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Welcome to the new era!

Welcome one and all to the new era of the HDWSBBL. After 15 years (and 14 Seasons, 1,107 games, 65 Competitions, 128 teams, and 2,456 players) the league is going through a little reboot! 

Not quite the full Marvel Comics style reboot where the players have a different past, but one where we embrace the new Blood Bowl ruleset and focus on the new legends that will be created over the coming years.

The site has received its first proper make over after 13 years which was long overdue. There are still a few kinks to work out, but those will be addressed in due course (not 13 years, I promise!). 

If you wish to go back and see the site as it was, frozen in time at the end of the 14th season, then a permanent archive is available.

For now settle down, and strap yourself in for the 15th Season of the HDWSBBL!

Who is the best coach in league history?

To break the fourth wall for a bit, one of the most common arguments is “who is the best coach in the HDWSBBL”. At present we have ways of tracking statistics across teams, seasons, competitions etc, but there is no way for coaches to really take a look and see how they are doing on the whole. Until now

If you head over to the Owners page you will able to see the full details of your performance in the HDWSBBL. Who was your best team? How many championships have you won? How many Star Players have you used? How many players have died under your watch? All of these (and more) can now be discovered.

One thing I did want to add is the statistic of “coach you have faced the most often” but sadly I need to make a few database changes for that unless you want to wait a good 30 seconds for it to generate! I will save that for next time along with more detailed statistics of races so the “Best coach of a race” debate can have accurate figures to use / hide from 🙂

I believe I can speak for Alex when I say thank you to all the coaches, regardless of if you have been here year after year, or if you only managed a few games. When we started this league way back in 2006 we had no idea it would still be going strong (I did hope I would win a few more games then I did but nevermind). Hopefully, there are many more seasons to come.

I also know this website is sometimes held together with more bandages then Ramtut the 3rd, and slower than a Beast of Nurgle so I appreciate the patience while we slowly get things up to date (If the website was a living being it would be old enough to be in secondary school!).

So go forth, have a look, and remember to torment anybody who has worse stats than you – if they have a problem they can settle it with a good old game of Blood Bowl!

Season 12 – The Draw is Made

Tonight the draw for the NWC and OWC was made in great anticipation and we have the results:

NWC

Quenelles Chevaliers (Bretonnian)
New Skaeling Raiders (Norse)
Warpstone Wanderers (Skaven)
Vidarheim Thunder (Norse)
Averheim Eagles (Human)
The Mousillion Patriots (Necromantic)
Nahuontl Natterjacks (Slann)
Ghouly Grabbers (Necromantic)

OWC

Atrocity Exhibition (Undead)
Grudge Corsairs (Dwarf)
Pastafarians (Orc)
Bogenhafen Rams (Human)
Chaos All-Stars (Chaos Pact)
The Deadly Spawn (Slann)
Osterwald Ravens (Human)

An exciting draw and a very even one at that. Matches kick off next week but in the meantime look out for the announcement of the fixtures and a team highlight for all teams taking part this season.

The 2012/13 Season is Coming…

As of today, using the date this post was added, the new season will kick off in about a month and a half. So for all the coaches and spectators please add these very important dates to your calender.

16th August – Final submission date for team registration.

23rd August – The World Series draw and finalising of schedule & format.

1st September – Official Start of the 2012/13 Season & First week of matches.

So don’t delay in submitting your teams as soon as you can, we wouldn’t want you to miss out this opportunity. If there are any questions please get in contact with the commissioners and they will be more than happy to help you with any problems.

Thanks for the continued support and see you next season!

AlexHead Commissioner

Collecting Dust…..

Good evening sports fans,

Well it has been a very crazy holiday break but we have all managed to get back into the swing of things, well almost. Now it has come to my attention that the HDWSBBL Press office has been rather relaxed as of late, but fear not, a highly trained motivator is whipping them into shape (and he uses a cat-o-nine tails…)

So coming up in the next few hours, days and weeks, expect a full 30 match review of the Tutsbone Jackals and the Wee Tree Fellows, re-cap of the last two weeks of matches (the janitor has been working nights and double shifts, his wife needs treating) and a kick up the bum to all our bloggers to bring you new and exciting news.

