Chaos Cup ’14

Chaos Cup continued breaking records this year, and had 94 coaches in attendance playing for the honor of lifting the cup over their head.

The Miners entered the tournament feeling good, a lot of positive thinking had been going into the preparation for this tournament.  The new runners have brought a great deal of confidence to the team.  The team's Slayers were ready to complement their new offensive power by destroying fools.  The Slayers both had Mighty Blow, and one also had Piling On.  They would prove to be a huge key to the team's success this year.

Round 1

Miners Squared off against Sarge a familiar foe, and overall amazing sportsman.  He was playing Orcs, one of the nemisis of the 40 Miners.  This was a great game, a back and forth power struggle.  I ended every turn feeling like I had taken the momentum only to watch Sarge take it back.  The game was tied 1-1 late into the game when finally things started snowballing into Sarge's favor and he was able to put in the deciding score.  Miners Lose 1-2 CAS 0-0

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Round 2 

The Zlur-piss round.  The Miners were given the honor of playing against the mastermind behind the Zlur-piss that was consumed at Zlurpee Bowl X.  There were still a few of them around, so the coaches decided this was a pretty great time to consume them.  This would also be the first game where the Slayers took over.  By turn 3 the Miners had dealt 3 Casualties and 3 knocked out.  From there the numbers game just got worse.  Jeffro played most of the second half with 3 or fewer players on the field and most of them were stunned, or prone. There were some moments late in the game were Joe got a bit carried away and called for some gang fouls on the remainng two elves. The second one would result in Joe getting ejected.  Game ended in a Miners Win 3-0 CAS 5-0

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Round 3

The Miners draw yet another familiar face, they would square of with MrSchutte and his Norse team.  The Slayers thirsty for more blood wasted no time, on the first turn of the game they killed the Snow Troll.  They would continue to beat on the Norsemen, filling the KO box and adding a couple of more casualties.  Yet again another opponent just didn't have enough players to put up a fight.  Miners win 3-0 CAS 3-0

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Round 4

Last game of day one the Miners are feeling great after 2 straight blowout wins.  They draw yet again a familiar face.  DarkOrk20 sat down with his high elves.  The Miners chose to kick and without missing a beat went to work beating on the elves.  They managed to casualty 3 elves, and knock out 3 more.  If that wasn't enough they turned the ball over and secured it in a cage.  Thinking that they didn't want to give the knocked out elves two chances to come back before the second half they proceeded to stall out 6 turns.  The High Elves made crazy dodges, to blitz in favor of the dwarves but the Miners never felt like they were in trouble.  The elves final turn of the half with no re rolls saw a catcher get up, make 2 5+ dodges to throw a two dice against block on the Dwarf runner.  They succeed in knocking the ball loose.  The Miners recovered the positioning but were unable to pick up the ball in the pouring rain to walk in the score.  The second half with a huge player advantage and receiving the ball the Miners marched down the field for the games only score.  Miners win 1-0 CAS 3-0

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Round 5

The Miners draw a familiar coach, but someone that they have shockingly never played.  Craig Gruber and his interesting Amazon team were the challenge to start Day 2.  Craig's amazon team was built around star player Roxanna Darknail.  The Miners had never seen her in action and after this game hope to never see her again.  The Miners started racking up casualties early on keeping the theme of the tournament going.  They were feeling confident about the game early on.  They weren't able to mount a defense to get at the ball carrier but they applied a lot of pressure and forced Roxanna to sprint down the sideline and score quickly, she would need a team re roll to Go For it for the score.  Miners received the next kickoff with a player advantage and enough time to score in the first half.  They continued taking out Amazon players as they marched down to tie the game before the half.  Receiving in the second half with now a very strong player advantage the team was feeling great.   They began their drive and started the march.  At midfield they built their cage with a prone amazon on one of the corners.  The lady was able to get up throw a 2 die against block and knock the ball loose.  The ball falls into 3 dwarf tackle zones.  This would prove to be little problem for Roxanna Darknail.  She lept onto the ball scooped it up and made a few dodge rolls to break away with the ball.  The next turn the Dwarf blitz failed to bring her down and she would escape for a miracle TD.  The Miners were shocked but regrouped, still hoping to win the game they would need two quick scores.  The amazons with only a handful of players left were able to deny a quick score but couldn't do anything about the matching score.  Miners Tie 1-1 CAS 5-0

