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Post   Posted: Jul 26, 2019 - 22:27 Reply with quote Back to top

New York Wrecks Chaos God approves

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Post   Posted: Aug 21, 2019 - 03:47 Reply with quote Back to top

NBFL Season 23 Preview

With the new season upon us, it is time to theory-craft and predict the most unpredictable game ever, better known as Blood Bowl.

We've already discussed each division at length:
Expansion Draft, plus NFC East and North
NFC South, plus AFC North and East
NFC West, plus AFC South and West
NBFL Schedule Release show

So without much need to spend another few hours talking about these teams, let's just go ahead and predict the entire season:

1. C'attle C'haos (West)
2. Chicagovania Provocateurs (North)
3. Phull-o-s'elfia Egos (East)
4. Atlanta Falchions (South)
5. Los Angeles Glams (West)
6. Destroit Lynels (North)

-The two other teams I considered were Witchington and Carolina.
-C'attle and LA will both have similar records, but only one can win the division.
-Chicago's vamps will always have potential for variance, but they'll end up playing five expansion teams throughout the season (GBx2, Minx2, NY, Wash, Dal), who may not have the tools to deal with the champs.
-Philly has a year ahead on their all-new division foes, and has several 'game-winners' on their roster; they'll emerge from a wild division.
-the NFC South has a brutal schedule, with games against the AFC South and NFC West; ATL has the best roster but may not have a good record to show for it.

NFC Conference Championship

C'attle C'haos vs Atlanta Falchions

Despite any regular season struggles, as long as the the ATL can avoid Chicago in the playoffs, I like their chances to advance (bad racial matchup; ex: they fell to the Vamps 2-3 in last season's Wildcard). Likewise, if they secure a bye, I'd bet on C'attle's chances to win any one game and make it to the conf. finals.

1. New York Wrecks (East)
2. Baltimore Mavens (North)
3. Jakesonville Jortles (South)
4. Las Vegas Sinners (West)
5. Vigilante Shingles (North)
6. Indianapolis Crypts (South)

-It was tough deciding the 6th seed, with Clev, Hou, Kaep(Pitt), Dead (Den) all in consideration
-NY has a clear path to a bye, with many game against expansion teams, in addition to their annual division dominance.
-the North has four potential playoff contenders, but Balt has the makings of a strong defensive team and will likely seldom lose contests because of it
-while most of us await their inevitable downfall (in theory), the Jortles will keep on "doing the damn thing" as MRT would say
-Las Vegas will emerge from the West in their first (transfer) season, despite stiff competition from three Ag5 Vamps in Deadver (bro that's cheating), and a tough schedule between the AFC South and NFC West

AFC Conference Championship

New York Wrecks vs Baltimore Mavens

It's a bit boring to pick the two teams with a bye, to be sure, but both have the players and playoff experience to make a run.

NBFL Super Bowl 23

C'attle C'haos vs Houston T-Rexans

Hmmm...this doesn't make much sense, seeing as I didn't have Houston making the playoffs. However, when questioned about it in the stream/podcast, Baz demanded that I curse somebody. So, naturally, I chose him, and thus have to stick with the pick.

C'attle gets oh-so-close, but can only watch as their former player, Doug Bloodwin [SEA], aka the "most controversial roster cut in NBFL history," score the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

NBFL Season 23 Champions: Houston T-Rexans

Better luck next year Baz!

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Post   Posted: Aug 21, 2019 - 10:38 Reply with quote Back to top

Hello comfort zone!

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Post   Posted: Aug 21, 2019 - 16:56 Reply with quote Back to top

ha, nice prediction and curse!

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Post   Posted: Oct 28, 2019 - 17:18 Reply with quote Back to top

NBFL Season 23 Week 10 Power Rankings

Rank Team
1 Phull-o-s'elfia Egos
2 Houston T-Rexans
3 Manglesota Vile Kings
4 Jakesonville Jortles
5 Los Angeles Glams
6 Green Baynana Grabbers
7 C'attle C'haos
8 New York Wrecks
9 Destroit Lynels
10 Witchington Paleskins
11 Hot Arizona Sticky
12 Decay Bay Bloateneers
13 Las Vegas Sinners
14 Kaepsburgh Kneelers
15 Indianapolis Crypts
16 Olde Reikland Paid Rioters
17 Chicagovania Provocateurs
18 Baltimore Mavens
19 Atlanta Falchions
20 Nawlins Lost Saints
21 Titannesse Kraken's
22 Vigilante Shingles
23 Meame Phrophins
24 New York Genocides
25 | Carolina Reapers |
26 Cleaveland Briars
27 Dallas Crowbar
28 Deadver Brujahs
29 Kansas City Thiefs
30 Fan Foulcisco Fakes
31 Buffalo Psycho Billies
32 San Dogo Chompers

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Post   Posted: Oct 28, 2019 - 18:11 Reply with quote Back to top

High Elves have 3/5 top spots? Coincidence or rightful place?

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Post   Posted: Nov 28, 2019 - 21:58 Reply with quote Back to top

Ex-con's NBFL Season 23 Playoff Preview

Once again the NBFL has completed a regular season, meaning we will now get to watch the spectacle that is the playoffs. Six teams from both conferences will fight tooth and claw, perhaps literally, for the right to capture a championship in the Super Bowl.

