Altador Cup IX

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The ninth annual Altador Cup began on May 22, 2014 and concluded on July 3, 2014. As with previous years, users were asked to choose one of 18 teams, each representing a different Neopian land. After joining a team, users competed by playing games of Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown. A staff tournment was also held in conjunction with this event.

Format[edit]

Altador Cup IX saw the return of the bracket system used in Altador Cup VIII. The tournament consisted of five rounds and each round lasted five days. Between each round, all teams received a single bye day. At the beginning of each round, the eighteen participating teams were divided into three bracket. Each team then played five games against other teams in their bracket. At the end of the round, teams were ranked within each bracket based on how well they performed against the other teams in their bracket. Each team was then rewarded points based on their final position within their own bracket. Later rounds were worth more points than early rounds:

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place 6th Place
Round 1 13 points 9 points 6 points 4 points 2 points 1 points
Round 2 17 points 14 points 11 points 8 points 5 points 4 points
Round 3 22 points 18 points 14 points 12 points 8 points 7 points
Round 4 27 points 24 points 18 points 16 points 11 points 10 points
Round 5 33 points 28 points 23 points 19 points 15 points 13 points


The team with the most points at the end of the tournament was declared the champion.

Participating Teams[edit]

Team Description Roster
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Altador
After years as tournament also-rans, Altador vaulted into contention last year, finishing in 2nd place at Altador Cup VIII. Now that they’re entering the tourney as bona fide contenders, they’ll have to get used to opposing teams circling them on the schedule. Will they buckle under the pressure or rise to the challenge?
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Brightvale
Brightvale hasn’t wound up with a single-digit placing in a tourney since winning in Round One of the first Altador Cup and going to the round of eight. Given that they haven’t made any changes to last year’s team, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they finished 11th for the 3rd straight year. Keep reaching for the stars, Team Brightvale!
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Darigan Citadel
With three top five finishes in the past four years, Darigan continues to chip away at their goal of becoming the first Altador Cup team to win two championships in the modern era. However, there are some who fear that last year’s slight slip from 4th to 5th place could be a predictor of further slippage…
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Faerieland
You could technically call last year’s tie for 16th with Virtupets an improvement, if only by virtue of the fact that it was one spot better than Team Faerieland’s tie for 17th with Altador the year before. On the other hand, that very same Altador team went on to finish 2nd in last year’s tourney, so who’s to say that it won’t be Team Faerieland’s turn this year? Oh, right. Everyone.
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Haunted Woods
Back when Team Haunted Woods followed their victory in Altador Cup I with a 7th place finish, many called it a sophomore slump. Yet, in the six tourneys since, the team has failed to best that Altador Cup II finish, much less come close to being in the mix for a title. Could a change to the team’s roster be the key to their resurgence?
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Kiko Lake
Team Kiko Lake, whose rise to 6th place in the standings for Altador Cup VII held such promise, returned to form with a disappointing 14th place showing at last year’s tourney. “We’ve now had a taste of what it’s like to contend, and we’ve also experienced the cost of taking that for granted,” said Holbie Pinnock. “We’ve learned our lesson.”
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Krawk Island
Krawk Island bounced back from their second 7th place finish in three years by coming in 4th at last year’s tourney. While some feel the team needs to prove that they can get off this rollercoaster of strong and poor showings, the team disagrees. “We’re champions,” Garven Hale stated defiantly. “In my book, we don’t have anything to prove.”
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Kreludor
Coming off their victory in Altador Cup VII, Kreludor took an expected decline and fell to 7th in last year's tourney. Rather than resting on their laurels, the club decided it wasn't good enough, making a deal for Krawk Island's Ealyn Hawkshanks. "It's sad to see Coco go," captain Derlyn Fonnet said, "but make no mistake: this is an upgrade."
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Lost Desert
After years as a mainstay in the tourney’s top tier, Team Lost Desert has posted two 13th place finishes in the past three years. Though many insist it’s time to rebuild, the team thinks they’ve got one last run left. “Critics said we were through after our first 13th place showing, but we came back,” goalie Leera Heggle said. “We’ve still got it.”
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Maraqua
Having followed their 8th place showing in Altador Cup VII with a 9th place finish in last year’s tourney, it seems like their days as legitimate Cup contenders -- Maraqua placed fifth or better three years in a row before that -- are behind them for good. Good luck convincing Elon “The Black Hole” Hughlis of that, however…
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Meridell
Meridell’s addition of Ethel Boortz was meant to vault them to the title, but instead the club fell from 3rd to 6th. Many say that it was hardly the newcomer’s fault, though. “She was terrific,” Fiorina said. “It’s just that, when you’re playing at this high a level, it takes absolute precision, and our chemistry just isn’t there yet.”
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Moltara
After teasing their fans by rising to 15th place in Altador Cup VII, Team Moltara suffered another season where they seemingly couldn’t get out of their own way, falling back to last place for the 3rd time in four years. With another offseason spent back at the drawing board, will they summon the will to dust themselves off and try again?
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Mystery Island
In light of the drubbing they took at last year’s tourney, Mystery Island’s 2nd place Altador Cup VII finish now feels like it happened an awfully long time ago. After years of failing to live up to expectations, the club came out of nowhere to nearly win it all, only to wither under the spotlight last year. Now, the pressure’s greater than ever…
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Roo Island
No one who witnessed the indignity of Roo Island’s 14th place finish at Altador Cup VII could’ve imagined that this same team (which, by all rights, should have then been dismantled) would rocket back into contention and wind up with a spot on the podium at 3rd place in Altador Cup VIII. At this point, what they’re capable of is anyone’s guess.
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Shenkuu
After nosediving to 16th place in Altador Cup VII, Team Shenkuu bounced back to place 12th at last year’s Cup, making the first step on what will probably be a long, slow road back to respectability. “We’re going back to basics, stressing fundamentals,” captain Mirsha Grelinek said. “It’s either that or start from scratch, which we’d rather avoid.”
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Terror Mountain
Terror Mountain got off to a rocky start last season before going on a tear where they were almost as hot as any team in the tourney, only to tail off toward the end and finish 7th overall. Despite falling short, they definitely put the competition on notice of what they’re capable of. If they can get hot and sustain their momentum, watch out…
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Tyrannia
Having tumbled from 6th place in Altador Cup VI to 10th place in ACVII, Team Tyrannia took a gamble by swapping netminders with Moltara, acquiring goalie Mor Gollog. The move paid off in spades, as the club then went on to win it all at Altador Cup VIII. Will this club be the first to shed the dreaded winners’ curse and defend their title?
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Virtupets
After following their victory at Altador Cup VI with a woeful 13th place showing the next year, things went from bad to worse for Keetra Deile and co. as they imploded at Altador Cup VIII, finishing in a tie with Faerieland in a tie for 16th place. If nothing else, fans can take heart in knowing that they’ve pretty much got nowhere to go but up…

