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ZAL 1 - Tabelle Saison 5
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After a (very) long season, lasting at least a month longer than our wildest projections way back in September 2516, the ZAL 1, Season 5 is officially over.
As had already been clear since the end of Round 13, Alex‘ Wood Elves, the „Direwood Harlequins“ proved much too strong and have completely run away with the victory, finishing the league on 52 points with an amazing 87 Touch Downs scored and only having conceded 8. Milo got closest to defeating him, way back in the third match of the season, which was also the only game Alex did not win..as it was a 2:2 draw. Alex has however racked up numerous additional records, beating me 9:0, Claudio 9:0 and 8:0, Sandra 7:0 and 7:1, Jacob 7:0 and 6:0…. Even in terms of Casualties, Alex‘ Wood Elves proved extraordinarily resilient, having caused 57 Casualties and only taking 40.. First place on Casualties caused as well! -- Worthy winners indeed!
Second place proved to be much more contended than we initially thought, with only two points between 2nd and 4th in the end.
Milo did manage to pull through in the end by a convincing victory against my Chaos, while Florian’s Chaos Dwarves were unable to capitalise on their advantage and lost to Mark’s Orcs.
So, 2nd place with 34 points, 37 Touch Downs scored (+16) and 37 Casualties caused (+0) goes to Milo’s Dark Elves „The Har-Ganeth Hellions“.
3rd Place with 33 points, 22 Touch Downs scored (+6) and 50 Casualties caused (+24) goes to Florian’s Chaos Dwarves „Die Herren mit den Hüten“.
4th Place – despite having restarted after 3 matches – with 32 points, 25 Touch Downs scored (+13) and 41 Casualties caused (+24) goes to Mark’s Orcs „Cha-Baca-Zhul Bonecrunchaz-Revival“.
We then have the middle tier, firmly encompassing the Chaotic faction, with only 2 points between my Chaos and Arne’s Nurgle, my team having successfully lost a series of Chaos Warriors and a Minotaur, while his struggled to get going, but picked up strongly in the latter half of the season.
Thus 5th Place with Martin’s Chaos „PEM Syndicate“ on 26 points with 19 Touch Downs scored (-14) and 43 Casualties caused (+2).
6th place with Arne’s Nurgle „Hurl’Em Globerotters“ on 24 points with 19 Touch Downs scored (-8) and 41 Casualties caused (+12).
Jacob’s Khemri „The Sandy Cracks“ just narrowly missed out on being in this middle tier and thus form their own „top of the bottom half“ on a clear 7th place with 17 points with an amazing 14 Touch Downs scored (which for Khemri is an achievement!) (-19) and a decent 33 Casualties caused (+1).
Sandra’s Halflings „Maggot’s Armee“ finally came good in their last match and rack up their third win of the season – firmly in 8th place on 11 points (double figures!!) with 20 Touch Downs scored (which is more than the Khemri, Chaos, Nurgle or the High Elves managed!), with 44 conceded though, the defensive capabilities of this Halfling team still need honing. A decent 30 Casualties caused goes some way to offset the 63 suffered – but no one ever expected the little guys to stand up to too many punches anyway..
 
Claudio’s High Elves „Sportfreunde Bremen“ take the wooden spoon in Ninth Place on 4 points, with only 9 Touch Downs scored (-39) and only 12 Casualties caused (-39).
Also to be mentioned are the honourary 7th placed Niels‘ Necromantics „The Black Barristers“ on 20 points with 16 Touch Downs scored (in only 9 matches) (+8) and 24 Casualties caused (+5) and Valentin’s Skaven „Oozing Tails“, who despite only playing two matches this season, showed good promise to return at some future stage and mix it up again. The final rank on the table – 10th/11th with 3 points, 4 Touch Downs scored (-14) and 5 Casualties caused (-15) – does not really do this Rodent team justice.
 
Looking at the league from the perspective of most Touch Downs, we would have:
Alex – 1st
Milo – 2nd
Mark – 3rd
Florian – 4th
Sandra – 5th
Martin & Arne – Joint 6th
Jacob – 8th
Claudio – 9th
With Niels honourary 8th and Valentin 11th
 
In terms of Casualties caused, we’d have:
Alex – 1st
Florian – 2nd
Martin – 3rd
Mark & Arne – Joint 4th
Milo – 6th
Jacob – 7th
Sandra – 8th
Claudio – 9th
Niels – honourary 9th and Valentin 11th
 
Most Casualties suffered:
Sandra – 1st with 63
Claudio – 2nd with 51
Martin – 3rd with 41
Alex – 4th with 40
Milo – 5th with 37
Jacob – 6th with 32
Arne – 7th with 29
Florian – 8th with 26
Mark – 9th with 17
Niels would have been 9th, Valentin would have been 8th.
 