As most of you know, I have done a playoff preview for many years now, and a distinct pattern has emerged: my predicted winner has never ended up claiming the title. Before this season, I deduced that Houston would somehow both win the Super Bowl and miss the playoffs. The Tie-Rexans have lived up to this reverse-jinx so far, qualifying for the tournament. Can Baz be the first coach to overcome the curse? Or will I grace someone else with my selection in this article? Keep on reading to find out:

sidenote: records in this article do not include forfeits; I only care about what you did on the field

sidenote 2: predictions for both Championship games and the Super Bowl were made during our Playoff Prediction Podcast and were covered more in-depth here.

NFC Preview

1. C'attle C'haos (8-3-2)
2. Green Baynana Grabbers (8-5-1)
3. Phull-o-s'elfia Egos (7-2-5)
4. Decay Bay Bloateneers (4-6-3)
5. Los Angeles Glams (7-6-1)
6. Manglesota Vile Kings (6-6-2)

1. C'attle C'haos (Chaos / West / 8-3-2)

C'attle tied for the most wins this season (8.), securing the #1 seed in the NFC with a punishing strategy that saw them inflict the second-most casualties in the league (61). They also have the highest payroll in the NBFL (2900 TV), gained eight mutations across the roster (not counting horns), and wouldn't think twice about beating you up in front of your own mother. Coach Meno imposes his player's wills upon the opposition with the league's second best rushing attack (460 yards), and looks to be a in great position to finally break through in the playoffs.

2. Green Baynana Grabbers (Simyin / North / 8-5-1)

Green Baynana isn't the first franchise to attempt Apes, but they are unquestionably the most successful: a division title and a playoff bye for an expansion team is undoubtedly impressive. These primates lead the entire league in touchdowns (26), while ranking inside the top six for completions (17), passing yards (86), and rushing yards (381). Coach happygrue also masterfully outplayed the opposition this season, out-blocking them by a significant margin (695:496).

3. Phull-o-s'elfia Egos (High Elf / East / 7-2-5)

The Egos cheated their way to the East title by throwing their bodies at the opposition (53 CAS taken) while running past them to score (24, tied for 2nd most). They lead the league in completions by a huge margin (38, with 2nd being 26), as well as passing yards (178, with 2nd being 111). However, being the terrible team that they are, coach Arcayn's squad limps into the playoffs on a four-game losing streak, having suffered twenty casualties over that stretch.

4. Decay Bay Bloateneers (Nurgle / South / 4-6-3)

Another expansion team that had early success, the Bloateneers used a draft class that was beloved by critics and turned in a fine season. Due to a lackluster division, however, they find themselves in the playoffs with a chance to make their mark on the league early. By leading the league in blocks (737) and being second in fouls (74), they used their natural defensive prowess to suffocate teams and control the pace of the game. Lead by coach FRSHMN, Decay Bay was in the top five of fewest scores allowed (14).

5. Los Angeles Glams (High Elf / West / 7-6-1)

Tis not often that a one-loss team doesn't win its division, but them's the breaks in the NFC West. Despite being a "lowly five-seed", anyone who overlooks the Glams is surely making a mistake: coach Stimme's team was tied for third in touchdowns (22), while somehow inflicting almost as many casualties (41) as they received (44).

6. Manglesota Vile Kings (Orc / North / 6-6-2)

Our third expansion team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season, most of the experts thought that the Vile Kings would need a season or two before they could compete. But coach Kzarik had other ideas, directing the league's most brutal team (63 cas) to the playoffs. It will be fun to watch the infamous NCBB-star Nick "6 Seasons" Egads[ROL] lead this franchise as far as his studly body will take them.

AFC Preview

1. Houston Tie-Rexans (7-7-0)
2. New York Wrecks (6-4-2)
3. Baltimore Mavens (5-5-3)
4. Deadver Brujahs (5-3-6)
5. Jakesonville Jortles (5-8-0)
6. Olde Reikland Paid Rioters (6-4-4)

1. Houston Tie-Rexans (Lizard / South / 7-7-0)

The Tie-Rexans put the league on notice last season during their inaugural campaign by making it to the Divisional round (though their coach claims that they should have won that game too). They went into this season with unfinished business, and rode stud expansion pick Doug Bloodwin [SEA] to the #1 seed in the AFC (after he was unceremoniously cut by C'ttle a few seasons ago). Mr Bloodwin led the league in both touchdowns (21) and rushing yards (381) in his second season, after getting coached up by the 'lizard god', Bazakastine.

2. New York Wrecks (Chaos / East / 6-4-2)

Perennial AFC power New York (not to be confused with this weak-ass New York team,) won the East yet again, and staked their claim to a bye. NBFL legend Broadway Joe Bryant [HAW] had started to feel his age catching up to him, as injuries began to mount...until suddenly he felt as good as new after drinking some concoction brought to him by the medical staff. Coach robocoyote watched 'Broadway' tie for fourth in the league in touchdowns (11) in yet another successful campaign for his team.

