Friday, August 23, 2013

NYDC Roster Officially Announced

The NYDC Capitalists have confirmed with The QuidKid that a complete roster leaked last night on the tumblr blog IQACommunityNews is, in fact, accurate. The list includes 21 players that have not been officially confirmed by the team until now, plus the four captains announced on the IQA site on August 12th and the four players announced on this blog last night. Big name additions include keeper James Hicks, chaser Casey Sabal and seeker Freddy Varone. Adding up to twenty-nine currently, (the Capitalists are still looking for a third male beater) NYDC's roster exceeds the IQA tournament limit of twenty-one.

Along with misspelling the names of several players, the article on IQACommunityNews stated incorrectly why the Capitalists have twenty-nine players. The blog noted unclearly that, "roster size is so they can split up and ease cost of travel for members of the team in two cities."

"Our competitive roster is composed of twenty-nine players because we have twenty-nine strong players," corrected co-captain Amanda Dallas.

Whether the number stays around thirty throughout the season is up to the captains, continued Dallas. "The roster is also liable to change at the discretion of the captains. This way our players are kept on their toes and consistently striving to be better. There's no room for complacency on this team."

There truly isn't. This roster is stacked with talent, and unless eight players are too injured to play, it's going to be very difficult for the captains to pick a team for World Cup VII. Here is the official NYDC Capitalists, 2013-14 roster plus a little analysis.

Note: NYDC has quite a few utility players. Each player was required to pick a main position and they are listed under the position they picked.

Michael Parada, James Hicks, John Gaffigan
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With Parada, Hicks and Gaffigan, keepers are the backbone of the Capitalists. Despite having different body builds, each seems to have drawn comparisons to each other. Bringing the quaffle up the pitch, all three keepers know how to pace a game, rarely forcing the quaffle anywhere. They are patient at the point and find ways to get around point defenders. Shooting and passing accuracy is also a common trait of the three.

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Parada's the best driver and most reliable scorer of the three and will likely see the most minutes, but the Capitalists have to be careful not to underuse Hicks and Gaffigan. While Parada can undoubtedly be a really great team player, Hicks and Gaffigan have more experience utilizing all three chasers on the pitch. Hicks especially is great at running a less aggressive perimeter offense that requires all three chasers to be moving and getting open.

Michael Bufardeci, Taylor Crawford, Katryna Fernandez, Tony Greco, Missy Hanley, Dean Hoff, Steve Hysick, Tim Keaney, Howie Levine, Alex Linde, DJ Lynch, Walter Makarucha Jr., Steve Minnich, Chris Pavlovych, Emily Pertz, Casey Sabal, Brook Schulze

Photo by Michael E. Mason/IQA Staff
Photo by Kat Ignatova/IQA Staff
Photo by Kat Ignatova/IQA Staff

The Capitalists have an abundance of talented chasers. Tony Greco, a young keeper/chaser that has gained attention, will learn from Yada, Hicks and Gaffigan and get a chance sometime this season to lead the Capitalists. DJ Lynch is a tough point defender and has explosive speed on the fast break. Parada's Penn State teammate Steve Hysick and former Badassilisk Casey Sabal play well on both ends of the pitch. While they are terrific ball-handlers with a knack for getting open and scoring, it's their rock solid, tenacious defense that draws attention. Co-captain Alex Linde could play really well in a dual point guard system with James Hicks with his experience as a distributor. Former Hofstra Flying Dutchmen Michael Bufardeci, Taylor Crawford and Tim Keaney have led Hofstra's high-powered offense and bring a whole chaser line of chemistry to NYDC.

Emily Crouch, Amanda Dallas, Kerri Donnelly, Bryan Hall, Robby May, Amanda Salvucci

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The beating core of the Capitalists revolves around co-captain Amanda Dallas. Robby May debuted at beater alongside Dallas at the River City Invitational and showcased his improvement (with Dallas) at Champagne Cup. By the time NYDC plays it's first game, May will look like a veteran beater. Bryan Hall, Dallas' teammate with NYU, is known for his physical chaser play. However, Hall played beater while recovering from ACL surgery last summer and occasionally played the position for fun at NYU practices. Beater will be Hall's main position with the Capitalists. Amanda Salvucci, Kerri Donnelly and Emily Crouch provide lots of female beater depth behind Dallas. With four talented female beaters, NYDC could (and should) experiment with playing a two female beater/all-male chaser set.

