dinsdag 2 september 2014

Barcelona Moustaches Time - Bracket

Because so many people asked me to do this....

I did the groups, so it's time to look at the bracket. Based on the results of my group predictions (Group 1 and group 2), the first round of the Winners Bracket would look like this:

Winners Bracket - Round 1

Game 1: Seed 8 vs Seed 9
Toulouse QC vs Sparcs

Game 2: Seed 2 vs Seed 7
Lunatica QC vs Paris Phénix

Game 3: Seed 3 vs Seed 6
Brussels Qwaffles vs Deurne Dodos

Game 4: Seed 5 vs Seed 4
The Mighty and Amazing Quercs vs Barcelona Eagles

Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs Seed 1
Toulouse/Sparcs vs Los Conquidstadors

Game 1: Seed 8 vs Seed 9
Toulouse QC vs Sparcs

Battle of the losers. Not saying that they are losers, but they just finished bottom of their groups. I'm pretty sure this will game will happen. The Sparcs will have played about the best teams on the tournament yet and will have played 1 more game than Toulouse. Also Toulouse will have had more rest by this game. When Toulouse doesn't have any games anymore in the group stages, the Sparcs still had. This will give Toulouse the perfect opportunity to look what the playing style is of the Sparcs. In every way I think about it, Toulouse has all the advantages. They have more experience, have more rest, have played less games, etc etc. Toulouse will win.

Game 2: Seed 2 vs Seed 7
Lunatica QC vs Paris Phénix

Both of these teams have never met before. Lunatica took the top spot in Group 2, but it's not because Phénix only got 4th in Group 1, that they are not equal. Both teams are tend to play really fast. The key players to look out for will be Valentin Farese (Paris Phénix) and Andrea Miglietta (Lunatica QC). When it comes down to beater play, Lunatica should be the better team. French teams are known for their lack of bludger play. Lunatica has a strong defense, where they combine their beaters with man-pressing chasers. Paris Phénix is known for their strong chasers in offense. If Lunatica doesn't start with a gap of at least 3 hoops, they might experience some problems. One way or another, Phénix always finds a gap to score (watch for Valentin to run into them). Lunatica should get room on the other side on the field, because Phénix is an offensive team. Their keeper, Arnaud De Cintaz, tends to move up too much which makes it really easy to infiltrate Phénix's hoops. Also Phénix beaters tend to go up with the offensive chasers. If Lunatica plays it smart and can use Phénix's speed to their advantage, they'll win. And I know Lunatica can play really smart. If it'd come down to a snitch catch, Lunatica would win. So I think Lunatica can pull this one off. It'll be a game everyone would love to watch! The biggest reason I give it to Lunatica, is because this game can get decided with smart speed. And you need energy for speed. Lunatica will have had less games and more rest.

Game 3: Seed 3 vs Seed 6
Brussels Qwaffles vs Deurne Dodos

Oh dear god no. When I was arranging that not-so-fancy graphic above, I literally was like "oh god no. This can't be true." Ahhh. The great old Belgian derby. These 2 teams have had some past already. They were found around the same time, have played several friendlies already and played a nail-biting thriller game at EQC for a World Cup VII spot. The Qwaffles won at EQC, but never managed to win against the Dodos since. Although, the Qwaffles' keeper, Nicola Grosjean, was injured because of EQC for half a season and could not play in the friendlies. Also several players who were at EQC for the Qwaffles could not attend those friendlies. The main force behind the bronze medal of the Qwaffles will attend BMT. This game... oh jesus! No, I'm not talking about James Burnett, although, I can totally use him to make a jump to what this game will really about.... beaters! Damien Leclaire and Laura Mailleux vs Louis Lermytte and Inke Gieghase. Both duos are one of the best beater male-female duos in Europe. To all the beaters in all the teams... if this game happens... you should totally watch this game! But of course hoops have to be made. With Seppe De Wit and Faber Huyse on the Dodos side, and Tanghi Brunalunettes and myself on the other side, this will also be beautiful. Just everything on this game will be beautiful. Brussels won't really be having much female power in chasing, but nor has Dodos. At this moment, I think Dodos are just a little bit better than Qwaffles, that's why I am giving the win to the Dodos (they're only in the lead by 52% in my head; this game might just turn out differently).

Game 4: Seed 5 vs Seed 4
The Mighty and Amazing Quercs vs Barcelona Eagles

My head hurts when I start thinking about this game. I feel like giving the win to Eagles, but at the same time, I feel like I'm underrating the Quercs A LOT! The problem is that I don't know a lot about the UK teams and how they play on different positions. Barcelona has proved before that they can beat the Eagles with an 8-man squad. Barcelona now has the homeground advantage, are used to the warm weather, will have had more rest and less games and have a full squad. I think those are the main reason I'm thinking that the Eagles will win this one...

Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs Seed 1
Toulouse vs Los Conquidstadors

Toulouse is NOT strong enough to defeat Los Conquidstadors. Sorry Toulouse, maybe next time.

