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Stars in their eyes

Greetings Sports fans. It has been awhile since we have taken a look at the goings on in the league! Lets reverse that trend and take a look at Star players.

Believe it or not it has been 7 years since the HDWSBBL signed a contract with their agents and the NAF to allow the recognised star players to play in the league. At the time in 2511 it was a controversial decision with coaches both for and against bringing in outside help. In the end the fear that home grown stars would be ignored was overruled by the extra violence and amazing plays that stars could provide.

To celebrate we got our interns to take a look through the leagues archives and see what they could come up with.

In numbers:

  • 50 of 66 recognised stars have played at least one game in the HDWSBBL.
  • The 5 most popular stars are:
    • Morg ‘n’ Thorg (55 games)
    • Wilhelm Chaney (28 games)
    • Deeproot Strongbranch (20 games)
    • Zara the Slayer (17 games)
    • Nobbla Blackwart (15 games)
  • Star players have made 389 appearances in the league, or 297 unique matches.
  • The league has spent a total of 92,520,000 gp on Hiring Star players, that is enough for 92 NEW teams (or Gerhards bonus for writing an article – whatever happened to him?)!
    • The league has paid the top 5 stars 42,910,000 gp alone with 23,650,000 gp of that going to Morg! We know who is buying the next round!
  • The biggest impact the stars have caused is an increase in causalities – 82 to be precise. Morg is responsible for 32 of these, but it is not surprising considering he has played more games than the vast majority of HDWSBBL players!
  • No star player has ever made an interception!
  • We have no recorded deaths or injuries of stars in the league (nothing to do with their contracts forbidding it – honest) – but they have killed 11 HDWSBBL players.
    • Morg has personally claimed 3 lives, with Deeproot and Headsplitter claiming 2 each
  • Star players have been the match MVP 24 times
  • 11 Stars have played in a final, and won 18 HDWSBBL championships:
    • Morg ‘n’ Thorg – 5 Championships (New World Conference Cup, The HDWSBBL Vase, The Shield x3)
    • Eldril Sidewinder – 2 Championships (HDWSBBL Championship Cup, Old World Conference Cup)
    • Wilhelm Chaney – 2 Championships (HDWSBBL Championship Cup, New World Conference Cup)
    • Fezglitch – 2 Championship (HDWSBBL league Cup, the Shield)
    • Hack Enslash – 1 Championship (HDWSBBL Championship Cup)
    • Zara the Slayer – 1 Championship (HDWSBBL Championship Cup)
    • Setekh – 1 Championship (HDWSBBL Championship Cup)
    • Hubris Rakarth – 1 Championship (New World Conference Cup)
    • Prince Moranion – 1 Championship (Old World Conference Cup)
    • Icepelt Hammerblow – 1 Championship (Old World Conference Cup)
    • Ugroth Bolgrot – 1 Championships (The Shield)
  • The most popular season for star appearances was the 2511/12 season when the contract was signed with 64 appearances. The 2517/18 season came close with 61 games containing at least one star player. The current season (2518/19) has so far seen 25 matches with stars (out of 16 games!) – only time will tell if it will see more stars than any other season.

Who is hiring them

So, who are hiring these stars? The top 10 (ish) teams that have hired stars are:

  • Gitz ‘n’ Shigglez – 14 occasions
  • Tail Slammers – 14
  • The Riverside Rainbows – 14
  • Lightning Claws – 12
  • Chaos All-Stars11
  • Grudge Corsairs – 11
  • Arcani’s All Sparks – 11
  • The Asgard Marauders 10
  • Dark Wings of Fury – 10
  • The Wild Brunch – 10
  • Suderholm Snow Leopards – 10
  • Warpstone Wanders10

Three of the teams on the list are active this season (highlighted above) so have a chance of hiring even more! Considering the form of teams, I don’t think it will help them much….

The Top ten hiring races are:

  • Halfling – 42 stars hired
  • Skaven – 41
  • Human – 30
  • Norse – 29
  • Dark Elf – 23
  • Goblin – 22
  • Chaos Pact – 20
  • Necromantic – 19
  • Underworld – 18
  • Chaos – 17

Over the past seven years all races have hired at least one star player for a match!

Are they worth it?

So are stars worth it? From raw statistics  – no! On average they underperform per match with their HDWSBBL counterparts. Even special plays such as Deeproot scoring a Touchdown has been replicated by a Treeman in the league before (can anybody name said Treeman in the comments)?

However they are invaluable for making sure a team has a full roster on the pitch, and the fans they bring with them to the stadiums. For that they will always be worth it.

Ideally we would provide a detailed breakdown of if hiring a star increases your chances of winning, but we had to le the interns go home and see their families.