3. Baltimore Mavens (Dark Elf / North / 5-5-3)

The Mavens did not have an easy season, dropping their first two games of the year before they started to figure things out. They ended up winning an underwhelming divisions (the so-called experts thought it would be the best in the league), and have a few decent players to try and make a run. Coach thoralf had his team rely on the short passing game, resulting in fourth place for completions (23), averaging less than two yards per completion.

4. Deadver Brujahs (Vampire / West / 5-3-6)

While they will not apologize for winning a bad division, the Brujahs would appear to be one of those 'pushover' games that a non-division winner would love to get in the wildcard round. But strange things can happen when you play with house money, and coach asteflix would be smart to bet on a player like Brooks ''The Stampede'' (CLE) pulling off some magic.

5. Jakesonville Jortles (High Elf / South / 5-8-0)

The two-time Super Bowl runner ups, the Jortles, could not be brought down by anyone during the regular season, but they also didn't quite have their usual panache for winning games, either. Still, coach mrt1212 had his elves tied for second in touchdowns scored (24), completions (26), and passing yards (111).

6. Olde Reikland Paid Rioters (Human / East / 6-4-4)

The expansion theme continues with the Paid Rioters, a pesky human team that took the AFC East division race down to the final week. Although they came up short in their bid for a bye, coach JackassRampant had his chaps stick to a simple gameplan, which helped them cause the third most casualties in the league (57).

NFC Predictions

Wildcard Round

[3] Phull-o-s'elfia Egos (7-2-5) vs [6] Manglesota Vile Kings (6-6-2)

We begin our playoff predictions with one hell of a matchup: good vs evil; light vs dark; kind-hearted souls vs deplorable bastards! I speak, of course, of the innocent Vile Kings having to face off with the nasty, rude, and otherwise vicious Egos! Those damn elves stole the NFC East crown from poor coach Garcangel, and wouldn't let OTS or ex-convict kill all of their players!

But now that they are in the playoffs, regrettably, the masochistic elves face off against the most brutal team in the league, yet one that wasn't that far behind in touchdowns scored (21o v 24e). If the Orcs have a much better defense (14o v 23e allowed) and are far superior in casualties caused (63o v 13e), what hope to the elves have if their offense is only marginally better?

[i]Prediction: Phull-o-s'elfia 2 - 3 Manglesota (OT)

They'll pull off some bullshit, probably one-turn score, and find a way to stay in the game despite constantly decreasing numbers. But they will simply run out of luck and players once it hits overtime.

[4] Decay Bay Bloateneers (4-6-3) vs [5] Los Angeles Glams (7-6-1)

On paper, this has the makings of a mismatch: Stimme is widely regarded as a top-tier coach, LA earned three more wins than their opponent during the season, and the Glams have years of NBFL experience to lean on against these rookies.

But the Bloateneers to not give a damn about what the experts think. While LA does have several things going in their favor, Decay Bay knows two things: 1) defense wins championships, and 2) they have a pretty damn good defense. In fact, the best thing going for the Nurgle is that they are a simply bad matchup for High Elves, and that may just be all they need.

Prediction: Decay Bay 2 - 1 Los Angeles

These two teams literally just played in the season finale, where LA managed to pull off the win. But this defeat may end up helping Decay Bay, as they gained the familiarity and experience needed to pull off the upset.

Divisional Round

[1] C'attle C'haos (8-3-2) vs [6] Manglesota Vile Kings (6-6-2)

If you like hard-hitting, bone-crushing, bloody-knuckle type Blood Bowl, then this is the game you've been waiting for! The top two teams in casualties caused will go at it in the Divisional Round, and no one is going to emerge unscathed!

Early on, C'ttle will strut their stuff and sharpen their five sets of claws on the Orc armor, making quick work of their front line and turning the first half into a mere formality.

But things turn quickly in the second half, as the 600+ inducments help keep the greenskins in the fray, and there's nothing they love more than a good fight. The Orcs began clobbering back, and their fists return the favor to the lighter-armored beastmen. The second half is the mirror of the first, and now we'll have to settle things in overtime!

Prediction: C'ttle 1 - 2 Manglesota (OT)

In the end, the difference in the game was the Vile Kings used their two Ag4 players to make the winning play. C'ttle, who unfortunately only has one Ag4 player, didn't have quite enough pizazz on their roster to do the same. Maybe they'll get fortunate in the draft and have someone with [+AG, Block, Sure Hands, Kick-Off Return] fall to them.

[2] Green Baynana Grabbers (8-5-1) vs [4] Decay Bay Bloateneers (4-6-3)

While the first game we previewed, High Elves vs Orcs, was more of a 'traditional' clash of styles, this is going to be a very interesting juxtaposition as well.

Both of these teams were among the league leaders in fewest blocks taken (496s v 423n), yet were the top two teams in terms of blocks thrown (695s v 737n). The Apes have a natural affinity for ball-handling with mass extra-arms, while the Nurgle have a natural affinity for anti-ball handling thanks to Disturbing Presence. And while the the Grabbers were far superior on offense (26s vs 15n scores for), the Bloateneers were far superior in casualties (26s v 44n caused). Which of these teams will be able to impose their will onto the other?