Billy Greco, Sarah Staatz, Freddy Varone
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The Capitalists' seeking game will be one of the strongest in the IQA next season. Billy Greco, Sarah Staatz and Freddy Varone are a scary rotation to begin with. Led by the Olympian Greco, they are an experienced, scrappy threesome who have pulled lots of clutch snatches. But, when you factor in that many of the Capitalists' chasers have also seeked, the Capitalists look unstoppable in the snitch game. Michael Parada put on the yellow headband whenever it mattered for Penn State this year and snatched several key grabs en route to his fantasy three-peat. Walter Makarucha Jr. is a go-to defensive seeker due to his snitching experience and Steve Hysick gained attention as a seeker when he caught the Northeast Fantasy Finals grab. Most opposing teams will helpless against the Capitalists' seeking game, but Maryland's Ricky Nelson and Harry Greenhouse are sure to put up a fight.

As I write this, I can only predict based on what I've seen from each player. How they will develop with their new teammates awaits to be seen. Lesser known players will blossom alongside some of the biggest stars of the IQA. For many of the Capitalists' stars, World Cup VI ended painfully. With a roster overflowing with talent, experience and the will to win, the Capitalists have to be a favorite in their region and in the country. Dallas put it simply, "We recognize this is our year if we want it to be."

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Capitalists Announce Four New Players

The NYDC Capitalists have announced four new names for their 2013-14 roster: Howie Levine, John Gaffigan, Missy Hanley and Billy Greco. All four players will be practicing with the DC branch co-captained by Amanda Dallas and Robby May. Greco, a star seeker for Team USA and Villanova and the highest profile addition, formally resigned from Villanova to join the Capitalists. Levine, Gaffigan and Hanley will each bring their style of play, giving the Capitalists new offensive weapons.

At the Mid Atlantic Regional Championship this year, Billy Greco will probably find himself dueling with Maryland seeker Harry Greenhouse yet again. Since (and even before) the introduction of the Capitalists' captains, many have predicted that NYDC will be on a collision course with Maryland in the Mid Atlantic. The addition of a world class, clutch seeker to rotate with Michael Parada, puts the Capitalists ahead of the Terrapins. Charging the snitch using a lot of physicality, Greco's long arms  enable him to make many blind snatches. Although the veteran had a mediocre World Cup performance, better beaters will greatly improve Greco's stats and help him win games for the Capitalists.

John Gaffigan, a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy and a former star keeper for NYU, is a solid all around player. Gaffigan works terrifically at the point with NYU and now Capitalist teammate Amanda Dallas. On offense, Gaffigan and Dallas were the most productive quaffle player-beater duo in the Northeast last season. Deadly when he gets into space past the point defender, he is patient, waiting for the keeper to come out or defending wing chasers to crash. With agility and field awareness, Gaffigan waits for the last possible second to dish the quaffle or shoot. Gaffigan may not have blazing speed, but he knows how to give and take a hit on defense. Again, Gaffigan's positioning stands out--he can cover all the hoops pretty well despite not being as big as some of the IQA's best keepers.

Howie Levine has proved that he can play roles for teams or lead them. With players like Parada and Gaffigan leading the team offensively, Levine will likely be a support chaser the majority of the time. He impressed me as a wing chaser with great ball handling skills. Streaking up the sides, he can catch bad passes without trouble, and continue on his route to the hoops.

Missy Hanley mastered the offensive chaser system at Villanova better than perhaps anyone except Zach D'Amico. She will bring experience with complex chaser weaving, lots of give and goes and constant movement to the Capitalists. With her outstanding fundamentals and field vision, Hanley is a weapon anywhere on the pitch.