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Round 6

Final round of the tournament and the Mutation round at Chaos Cup.  2 Dwarf Blockers grew claws, and were ready to face off against Doomington and his Chaos Pact team from the great white North.  The Slayers somehow still had more of a thirst for blood and took the Minotaur out of the game in the first turn.  After sending a couple of more casualties and knocked out Chaos players to the dugout the game became easier.  The Miners march to a score in the first half and then kick in the second half with the player count in their favor.  Early in the second half there was a turn that saw 2 dwarves go out of the game with casualties.  These were the first two of the tournament for the Dwarves, another would follow on the next turn.  So now the confidence is shaking as it seems the power is shifting.  But a very untimely failed bonehead roll left the hole the Dwarves needed to break the ball loose and start dishing out more pain.  Late in the game with each side down to 5-6 players the Miners were able to break away with the ball to win 2-0 CAS 5-3.

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At the end of the day the Miners finished in 6th place out of 94 coaches.  They were also in the running for both Most CAS, and Most TDs narrowly missing both awards.  So while they didn't win any awards they had an amazing performance.  The team got very lucky throughout the weekend, and will never deny that.  But they also won't let that stop them from feeling very good about this tournament result. The dwarf armour was rock solid all weekend, and the Slayers palyed out of their minds dishing out casualties, and lowering the opponents player count enough to allow the offense to push for more scoring. Everything seemed to go right in several games.

End of the tournament stats

4 Wins 1 Loss 1 Tie

12 Tds for 4 Tds Against

21 CAS for 3 CAS against

 

 

 

GenCon Bowl ’14

GenCon saw the Miners coming off a long break and they were ready to get back in the action.  The new runners were ready to help the team in anyway they could.  The Miners were also employing Barrik Farblast and Boomer Eziasson.CAM00608CAM00592CAM00593

Round 1: The Miners were matched up with Short_Man and his Slann team.  I choose to recieve hoping to beat on the frogs and get the number advantage before having to play defense against the unpredictable slann.  Unfortunatly what would become a theme of this tournament my opponents had great success throwing one die blocks against my ball carriers.  After getting the ball turned over the Miners were in trouble.  Playing catchup was difficult, and combined with the lack of damage the team was dealing out things didn't look promising.  The Dwarves had no problem knocking the frogs around unfortunatly they were almost all stuns.  Late in the game some injuries started to mount up but they were far to little to late.  Lost the first round 1-2, CAS count was 2-0.

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Round 2: Was against another Dwarf team the Windy City Warriors, they had a handful of guard much like the Miners.  I really think this game was decided by the expierence of the Miners.  Positioning was the name of the game, and the Miners were on their game today.  The game was never in question and the Miners good a solid win for the first time in a very long time.  Winning 2-0, CAS count 1-1.

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Round 3: The Miners were matched up with some Drew charcter that claims to be internet famous or something.  He was coaching the Bomount Bogies a wood elf team.  This wood elves played a very aggressive high risk high reward game.  For the first half the Miners were caught off guard and spent a lot of time watching this high flying elves.  One die blocks on the Dwarven runners were way to effective and the Wood elves pounced on the ball and started chucking it everywhere.  With time winding down in the first half and the Miners down 0-1 already they showed the elves they could toss around the ball as well and put a quick score in to tie the game.  But the Miners were kicking the ball away in the second half and had a lot of work still to do.  The woodelves started taking some damage but did not slow down, more super fast past playing lead to another score.  The final drive of the game had the Miners recieve a kick in their own endzone.  Annie lead the charge, with Alice leading the way and they each had a CAS as they marched down for a hard fought tieing score that would require some more dwarf air attack as they were short on time.  Game ended 2-2 with a CAS count of 3-0.

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Round 4: Da 40 Miners 200th tournament game!  A huge milestone, we aren't sure how many dwarf coaches have reached this milestone we do know the most prolific dwarf coach is at 250 so it can't be very many people in the 200 club.  The Havana Daydreamers Orc team would be the 200th opponent.  Somehow this game was played with the Orcs getting a +2 FAME.  I guess the Miners fans forgot how to pace themselves throughout a tournament.  The Miners killed a black orc very early and knocked out a blitzer soon after, from there it was smoot sailing and they would win 2-0 with a CAS count of 1-1.

Finished the tournament at 2 wins 1 loss and 1 tie.  Good enough for 7th place, the best finish the Miners have had in some time.  The team is hoping that this will be a good lead into Chaos Cup.

 

 

Returning to GenCon Bowl!

The team has just announced that it will be returning to Gencon Bowl '14.  There were no plans to attend and after the last couple years most boosters were reluctant to put up the money to get the team to the event.  But the team is looking at this tournament as a new begining.  The team will have two new players playing in their first tournament.  They will also be hiring a special player that has never played for the team before as a little extra insurance.