But it has not all been bad. Fans of the previous year may remember head coach Kai of the Teotigua Predators, well after Gerhard has gone MIA of late, Kai has sprung into action and not a moment too soon! He has already placed his predictions to the final rankings and let me tell you they are certainly very interesting indeed. So why are you still reading me rambling on? Head over to his blog now at: http://network.hdwsbbl.co.uk/kaiskorner/

Hopefully the slight spanner in the press office is almost unstuck and the office will be pumping out news reels faster than you can say “What ogre?” But what do you think of the league so far? Do you have anything you would like to say? Then leave a comment and good old Bob Fortune will get back  to you. But until the next time folks, keep watching those stars! The players in the KO box sure will!

– Bob Fortune (HDWSBBL Press Office Editor)

Christmas Break and a look at the upcoming action

Even though the league is now suspended over the festive break, we are sure the teams and their players are getting ready for the New Year.

We are now entering the final stages of the Open Scramble 2510/11, the Spite Challenge round 2 is fast approaching and if we look to the horizon we will the approaching shapes of the Championship V and the Cleaver Cup!

Open Scramble 2510/11

In the New Year the remaining matches in the Open Scramble will take place. I am pleased to report that we appear to be on schedule although a few teams are slightly behind! Neither of the two divisions have a clear winner as of yet and any one of a number of teams could end up as the divisional champions and make it through to the league final. Let’s take a look at the Divisions.

North Division

Team Pld W D L TF TA TD CF CA CD PTS
The Innsmouth Shadows 5 3 1 1 13 7 6 12 9 3 10
Tail Slammers 5 2 3 0 14 12 2 6 11 -5 9
Orcland Cleavers 5 2 2 1 7 7 0 10 4 6 8
Teotigua Predators 4 2 0 2 9 8 1 11 6 5 6
Whereinthehellarewe Tribe 5 2 0 3 10 14 -4 13 14 -1 6
The Brewers 4 1 0 3 6 9 -3 2 6 -4 3
We Tree Fellows 4 0 2 4 10 12 -2 5 9 -4 2

North Division has three main contenders in the running, the Innsmouth Shadows, the Tail Slammers and the Orcland Cleavers. There are only 2 points between the team in first place (the Shadows) and the team in third (the Cleavers) and all three teams have only a single game to play.

The winner of the division hangs on the results of two matches, the Shadows vs the Cleavers and the Slammers vs the WhereInTheHellAreWeTribe (in what will be the Slammers 30th game). If the Shadows win their match then they will be declared outright winners of North Division, however if the Shadows draw with the Cleavers or the Cleavers win the match AND the Slammers defeat the Halflings then the Slammers win the Division. The only chance the Cleavers have is if they defeat the Shadows and the Slammers lose or draw with the Halflings. We have no previous encounters to reference for these two matches so it is anybodies guess as to the outcomes. Even the normal safe bet of the Halflings being defeated is not guaranteed because of the little ones surprise recent form in defeating two teams!

Those paying close attention will also notice the Predators sitting in fourth position with two games in hand. Their two opponents are the Wee Tree Fellows and the Brewers. If the teams at the top stumble and the Predators win their final two matches then they could leapfrog the other teams and take the Divisional title! Stranger things happened in the HDWSBBL!

To qualify for the Championship V a team has to finish in the top two positions. At the moment in North Division 5 of the 7 teams are in a position to qualify (everyone apart from the Brewers and the Wee Tree Fellows) which means that even if a team cannot win the division, every point they can earn will help them! We are not likely to determine who qualifies until the very last game has taken place.

