Category: Season 8

Season 8 – All’s Well that Ends Well:

Greetings Blood Bowl Fans and Fellow coaches,

 

It is I Doctor Viktor Necromortis or “The Doc” to you uninitiated people. I have taken control of “Hack of the Day” for this final instalment of the season to bring you the summary of the season and the “Bloodweiser World Series XI” 2514.

 

Looking back through the season I think it has been astounding that the teams have achieved so much.   The Talos Tobacconists showed their full potential and reached the Superbowl after winning the New World Conference; Teotigua had the Flying Frogs stroll into the playoffs semi-finals; the HDWSBBL had no fewer than 10 new teams join its ranks and records have been smashed (all too aptly in the case of the Ogres and their casualties)!

 

That brings me to the Finals of our illustrious competitions of the New World Conference, Old World Conference, Squitters Cup (the Shield) and the Superbowl.   The NWC as I said earlier has been won by the chaos red machine of Talos Tobacconists who finally showed all the grit required to beat the unbeaten Karond Kar Oblivion and take the trophy.  Well done to the team a huge achievement and shows what hard work and application can do.  OWC this year was closely contested as the Waterbowl Wanderers beat the Drakwald Defilers (who lose their 3rd successive conference final) to take their first trophy in the HDWSBBL.  The “best of the rest” title fell to the Har Ganeth Heartbreakers who ran rings around the very impressive Riverside Rainbows Halfling team but unfortunately their luck ran out when it was most needed.  Finally (no pun intended) the Superbowl 2513/14 was won by the Waterbowl Wanderers.  After an impressive start by the Tobacconists many fans saw the Elf team battered and bruised but Coach James Bonsack underestimated Elf versatility and instead of leading 1-0 at the half the elves grabbed an equaliser at the whistle.  Receiving the ball the elves took no chances and quickly made it 2-1 in the 2nd half and held out for the win as the chaotic destruction ground to a halt.  Congratulations to the Wanderers and commiserations to the Tobacconists it was a fantastic game.

 

Lastly it falls to me to name the World Series XI sponsored by Bloodweiser.  This year has been incredibly difficult.  So many good and game changing performances have left us with a plethora of talent to choose from.  However, I have narrowed it down:

 

#1: Thrower: Jenny Craig (SOT) – Again and for the 2nd year this girl has shown all the elves how it’s done in the passing stakes.  Jenny has teamed up well with Rita this season and the passes have floated and flourished with this Amazon calling the shots.  Great performance.

#2: Lineman: Wandlebury (GMG) – Did someone call for destruction? Well this ogre deals it out with 11 casualties in the World Series alone (not to mention his exploits in the playoffs).  As a coach why wouldn’t you want him on your line?

#3: Lineman: Asgoth “The Furious” (DD) – Narrowly missed out on being the top weapon of mass destruction by 1 casualty to Wandlebury.  Consistent over 3 seasons in his job.  What more can be said apart from “Can I have more than one of him?”.

#4: Lineman: Sesslith “the Seductive” (DD) – What better to go the other side of our Ogre than another Chaos Warrior?  Upping their performance from last season Sesslith has impressed with 8 casulaties and a most valuable player award.

#5: Blitzer: Duke Markus Varghulf (NN) – A rookie vampire at the start of the season who went in to the veteran Nightlords team just to steal the lime light with 6 touchdowns, 2 casualties, 3 passes and 4 most valuable player awards.  A “fangtastic” return from the joint “Player of the Season”.

#6: Blitzer: Matt “Hustle” Haddelback (NT) – I know what you are saying a Titan’s player making the World Series XI?  However all you have to do is look at the casualty stats and you can see why.  10 games 1 TD and 9 (yes 9!) casualties and 2 MVPs.  You will win many games if you can kill your opponent and this guy knows how to do it.

#7: Runner: Arcani Spark IV (AAS) – The other “Player of the Season” scored a Hat-trick in his last match and has 10 TDs all season.  Enough said.

