LOLOL and I quote my partner, a disappointed Balls of Chaos (and Minty Maniacs...) fan: 'they were having too much fun in the sand =(' which sounds about right.
My poor Ducks. Very happy for the Wisps and O'Rangers (although... they don't need the help), though! And Momo, another great comeback for them - and that wonderful resurgence by the Hazers. I'm not actually a Momo or Hazers fan but I can recognise good showmanship when I see it =D I feel like, despite the sandy discombobulation a lot of the athletes experienced, they were really here to win it today.
I'm glad the water part of the event went so well, it was set up well by the other parts of the circuit and led to some really fun catchups by the marbles that got knocked about in the sand. Normally, water races aren't that hype xD Some excellent photo finishes and spirited resurgences in the last leg that give me hope for more thoughtfully designed water races in the future!
But yes, the part I was happiest about was Oceanics looking like they were going to do well in a water event then choking in specifically the water section, because that's the meme that keeps on giving. SORRY OCEANICS FANS. Vindication for Coach Tide, though! I'd love to see him come back now, despite the fanon that he's gone on to coach where his talents will be more appreciated.
5m sprint one of the best events so far. Cannot overstate how hype pretty much every race was, even without records (and the 5m sprint record being toppled is really, really meaningful, because it's not like the setup changes every year, even though the tracks have changed it's still a 5m sprint). And no anticlimax in the finals either. And happy for the Ducks!
Minty Maniacs really deserved their 5th medal, but all the podiums had a strong showing. Was nice to see so many strong teams and such close finishes in what is traditionally the Savage Speeders' event virtually uncontested (imo).
It's a prestige event IMO as a raw test of speed so it felt really cool to have all the dramatic catchups and stuff. Plus, you could really see the gains from production quality improvements in such a pure event like this
Sad for the Balls of Chaos again. They have a great max speed but take a while to hit it, so they tend to struggle in events like this. Also, they hit the walls quite a lot.
Oh, and I loved seeing that all of you had merch! I think the only merch I would realistically get would be ILTA (I Love Them All)-themed lmao but some of you are really devoted I'm getting into marble runs and stuff 'cause of this YouTube channel though.
I like how Thingyman and his wife support two of the most rollercoaster teams in the league. Like, Momo and Mellow Yellow both really bring it and always tend to finish strongly in a good amount of events, but when they miss... OOF. I guess that's part of the charm =)
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Agreed with the criticisms of the event. Was tough to follow both individual runs as well as the overall standings on the scoreboard. Poor race for the Maniacs too. Still was an enjoyable use of my time, but my least favorite event so far.
Yeah, regular funnels are more fun and a very similar skill. I think this is a worse iteration, even if it's not identical. Watched a massive funnel video (not Marble League) on JMR's channel though with like 10k marbles and it was pretty pleasing to observe the behaviour of the entire group - marbles in funnels are fun to watch.
One nice thing about it was having multiple marbles run at once, so maybe they could have gone all in on that, but it wouldn't have fundamentally changed it, I think. After all, once a lead develops, nothing much changes - and that's not true of Funnel Endurance, which is part of why it's so great. Still enjoyed it on the whole, and happy because of the results. I thought it was fine to follow fwiw, the worst was when you had the clear marbles really.
I respect the attempt to experiment with funnels because Funnel Endurance is consistently one of the most popular events, but might be better to look at other things that affect behaviour, or adding different legs before or after, or incorporating them in triathlon-style things/obstacle race.
I can't find a more up to date schedule (there probably isn't one), but events I'm still hoping for:
- Rafting (silly event but always fun to watch)
- High jump (one of my favourite athletic events - assume this is returning and someone on Reddit said it was confirmed but I couldn't see it)
- Some kind of diving event (historically they've kinda messed up the scoring/watchability but I think there's a lot of potential there still) or just more water stuff really
- A precision and/or slalom event
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