The format is extremely unique and due to certain mechanics in Blood Bowl 2 will force coaches to answer very hard questions about how they want to spend their resources going forward. Injuries and gold will carry over between matches. If a coach ever finds the game to be out of hand expect them to start playing purely to injure their opponent for the remainder of the match. A blodge step gutter runner can’t 1 turn next game if it’s dead.
Coaches may also find it hard to justify replacing their players when they could be saving up to buy a wizard with Cyanide’s bank rule in place. If a coach is only down 50k, they can still drop 100k from their treasury to pay for a wizard and give them an edge. Guinness has shown the advantages of this in two straight matches. I’d expect wizards to come out after the first game. The team with the lead will want to press the advantage, and the team down will want to force a third game.
The results of the quarterfinals were a shock based on the results of the tournament so far. Dorfs were only able to pull out a win in a mirror-matchup, losing in the other games to Skaven, Lizards, and Orcs. The resulting semifinal will give us 4 distinct races, all with a proclivity for bash and running games outside of skaven.
Scheduled to be played at 17.00 GMT/11.00 EDT, Monday the 20th of June 2016. The cabalvision broadcast will be brought to you at twitch.tv/focushomeinteractive
Eshin Red Raiders(Skaven) coached by Mallak. TV 1030(1080 w/ Jman lineman), 3 rerolls, 1 apo, 0 Asst. Coaches, 0 Cheerleaders, 60k in the bank, 4 Fan Factor
Pending Level-ups: None
This team is busted right now. It is down to 2 gutter runners, missing a stormvermin, only 60k in the bank, and only 10 active players. Now it faces down another Dorf team, after barely escaping the quarterfinals against Bucky’s Dorfs. Mallak may choose to forgo purchasing more players and buy a wizard in game one, but that would put him dangerously low on cash to replace players moving forward.
There are few matchups remaining that a Skaven team at this level a development really wants, but Dorfs were certainly the last on their list. It’s going to be impossible without any claw, and a Rat Ogre that has been terrible so far to keep player count even remotely close. Mallak has shown an ability to generate a 1 turn score, and he’ll probably need to do that again a couple of times to have a chance in this series. They’ll have no chance if the games go to overtime, and will want to end the series early.
The Alcohogs (Dwarf) coached by Knockoff. TV 1180, 3 rerolls, 1 apo, 0 Asst. Coaches, 0 Cheerleaders, 120k in the bank, 4 Fan Factor
Pending Level-ups: None
The dorfs still only have two guard, and don’t have any mighty blow, but many players are within MVP range and rats should spit out a good amount of casualty SPP. The dorfs will likely only get stronger as these games and series go on. They’ll most likely be aggressive with apothecaries if players on the pitch ever threatens to drop out of their favor as the team isn’t carrying any spare players.
Knockdown pulled the upset of the tournament when he beat Mossman’s Cas Machine in the quarterfinals, a mirror matchup where the Alcohogs were down 5 guard to 2. If things go well for the Alcohogs, this matchup could be a massive gift for their world cup hopes. Getting to play Skaven, while farming cas SPP, while the Orcs and Lizards futily slug it out would leave them sitting in the catbird seat if they made it to the finals.
Scheduled to be played at 20.00 GMT/14.00 EDT, Monday the 20th of June 2016. The cabalvision broadcast will be brought to you at twitch.tv/jimmyfantastic
Masters of Tilea (Orcs) coached by Spartako. TV 1150 (missing a black Orc) , 3 rerolls, 1 apo, 0 Asst. Coaches, 0 cheerleaders, 130k in the bank, 4 Fan Factor
Pending Level-ups: Blitzer, Thrower
The thrower levelup is obviously going to be block, but that’s the only sure thing here. The -movement Black Orc is going to be a liability against lizardmen or skaven when he returns from injury, but will probably be fine against Dofs. Spartako could wait to save his cash and purchase a wizard after game 2, or he could quickly buy and replace him to make sure his team is at full-strength. The Blitzer levelup is also an interesting question. Against Lizards and Skaven, tackle will be a very useful pickup, but will be totally useless against Dorfs if they made it to the finals. Guard will be helpful against Lizardmen and Dorfs, but not needed against a depleted Skaven team. Mighty Blow isn’t as useful as either, but will be helpful regardless of the matchup.
Orcs struggle against lizards because they aren’t quite fast enough to keep up, and don’t have the strength advantage they usually rely on. However, Spartako is the #2 NAF coach in the world, so I doubt he’ll have too much of a problem playing down strength, especially with upwards of 3 guard pieces.
Razzle Dazzle Rootbeer (Lizardmen) coached by Guinness. TV , 2 rerolls, No apo, 0 Asst. Coaches, 0 cheerleaders, 4 Fan Factor
Pending Level-ups: Skink
Guinness has paid the price for purchasing a wizard in his past two games. His team still doesn't’ have an apothecary or the third reroll, and he can no longer afford to purchase both with a Saurus dying in his previous match. He’ll probably have to continue playing with only two rerolls, and forgo buying a wizard the first match in exchange for finally getting an apothecary and fielding a 6th saurus.
In terms of matchups, Lizards handle Orcs well enough, especially when those Orcs don’t have an abundance of guard, mighty blow and tackle. However, Guinness’s team is under developed, and Spartako has been the best coach in the world cup so far. The Lizards will most likely only get stronger as the series goes on, hopefully gaining a bit more block on their saurus, but both coaches will most likely look to purchase wizards to either press their advantage or comeback from a 1-0 deficit.
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