Chuck: Hi and welcome to the Chuck and Anna Show. I’m Chuck Shine. Anna: And I’m Anna. Chuck: We’re here with you today for the first in two special pre-season shows as we look at Crunch Cup XIV. We’ve got elfball, we’ve got bash, we’ve got a little hybrid action going on. It’s looking like this could be the best cup yet, isn’t it Anna? Anna: Absolutely, Chuck. These will be great games to watch. Chuck: You’re not just watching though are you, Anna? Anna: Unfortunately not, Chuck. I also have to give predictions and this hasn’t been easy. Some of the matchups are tight, so injuries in the preceding games could flip my analysis on its head. Chuck: At which point we all get to laugh at you, so let’s not waste anymore of the viewers time. Anna: In 8th I have the High Elf team, Fruit. I just can’t get excited about this team’s prospects. They have an AGI 5 thrower, but that’s the only real good news. A niggled blitzer and lots of lino injuries put a major question mark over this team’s prospects. Chuck: Healthy bank though, Anna. Anna: True… Fruit could replace all those injured linos, but they’re already the TV underdogs in the division and light on developed players. AG4 and a wizard most games always has potential, but honestly… I can see these going 0-1-6. Chuck: Now I’d like to make it clear at this point that we don’t mean any offense to anyone in the Fruit organization. Someone has to be picked last and this is just one girl’s opinion. Anna: I appreciate you going out on a limb like that to support me, Chuck. If you can untangle yourself can we move on to 7th? In 7th I have the first of two necromantic sides, DakaManceer VI. Chuck: This is all about the wolves isn’t it, Anna? Anna: Necro usually are. That MB wolf has the potential to hurt, but the team lacks developed ghouls. Once again, looking at this squad just doesn’t make me wet. They’ll probably get an upset win along the way and the MB spam will cause some grief, but my gut feeling is that Dakamanceer fans are in for a season of disappointment. Chuck: I’m struggling to disagree with you so far, Anna. Anna: In 6th I have Niffe Naffe Nurgle. Chuck: Oooooh that one could be controversial. I’ve already heard a lot of people express a liking for this team. Anna: It hurts me to look at this team – this just isn’t how I think a Nurgle team should be trained. All the Warriors are trained in Block, MB, Claw. Guard appears to be their somewhat belated 4th skill but only one warrior has it so far. 1900 TV with only two guard – one of them the beast – makes it tough to get excited about their playoff prospects, Chuck. Chuck: Once all the warriors have Guard it’s going to be a great side isn’t it? Anna: Ehhh. The beast will still be the only Stand Firm which is going to cause positional issues. It’s like a chaos-lite side at the moment, heavily dependent on cas roulette but trying to do that with neither any Pile On nor any DP rotters. Chuck: They’ll cause some pain though, right? Anna: Oh, they’re definitely gonna piss in somebody’s cornflakes this season. The Orcs especially will be wary of this one in MD6. They’ll be hoping that the guard deficit and lack of SF has cost the Nurglers a warrior or two by then. The 4 from 8 progress format helps Niffe Naffe a lot as teams will be less inclined to fight for their match equity. I just don’t think that’s going to translate into enough points to qualify for the playoffs though. Chuck: So who’s your bubble boy? Anna: This was a really tough one. I think it’ll go down to the wire, but the team I have just missing out on the cut are the Norsemen Ragnarok-N-Roll. With a healthy team, they can get on top of any individual matchup, but they can also get blown up during any game. Once players start getting injured or positionals start missing games, the whole thing can spiral out of control pretty fast. If they stay healthy the whole season then they have a great shout at the playoffs, but that would be quite a parlay. I think they’ll be a lot of fun to watch, but I just can’t see a 2k Norse team holding up over the whole season. Bjork’s health is going to be especially critical. Chuck: Now we know which teams the hatemail is coming from, what are your thoughts on Division 2? [Both laugh] Chuck: That’s right folks, on the Chuck and Anna show we won’t waste your time talking about the also-ran divisions. This is pure unadulterated high octane high TV division one coverage. Join us next time to see which order Ms List thinks the four Playoff qualifiers will finish in.