 

 

’14 season schedule announced

Shocking news came out of the team offices today, the schedule for this year's tournament season has been announced.  What was expected to be a very light year for the team has a fair amount of dates on it instead.

The season will start with a long journey to the lands of Orclahoma.  They will be double dipping tournaments playing in both the Orclahoma Bowl III and Spiky Cup '14.  This will be the furthest the team has traveled for a tournament, and you have to imagine that they are looking to kick in the teeth of a certain ginger.

In April the team will have a very special event.  They will have a Pay-Per-View Scrimmage that wil be brodcast all over the Old World.  They will be taking on Dem 4D Shrinerz an orc team they met at Underworld Cup last year.  This is expecting to be quite the event, make sure you contact your Cabbal provider and get signed up for this one.

In May the team will be makig a return trip to Headbangers Ball.  Hoping to repeat some of the success they have had there in the past.  The team can't pass up a chance to hang out with their Guitar Hero friend.

In September the team will be headed back to the big Dance.  Taking a few months off prior to this tournament will hopefully give them the time they need to be properly prepared for the stif competiton they will face there.

The team will finish out their season with a Home Coming event, the Big House Challenge II in October.  Again they will invite Dwarf teams (and a few other races) from around the world to lace up thier boots and take to the astrogranite of the Big House to prove who is the best Dwarf around.

Start making your travel plans now Miners fans, the team needs you in the stands.  Let's go 'All in for Da Miners in 14'.

 

 

 

Miners playing for a good cause

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Da 40 Miners will be donating some money to the keep-a-breast foundation based on their performance at Underworld Cup.  Breast Cancer has affected some women very close to member of Da 40 Miners and supporting this cause means a lot to the team.

So to determine the total donation the Miners will be using these performance based criteria.

$1 for every CAS caused

$2 for every TD scored

$5 for every game won

$10 for a win against Manderbeard's Hoes

The Miners would like to encourage other teams to make their own donations to a charity close to them as well.

 

Recent Performances

So the Miners have played in two big tournaments recently.

Gencon Bowl, went pretty wel for the team as they would finish with a respectful but not too impressive 2 wins 1 tie 1 loss record.

and then Chaos Cup happened.

2nd Half kickoff, down 4 dwarves.

2nd Half kickoff, down 4 dwarves.

 

The team had another horrible performance at the tournament of tournaments.  Ball handling misques cost them a game, armour was no match for the brutal blocks opponents were throwing at them.  And the team never seemed to come alive.  They would finish the tournament with their heads down and a 1 win 2 ties 3 losses record.  The trip home was not a pleasant one, made worse knowing that would be two of the players last tournament.  Members of the coaching staff are also concerned it may be their last.

 

The team must get over this as they have two more tournaments to play this year and both of which have special meaning to the team.  Underworld Cup and the promise of a rematch with Manderbeard's hoes is first up next month.  Followed by the Big House Challenge in November, the team's hosting that one in what is set to be teh reveal of the Big House new look completely done after some long delays.

GenCon ’13 and the adventures of Flint Churnblade

The team had a horrible showing at GenCon '12, but had faith in the roster they brought.  So they would bring the same lineup to GenCon this year.  (What is the definition of insanity again?)

The surprises on the roster where Flint Churnblade and an apothecary.  This year the apothecary would prove to be unnecessary as the Dwarven armour held up well.  Flint Churnblade on the other hand had was a roller coaster ride.

Game 1 was against a lizardmen team painted by Sugarwookie ('12 best painted winner) but coached by Duck1769.  The Miners had some bad luck in this one and against a good coach with a good team were in trouble the entire game.  The lizards wouldn't let up and left the poor dwarves playing defense very deep in their own half the entire game.  This game also saw two riots, if the game had been played in the Big House I'm sure security would have kept the fans under control.

Churnblade report from this game is not a good one.  He started off attempting to attack a skink to have his Chainsaw kick back and stun him.  After recovering from that he would go to make his second attack again on a skink.  It would also kick back sending Flint to the CAS box.

This one was not close at all.  Lost 0-2.

Game 2 was against sugarwookie and his Chaos Pact team that won best painted last year.  It was a treat getting to play this team.

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Two great looking teams, and a great result as well.  The Miners were able to come away with a big victory winning 2-0.  This is the teams first win against a Chaos Pact team, and with that they have now defeated every race.