Prediction: Green Baynana 2 - 1 Decay Bay

While it is plausible that the Ape's armor finally fails them, Green Baynana is simply vastly superior at scoring than the Nurgle are, so they'll find a way to keep the diseased-ones at bay, pun intended, and win this game.

NFC Championship Game

[2] Green Baynana Grabbers (8-5-1) vs [6] Manglesota Vile Kings (6-6-2)

The Orcs want to punch the Apes in the face, while the Apes want to control the blocking battle like they have done all season.

Prediction: Green Baynana 2 - 1 Manglesota

Grue gets it done!

AFC Predictions

Wildcard Round

[3] Baltimore Mavens (5-5-3) vs [6] Olde Reikland Paid Rioters (6-4-4)

This is a match that could realistically go either way: neither has a deep roster (at time of publication), and it is basically a race of whether Olde Reikland can beat up the elves before their four +stat players make the winning plays. Luckily for the humans, they have been adept at causing casualties and will have some inducement help for this contest.

Prediction: Baltimore 2 - 1 Olde Reikland

It will cost them some players, but the Mavens are elite.

[4] Deadver Brujahs (5-3-6) vs [5] Jakesonville Jortles (5-8-0)

This, however, will be an interesting clash that will ultimately be decided by who rolls snakes at the least opportune moment. With two Ag5 vampires supporting the St5 one, the Brujahs will attempt to slow down Jortles' star Rhys Llyod [MIN] and company. Which team can create touchdowns from turnovers? Who will snake the most? Will the ball ever truly be safe in this contest?

Prediction: Deadver 2 - 3 Jakesonville

The Jortles have not lost all season long, and they aren't going to stop now.

Divisional Round

[1]Houston Tie-Rexans (7-7-0) vs [5] Jakesonville Jortles (5-8-0)

Ah yes, the rematch of the Game of the Century. With both the bye and division title on the line, coach Baz went unconventional on us and fouled the Jortles nine times in the regular season finale. This brought their number of fouls on the season up to a grand total of...twelve. While the strategy paid off (it left a mere three elves on the field at the half), the Jortles won't be caught off guard this time.

The lizards will still get inducements, barring a complete battering at the hands of the vamps for the elves, and they will be rightly confident going into this game...

...but in the bottom of their cold-blooded hearts, they know the answer to this question: did they really want to see the Jortles for a third time?

Prediction: Houston 2 - 3 Jakesonville

They damn well did not! Tis why they went for a t16 foul on Rys Lloyd instead of trying to win the game! Because they were scared ! Scared of having to face the Jortles again after what happened in last year's divisional round!

"Pleassse sssir, anything but the elvesss again!" - anonymous Houston player

[2] New York Wrecks (6-4-2) vs [3] Baltimore Mavens (5-5-3)

This was my prediction for the AFC Championship before the season, so one of these two will unfortunately not make it. Alas, it remains to be seen how many Dark Elves even show up for this contest, after having to go through the bloody humans first. It would be ironic, of course, that Olde Reikland help their division rival, the Wrecks, by blasting some elves into oblivion first.

Prediction: New York 2 - 0 Baltimore

Word on the street is that Baltimore's ownership is planning on making sweeping changes to the team during the offseason anyways.

AFC Championship Game

[2] New York Wrecks (6-4-2) vs [5] Jakesonville Jortles (5-8-0)

Broadway vs Rys. Chaos vs Elves. Bash vs Ball.

Prediction: New York 1 - 2 Jakesonville

Three strip-ballers do what they need to go vs Joe.

NBFL Super Bowl 23

Green Baynana Grabbers vs Jakesonville Jortles

A rematch from the Super Bowl two seasons ago, technically, as a Grue-led Green Bay-affiliated team takes on mrt's elves for the championship.

Prediction: Green Baynana 2 - 3 Jakesonville

The third time's the charm! Congrats mrt on finally winning the Super Bowl!

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Post   Posted: Nov 28, 2019 - 23:58 Reply with quote Back to top

Great read. Will try to make you fail your prediction though Wink

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Post   Posted: Nov 29, 2019 - 18:26 Reply with quote Back to top

Manglesota Vile Kings will shock the world and win it all.

Hail to Manowar! The latest charioteer to DIE for bloodbowl! - Slain, by Ghor Oggaz

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Hail to Manowar! The latest charioteer to DIE for bloodbowl! - Slain, by Ghor Oggaz

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Post   Posted: Dec 14, 2019 - 06:49 Reply with quote Back to top

Running into huge Chaos and having to go 3 games made that a really tall order, Arktoris. We'll see if we can't finish the build a little bit next season and have a shot.


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NBFL Season 24 Draft Preview

Hello again, everyone! The NBFL is in the midst of a fairly quiet offseason, with a small break in the schedule before the draft begins at the end of the month. Several teams are changing races, a few teams have swapped places, and there are only a couple of franchises with a new owner (Buffalo, now ran by Jeffro, and Atlanta, now ran by Nelphine).