#8: Runner: Gorsquakor (DD) – A season doesn’t go past without this player being on this list.  A slow start but his quality shone through as he lead the Defilers to another Playoff final.  One of the top players in the league.

#9: Runner: Balder (AM) – Another player who’s second season form pulled his team to the playoffs almost single handed.  Consistent scoring and ability to inflict pain on his opponents Balder is another player who can play runner, catcher or blitzer in any team.

#10: Catcher: Rita (SOT) – Without Rita and Jenny Craig the Temptation girls would have been shield bound but this woman is a class above when it comes to scoring.  10 TDs in 10 games says how valuable she can be for a team.

#11: Catcher: BeanBag (WW) – Lastly but not least a winner of the Superbowl with the Wanderers scoring 7 TDs in his first World Series and becoming a supplementary blitzer for the team.  Creates space for the other members of the team to work in.  A brilliant debut season for this elf.

 

Well my friends that is it for another season.  I wish you all the best for your post-season recovery and preseason training.  See you all next season in the HDWSBBL.

 

Dr Viktor Necromortis

All Quiet….

Well at least the play-offs are in full swing and into the conference finals! Here at the HDWSBBL we must apologies to all fans and coaches for the very lack lust updates and reports we are normally quite well equipped with (Apart from the weekly summary’s which have been great). A fresh season means a fresh start and we will endeavour to do so, we hope to do the following before the start of season 9:

Update the Match Report Sheets (This has actually now been done and you can now use the fabulous new sheet at the resources page).

– Overhaul the design of the website.

– Overhaul the Warzone with new features such as, player of the week, team of the month, new signings, a full obituary page and of course a new look.

– Check over all players, matches, teams, awards, did you knows, competition pages, season pages and stat pages and make sure all information is up-to-date and in order.

– Roll in planned new features which have been on the cards for some time now.

– Get the team news network back on-line and overhaul the design and clear any out of date blogs.

– Post more content and reviews (We need Gerhard back!)

– Send countless e-mails to Andy (Gerhard) to come back to the league! (He can drive now!).

If there are any suggestions please get in touch in the comments section. Enjoy the rest of the season and here’s to the new season!

– Alex (Da Commish’)

 

 

Breaking News: The Doc predicts the Shield, Playoffs and Superbowl

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.

 

Shield Final

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.

 

NWC Playoffs:

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

 

Round 2:

NWC playoffs

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)

 

OWC

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

 

NWC

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?)

 

Championship Matches:

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.

Season 8- Week 10 – That’s all folks

‘ello Blood Bowl coaches to Hack of the day,

It is me Handsome Alan.  That bugger Deds had me locked away for blumming weeks on some rubbish charge of beatin’ a former player up.  I di’ nothin’ of the sort, just smashed his face in a little.  Any way Deds can-ne be with us today as I have him locked away.  In a box.  Underground. So I’ll be running the show.

 

Well this week has-ne been as good as last week for mutalations bu’ the girly scoring has been outta this world.  Lookin’ at the matches only only one really stands out as a massive punch-up Asgard Marauders vs Slanneshi Big Society.  I did-ne see this one but I heard all the damage was done near the end as the Chaos lads killed one and gave another an fractured knee injury he won’t be shaking off.  Brilliant stuff making the Big Society the Hack of the day team of the week although they lost 1-0.

 

Apart from that the best violence came from the Allsparks and Riverside Rainbows.  One death a piece but a shockin’ performance from the rat boys as we all know Halflings fall apart really easy despite a 4-1 win.  Otherwise the injuries were rubbish no one getting hurt so bad they were callin’ for their mothers!

 

The other part of the game – ball playin’- showed that he Waterbowl Wanderers were well on form beating the Titans 6-1! The Flying Frogs put 3 past the Sect of Temptation as did the Wild Brunch against Biohazard DX.  Well done the ‘flings! Other than that the Nightlords beat the Tobacconists 2-0 and we had two forfieted matches.  A terrible waste of players in my opinion let ’em play and die with honour!

