Congratulations to Grimr and his dorfs, taking his second DIBBL crown.
Short-Work - Grimr
The Deserted Isles Blood Bowl Leeg has a long and illustrious history. Way back in the dawn of competitive Blood Bowl on the Isles the great werewolf star Michael Jackson single handedly won the first Crap Bowl. A scrum of fans jostled for the autograph of this new superstar of the south. However, not all in the crowd were so enamored with his antics. An incensed hobgoblin spectator grabbed hold of a juvenile sheep (as is the custom) and hurled it at the shining star. It was indeed a fantastic throw, perhaps lethal had it not been for the intervention of an adolescent human fan. Young Timmy, MJ's number one fan, a hero wannabe dressed in full battle gear, leapt between the werewolf and the incoming sheep, and thrust his shield high for protection. The lamb bounced off the shield and Michael was saved! Young Timmy accompanied the star on a visit to his Neverland estate, he must have liked it there as he was never seen again.
The Lambhurly Shield has become the most prestigious trophy in the Leeg. Not only does it look great on the mantelpiece, it is a useful protective implement. The vindictive hobgoblin started a trend, and now at the end of every DIBBL fixture it has become a tradition for the barbaric crowds to hurl at the victors: livestock, Waikato Draft bottles, gumboots, small children... etc
This prestigious trophy was once wielded by the mighty Timmy, number one fan of the great Necromantic Werewolf Michael Jackson. To honour his idol, Timmy had had the shield custom built to reflect MJ's coat of arms featuring the Wolf and the White Gloved Hand.
Current holders: DIBBL Kids (tussock)
In the early days the Shield existed as a challenge. Almost anyone could issue a challenge at anytime. However, now that it resides within the Leeg it's more of an automatically scheduled thing. There are still rules though:
- The challenger must be from a different NZ league to that of the holder
- The holder must accept the challenge.
- Shield fixtures may take place in the round robin stage of tournaments. While this is the default position, the holder may choose to also accept challenges in the playoffs (this is encouraged if they intend to sit out the following season)
- The Shield is held by a team, not just the coach or province.
- The game will be played at a mutually agreeable time, but as it's a home game it's expected that the challenger be more flexible for scheduling a time most suitable to the holder.
- The challenger, win or lose, is expected to write a brief match report in the season thread
- And just to rub in that first rule, immigrants to DIBBL remain as second class citizens and are not eligible to challenge for the Shield (you can take our Cup, but not our Shield)
DIBBL was founded in 2515 by obscure coaches of little repute, Bigbullies & Taketheskull, as no respectable (or otherwise) league in the Auld or New World would host their scum-ridden teams. In order to play the match they set sail to a sparsely populated archipelago known as the Deserted Isles, east of the Southern Wastes. In that inaugural match, Werewolf Meets Zombies defeated MJ Thrillers BBC 2-0 (2-5), but earned little respect for the manner of their victory.
Having seen these two teams disgrace themselves on the pitch, Northern tribes quickly assembled a team of Hobgoblins and a team of Snotlings, in order to restore honour to the Deserted Isles. Despite Morg'n'Thorg making a surprising appearance for the Snotlings, the Hobgoblin team, Stinkfinger, prevailed in the trial match and challenged Werewolf Meets Zombies to a match.
The local media, in light of the rubbish teams playing, quickly labelled the match Crap Bowl and they were proven correct. The few fans that turned up to watch the match left early, disgusted by the embarrassingly high level of incompetence shown. It is rumoured that Michael Jackson scored at TD in the dying moments of the match to hand Zombie Meets Werewolf the victory, but nobody really cares.
All involved agreed that it would be hard not to do better next time, with new administrator Ramchop drafted in to run the follow up tournament.
The Deserted Isles is a barren windswept archipelago a few days sail East of the great continent of the Southern Wastes. Blood Bowl is a religion on these lands, though it mostly exists as a disorganised series of drunken encounters. Many have tried to establish a national league but most competitions are festival events where teams from around the Isles descend upon a town for two days of Blood Bowl mania. The three majors are The Greenstone Cup, The Capital Shield, and the Mainland Bowl. These events are marathons where teams play 6 games each over the space of a weekend. Mere mortals can't possibly complete such a task unassisted, copious amounts of a magical brew appears to help, and it is rare that a player will emerge from such events with anything more severe than a massive smile on their faces.
Local leagues do exist in the main three centres, and the recently established Deserted Isles Blood Bowl Leeg (DIBBL) has led to the launch of a few notable competitions including: The Big Star Cauldron, The Crazy 8s, and Stunty-go-Round. A national league (DIBBL Leeg) has recently been set up. A number of coaches also ply their trade in the SWL
Not too long after the establishment of DIBBL, a weekly Leeg was started. Beginning with 8 coaches from around the country, it has doubled in size with two pools of 8 in Season 5. Full round robin pools followed by finals. Top teams go to the "Tickling" Playoffs for the ultimate prize "The Placeholder" (named after the first team to win it three times). But nobody misses out, there's also "The Participation Plate" - for it's the taking part that counts. And below this "The Wobbly Boot", which is better than a Spoon.
The prized Lambhurly Shield currently resides in The Leeg, and is challenged in any round robin fixture (unless you're from the same province as the holder, or you're the ineligible Aussie).
Currently the three divisions are equivalent (i.e. not tiered). This means that new teams entering The Leeg will face some fairly developed teams. To make things a bit easier on the DIBBL virgins, these teams are allowed to play some friendly games before the season starts (shout out in discord to get games). Training games can be played against any Leeg team, but you may not play against the same team twice. Hopefully the new and improved Morg will also chop those monster teams down a peg ot two.
The style of the Player Awards changes every season. Click HERE for the Bling for your team and player bios, and to see the other player awards.
Up for a challenge? How about trying to get a race off the Forlorn list.