Greco, Gaffigan, Levine and Hanley are each frightening additions for the NYDC Capitalists' opponents. The four bring experience, leadership, and tons of on pitch talent that will only be enhanced by co-captains Dallas and May. What's especially scary is that the Capitalists have another branch in New York headlined by Yada and Alex Linde. Additions to the New York branch are to be announced in the near future.

NYDC Capitalists Roster
Amanda Dallas.........Beater, DC, co-captain
Robby May..............Beater, DC, co-captain
Billy Greco..............Seeker, DC
John Gaffigan..........Keeper, DC
Howie Levine..........Chaser, DC
Missy Hanley...........Chaser, DC
Michael Parada........Keeper/Seeker, NY, co-captain
Alex Linde...............Chaser, NY, co-captain

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

QC Boston Adds Viega and Levis

QC Boston: The Massacre filled two major holes in their roster adding power keeper Victor Viega and beater Kara Levis. A source who wished to remained anonymous informed me that Viega will be leaving Emerson after one year to play for the upstart community team and UCLA graduate Levis will also join QCB. The size and presence at the hoops brought by Viega coupled with the tenacious, quick Levis brings the Massacre's defense to a new level.

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Viega developed good passing skills at Emerson and especially works well in give and go situations. He's a great offensive blocker, clearing defending chasers to create space. Rolling off screens towards the hoops, Viega has the height to retrieve a high lob and dunk it. His ball handling skills are ok, but will improve while playing and practicing with the likes of Kedzie Teller and Zach D'Amico. In his first season with QCB, Viega's most important role will to be an enforcer. His physicality will be greatly needed.  Only a rising sophomore at Emerson, Viega has tons of potential. I predict Viega could become one of the best players in the sport if his game becomes more dynamic. With QCB, he has a good chance to become an all-around, elite chaser/keeper.
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Levis has experience playing in one of the best, most advanced beater corps in the IQA and her experience and knowledge should make her leader for QCB's beaters. She is an good defender, playing carefully and intelligently. Levis is spectacular on the fast break, though. With great field awareness, she races up the field with the chasers. On the fast break, she rarely makes long or even medium-range beat attempts, knowing that one errant throw could cost her team bludger control. You would think that she would only be able to knockout one player if she is only using short-range beats, but her quickness allows her to knockout 2 or 3 players, clearing a path to the hoops for her chasers. The beating of Kara Levis elevates the Massacre's fast break from extrordinary to completely unstoppable. Working with Bobby O'Neill, the Massacre no longer have a disadvantage at beater against likes of Emerson's Aaron Wohl, Hofstra's Alex Leitch and BU's Katrina Bossoti. O'Neill and Levis should be a very good tandem, keeping bludger control, but knowing when to get aggressive and move out of position.

The additions of Viega and Levis address issues that the Massacre could've had at beater and power keeper/chaser and indicate that QCB is continuing to recruit heavily. The switch of Viega is especially interesting. Any Northeasterner has to ask, are more Emerson players going to switch? Levis is the first female player on the Massacre's roster and they still do not have a true seeker. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

10 Impressive Fantasy Performances: Kedzie Teller

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4. After a year away from competitive quidditch, Kedzie Teller wowed everyone at THE Fantasy and Northeast Fantasy. Impressing with his speed, strength and explosiveness, he rocketed into top player in the league discussion. To reiterate, Teller didn't play in 2012-13, but all of the sudden, people in #IQAForums have agreed that Teller is one of the top 12 players in the IQA to build a team around. That's impressive. His leadership skills and his ability to make chasers around him better, solidifies his place on that elite list.

Photo by Lauren Carter
Teller's passing is superb and crisp, even at the high speeds that he normally plays at. Playing alongside Simon Arends and Craig Garrison at THE Fantasy, Teller displayed his ability to make instant chemistry and connect with Arends and Garrison for goals. With David Foxx at Northeast Fantasy, Teller proved to be good partner (despite the difference in playing styles) for the giant Emerson keeper. Teller is especially dangerous from the wings and behind the hoops. After receiving a pass, he explodes towards the hoops, spinning and juking past defenders.