Churnblade had a much better game, his first attack was against the Chaos Minotaur and managed to seriously injure the Cow.  Unfortunatly his second attack would be another kickback knocking out Flint.  Sugarwookie would go on to win a well deserved Most Sporting award at the tournament.

Game 3 was against the Flying Magicians wood elf team, a team the Miners have faced before.  The woodelves played into the Dwarven meat grinder and are very lucky this one didn't get uglier.  The Miners controled the game, but in the end barely pulled out the win after a Wardancer pulled off some heroics with time winding down.  Flint had a few ineffective attacks before a wardancer hit him from behind taking him out of the game.

Game 4 saw the Miners draw a Norse team, for most of the game it looked like the Miners had this one in the bag.  In the second half with a 1-0 lead the Norse were having trouble handling the ball in their backfield.  The Miners started to put preasure on the ball handlers but fell right before marking them.  This left them open on one side and the Norse took advantage, sprinting through the hole in the defense and going on to score.  Flint was able to take a Linemen out of the game, before he was knocked down and out himself.

End of the day the Miners end up with 2 wins 1 loss and 1 tie.  Better then last year, but not as good as we were hoping for.

 

 

So the media department has been on strike that is why it has been so quiet around here, but alas everyone is back at work.  So let's get Caught up.

The team has traveled to two tournaments this season already:

HeadBangers Ball III, they arrived as the defending champions and played some tough teams.  At the end of the day, they would finish with 1 win and 3 ties.  Not the best of days, but they can still say they have never lost a game at that tournament.  The record wasn't great but the tournament decided based on the teams performance and physical play it was enough for 3rd Place.

Put a ring on it III (Mitchell's), this would be the teams second Put a Ring on it tournament, having won Best Defense at the Rufer edition they were ready to win another award.  They would go through a gauntlet of tough matches, starting with a rematch with the Lizardman team they played the last round of Headbangers Ball.  The Lizards fresh off their tournament win played the Miners tough, thankfully the Miners defense was able to break up a stalling attempt in the first half and would go on to win the game 1-0.  The next two rounds would see the team play both other Dwarf teams at the tournament, and come away with 1-0 wins in both.  The final round was against one of the most decorated coaches in the US, Solarflare.  The team gave up thier first TD of the tournament early, but were focused to continue beating the Underworld team into the pitch.  As the player count grew slim for the mixed race team the Miners were able to take advantage and win the match 2-1, causing 7 Casualties on the way.  With a perfect record the team was crowned the champions of the tournament.

Two top three finishes in the first two tournaments of the year, what a start.  The team has a bit of a layoff in thier schedule as they won't see action again until GenCon Bowl in August.  The franchise has a lot on their plate though as they are working on major construction to the Big House.  The upgrades must be done in time for Zlurpee Bowl on June 8th as the Big House will be the host of the top table matches throughout that tournament.

 

 

 

Jingle Bowl Charity Drive

Da 40 Miners would like to thank everyone who participated in the charity drive.  Their overall record wasn't that great at Jingle Bowl, but the day felt better knowing they had helped raise some money for some good causes.

 
The Final totals were,
6 TDs for
3 TDs against
 
10 CAS for
9 CAS against
 

As usual the numbers don't tell the whole story though. 

The Miners choose to tke Frost one of the Jingle stars to stay in the spirit of the tournament.

The first round had the Miners playing against Michael Bell's Humbuggery United Chaos team.  Both teams had Frosty and on the first turn of the Game Michael knocked out hte Miners Frosty, who would stay knocked out until turn 16.  Assuring the Miners would not get to throw a single block with him in this game. The Miners started the 2nd half down a score but recieving the ball with a numbers advantage.  The Chaos players attempt to slow the Dwarf cage but were too close to the sideline.  4 chaos players would get crowd surfed before the drive was over.  Crowd surfs were written in as a bonus charity contribution from Sean Stevens, so the team was happy they were able to help out.

The 3rd round game against Tropical_Knights was the teams only win of the day and the left no doubt about this one, winning 4-0 with a casualty count of 5-1.

The day would end with the team toward the bottom of the standings with 1 win, 1 loss, and 2 ties.

But they raised over $320 for charites.


The three random prize winners from teh charity drive were:

Zlurpee Dice: Chris Engler
Patch and Dice: Sean Stevens
Painted Star Player: Mike Muller

Pack up the equipment!

The Miners are hitting the road again.  In a surprise announcement the team will be headed to Jingle Bowl.  It has been decided that with all the bad news around the mines lately that the team and their fans needed a reason to get excited.  The mines are buzzing, rumours flying that the team may even employ one of the Jingle stars at the tournament.