Losers Bracket - Round 1

Game 6: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Sparcs vs Paris Phénix

Game 7: Loser Game 4 vs Loser Game 5
The Mighty and Amazing Quercs vs Toulouse QC

Game 8: Winner Game 6 vs Loser Game 3
Sparcs/Paris Phénix vs Brussels Qwaffles

Game 6: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Sparcs vs Paris Phénix

If a phoenix gets struck by lighting, it'd die. But a phoenix regenerates out of its own ash. Losing to Lunatica will only want Phénix to be stronger and definitely not want to die against the Sparcs. Sparcs won't survive the wrath of the phoenix. Phénix is going to win this one. And the Sparcs will be eliminated from the tournament.

Game 7: Loser Game 4 vs Loser Game 5
The Mighty and Amazing Quercs vs Toulouse QC

I don't think Toulouse can survive this. The cross will be taken from the wall. Toulouse will be eliminated.

Game 8: Winner Game 6 vs Loser Game 3
Paris Phénix vs Brussels Qwaffles

The last time the Qwaffles played Paris Phénix was at the first tournament of last season: Brussels Muscles Invitational. The first game at that tournament was Qwaffles - Phénix. Phénix did win the game with 20 - 60*, so they were kinda struggling. This surprised a lot of people, since they were the reigning European Champion back then and went to World Cup VII  Both of these teams have improved since. I think if the Qwaffles played Phénix on the 2nd day at EQC, they could have beat them with just a bit. But I don't think that's going to happen at BMT. I think Phénix will win, purely because they believe in it. The moment Brussels gets into the Losers bracket, they won't care too much, they'll play for fun and see what will happen. Phénix is all about winning and want to advance, so they'll do everything to win.

Winners Bracket - Round 2

Game 9: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3
Lunatica QC vs Deurne Dodos 

These teams have met before in the group stages at EQC. Lunatica took it away with a 20 - 60* win. This will be a close game that shall be decided on a snitch catch. And we all know by now who has the best seeker... Lunatica...

Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs Winner Game 4
Los Conquidstadors vs Barcelona Eagles

The last time the Eagles played a British team, was at EQC. That time it was versus the current European and British champions: Oxford Chimeras. The Chimeras destroyed the Eagles with a 140* - 20 shutdown. I don't think the Eagles want to see that happening again. Unfortunately, I do think Eagles are going to lose this game... British quidditch is just bigger and better. And mainland Europe just doesn't know a lot about the players/teams from there. The mainland European teams only really know Oxford... I think Los Conquidstadors can be as strong as Oxford, and beat the Eagles.

Losers Bracket - Round 2

Game 11: Loser Game 9 vs Winner Game 7
Barcelona Eagles vs Paris Phénix

The Battle of the Birds numero 3. Why n°3? The record between these teams are 1 - 1. The first time they played, Barcelona won. The 2nd time they played (in the same tournament), Paris Phénix won. This is the final game of the day, and the exhaustion and effects of drought will be kicking in with Phénix. Eagles are a better team since Brussels Muscles and EQC. Phénix only stepped up their game a little since. I think Barcelona is going to advance to the next day if this would be a fixture, but I wouldn't dare to bet on it...

Game 12: Loser Game 10 vs Winner Game 8
The Mighty and Amazing Quercs vs Deurne Dodos

Group rematch! But I think it will result in the same: a win for Dodos.

Winners Bracket - Semi-Finals (Day 2)

Game 13: Winner Game 9 vs Winner Game 10
Lunatica QC vs Los Conquidstadors

I'm getting tired and I'm on a deadline. From now on I'm just going to say who I think the winner will be and not why. Winner: Los Conquidstadors

Losers Bracket - Quarter and Semis (Day 2)

Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs Winner Game 11
Barcelona Eagles vs Deurne Dodos

Barcelona is going to win.

Game 15: Winner Game 14 vs Loser Game 13
Barcelona Eagles vs Lunatica QC

Lunatica is going to win, Barcelona is finishing this tournament with a 3th place.


Game 16: Winner Game 13 vs Winner Game 15
Los Conquidstadors vs Lunatica QC

I seriously could write about this forever, but if I would follow me own logic from the beginning on, Los Conquidstadors will win.


1) Los Conquidstadors
2) Lunatica QC
3) Barcelona Eagles
4) Deurne Dodos
5) Paris Phénix
6) The Mighty and Amazing Quercs
7) Brussels Qwaffles
8) Toulouse QC
9) Sparcs

Thanks for reading!

I'm so tired right now. I've been working on this almost the whole day and wish I wrote more. I hope you like it.

P.S.: The ranking is based on who's eliminated last to first. The first one eliminated gets the 9th place, the one not eliminated fets the first place.

P.P.S.: sorry for less fancy graphics than the previous parts. 

maandag 1 september 2014

Barcelona Moustaches Time - Group 2 Predictions

Welcome back everybody. It seems like you quite enjoyed my prediction on the first group. I didn't get any death threats, so that's a good sign. Anyway, what will follow are my predictions for Group 2.

Group 2 - Games

To some called the Group of Italians (because there will be an Italian playing in Toulouse AND Qwaffles; and of course Lunatica themselves), to me called the Group of Revenge and New Opportunities. With the Barcelona Eagles (3th place at Brussels Muscles Invitational), Lunatica QC (Italian national champions and 4th place at EQC) and Toulouse QC (ehm....), this will be an a group full of revenge and new opportunities, hence the super original name.