South Division

Team Pld W D L TF TA TD CF CA CD PTS
The Loren Rangers 3 3 0 0 8 3 5 5 2 3 9
Brimstone Flayers 4 3 0 1 10 6 4 8 9 -1 9
Lustria Leapers 4 3 0 1 8 5 3 1 8 -7 9
Grunhelm Gemcutters 4 1 2 1 7 5 2 12 4 8 5
The Tutsbone Jackles 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1 9 9 0 5
Middenhein Manhunters 5 1 2 2 7 10 -3 8 6 2 5
Damage Inc 5 0 0 5 4 14 -10 6 11 -5 0

South Division is a bit clearer. There are three teams with 9 points at the top of South Division, the ever dominating Loren Rangers, the Brimstone Flayers and the Lustrian Leapers. The safe bet is on the Rangers as they still have 3 more games to play! However their upcoming opponents (the Leapers, the Gemcutters and old rivals the Manhunters) could cost them dear. Depending on the outcomes the Gemcutters could even move from fourth place to 1st if they manage to win all their remaining games!

The race for finishing in the top two positions is open to four teams. Unfortunately it looks like the Jackles, the Manhunters and Damage Inc are out of the running for the Championship V as they all only have one game to play and even if they win their final matches they will still not have the 9 points minimum required to move into the top teams. Damage Inc is still the only team in the competition not to score any points.

Spite Challenge 2510/11

We have one outstanding match to take place in the opening round of the Spite Challenge 2510/11. Once that match has taken place we will announce the fixtures for the second round which is due to take place in late January. After that the third round will follow only a few weeks later giving little time for the teams to rest! The first round saw a few shock results so the second round will be very interesting. We will have more information on the next round shortly.

The Championship V

It is hard to believe that this season will see the 5th competition for the HDWSBBL Championship Cup. Three teams have lifted the greatest HDWSBBL prize over the last four seasons and the current teams are desperate to carve their name into the plinth.

Because of the reduced number of Divisions in this seasons league competition only the top two teams from each division will be taking part in the Championship V ensuring that action will be intense. The below table will show how the matches will be arranged:

Semi Final Final
Winner of North Division vs
Runner-up of South Division
To Be Confirmed
Winner of South Division vs
Runner-up of North Division

With only three matches the competition may be brief but a lot of the teams in contention will be giving it their all as it will be their final shot at a HDWSBBL Championship. It will be one to watch as always.

The Cleaver Cup

This season’s competition for the HDWSBBL Shield is named in honour of the leagues only Orc team, the Orcland Cleavers. Once again the team the cup is named after is doing much better this season and have a chance to slide into the Championship Cup (and critics said that having the shield named after them was an insult).

As there are 14 teams this season and 4 of them are entering the Championship V, it means 10 teams will be competing for the Shield (We know that most of you can do the maths yourselves but we have to help the Orc and Skaven readers of this site). We have had a number of questions around how many rounds this competition will have and how we will determine who will face who. After much debate we have determined that there will have to be a qualification round just like last season. The competition can then commence in full. Below shows how the matches will be organised:

Qualification Quarter Final Semi Final Final
6th Place of North Division vs
7th Place of South Division
To Be Confirmed vs
3rd Place of South Division
To Be Confirmed To Be Confirmed
 
  4th Place of North Division vs
5th Place of South Division
 
  4th Place of South Division vs
5th Place of North Division
To Be Confirmed
 
  To Be Confirmed vs
3rd Place of North Division
6th Place of South Division vs
7th Place of North Division

We hope that answers any questions you might have had. If not, let us know in the comments below and we will do our best to answer.

More information for both the Championship V and the Cleaver cup will be announced in the news section of the site in the new year.

Final words

It has been a frantic few months here in the HDWSBBL with all the games taking place. We have seen things that we didn’t think where possible and we have seen the birth of new stars that will continue to shine brightly over the next few seasons (unless Nuffle has his way). It’s hard to believe that we are witnessing the final matches for a few of the veteran teams but we are sure they will give it their all before they throw in the towel!

The leagues website should still be getting new content over the break. Gerhard has promised to review the top player standings again and see how much they have changed over the last few months and the network is being constantly updated by the teams with all their latest news.

Merry Christmas from the HDWSBBL Team.