Highest Stats:
Most Touch Downs – 23 on Match Day 10 (Highest Win: 9:0 x2 ? Alex vs. Claudio and Alex vs. Martin) ? Closest Match: 0:0 (3x – Florian vs. Milo; Jacob vs. Florian; Mark vs. Jacob)
Most Casualties – 34 on Match Day 8 (Most Casualties in one match: 10 x 2 ? Sandra vs. Martin and Alex vs. Sandra) ? Most one-sided: 7:0 (3x – Niels vs. Milo; Florian vs. Claudio; Jacob vs. Martin)
Most Passes – 16 on Match Day 8 (Most Passes in one match: 9 ? Alex vs. Claudio)
Most Spectators – 256‘000 on Match Day 11 (Most spectators at a single match: 94‘000 x2 – Alex vs. Florian; Alex vs. Sandra).
 
Best Players of the Season (some of whom will become eligible Star Players for next season – pending the Committee’s ruling on Star Players in the permanent line-up):
Feanor – Wardancer – 131 SPP gained (10 Completions, 32 Touch Downs, 5 Casualties, 3 MVPs) – Stats 9 2 6 8 – Block, Dodge, Leap, (Magic Helmet, +2AG, +1MA) (-1ST through Injury); Strip Ball, Side Step -? the lost strength will drive down his cost a bit, but a player with AG 6….. wow!
Nightshade – Dark Elf Blitzer – 70 SPP gained (3 Comp, 14 TD, 5 CAS, 3 MVP) – 7 3 5 8 Block (+1AG), Dodge, Leap, Side Step
Hemlock – Dark Elf Blitzer – 56 SPP gained (2 Comp, 9 TD, 11 CAS, 1 MVP) – 7 5 4 8 – 1 NI – Block, (+2ST), Dodge + 1 additional SKILL ? a truly lethal Dark Elf this – that piddling Niggling Injury won’t hold this Evil Elf back….
Feanor’s Little Brother – Wardancer – 50 SPP gained (3 Completions, 9 Touch Downs, 10 Casualties) – Stats 8 4 4 7 – Block, Dodge, Leap, (+1ST); Mighty Blow, Frenzy ? This is a Wood Elf Killing Machine!
 
Other Most Improved Players:
Mike O’Sis – Nurgle Warrior – 41 SPP gained (8 CAS, 5 MVP) – 4 4 2 9 – Disturbing Presence, Foul Appearance, Nurgle’s Rot, Regeneration, Block, Mighty Blow, Guard ? an Emerging Star of the Nurgle fold, so much is certain – still needs a few points to make it as a Pro though.
 
Blorgg – Orc Blitzer – 40 SPP gained (1 Completion, 1 TD, 8 CAS, 4 MVP) – Block, Mighty Blow, Guard, Tackle ? Is not yet a Star Player though and will not be eligible to strike out on the Pro Circuit next season.
Weisman Gamwich – Halfling – 40 SPP gained (3 TD, 3 CAS, 5 MVP) – 5 3 3 7 – (+1ST, +1AV) – Dodge, Right Stuff, Stunty, Block ? a true contender to become „Puggy the second“ ?.
Wolfsbane – Dark Elf Lineman – 37 SPP gained (20 Comp, 1 CAS, 3 MVP) – (+1AG), Leap, Dodge ? not yet a Star Player and still needs a few points to make it as a Pro…
Bard of Arboria – Chaos Beastman – 37 SPP gained (1 Comp, 3 TD, 1 CAS, 5 MVP) – 6 2 3 8 – (-1ST through Ageing) – Horns, Mighty Blow, Block, Dodge ? still needs a few points to become a Star and have a chance to regain that missing Strength Point….
Peter – Chaos Dwarf Bull Centaur – 37 SPP gained (4 TD, 5 CAS, 3 MVP) – 6 4 2 9 – Sprint, Sure Feet, Thick Skull, Block, Mighty Blow, Break Tackle ? still missing a few points before becoming a Star though.
 
Best Scorer
Feanor – Wood Elf Wardancer – 32 TD
Nightshade – Dark Elf Blitzer - 14 TD
 
Most Lethal Player
Deeproot Strongbranch – Treeman Star Player ? 14 CAS
Hemlock – Dark Elf Blitzer – 11 CAS
Feanor’s Little Brother – Wood Elf Wardancer - 10 CAS
 
Best Thrower
Erolyl – Wood Elf Thrower – 28 Comp
Wolfsbane - Dark Elf Lineman - 20 Comp
 
Most Interceptions
Wilfur Uncle – Nurgle Warrior – 1 INT
 
Most MVPs
Mike O’Sis – Nurgle Warrior – 5 MVP
Weisman Gamwich – Halfling - 5 MVP
Bard of Arboria – Chaos Beastman – 5 MVP
 
Best Wood Elf – Wardancer Feanor 131
Best Dark Elf – Blitzer Nightshade 70
Best Chaos Dwarf – Bull Centaur Peter 37
Best Orc – Blitzer Blorgg 40
Best Chaos – Beastman Bard of Arboria 37
Best Nurgle – Nurgle Warrior Mike O’Sis 41
Best Khemri – Thro-Ra Humoris 28
Best Halfling – Halfling Weisman Gamwich 40
Best High Elf – Thrower – Unnamed 22
Best Necromantic – Werewolf Johnny No Shoes – 26
Best Skaven – Blitzer Morsflem – 19