Pre-game Press Releases[edit]

In the weeks leading up to the start of Altador Cup IX, each team wrote up short press release giving details on their team and players:

Results[edit]

Round 1 Results[edit]

Alabriss Bracket Minitheus Bracket Vaeolus Bracket


Round 1 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Moltara 35.gif Kreludor 35.gif Krawkisland 35.gif Lostdesert 35.gif Maraqua 35.gif Rooisland 35.gif


Round 1 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Virtupets 35.gif Darigancitadel 35.gif Meridell 35.gif Shenkuu 35.gif Faerieland 35.gif Altador 35.gif


Round 1 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Hauntedwoods 35.gif Tyrannia 35.gif Kikolake 35.gif Brightvale 35.gif Mysteryisland 35.gif Terrormountain 35.gif

Round 2 Results[edit]

Alabriss Bracket Minitheus Bracket Vaeolus Bracket


Round 2 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Hauntedwoods 35.gif Tyrannia 35.gif Darigancitadel 35.gif Krawkisland 35.gif Lostdesert 35.gif Shenkuu 35.gif


Round 2 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Moltara 35.gif Kikolake 35.gif Kreludor 35.gif Meridell 35.gif Brightvale 35.gif Faerieland 35.gif


Round 2 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Virtupets 35.gif Maraqua 35.gif Mysteryisland 35.gif Rooisland 35.gif Terrormountain 35.gif Altador 35.gif

Round 3 Results[edit]

Alabriss Bracket Minitheus Bracket Vaeolus Bracket


Round 3 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Hauntedwoods 35.gif Tyrannia 35.gif Meridell 35.gif Maraqua 35.gif Rooisland 35.gif Faerieland 35.gif


Round 3 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Virtupets 35.gif Kikolake 35.gif Krawkisland 35.gif Brightvale 35.gif Lostdesert 35.gif Altador 35.gif


Round 3 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Moltara 35.gif Darigancitadel 35.gif Kreludor 35.gif Mysteryisland 35.gif Shenkuu 35.gif Terrormountain 35.gif

Round 4 Results[edit]

Alabriss Bracket Minitheus Bracket Vaeolus Bracket


Round 4 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Meridell 35.gif Krawkisland 35.gif Mysteryisland 35.gif Lostdesert 35.gif Terrormountain 35.gif Faerieland 35.gif