Nothing brings this more to life than the 11 star players who are HDWSBBL Champions! Originally star players were banned from finals but, like all rules, that was nothing a bribe or two could not change! Since then 5 stars have played in the final and won the HDWSBBL Championship itself. Would those teams have won the championship without help? That is still being debated in taverns across the old world to this day!

Whats next?

It does not look like Star players are going anywhere soon. Since their introduction the league has seen amazing growth and the stars have provided amazing memories for the teams. They are a helping hand when teams are desperate, and they allow HDWSBBL talent to make a name for themselves and take down a legend (and boy do they try)!

Sorry folks, it looks like Morg isn’t going anywhere soon!

On the Horizon it looks like even more stars are on the way as more legends make their return to the pitch. Once the HDWSBBL has worked out the arrangements with their agents we will let you know!

2517/18 Play Offs Semi-Finals

It was semi-finals time last night and the Conference Champions entered into the competition. With a place in the final on the line it’s make or break for every team. Here is what happened.

World Championship Super Bowl XII

Osterwald Ravens vs The Mousillion Patriots 0 – 1 (2 – 3)

In what could of been billed as the highlight match of the semi-finals it sadly didn’t deliver this promise. Both teams under performed in this bout but the Ravens particularly proved to be the worst team after a lot of very bad and unlucky plays in which the Patriots, in true professional manner, capitalized on this and made the Ravens pay. The Patriots have made it back to back finals in the Championship and now have the chance to become two time winners alongside the greats.

Quenelles Chevaliers vs Atrocity Exhibition 2 – 1 (2 – 1)

The Chevaliers kept their cool in their debut match of the Championship play offs. Sticking to their defensive game pain to which they have performed to quite effectively all season they saw off Atrocity who really didn’t challenge them at all despite their tendency to murder everything they see. Not a semi-final to remember for the former champions but the Chevaliers will be delighted to advance and have a shot at doing the golden double this season.

HDWSBBL League Knockout Cup III

Warpstone Wanders vs Vidarheim Thunder 0 – 2 (1 – 2)

The Wanderers were without their killer wizard during this match which could be one of the reasons they lost. However it wasn’t the case as the inform Thunder kept the train rolling and indeed rolled over the Wanderers in a very convincing manner worthy of a title winning performance. The Wanderers could of perhaps gotten back into the match but a few unlucky plays which didn’t go their way and the brute force of the Thunder sealed them to their fate. Thunder will certainly be the team to watch in the final.

Pastafarians vs Grudge Corsairs 2 – 1 (1 – 1)

On paper it looked like it would be a classic Orc v Dwarf match and it was…..just without a lot of injuries to either team. The veterans Pastafarian team proved to be too much for the rookie Dwarfs as they blew passed two to seal the win and a grand final spot. The Corsairs can walk away however with their heads held up after a decent season and some great performances. The Pastafarians however take away the title of Pirate Kings!

The Fury Animal Frenzy

Nahuontl Natterjacks vs Ragnar’s Raiders 3 – 0 (2 – 1)

The Natterjacks needed only to win and the Shield would be theirs. However the copycat All-Starz decided to change this, not only did they draw with the Natterjacks but they totally humiliated them by allowing their Minotaur to score their two touchdowns. The Natterjacks took this badly and really caused them to loose their heads, had they of focused more on the match then they would of been walking away champions. They will now have to hope that either the Raiders win, or the All-starz draw or score less than two touchdowns.

2517/18 Play Offs – Predict Off Final!

BH: We finally come to the finale of the season, Finals Night! Where dreams are made, hearts are crushed and plenty of violent blood bowl as well! Here are the standings in the predict off after the semi-finals round.

Pundit Points
Loktar 10
 Gerhard 9
 The Doc 4
 JoJo 4

I really cannot belive this……how did you get SEVEN points last round! And two correct scorelines as well!

LG: Wellz youz either got it or ya dont, an Iz gotz it! Gerhard Iz gonna smash ya next week!

BH: I am still absolutely astounded! If you saw how he picked these predictions you would be as amazed as I am folks. Well lets see what our pundits can do for the final round. JoJo and the Doc aren’t out of the running just yet and can still mathematically catch Gerhard and Loktar. Here is their predictions for Finals Night.

Match The Doc  Gerhard Loktar  JoJo
World Championship Super Bowl XII
Quenelles Chevaliers vs The Mousillion Patriots 2-1  1-2 2-1  2-1
HDWSBBL League Knockout Cup III
Vidarheim Thunder vs Pastafarians  2-1 1-2 3-4  1-2
HDWSBBL Sheild (Fury Animal Frenzy)
Ragnar’s Raiders vs Chaos All-Stars  1-4  1-1 2-3 2-1

And with that it’s nearly all over once again! Finals night will certainly be a special night and good luck to the teams competing in it!

2517/18 Play-Offs Wild Card Round

The wild card round took play yesterday as the hopeful teams lined up and down the country to win themselves some final silverware before the end of another season.