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Much like its founder, QC Boston: The Massacre is hyped coming into this season. The Massacre are Northeast Regional favorites in a region that's going to be MUCH harder than people think. While Ben Nadeau, Zach D'Amico and Jayke Archibald are quick and talented ball handlers, they are not as big as Teller's THE Fantasy Tournament teammates Arends and Garrison. QCB's staunchest competition comes from Teller's Northeast Fantasy teammate David Foxx followed closely by Teller's alma mater, BU. Depending on recruiting, Teller might be relied upon to defend much larger players at the point and success up front leads to a solid defense. Offensively, QCB's hype is deserved, but I think they could run into problems on defense, especially with only one beater determined (Bobby O'Neill) and only one big player (Dan Miller). After tryouts, the Massacre could easily become a runaway regional victor, but I'm not sure who else they are going to pick up. Whether QCB wins Northeast by a landslide depends on whether they fill their roster just to have 21 or whether they keep adding well-known, top-notch players.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Defense of the Gender Rule

I've never really commented on the issue that divides so many in the quidditch community and blows up weekly on Facebook threads. The Gender Rule is so tricky to talk about because although most people have a clear idea of which side they are on, it's hard to defend your position. I see pluses on both sides, but one side, I believe, is better for quidditch in the long term if we want to stay a co-ed sport. I'm in favor of keeping the "two-minimum" rule.

I think there are flaws with the "two-minimum" rule, and I can see why people say that the rule does not promote equality by mandating that at least two players of each gender are on the pitch constantly. In my opinion, it's unfair that players who aren't as good as others get more playing time because of their gender. Consider these three teams, though.

Team A: Plays in a world without the gender rule but consistently plays with males and females on the pitch. Most of the time, Team A plays with 4 males and 2 females.
Team B: Plays in a world with the gender rule and therefore is required to have a minimum of two players of each gender on the pitch. Team B always plays with 4 males and 2 females.
Team C: Plays in a world without the gender rule and plays with zero or one female on the pitch. 75% of the time, Team C plays with 5 males and 1 female and 25% of the time, Team C plays with 6 males.

I believe Team A is the best at promoting gender equality and Team C is the worst. Team B is not perfect (see above), but does a better job at promoting gender equality than Team C--especially to outsiders. I strongly believe that if the "two minimum" rule was scrapped, a majority of teams would play a majority of their time with one or zero female players on the pitch. There would be Team As, but they would be outnumbered with Team Cs. I think it's best for quidditch if every team is a Team B.

Three Reasons Why the Gender Rule Must Stay

Imagine how teams that play all-male or 5:1 lineups (due to a lack of good female players) would get criticized! Teams would get reputations as being "sexist" when really, they are just playing their best players. The last thing that needs to be added to Facebook arguments is sexist team-witch hunts and accusations. Spectators would wonder why one team played co-ed and the other played all male. Potential female recruits could be drawn away from quidditch by a team's lack of female players on the roster. Without realizing that the team really is committed to playing the best players regardless of gender, both spectators and recruits would draw conclusions about certain teams.

Doing away with the gender rule is supposed to take the spotlight off gender, when really it would add attention to the gender of players. Consider this. Teams tend to try to matchup with their opposition, especially on defense. If one team played with 6 males, the other would be tempted to do the same. I'm not saying they would switch, but if a 4:2 team was losing to a 6:0 team, someone on the 4:2 team would be thinking, "would we matchup better with the other team if we also played 6:0?" This is not even mentioning fanbases. Fans would look for the easiest answer to why their teams was not winning. Sometimes, the fans would conclude it was the gender of their players.