Round 4 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Hauntedwoods 35.gif Virtupets 35.gif Moltara 35.gif Tyrannia 35.gif Kreludor 35.gif Altador 35.gif


Round 4 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Kikolake 35.gif Darigancitadel 35.gif Brightvale 35.gif Shenkuu 35.gif Rooisland 35.gif Maraqua 35.gif

Round 5 Results[edit]

Alabriss Bracket Minitheus Bracket Vaeolus Bracket


Round 5 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Hauntedwoods 35.gif Moltara 35.gif Darigancitadel 35.gif Kikolake 35.gif Meridell 35.gif Lostdesert 35.gif


Round 5 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Virtupets 35.gif Tyrannia 35.gif Krawkisland 35.gif Mysteryisland 35.gif Shenkuu 35.gif Maraqua 35.gif


Round 5 Final Standings
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Kreludor 35.gif Brightvale 35.gif Terrormountain 35.gif Rooisland 35.gif Faerieland 35.gif Altador 35.gif

Final Results[edit]

1st 2nd 3rd 4th (tie) 6th 7th 8th 9th
Hauntedwoods 50.gif Virtupets 50.gif Moltara 50.gif Darigancitadel 50.gif Tyrannia 50.gif Kikolake 50.gif Kreludor 50.gif Krawkisland 50.gif Meridell 50.gif


10th 11th 12th 13th (tie) 16th 17th 18th
Brightvale 50.gif Mysteryisland 50.gif Maraqua 50.gif Terrormountain 50.gif Shenkuu 50.gif Rooisland 50.gif Lostdesert 50.gif Faerieland 50.gif Altador 50.gif

Prizes[edit]

At the end of the event, each user was rewarded with prize points based on how much they participated during the event. Users could spend their prize points at the Altador Cup IX prize shop. The following items were available from the prize shop:

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Dyeworks Hue Brew Potion
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Yooyu Lapel Pin
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Yooyu Gumballs
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Unsettling Fan Made Artwork of Lyvon Cibaire
Free (Limit 1) 1 point 10 points 25 points
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Yooyu Treats
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Limited Edition Altador Cup Krawkade
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Yooyuball Frisbee
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Yooyuball Scorecard
25 points 30 point 35 points 40 points
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Yooyuball Pro Edition Board Game
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Team Altador Altador Cup Shield
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Team Brightvale Altador Cup Shield
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Team Darigan Altador Cup Shield
45 points 50 point 50 points 50 points
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Team Faerieland Altador Cup Shield
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Team Haunted Woods Altador Cup Shield
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Team Kiko Lake Altador Cup Shield
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Team Krawk Island Altador Cup Shield
50 points 50 point 50 points 50 points
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Team Kreludor Altador Cup Shield
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Team Lost Desert Altador Cup Shield
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Team Maraqua Altador Cup Shield
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Team Meridell Altador Cup Shield
50 points 50 point 50 points 50 points
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Team Moltara Altador Cup Shield
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Team Mystery Island Altador Cup Shield
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Team Roo Island Altador Cup Shield
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Team Shenkuu Altador Cup Shield
50 points 50 point 50 points 50 points
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Team Terror Mountain Altador Cup Shield
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Team Tyrannia Altador Cup Shield
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Team Virtupets Altador Cup Shield
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Collectable Altador Cup Vase
50 points 50 point 50 points 55 points
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Yooyu Hand Mirror
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Welcome To Altador Harbour Background
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Terrified Harris Plushie
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Yooyuball Ribbons
55 points 60 point 60 points 75 points
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Altador Cup Funnel Cake
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Official Yooyuball Tote
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Altador Cup Nesting Dolls
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Yooyus and Lace Perfume
80 points 100 point 125 points 150 points
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Infectious Smile of the Shootout Showdown Goalie
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Altador Cup Special Edition Achyfi Can
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Yooyu Pizza
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Altador Cup Wig And Beanie
175 points 200 point 225 points 300 points
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Vintage Virtupets Jersey
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Places to Visit During the Altador Cup
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Vintage Kreludor Altador Cup Jersey
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Geometric Fence Foreground
400 points 400 point 500 points 500 points
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Vintage Tyrannia Jersey
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Loryche Action Figure
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Altador Cup IX Commemorative Stamp
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Camping at the Altador Cup
600 points 2,000 point 4,500 points 8,000 points
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Tyrannian Paint Brush
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Yooyu Eyes
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Altador Cup Display Cabinet Background
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Tyrannian Yooyu
10,000 points 12,500 point 19,000 points 25,000 points