AC5: 6th
AC6: 1st
AC7: 13th
PR7: 11th

Virtupets is another team that placed a few spots lower due to the new system. Unlike Maraqua or Tyrannia, the placement was only down a spot or two. Still, this was the effect of the winner's curse, and the team should be able to rise next year.

Historically a 12 and below team, Virupets has not been a large, or even medium team at that.. In Altador Cup Six, when they won, they were still on the lower end of team sizes. This year, the team was larger, because the influx of new, lower-ranking players, much tthe out-flux of the STEALTH all-stars.

Next year, Virtupets' team size should shrink again, and be able to pull up in the rankings. Still, the team will not return to the power they had during cups five and six. This is simply because of the fact that the traveling all-stars are more interested in teams that haven't won, like Maraqua and Meridell, and will still get more freeloaders than they used to simply because they have won once.





13th. Mystery Island
Past Placements
AC1: 6th
AC2: 6th
AC3: 9th
AC4: 6th
AC5: 14th
AC6: 14th
AC7: 2nd

I thought Mystery Island did amazing this year. They also had STEALTH. Mystery Island for a long time had been the next team expected to head into the top 4. Then, AC5 rolled around and that stopped. But their hope did return this year!

Still, it will be leaving for the next. After placing 2nd as a small team powered by a group of all-stars, things are not looking good for Mystery Island. The all-stars looking for new teams tend to go for my predicted top 6, and the Natives are left to the freeloaders.

Mystery Island will be a larger team next year, over saturated with freeloaders. The number of dedicated players they have has waned in the past few years, and next year will be no exception. Mystery Island should probably finish off in the middle of their bracket, facing Terror Mountain, whom they should be able to defeat. After that the should also be able to defeat Haunted Woods, who loses their strength as the cup goes on.

This is, in my opinion one of the higher spots Mystery Island has a chance for next year, the highest being 12th. I do think that Mystery Island could fall even lower then this, not to the bottom, but a few more places, but I also think that the dedicated players they do have will be able to take over in the finals and pull them up a bit.





14th. Terror Mountain
Past Placements
AC1: 15th
AC2: 10th
AC3: 12th
AC4: 13th
AC5: 9th
AC6: 8th
AC7: 11th
PR7: 13th

Terror Mountain had a lot of promise at the start of Cup 6. Then they didn't. About half way through their win-loss ratio took a turn for the worse and they ended up 8th. A year later, then end up 11th. Terror Mountain is currently on a downward swing back to 4th tier.

Terror Mountain has historically been a small, and more recently a small-mid-size team. Terror Mountain's issue this year was not that they are growing, which can be beneficial, but that they are growing disproportionately, not keeping a good dedicated player to freeloader ratio.

I think that next year Terror Mountain will go into finals in 14th or 15th place, but will have a tough time pulling out all the stops in the last few matches.

Still though, of all the bottom four, I'd say they do have one of the best chances of surprising me next year. Unfortunately, I still don't think it will be a good one.





15th. Moltara
Past Placements
AC1: DNP
AC2: DNP
AC3: DNP
AC4: DNP
AC5: 18th
AC6: 18th
AC7: 15th

Moltara is my up and up team this year. Moltara made it out of last place this year, and took the second spot in tier 4. With the steampunk fad waning, the supporters of the team are not getting the addition of new freeloaders they used to. This can mean only good things for the team.

Moltara was not a big upsetter this year, but had a key thing a team needs to move up: consistency. If Moltara can keep this up, the team should be able to begin rising in the standings much like Virtupets, just slower.

Next year, Moltara should be careful about recruiting on the boards, but definitely point out to some all-stars looking for new teams that they have been moving up. The future looks bright for Moltara, but the team should still watch what rock they step on while passing down the lava river to victory.





16th. Shenkuu
Past Placements
AC1: DNP
AC2: 3rd
AC3: 4th
AC4: 2nd
AC5: 11th
AC6: 10th
AC7: 16th
PR7: 14th

Shenkuu is the other team that fell after Altador Cup 4. With a large amount of predictors predicting them first, and having a smaller team, Shenkuu got a large amount of what are now known as 2nd place freeloaders, and collapsed. This year the team hit an all-time low.