Gameplay and rules would change due to bigger, stronger, faster players. Tackling and contact rules the IQA has developed are meant to protect smaller players, who are predominantly women. Smaller female players who couldn't hit and tackle would not play anymore just because they were required to. Seemingly, there would be no one to protect. People would protest for two handed tackling, other advanced forms of contact and padding. By Rulebook 10 or so, these demands would be met. Quidditch would become much rougher and players would play more recklessly. Bad injuries would be more common. Quidditch is not and it should never be football or rugby nor should it be basketball or soccer. I think right now, teams like Texas and UCLA (that play in a world with the gender rule) find the perfect medium that makes quidditch sustainable.

Monday, August 12, 2013

10 Impressive Fantasy Performances: Peter Lee

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3. Vassar beater Peter Lee fell off the map when Vassar failed to qualify for World Cup VI. A Firemercs 2 MVP performance later and Lee is right back in the conversation of top beaters in the sport: where he should be. Peter Lee dominates the field with his quickness. He is able to neutralize any player on the opposing team, chaser, beater or seeker. Lee has incredible field awareness and a great strategic mind, allowing him to keep bludger control. He can play offensively, clearing out defenders for the point guard, then quickly retreating to avoid losing his bludger. At Firemercs 2, he worked terrifically with Duston Mazzella to allow Red's offense to run smoothly. GM and keeper Tony Rodrgiuez wasn't pestered by defenders and so his passes were more precise and he had more space to drive in. The Red beating core performance allowed their quaffle players to conserve energy for an Overtime finals game. Lee was a game changer at Firemercs and deserved the MVP.
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Peter Lee is heading into his senior year at Vassar. The Butterbeer Brooers will be competing in regionals this year with hopes of qualifying for World Cup VII. In the large Northeast Region, Vassar should be able to qualify for World Cup on the back of Peter Lee's beating. No beater in the Northeast compares to Lee right now and as long as he has a decent partner, Vassar can dominate bludger control. With the loss of keeper Nathan Hoston, Lee will need to step up even more to help the offense and defense function.  I'm not sure if Vassar will be able to grind out tough, physical elimination games, but I could see them winning a pool. I know that doesn't make sense, but whenever I've seen Vassar, they always perform better when there is less pressure--pool play.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

10 Impressive Fantasy Performances: Colby Soden

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2. Colby Soden lead his Orange Team to the Midwest Fantasy Championship and electrified his team's offense at THE Fantasy and Northeast Fantasy. Colby Soden's teams consistently had high-powered offenses, with accurate passing and smart penetration. While Soden is a fantastic, agile ball handler with good decision making, it's his ability to develop chemistry and mesh with others that made his fantasy performance impressive.

At THE Fantasy Tournament, Lime Green displayed a balanced offense emphasizing teamwork and off ball chasing. Soden fit right in, working terrifically with Hank Dugie (who stepped into the point guard role) and Katelynn Kazane. On Day Two, Lime Green was devasted by injuries and family emergencies, but had nothing gone wrong, Lime Green might have been victorious.

Soden played fantastically with BGSU's Daniel Daugherty and Meredith Taylor at Northeast Fantasy. Going 4-2 overall, the Pink Team was carried by Daugherty, Soden and Taylor's ability to spread the pitch. With more open space, the three Midwesterners were able to use their speed and agility to drive, juke and score. Always finding the open chaser, Pink scored easily most of the time.

With Orange at Midwest Fantasy, Soden drafted Kansas teammmates Wil Kenney and Grant Daigle. The Kansas trio lost their first game of the day but rebounded, going undefeated the rest of the tournament. They were not over-powering and they lacked star scorers, but with outstanding teamwork, Soden, Kenney and Daigle were able to be very successful. 
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This is kind of how I see Kansas playing out in 2013-14. Leadership from Soden, combined with an athletic chaser core, will be able to make up for the losses of Connor Drake, Hai Nguyen and Ronell Sharp. Able to roll out several top chaser lines, Kansas should be able to run shorter shifts, conserving their players' energy. Spreading the pitch will be vital to their success, because they aren't as big as some of their Midwest rivals. In addition, Soden's success with Daniel Daugherty shows that he may be the perfect partner for keeper Jordan Callison in a dual point guard system. His quickness and Callison's strength and height could give Kansas a very dynamic and hard to defend offense.

