Greetings Blood Bowl coaches and fans from Nachthaften,
Yes it is I Dr Viktor Necromortis and as part of our traditional coverage of the HDWSBBL Kai Konami and I usually predict all the Shield, Playoff matches and the Superbowl. Unofrtunately Kai seems to have disappeared off the face of the Old World so this year I am going to do this myself (with no bias at all, obviously).
Shall we begin with the Shield:
Wild Brunch vs Har Ganeth Heartbreakers
Well this was a bit of a shock this season when the elves from Naggaroth fell into the Shield but this match should be an interesting one. The Heartbreakers on their day will give anyone in the league a good match and the Halflings have proven to scare a few people so this one will be close. For me it all depends on which Heartbreakers turn up; if it is the ones who want to play this game is theirs, if not it will be one halfling team in the final.
Prediction: 2-0 Heartbreakers but it’ll be closer than it sounds.
Riverside Rainbows vs Nordenringen Titans
The second of the Halfling teams this year have pulled off some great results (including beating my Nightlords with some disgusting tactics- throwing players! Grrr!) and to be fair I can’t see the Titans stopping them again. This will send at least on ‘Fling team to the final
Prediction: 2-0 Riverside Rainbows.
Riverside Rainbows vs Har Ganeth Heartbreakers
Well this one will be close again and all depends on two things (1) If the elves can cope with the wizard, Morg, masterchef and other consumables the Rainbows will have and (2) if the Heartbreakers show the desire to win a trophy this season. With the right aptitude the elves can and should win this one with simple stand off tactics and superior ball play. However, the coach this year has proven to be more interested in the Bloodweiser babes than the match and this could lead to a Fling win if he doesn’t keep his eye on the ball.
Prediction: 2-1 Rainbows (AET) as the inducements take their toll on the Heartbreakers.
Biohazard DX vs Arcani’s All Sparks
A difficult one to predict. Excellent defensive capabilities of the Nurgle against the superior running skills of the Skaven. If you had asked me in the beginning of the season I would have backed Biohazard DX to the hilt but since a few matches have passed and the Skaven have picked up some momentum coming into the play offs I would say that they have the advantage here.
Prediction: 2-0 All Sparks.
Asgard Marauders vs Sect of Temptation
Everyone knows the Nightlords and I love the Sect girls (we always try and get one or two of them to come back with us to Nachthaften) but I cannot see them winning this match. The seasoned tactics and superior ability of the Norsemen to hurt the Sect will be too much for the Amazons. It will be a hard fought match but expect the Sect to leave the field in pieces.
Prediction: 1-0 Marauders (and a surgeons table full of injured women!).
OWC play offs:
Teotigua Flying Frogs vs Gog Magog Gladiators
Another wonderful match. The league fixture of this match was very close with the Ogres not doing enough damage to effect the game but this time they are fully tooled up with the casualty leader of the season and a host of damage dealing friends. The Slann on the other hand have been beaten pillar to post on their journies and may now be ready to break. I see this one being a blood bath and if the ogres can get their hands on the ball like they will do on the frogs then this one is over.
Prediction: 2-1 Gog Magog Gladiators.
Nachthaften Nightlords vs Slaaneshi Big Society
This season the Nightlords will have played all 3 of the Chaos teams but this will be our first encounter with the servants of the deity Slaanesh. As a set of teams this is a total mismatch with the Nightlords being superior in everyway but one – our thralls. If the Slaaneshi can remove enough of the thralls from the field I believe that this will be a very close match. However, I believe that my Nightlords will show restraint for blood and we will be victorius and extend our playoff run.
Prediction: 2-1 Nightlords
Arcani’s All Sparks vs Talos Tobacconists
I love this match up. You read the teams on paper and the Tobacconists should walk away with this one clutching a skaven skull or two as well. The All Sparks now have the grandson of Arcani spark though and this quick little bugger can score from the kickoff which gives them a slight advantage. Who will win this one? Will it be the ball playing chaos who could smash some teeth as they move to the endzone or the one tactic (though very effective tactic) of the All Sparks? I am going to go on the side of the Chaos as if they can take out the quick rat then it is there for the taking.
Prediction: 3-2 Tobacconists (AET and smacking to poo out of that rat!)
Asgard Marauders vs Karond Kar Oblivion
I have to admit I didn’t expect the new Dark Elves on the block to be this good. Yes they have had a favourable draw and some wins by forfeit but they have done exceptionally well. You can’t over look though at the huge ability of the norse to cause damage and again it is bash vs dash in this tie. I will say that despite a close match if the Marauders can get at the KK Oblivion early and quickly that they will win this one but if they give the elves time with the ball you can expect them to score at will.
Prediction: 2-1 KK Oblivion (just)
Teotigua Flying Frogs vs Drakwald Defilers
The Defilers are a great team and again they are showing what they can do to any opponent that they come up against. I can’t see this changing against the fragile frogs and attrition will be the cause of the Slann leaving the HDWSBBL playoffs this season. It’s clean cut unfortunately for Klaus von Jaeger and his team will be leaving for an early bath.
Prediction: 2-0 Defilers
Nachthaften Nightlords vs Waterbowl Wanderers
This was the fixture I wanted to play when I knew we’d have to play a wild card game. The Wanderers have been on marvellous form with 10 wins from 10 which is unsurprising from a coach we have since found was New and Old World Champion with another team! Our league match was close and I would want it to be the same again with the Nightlords being victorious this time around to meet the Defilers again.
Prediction: 2-1 Nightlords (fingers crossed! I did say an unbiased opinion didn’t I?)
KK Oblivion vs Talos Tobacconists
I always like the look of the Tobacconists team. Lots of potential receivers of the ball, lots of ball handling capability and the strength from the warriors makes you drool with possibilities. The Oblivion though are on a wonderful run and are difficult to beat. This makes me think that the Tobacconists will need to grind through the elves and maim on the way to win this. I am not sure they will do this. With this in mind I am drawn to choose the Oblivion to win the NWC.
Prediction: 2-0 Oblivion
Nachthaften Nightlords vs Drakwald Defilers
We meet again old friends. This would be my 6 game in 3 seasons against the Defilers (if we get passed the Wanderers) and it will be as difficult as ever. A championship game though and I would never bet against the Nightlords to pull it out of the bag.
Prediction: 1-0 Nightlords
Superbowl: Nachthaften Nightlords vs Karond Kar Oblivion
A Superbowl is always a special thing to play in (I should know losing the last 2 Superbowls to excellent teams). This one would be no different. In this one though I think the experience of the Nightlords would be paramount and we would get the win we have been craving to lift that hallowed trophy.
Prediction: 2-0 Nightlords (see totally unbiased)
Well to all the teams involved: Good luck I hope Nuffle shines his blessings on you.
Dr Viktor Necromortis.