We recently saw Stimme and his Los Angeles Glams win their second Super Bowl, but this article will focus on the opposite spectrum of the league: the teams who sucked ass! The NBFL draft, which is a two-round avenue of potential team-improvement, has been the only thing that fans of many franchises have had to look forward to for quite some time.

With that being said, let's look at who needs help the most:

1. Meame Phrophins (Slann / AFC East / Tzalaran)

Meame joined mid-season after Miami's owner ran off with the cheerleaders (lucky git), and had their share of struggles in a division that featured two playoff teams. Slann obviously have had some success in the NBFL, but most experts agree that they won't be as effective with coach Grue not on the sidelines.

Biggest Strength: Foundation

Despite picking from leftover draft picks, Meame trudged through last season taking their licks and learning some lessons, but they may have quietly formed a very solid foundation for the team: a block big, supported by three linos with stats (two +Ag, one +St), and several serviceable positionals (blitzers and catchers).

Biggest Weakness: Lack Of Impact Positionals

But serviceable blitzers and catchers can only do so much, which is why the team needs to add some studs to make the big plays that the support players set up. Fortunately, Meame has the first overall pick in both rounds of the regular draft (picks 1 and 33 overall), along with the first pick of the 2nd round in the expansion draft (due to being a mid-season addition, presumably), to hopefully add the talent that they need.

Possible Selection:

- Dashing Dan Helmsworth / Notre Dame Flying Irish / Skilled / 58 / +AG,Dodge,+AG,Wrestle
- Trey SayOw! / Karak University / Blitzer / 52 / +ST,+AG,Tackle,+ST
- A.J. Hawk / Ohio State / Blitzer / 46 / +ST, +AG, Tackle

Slann can be a blessing and a curse to draft for: their players don't start with many basic skills, so draftees without block/wrestle/dodge can be risky, but this also gives them a blank canvas and more options in some cases. Their catchers are Skilled, while blitzers can be either Blitzers or Skilled. Odds are that Meame will look to upgrade its blitzer corps in the draft at some point, and while it would be hard to pass up on the studly potential of 'Trey SayOw!', the other two players suggested would either have some protection or be closer to the next skill for it.

2. Fan Foulcisco Fakes (Underworld / NFC West / Lorebass)

Fan Foulcisco is determined to do things their way, and torment the league with crazy plays and wacky rosters. While their success on the field, or lack-thereof, remains questionable, the fans always get their money's worth when watching this team.

Biggest Strength: Mass Mutation Access

One of the perks (maybe the only one) of playing Underworld is that your entire team has Mutation access on normal skill rolls. Whether you want horns on your blitzers, two heads on your gobos, or very long legs on your troll (and leap, of course), the sky is the limit. Of course your players have to live long enough to benefit from the skill stacks that mutations unlock, which has been an issue for the Fakes so far.

Biggest Weakness: Being Underworld

There's no sugar coating it: Underworld are a hard team to play overall, and much more so at NBFL TVs (2300+). The team is constantly replacing players on the fly, and three draft picks from the past two seasons are resting in coffins. To add insult to injury, Fan Foul is in arguably the strongest division in the league, making their tall task seem even more insurmountable.

Possible Selection:

- A.J. Hawk / Ohio State / Blitzer / 46 / +ST, +AG, Tackle
-Zorn "Greater Scaup" Hunter / Oregon / Skilled / 56 / Dodge, Wrestle, +AG, Leap
-"Makers" Mark Hinkley / U.Con. / Blitzer / 36 / +ST, Guard, Tackle

The Fakes have no shortage of options, seeing as they have three rookie positionals (two skaven blitzers, one skaven thrower). A blitzer like 'Hawk' or 'Hinkley' would be a great fit, but one can dream of a player like 'Hunter' getting horns down the road.

3. New York Genocides (Daemons of Khorne / NFC East / ex-convict)

The league's first foray in Khorne's name went, predictably, pretty poorly. The team finished with a 2-6-6 record overall, though in all but two contests was the game not within one score or a tie. For the Genocides to go from 'competitive' to 'competing', they're going to need a few more upgrades.

Biggest Strength: In-tact Roster

A Khorne team wants to win the blocking battle, but doing so exposes the mostly Av8 roster to damage. Fortunately, the Genocides were able to avoid costly injuries last season, with only five total players permed. Of those five, only one was a draftee, meaning that the core of the roster survived last season's trial by fire.

Biggest Weakness: Coach Has No Clue

Not only does ex-con have to learn how to play his own race, he also has to learn how to play them against the high TV franchises of the NBFL. The team was particularly bad on defense, being tied for the 4th most scores allowed (20); fixing this issue could hopefully bring the team closer to a .500 record.

Possible Selection:

-"Makers" Mark Hinkley / U.Con. / Blitzer / 36 / +ST, Guard, Tackle
- Dashing Dan Helmsworth / Notre Dame Flying Irish / Skilled / 58 / +AG,Dodge,+AG,Wrestle
- Daniel Juarez / California / Blitzer/Strength / 53 / Block,Guard,Tackle,Mighty Blow

New York could look to upgrade one of its Heralds, who are Blitzer and Strength categories in the draft. However, management showed last season (when they traded down in the draft with Indy) that they are willing to make a deal if it helps add more talent. Thus if any team is willing to trade both its first and second round picks, the Genocides may just be willing to let someone move into the top 3 to draft a stud, while New York adds some depth to the legions of Khorne.