I don't expect much to change for the ninjas, they have an appealing theme to younger kids, who can do a lot of damage. Still, Shenkuu could end up getting an all-star team next year and get a bit higher, but though their consistency may increase, the just don't have the raw power they used to.





17th. Haunted Woods
Past Placements
AC1: 1st
AC2: 7th
AC3: 8th
AC4: 10th
AC5: 11th
AC6: 12th
AC7: 9th
PR7: 16th

Disclaimer: I am very blunt and honest in this prediction, please know I do not intend to be offensive, and I apologize if you take it that way.

Alright, this team benefited the most from the brackets. Haunted Woods had the 16th best Yooyuball record this year, also known as the 3rd worst. This was another team that showed how problematic the brackets were. This team finished ahead of Virtupets, and Roo Island, whom they were swept by, while in brackets with them. As you can see, Haunted Woods did not have the power of their 9t place placement.

Haunted Woods has been on the down and down since their victory in the first cup, and it's only going to get down-er. After almost overtaking Maraqua in the overall standings last round, before being beaten out by, oh, Terror Mountain, in their last bracket, the Haunties are in for a big wake-up next year.

Haunted Woods is an ever-shrinking team, who despite their last-round majority in the first cup, cannot find a way to reverse it. The lower-ranking players seem to join the team each year out of dedication, but nothing much else happens around there.

The team isn't about to have a drastic change next year either. 9th isn't a particularly astonishing finish, and the all-stars who are looking for a new team are aware that these guys didn't do so well in this cup, even with their placement. Haunted Woods does not have the same hope as a lot of lower teams in that they have the chance for an all-star group, as currently, these groups are interested in creating a new winner, or helping out Krawk Island and Darigan Citadel.

Next year, Haunted Woods could improve a bit in power, but their actual ranking is going to fall down to 4th tier. The team should be able to pull it out in the finals and win one of their matches, and at that, probably their first.





18th. Faerieland
Past Placements
AC1: 16th
AC2: 15th
AC3: 15th
AC4: 16th
AC5: 15th
AC6: 15th
AC7: 17th
PR7: 18th

Faerieland had a bad year. The faeries only got a draw in yooyuball, against Haunted Woods. Other then that, they won 6 sidegames over the course of 24 days.

I want to say the faeries are going to do better next year, but I really don't see that happening. Mmm Brownies. Sorry, as I was saying, the faeries are one of those teams everyone wants to see do better, but they stay loyal.

If Faerieland wants to pull out of last next year they'll need to bring back the consistency they had in Altador Cup 6. If not, they're spending another year in the bottom.

Average Predictions

These are compiled predictions from several neopians. these will display the AP, average placement, overall placement, HP, the highest placement, and the LP, the lowest placement. If you would like to submit your predictions, please neomail them to me, thanks!

Average Predictions, 14 Sets

1st. Meridell
AP: 2.86
HP: 1st
LP: 8th

2nd. Krawk Island
AP: 2.93
HP: 1st
LP: 6th

3rd. Darigan Citadel
AP: 3.71
HP: 1st
LP: 7th

4th. Lost Desert
AP: 4.14
HP: 2nd
LP: 8th

5th. Maraqua
AP: 5.36
HP: 3rd
LP: 9th

6th. Tyrannia
AP: 6.36
HP: 2nd
LP: 10th

7th. Mystery Island
AP: 7.07
HP: 1st
LP: 14th

8th. Kreludor
AP: 7.64
HP: 2nd
LP: 10th

9th Virtupets
AP: 9.79
HP: 2nd
LP: 15th

10th. Brightvale
AP: 9.93
HP: 6th
LP: 16th

11th. Kiko Lake
AP: 10.29
HP: 5th
LP: 15th

12th. Roo Island
AP: 10.36
HP: 8th
LP: 15th

13th. Shenkuu
AP: 13.36
HP: 8th
LP: 16th

14th. Terror Mountain
AP: 14.07
HP: 10th
LP: 17th

15th. Moltara
AP: 14.50
HP: 12th
LP: 18th

16th. Haunted Woods
AP: 14.64
HP: 8th
LP: 18th

17th. Altador
AP: 16.57
HP: 15th
LP: 18th

18th. Faerieland
AP: 17.43
HP: 15th
LP: 18th



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