 

So onto the playoffs wildcards as Gog Magog Gladiators play Teotigua Flying Frogs with a huge chance for blood to be spilt on the pitch.  Nachthaften Nightlords take on Slaaneshi Big Society in the other OWC match to goto play the Wanderers.  In the NWC Biohazard DX vs Arcanis All Sparks and Asgard Marauders vs Sect of Temptation are your matches.  Good luck to all and remember that a good opponent is a fouled to death opponent!

All the best,

Handsome Alan

Season-8-Week-9 They think it’s all over!

Greetings Blood Bowl fans to the penultimate week of World Series 2513/14 on Hack of the Day.

 

Alan is on his way back to us after being released from jail for good behaviour (apparently he set up a blood bowl team in prison that cut costs on the executioners required).

 

As you can all imagine the World Series has heated up with all the teams clambering for places in the playoffs.  With each team trying to gain momentum into the knockout portion of the season who has smashed there way forward and who is falling in to the Shield?

 

Well this week there is only one match to start with a MASSIVE 14 serious injuries it is the Gog Magog Gladiators vs Asgard Marauders.  This match was unbelievable at the end the norse only had 3 players on the pitch.  One dead, one with a snapped back and plenty of game finishing injuries.  To top this off the Marauders took out 5 players themselves which was a good return against the wrecking ball ogres in  a 0-0 draw.  Again for the 4th week running the Ogres of the Gog Magog Gladiators are Hack of the Day team of the week!

 

No one else came close to the devestation of that match but the Defilers vs Titans provided 7 bone-crunching injuries in their 2-1 match with 2 dead including the infamous “The Colonel” who will be sorely missed, though we did all have Kenrucky Smacked Chicken after the match!

 

The deaths didn’t stop there though as another 2 fatalities were seen in the 2-0 loss for the Big Society vs KK Oblivion where the chaos lads weren’t so nice against a couple of lineelves.  The Nightlords drained 2 of the ladies of the Sect of Temptation straight to the grave as they won 2-1, whilst Biohazard DX also buried (or scrapped from the pitch) another player as the Waterbowl Wanderers beat them 3-1.  Though it didn’t go all the elves way as Jimjimany had his ACL ruptured meaning he won’t be as quick as once he was.

 

Looking back this was one of the bloodiest weeks for the HDWSBBL with 8 dead players equalling the “Day of Death” of 2509.  We will anxiously await for the final week to see who makes the play offs and who will fall into the shield

 

From me, Deds Linearm for Warzone, good night.

 

Season 8-Week 8- The beginning of the end

Well Blood Bowl fans week 8 has been and gone we surely are at the beginning of the end for World Series 2513/14.

 

Welcome again to Hack of the Day with me, Deds Linearm.  I am still without Handsome Alan as he got throw in jail during the Hall of Fame gala night after he spilt Norman “breaks – your – legs” Hunter’s drink and a fight broke out over who’s fault it was.

 

This week was full of action as teams jostled for places in the playoffs.  The Hack of the Day award for most brutal match falls to the Slannesh Big Society vs Gog Magog Galdiators and 7 players were seriously hurt on the grid iron.  This means with the ogres smashing 5 out of the way (including 1 more death and a smashed ankle to the chaos horde) that they are tettering on the brink of breaking the casualty record for a season.  The ogres are our team of the week again (3 weeks on the bounce).  Only 3 more to go boys, keep up the pain.   They were closely run by the Karond Kar Oblivion who scored 4 casualties of their own and despite killing 2 Jimps and Perps players- including star thrower Joe Pineapples- numbers don’t lie and you missed out by one on this weeks award.  Deaths seem to be the order of the day as well in the All Sparks vs Tobacconists where Megatron lost his life, and in the Flying Frogs vs Nighlords where again the curse of #8 haunts the Nightlords thralls and Alan Cart died a horrible death via a Morg N’Thorg spiked fist.

 

After all that the Defilers beat Biohazard DX and the Sect of Temptation pulled off a good draw against the veteran Asgard Marauders.

 

Well that is it for this week.  Come back again for another Hack of the Day.  Who will be team of the week?  Will it be you?

Deds Linearm