Overall, Colby Soden looks to be a great captain and a very reliable multi-role chaser. Kansas surprised a lot of people with their trip to the Elite Eight at WCVI. If the pieces fall into place, Soden has the ability to take his team to new heights: a final four appearance at World Cup VII.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

10 Impressive Fantasy Performances: Aryan Ghoddossy

With fantasy season coming to an end, I wanted to look at 10 players that shone in fantasy tournaments and what this coming season will look like for them. This is not a list of the ten "best" fantasy performances although many of the players I hi light would be on that list. I will highlight one or two players a day

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1. Aryan Ghoddossy starred for the Red Team in THE Fantasy Tournament and earned the tournament MVP award. Ghoddossy proved at THE Fantasy, that as well as being a top off ball chaser, he could run an offense from the point. With good field vision, decision making, and execution, he kept Red's offense crisp and precise. Often delegated to cover to opposition's best player, Ghoddossy played smothering defense. Finally, Ghoddossy showed that he was dangerous weapon at seeker. With a low center of gravity and great arm strength, he out-grappled many of the Southwest's best snitches and caught the tournament winning snitch.
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Although there is a lot of secrecy surrounding the future of Texas Quidditch and the creation of Lone Star QC, I expect Ghoddossy to return to Texas Quidditch. With 11 players graduating, UT is sure to be a completely different team. Ghoddossy has not graduated, and barring the possibility that he would switch to the hyped community team, he will take on a much bigger role on the pitch for the Longhorns in 2013-14. He will be relied on most as a defender, point defending in big games, where a disruptive presence at the front will be (and has always been) a vital part of UT's strategy. Ghoddossy also is sure to work his way into the Texas seeking rotation and get more opportunities to play as the point guard. He makes the people he plays with looks better and always plays with intensity.

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Check out this MuggleNet World Cup video. The reporter, who is surrounded by the entire UT team, asks how many players are graduating. A bunch of players put their hands up and someone mumbles eleven. Then, the reporter says, "What a way to go out! Quidditch World Cup Champions. Make sure you get good replacements..."

I might be over analyzing this cable-TV style, but at that moment, Kody Marshall looks and smiles at Aryan Ghoddossy and puts his arm around him. Ghoddossy is ready to lead the defending champs.

Photo by Lauren Carter

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Northeast Fantasy Scores

Scores from Quidditch Scores
Pool 1
Pink (Samy) 3-1
Blue (Zach) 3-1
Purple (Ethan) 2-2
Green (Patrick) 1-3
Grey (John) 1-3

Purple (Ethan) 90* - Pink (Samy) 80
Blue (Zach) 150* - Green (Patrick) 30
Grey (John) 110* - Purple (Ethan) 70
Pink (Samy) 130* - Green (Patrick) 20
Blue (Zach) 140* - Grey (John) 20
Purple (Ethan) 80* - Green (Patrick) 30
Pink (Samy) 140* - Blue (Zach) 110
Green (Patrick) 130* - Grey (John) 70
Blue (Zach) 190* - Purple (Ethan) 80
Pink (Samy) 90* - Grey (John) 30

Pool 2
Plum (Ricky) 4-0
Glitter (Ben) 3-1
Red Wedding (Clay) 1-3
Orange (Shenuque) 1-3
Grey (Dante) 1-3

Plum (Ricky) 100* - Glitter (Ben) 30
Orange (Shenuque) 70* - Grey (Dante) 60
Plum (Ricky) 150? - Red Wedding (Clay) 80*
Glitter (Ben) 140* - Orange (Shenuque) 70
Grey (Dante) 70* - Red Wedding (Clay) 60
Plum (Ricky) 110* - Orange (Shenuque) 30
Glitter (Ben) 160* - Grey (Dante) 70
Red Wedding (Clay) 110* - Orange (Shenuque) 70
Plum (Ricky) 140* - Grey (Dante) 40
Glitter (Ben) 90* - Red Wedding (Clay) 80