World Championship Super Bowl XII

The Grabbers took on a very shaky Atrocity team who had not won a match in their previous three. It was right there for the Grabbers to advance into the next round, but instead of playing the match, they quickly threw in the towel and conceded the match early into the first half. Dumbfounded fans were left disappointed with the outcome but it means Atrocity are through to the next round and break their duck. They will face off against the Chevaliers.

The Patriots were the favorites going into this match, the the Deadly Spawn came into the game with a bit about themselves and gave the Patriot fans a big scare as they ran in the first touchdowns. Determined not to loose match and keep the dreams of a back to back Championship alive the Patriots smashed their way through the Slann, taking out six players in the process and drew the game to a close with a 2-1 win. The Patriots take on the Osterwald Ravens in the next round.

HDWSBBL League Knockout Cup III

With Vidarheim Thunder into the League Cup it was time for them to stop drawing matches and actually see a game out. They did just this as they took apart the Rams in a very convincing 3-1 win. The Rams tried their best to get something out of the match but the Thunder were too strong for them. They now go on to face the Wanderers in the Semi-final.

The Corsairs certainly crack the whip this time as they played right out of their skin and smashed the Eagles throughout the match. Although the Eagles tried to get something out of this match the Corsairs proved too much for them, and they will have to regroup and try again next season. The Corsairs are now treated to a bash feast against the Pastafarians.

The Fury Animal Frenzy

The Natterjacks had finally woken up and showed their potential which they had last season. Everything went right for them in this match and just at the right moment too! A advantage surely in this competition so long as they get at least a point against the All Starz. The Raiders didn’t show up in this game sadly but hopefully they will push on forward next season.

 

2517/18 Play Offs – Predict Off Semi Final

BH: Well folks it was a heated opening round of the play offs and here is where our coaches currently stand in the predict off table.

Pundit Points
 Gerhard 8
 Loktar 3
 The Doc 3
 JoJo  3

Gerhard is leading the charge after getting full marks in the Championship predicting both winner and the scoreline correctly! Maybe Loktar should listen to him!

LG: Lookz little man, youz gotta go big or go home in da betting game. Now I still in da running n dat Gerhards luck will run out soon!

BH: We will see Locktar! Here are the pundits next predictions for the Semi-finals.

Match The Doc  Gerhard Loktar  JoJo
World Championship Super Bowl XII
 Quenelles Chevaliers vs Atrocity Exhibition  1-2  1-3 2-1  2-0
Osterwald Ravens vs The Mousillion Patriots  2-1  2-1 3-4  3-1
HDWSBBL League Knockout Cup III
Warpstone Wanders vs Vidarheim Thunder  3-0  2-0 4-3  3-2
Pastafarians vs Grudge Corsairs  2-0  1-0 2-1  2-0
HDWSBBL Sheild (Fury Animal Frenzy)
Chaos All-Stars vs Nahuontl Natterjacks  2-1  1-2 0-5  2-0

And it seems Loktar may of taken a bit of advice to calm down a bit….well only a little anyway. Good luck to the coaches and teams in the next round!

2517/18 Play Offs – Predict Off

BH: It’s that time once again folks!! It’s the predict off and featuring this year are TheDoc, JoJo and Gerhard. It’s a three way race but with lots of matches to predict it’s going to be tight. The rules remain the same as last year with one point for a correct winner, and two bonus points for the correct scoreline as well.

LG: Oi stumpy! Since dat froggy thing aint in it dis year, iz wantz a crack at da prediction thing!

BH: Oh Loktar! Where have you been? Look only if you can actually give us decent predictions, and not stupid ones. I mean who bets on the All-Starz to win 10-0 against Atrocity!??

LG: It woz 250/1 I coulda made a killin’!

BH: Anyway, here are the pundits predictions for the opening matches in the play offs.

Match The Doc  Gerhard Loktar  JoJo
World Championship Super Bowl XII
 The Deadly Spawn vs The Mousillion Patriots 2-3 1-2 4-3 3-1
 Ghouly Grabbers vs Atrocity Exhibition 2-1 0-2 3-2 2-0
HDWSBBL League Knockout Cup III
Vidarheim Thunder vs Bogenhafen Rams 2-1 1-2 5-4 3-2
Grudge Corsairs vs Averheim Eagles 0-1 1-0 1-4 1-2
HDWSBBL Sheild (Fury Animal Frenzy)
Nahuontl Natterjacks vs Ragnar’s Raiders 2-1 2-1 4-3 3-2

BH: Dam it Loktar!! What on Nuffles balls are those predictions!! Well folks if these actually get pulled off by Loktar I will  eat my own legs. What are your predictions? Leave yours in a comment below.

LG: Waarrgghhhh wez got diz Basco!

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