4. Atlatl Flechettes (Lizardmen / NFC South / Nelphine)

Our first new franchise, as well as our first expansion team. With no roster as of yet, Nelphine will have a blank canvas with which to make his lizard team, with two picks in the regular draft and three in the expansion. The pick order in the expansion draft has yet to be determined at the time of this writing, and it could drastically change how the front office approaches the two drafts. The odds are, however, that they'll take a stud ball-carrier and a beastly lead-blocker with their opening picks, one way or the other.

Biggest Strength: Lizard Basics

As coach Bazakastine showed us with his Houston squad two seasons ago, a rookie lizard team can find some success in this league. All you need is a dedicated ball carrying skink (or saurus), a killer-type saurus, a break-tackle saurus, and basic skills across the board. Throw in some inducements, perhaps enough for the new star saurus (though a slight downgrade from the lovable Slibli), and you've got yourself a roster capable of competing in every contest. Not to mention, the NFC South hasn't exactly been a powerhouse for a few seasons, so there are opportunities to be had.

Biggest Weakness: Claws

That being said, the NFC South is getting very claw heavy, with the new expansion Carolina team going Necro, combined with the return of Nawlins (Chaos Renegades/Pact) and Decay Bay (Nurgle). There will be a few games, more than likely, that the lizards are simply blasted off the field for most of the contest. Whether or not Nelphine's lizards are fortunate enough to avoid permanent injuries (or get lucky with -Ag on saurii), remains to be seen.

Possible Selection:

- Chad Scott / Howlson Tigers / Skilled / 75 / Block,Sure Hands,Side Step,+AG
- Trayveon Williams / Texas E n' M Banshees / Skilled / 55 / +MA,Block,+AG,Sure Hands
- Ye Olde Stoneface / Duke Blue-Green Devils / Blitzer/Strength / 52 / Block,Mighty Blow,Tackle,Break Tackle

With so many +Ag players on the board, the ATL will likely have their pick of some pretty good ball carriers. If they manage to get one in the expansion draft though, there are several solid saurii to be had as well. Outside of a curve-ball selection, Nelphine can't really go wrong with this pick.

5. San Dogo Chompers (Human / AFC West / Kryten)

The once-proud Dogos fell upon hard times last season, with very little going their way. However, while the losses piled up, the players collectively put their heads down and ground out the season, resulting in a roster that actually looks...pretty decent? Star thrower Stan Humphries returns, supported by a core of eight solid players; can the Chompers return to their winning ways?

Biggest Strength: Blitzer Corps

While other teams may have bigger, badder, and/or more agile blitzers, this is a very good group that each brings something a little different to the table. 'Hassin', a draft pick from two seasons ago, brings some speed, fearlessness, and sideline prowess to the table. 'Love', last season's draft pick, is an excellent mobile support player. 'Feathers' brings some agility to the group, enabling him to try more daring plays. Lastly, 'Terrier' is the veteran of the group, acting as a mobile hitter for the team. For now, no upgrades are needed to this imposing foursome.

Biggest Weakness: Playmaking Catcher

Humans aren't quite able to keep up with elves or rats on the scoreboard usually, but San Dogo has traditionally been apt at the passing game, seemingly always employing a stud thrower on their roster (one must wonder if they grow on trees in the area, or something). While they do have one serviceable, unspectacular catcher already employed, this is a prime opportunity to add another that will be adept at one-turn-scores, or slicing through the gaps in the defense.

Possible Selection:

- Kenjeong / Duke Blue-Green Devils / Line/Skilled / 65 / Block,+MA,Side Step,Sure Feet
- Shane "Fraggin" Jones / Black Knights / Skilled / 84 / +ST, Block, Dodge, Tackle, Leap
- Malcolm Pridgeon / Bro-hio State Buckeyes / Big Guy / 53 / +ST,Guard,Grab,Block

There are several different options for a Skilled selection at this point, with many +Ag players available. Still, Kenjeong is almost predestined to be a OTS threat for someone, and Mr Jones would add a new dynamic to the team. Of course San Dogo also has a fairly large hole in the roster in terms of their rookie Ogre, who took over after the beloved Wesley Horky [OGRE] met his demise.

6. Kansas City Thiefs (Chaos Renegades / AFC West / Arktoris)

Yet another team from the disappointing AFC West division, the Thiefs have been building and building...and building further still. Going into their fourth season, will they finally be able to put it all together?

Biggest Strength: Dummy Thicc

As Emperor Calus from Destiny 2 would say, KC has 'grown fat from strength' over these past three seasons. Currently sporting a 2640 TV, armed with three Bigs with Block, and ten other players with at least three skills each, Kansas City has a thick, deep roster that others are envious of.

Biggest Weakness: Offensive Options

While the Thiefs certainly have a capable ball-carrier in Elfsy, literally no other player on the roster is specialized in either carrying or scoring. If their DE is out, who will carry the ball? If they need to pass the ball to someone, is anyone truly ready to catch it? There is an opportunity here to add another dynamic player that could be both a backup plan and a complementary piece to the offense.