Pool 3
Orange (Yada) 4-0
Black (Augie) 3-1
Blue (Jamie) 1-3
White (Sean) 1-3
Neon (Jayke) 1-3

White (Sean) 170* - Blue (Jamie) 90
Orange (Yada) 100* - Black (Augustine) 50
Blue (Jamie) 80* - Neon (Jayke) 70
Black (Augustine) 150 - White (Sean) 110*
Orange (Yada) 100*? - Neon (Jayke) 80
Black (Augustine) 180* - Blue (Jamie) 80
Orange (Yada) 90* - White (Sean) 40
Black (Augustine) 210* - Neon (Jayke) 140
Orange (Yada) 120* - Blue (Jamie) 50
Neon (Jayke) 60* - White (Sean) 20

(1) Plum (Ricky)
(2) Orange (Yada)
(3) Pink (Samy)
(4) Blue (Zach)
(5) Black (Augustine)
(6) Glitter (Ben)

Play in
(4) Blue (Zach) 60* - (5) Black (Augustine) 50
(3) Pink (Samy) - (6) Glitter (Ben)

Semi Finals
(1) Plum (Ricky) 100* - (4) Blue (Zach) 70
(2) Orange (Yada) - (3) Pink (Samy)

(2) Orange (Yada) 150* - (1) Plum (Ricky) 140

Friday, August 2, 2013

Northeast Fantasy Prediction

A quick prediction on tomorrow's Northeast Fantasy Tournament. For an outstanding, thorough, preview, check out Jayke Archibald's 3-part series on the IQA site.

Pool 1
Pink (Mousa) 4-0
Blue (D'Amico) 3-1
Purple (Sturm) 2-2
Gray (Glynn) 1-3
Green (Sheehy) 0-4

I think the beater combination of Kara Levis and Samy Mousa can be really strong for Pink. Star chaser Dan Daugherty is surrounded by offensive weapons like Colby Soden, Dan Hanson and Meredith Taylor. Daugherty will be more comfortable alongside these other players and won't feel pressure to carry the team and force shots. Blue will advance on the backs of Sandon, D'Amico and Havlin and Purple won't have the quaffle play to make Billy Greco's snatches matter.

Pool 2
Red (Dockery) 4-0
White (Nadeau) 3-1
Orange (Tissera) 2-2
Purple (Nelson) 1-3
Gray (Close) 0-4

David Foxx and Kedzie Teller are scoring machines. No one in pool two is going to be able to stop a driving Foxx or keep up with Teller in a man-defense. White may get steamrolled by Foxx and Red due to lack of size, but will defeat their other pool two foes with outstanding depth and smarts at all positions. Orange has strong players in Jason Rosenberg and Chad Brown but neither is supported well enough to beat Red or White.

Pool 3
Black (Monroe) 4-0
Orange (Parada) 2-2
Baby Blue (Lafrance) 2-2
Neon Green (Archibald) 2-2
White (Beloff) 0-4

With THE Fantasy MVP Aryan Ghoddosay, Slipstream, Barricade and the Professor, Black is stacked at all positions. They have the best starting 7 in the tournament and will likely be conserving energy for bracket play. Orange, Baby Blue and Neon Green will tie at 2-2 with each team winning one game and losing one game in the round robin. Orange's chasers: James Hicks, Michael Parada, Patrick Rardin and Alex Linde will clash with Baby Blue's aggressive beaters: Alex Leitch and Kyrie Timbrook. Neon Green's experienced leaders Jayke Archibald and Katie Milligan will try to lead their team through these tough games. White gets screwed in this pool. In any other pool, the combination of chasers Sarah Holub and Sean Beloff would earn them a bracket play spot, but not in the pool of death. Any team playing White is definitely on upset alert though.

Standings after Bracket Play
1) Black (Monroe)
2) Pink (Mousa
3) Red (Dockery)
4) Orange (Parada)
5) Blue (D'Amico)
6) White (Nadeau)