9:00 - Lunatica QC vs Barcelona Eagles
A game of opportunities. The Wolves and the Eagles have never faced each other before in a tournament not any friendly. Both of the teams both want to play each other, and here it finally is. The opening game of the tournament (well... on pitch 1) and already so important in this group. Lunatica has the best papers as national champion and almost a bronze medal at EQC. But the Eagles have a home ground advantage. The heat (it will be around 26°C) will not be a problem for both of the teams, they're used to it. I think this game will come down to strong chasing and not really beating. Although Lunatica's beaters will their hands full with smart plays from Barcelona. Lunatica nor Eagles have the strongest beater play. Lunatica is a strong team that can endure anything physical, but are not really physical themselves. Although, Lunatica is a fast team (mostly thanks to Andrea Miglietta). They can have a head start really quickly and then have all their forces on defense. If they combine that with their god seeker Davide Termite, they could win easily. And that's probably exactly what they might do. But the Eagles have seen Lunatica several times and know exactly what they can and shall do. But the Eagles are not mentally strong as Lunatica is to come back, so if the Eagles don't come out with a quick snitch catch, it's not going to work for them. That's why I give the win to Lunatica. 

9:40 - Brussels Qwaffles vs Toulouse QC
A year ago, Toulouse would have been able to beat the Qwaffles. But not today. Even with only a 13-men roster of the Qwaffles, they should not have any problem. With 8 people who were essential for the bronze medal at EQC, they should have no problem with Toulouse. But it's still a great opportunity for Toulouse to see where they can improve for the next games. 

11:00 - Toulouse QC vs Lunatica QC
A cross doesn't stop wolves... Lunatica should not have any problem with Toulouse. This is just an opportunity for the Italians to come on top of the group. 

11:00 - Barcelona Eagles vs Brussels Qwaffles
Aye caramba! When these 2 teams came into the same group, the whole Eagle-Qwaffle-game at EQC just flashed in front of me. The 90*^-30 score might look not exciting at all, but if you have seen this game, you'll know how exciting this was. With a quick lead from the Eagles by scoring 3 hoops, Qwaffles were struggling. But the Qwaffles' "snitchkiller" did find a way to come back by grabbing the snitch. 30*-30 and going to overtime. And in overtime, Qwaffles were unstoppable because of their keeper, beaters and of course seeker. And all the players who were important back then, will meet the Eagles again. This time not in Brussels, but in Barcelona. Yes, I'll be playing with the Qwaffles. But you should know that I'm also an honorary member of the Barcelona Eagles, but in fact, I'm a chaser in the Ghent Gargoyles upcoming season. My teammates are going to kill me, but I think the Eagles will now come out on top. Purely because I don't think Qwaffles will have a proper strategy nor proper communication on pitch to their mercs. Eagles will know what to do. As long as the Qwaffles' seeker does not catch the snitch early in game, Eagles should win this... but it will be close. 

12:20 - Toulouse QC vs Barcelona Eagles
Anyone who played any game in the Assassins Creed Ezio trilogy knows that Ezio jumped off a cross a few times to murder some people. Ezio = eagle. Cross = Toulouse logo.Was that already a sign for this game? Probably not, but that wouldn't stop Barcelona to make it true. They have done it before (like... 5 times or something). I hope you readers know that I'm talking about Barcelona defeating Toulouse and not Barcelona actually jumping off the backs of Toulouse to murder people...

12:20 - Lunatica QC vs Brussels Qwaffles
Once again a rematch from EQC. The bronze medal game in fact. They only played once before. And Qwaffles won. But Brussels could have lost it easily. Lunatica made some last minute mistakes, that could bring Qwaffles back into the game. And if you give the Qwaffles the comeback, they'll win. They proved it versus NTNUI, Barcelona Eagles, Dodos and Lunatica. Qwaffles is the team of the comeback. But you can also call Lunatica a team of comebacks. Just think about the final on the Italian national championships versus Milano Meneghins. They were 9 (!) hoops down and still got it into overtime where they did win in the end! No comebacks will happen in this game. It will be close on quaffle points. Both teams have excellent chasers and beaters. So it might just come down to the snitch catch. And with on both sides brilliant seekers: Nicolas on the Qwaffles, Davide on Lunatica. But I don't feel the win of the Qwaffles (this could change during the week), and actually think Lunatica might squeeze themselves out of this game. It'll be close.

Final Conclusion
1) Lunatica QC: 3 - 0
2) Barcelona Eagles: 2 - 1
3) Brussels Qwaffles: 1 - 2
4) Toulouse QC: 0 - 3

P.S.: I'm not a professional. This prediction is probably horrible and I might get an angry mob of people after me (especially my own team... (It's not that I don't have faith in us, I just think the other teams might be a little stronger than us)). I'm sorry if I have insulted anyone or any team; I love you all as a person. This is my personal feeling at THIS moment and can technically change during the week.

P.S.S.: Thanks to Lunatica Q.C. for the graphics (and no people, this is not why I put them on top).