Possible Selection:

- Udom Umoh / Vampy / Lineman / 38 / +AG, Block, SH
- Dashing Dan Helmsworth / Notre Dame Flying Irish / Skilled / 58 / +AG,Dodge,+AG,Wrestle
- Franz Kepler / [NCBB] FlaSt Delfinoles / Lineman / 42 / Block,+ST,Dodge

Mr Umoh would turn into a human lineman, and be a reliable option for carrying the ball if necessary. Mr Helmsworth would make a good skaven lineman from the Skilled category. Lastly, Mr Kepler would add a little beef early on, but could mutate into a strong carrier down the road.

More to be come soon

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Post   Posted: Jan 28, 2020 - 04:57 Reply with quote Back to top

NBFL Season 34 Expansion Draft Preview

The new teams start their franchises with up to three selections in the expansion draft, which lets them pick from former players of now-collapsed organizations. Let's take a guess at who our new or re-drafting teams might select:

Round 1:
1. Carolina (Necro) : Herger (Skilled / B, +ST, +ST, +AG, SS / 101)
-Can't go wrong with arguably the best NCBB player ever, especially when you can make him a werewolf.

2. ATL (Lizards) : Bruce Smith (Strength / B, MB, S.Firm, G, [Skill] / 112)
-Nelphine gets a quality saurus to block for whatever skink he chooses with the #4 pick in the regular draft.

3. Chicago (Rats) : Buta Chris (Skilled / +AG,+AG,+MA,B / 54)
-There are several gutter candidates available, but Buta Chris has agility, movement, and the all-important block skill.

4. Cinci (DE) : Guillre Meyer [ITBA] (Skill/Blitz / +AG,+AG,+ST,T, SS / 88 )
-Getting a quality Blitzer like this as your foundation would be a steal with the fourth pick.

5. Clev (Chaos) : Garrett Hughesss [CAL] (Strength / B, MB, G, D, [Skill] / 94)
-Not the sexiest pick, but a good player who can hopefully be a foundation piece for a long time.

6. Buff (Khorne) : Goodman Ebi (Blitz/Strength / D, G, MB, S.Firm, [Skill] / 94)
-Scorning a block big because of odd fits, Buffalo elects to make Mr Ebi a Khorne Harold, hoping to get blessed by their god on the skill roll.

7. Balt (Dwarf) : Chad Henne (Skilled / AG+, S.Feet, Sprint / 50)
-Taking the best available ball carrier, Baltimore adds some agility and much needed scoring ability to their slow-and-steady style.

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Post   Posted: Feb 11, 2020 - 21:34 Reply with quote Back to top

NBFL Season 34 Expansion Draft Review

Welcome to the annual Draft review, hosted by none other than myself this year!

The grades will go as follow:

A+ = A brilliancy, not only the best player at the time of availability but also the best positional for that player, a player with great upside potential and no downside potential or close to none.

A = Quite simply, best player at the time of drafting. This player will be a great boon and a source of jealousy from other coaches

A- = Amazing player, but with some question marks attached. For example, a great player that in my opinion was drafted as the wrong positional.

B+ = Very solid pick, or the filling of a serious need on the team, that helps beef up the team without the player being a complete star.

B= Solid pick, mostly perfect skill selection, slightly forgettable however.

B- = Good pick, but could have been slightly better or could have traded down before selecting it

C+ = Good pick, but completely forgettable player or marginal upside to the team.

C = Medium pick, nothing exciting about it, just filling out the team's depth or fringe upside.

C- = Less than medium pick, upside completely absent, essentially a wash of a pick.

D+ = Bad pick, but has some possibility of ending up as a not terrible pick in the future.

D = Bad pick, coach hurt himself in it's confusion, creates problems for the team.

D- = Terrible pick, makes the team worse by picking him or will necessitate another pick in the future to replace him ASAP

F = No one should get an F grade, if you do see me after class we need to discuss your dedication to your craft.

With that out of the way, let's start things off with the main draft ! Expan draft grades coming later TM.

Draft Pick #1:
With the first overall pick, the Meame Dolphins coached by Tzalaran took a Slann blitzer with +S +AG +S tackle 52 spps. This pick gets an A- for me. Reasoning behind that is that this player is an incredible stud, and definitely worth the first overall pick however this player is going on a slann blitzer. Slann blitzers typically want block and dodge ASAP, and with this pick it's going to take the team a very long time to get a fully complete player. Good luck Tzalaran!

Draft Pick #2:
The 2nd pick went to Lorebass, coach of underworld and he took a +ST, +AG, Tackle, 46spps Skaven blitzer for his underworld team. This pick gets again an A-. This is a very good player going on a very strange team with very precise needs that I don't think this player fills well. Underworld will enjoy his presence for sure, but the team might suffer from the absence of a reliable hitter blitzer.

Draft pick #3:
Draft pick 3 was traded to Klazam with his Necro, and he went ahead and selected a +MA, B, +AG, Sh, 55 SPP ghoul. This pick gets a B- from me. This ghoul is a great ball carrier, but this is a very, very strange pick in my opinion. Being an expan team as well, the team had vast capabilities of selecting any ball carrier they wanted later down the line, without the need for trading up, and on top of that picking a non regen player on a team with no apo as the third pick begs for it to die a grizzly death early in the season.

Draft pick #4:
With pick 4, coach Nelphine chose a +Str, Guard, Grab, Block, 53 SPP Kroxigor to fill out his brand new lizard team. This pick gets a B from me. Now don't get me wrong, this makes for a really good kroxigor, but using your highest pick on a loner on a team that desperately needs good skinks and great sauri makes me dislike this pick. Hopefully it pans out better than I think it will.

Draft pick #5:
Coach Kryten selected a +AG +AG Wrestle (Dodge) 33spps player as a Human Catcher for his team, that player losing dodge and ending at 33 spps. In my opinion, this pick is an A. Humans in NBFL are tricky, but coach K is the coach to make them work. This player will greatly help his passing and running game, and will no doubt induce headaches in the heads of his future opponents.

Draft pick #6:
Coach Arktoris selects a B, D, +ST 42spp pact linemen as pick #6. I give this pick a C. This pick gave me many question marks since his team seemed to be lacking a skaven linemen, and I think this player isn't gonna do much of anything for his team apart from being a beefy survivable tank. Wouldve liked to see a skaven linemen instead.

Draft pick #7
Coach Relezite chose a (+ag, sh, +ag) 34 spp gutter runner as his 7th overall pick. This pick gets an A from me. This is a great and disgusting player, both overly fast and overly agile that is sure to cause problems to everyone in the league. The only thing that stops it from being an A+ pick in my opinion is the lack of defensive skills which means it's probably gonna die real early. But if it doesn't, Rel has some serious chances to make the playoffs on the back of this player alone.

Draft pick #8:
Coach Jmon selects a +str G spp 18 saurus as the 8th pick. I give this pick a B-. The reason being that while it's a great developmental saurus, it's gonna be really difficult to get him skilled up especially considering that Jmon selected him over other more game ready players. This pick has the potential to pan out in the long run, but it also has the potential of losing him some games early in the coming season.

Draft pick #9:
Coach CaptainMalkor selects a 75spps Block,Sure Hands,Side Step,+AG beastman runner as his 9th overall pick. I give this pick a B+. This player fills out the role of a carrier beastman really well, however through the circumstances of the draft Malkor is left with a wide hole in his Chaos Warriors. I would've liked to see a carrier picked up in the expan draft and a solid warrior picked here instead. This pick has the potential of paying off in the future if he gets better warriors.

Draft pick #10
Coach rodney selects +ST, Block, Dodge, Tackle, Leap, 84spp as a dark elf runner. This pick gets an A- from me. This player is amazing, but it boggles my mind why he took him as a runner instead of a witch elf. I could go on and on about it, but let's just move on and congratulate rodney on getting a good player, but curse him for making it a runner.

Draft pick #11
Coach Me (Asteflix) selects 51spps +MA, Block, Tackle, Dodge as a vampire. This pick is a C+ in my opinion since it replaces a marginally worse vampire on the roster but there really wasn't anything else to pick for a vampire team.

Draft pick #12
Coach Gotrek selects a Block, Pro, Guard rotspawn for his filthy nurgle team.That pick is a B for me. Gotrek takes a reliable big guy, anchoring his position for a while at least, but it's not a flashy pick or a pick that will drastically change the team.

Draft pick #13
Coach OTS selects a Dodge Wrestle +ST Dump Off player as his runner. This pick gets a B- from me. This pick is good and statted, sure, but you're really not getting a special player or a player that fills out a need for your team. This feels more like a 3rd serving of mashed potatoes than anything else. Would've liked to see some depth for your dwarf team, because that player is a marginal player you want at the very end.

Draft pick #14:
Coach Brasky selects a 54 spps Guard Mighty Blow Tackle Block pact lineman. This pick gets a B+ from me. This is simply filling out the depth of the team, nothing special nothing bad about it and it does have some important upsides in the sense that it provides hitting depth and more tackle.

Draft pick #15:
Coach FRSHMN selects 56spps Dodge, Wrestle, +AG, Leap as a Pestigor for his nurgle team. This pick makes me go ... wait what?. This pick gets a C+. That player is a stud that I would've liked to see on almost any position, appart from a Pestigor. It's AG4, sure, but it has terrible skills for the position and it lacks a clear role in the team. It's a carrier and a sacker, but it's fairly bad at both things. Would've liked to see +AG, Block, SH instead.

Draft pick #16:
Coach Nico selects 36spp (+ST, Guard, Tackle) as a wight for his necro team. Pick is an A for me. This is a really, really good player that i'm shocked fell to pick 16. Nico is sure to be happy with this, and there's really not much else to say.

Continued in part 2.. and 3... and 4...

I swear, if someone gave some of you guys lemons, you'd squirt it in your eye and complain about it not being the grapefruit you'd prefer instead of fetching a cup of sugar and some water and ice cubes. -Mrt1212

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Post   Posted: Feb 12, 2020 - 06:00 Reply with quote Back to top

Wow, you put a lot of thought and effort into this. On spot critique.
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