To anybody who thought GMs, eager to hold onto as many precious votes as possible, would make safe and boring picks toward the top of the draft, Alex Wilson proved them wrong with a gutsy pick of Lone Star Quidditch Club (LSQC) chaser Sarah Holub in the first slot of the entire draft. Wilson, who was particularly impressed with the former Texas star at the 2013 Southwest Regional Championship, outlined Holub’s ability to “torch” defenses with bad marking. Normally, this would be A+ reasoning, but I think extra scrutiny should be applied to Wilson in this situation—considering he had the choice of any active player in the sport of quidditch. In my opinion, the number one pick of a draft like this should be extremely dominant at whatever he or she does. Is Sarah Holub really the best off-ball chaser in quidditch? To play devil’s advocate to Wilson’s reasoning, every off-ball chaser taken in this draft should have the ability to exploit “weak man coverage.”
One also has to consider that the Quiyk Draft rosters will follow the IQA policy commonly referred to as the “gender rule.” Like Bird and Magic in the NBA, Holub and Lost Boys chaser Vanessa Goh always seem to be jockeying for the title of the best female chaser in quidditch. There are vocal members of both “Team Holub” and of “Team Goh” during online discussions. My best guess would be that voters are split 50-50 on Holub versus Goh. In addition to Goh, I see a strong second tier in the female chaser category with University of Texas’ (UT) Audrey Wright and Texas A&M’s Becca DuPont and an extremely deep field of female chasers after that. Wilson’s pick was courageous, yes, and he will be building his team around a world champion, but will his pick lose value due to Holub’s perceived similarity (in terms of overall skill not style) to Goh and a deep female chaser field?
Either way, Wilson bypassed the security of having a point player or a dominant beater and will be heading into uncharted territory by trying to build his team around an off-ball chaser. Wilson will not pick again until the 16th overall pick at the end of the second round.
With the second pick in the draft, Amanda Dallas selected offensive powerhouse Tony Rodriguez of the Lost Boys Quidditch Club. Seeing Rodriguez’s immense offensive value supported by stats from yours truly, Dallas even received an (unofficial) endorsement from the Eighth Man on her pick. Once the GMs specified that they really wanted to focus on the current quidditch season in the draft, and therefore knocked retired players off the big boards, Rodriguez became the favorite for the number one pick. Dallas probably could not have believed her luck when the Lost Boys keeper fell to her. The only concern I have is that Rodriguez is not as strong of a defender as some of the other keepers likely to go high in this draft. Dallas should look to draft a chaser with a reputations as a defensive stud in one of her next slots—the 15th and 18th overall picks.
I don’t think I’ve ever agreed with 100% of something someone wrote about quidditch, but Dan Hanson’s argument for drafting Texas A&M chaser Drew Wasikowski was pretty close to perfect. Highlighting Wasikowski’s versatility and leadership—two traits that were not mentioned by Wilson or Dallas in their explanations—quidditch’s favorite savant killed it. That being said, a perfect explanation does not equal a perfect pick. While shifting the focus of the draft to the 2013 - 2014 season points to Wasikowski going higher, I would have a hard time passing up on any of the trio of Augustine Monroe (UT), Stephen Bell (LSQC) and Chris Morris (LSQC). During my mock draft, I had more difficulty assembling a team around Wasikowski than the trio of world champions because I had to find a keeper that I thought he could mesh with on offense. A first round pick is obviously intended to be a huge part of the offense and Hanson will have to avoid decreasing the value of his face of the team. Hanson’s keeper selection could make or break his team and it will be interesting to see when he takes that keeper.
Taking Baylor University beater Brittany Ripperger with the fourth overall pick in the draft, Evan Bell became the first player to select a beater. Bell went against the trend of picking the 2013 - 2014 season’s most successful players by picking Ripperger, who has spent much of this season injured. Bell argued that Ripperger is “well above the rest” in the female beater field. This might have sold me back in Kissimmee, but that was before Mollie Lensing’s stellar return with Lone Star QC. Like Goh and Holub, I believe Lensing and Ripperger are pretty close to equals and that might decrease the value of Bell’s selection.
The remainder of Bell’s explanation was spot-on. Ripperger’s confident and dominating defensive presence in the back provides the perfect anchor for a fantasy team. Look for Bell to draft chasers capable of playing “Baylor defense” considering Ripperger has excelled in that system. In my opinion, her value greatly increases if she’s beating with a quaffle player guarding each hoop. As we reach the middle of the order, long spells without picks become less of a problem as Bell will pick next in the 13th slot. With some luck, an elite keeper will still be on the board for Bell to build his offense around.
Looking ahead, Andrew Canto, Snow Cup champion GM Beto Natera, Zach D’Amico and Hank Dugie will close out the first round with picks on Wednesday and Thursday. Then, the second round will begin in the reverse order (Dugie, D’Amico, Natera, Canto, etc.). As analyst Mitch Cavender put it, “the bottom half GMs are sitting very pretty right now with double picks on the way.”
With none of the Texas 2012 - 2013 chasing/keeping fab-five of Monroe, Bell, Morris, Kody Marshall and Simon Arends taken, and Lost Boys beaters Peter Lee and Chris Seto also still on the board, the four remaining GMs have plenty of terrific options to build their team around.
The General Managers have been picked and the rules are being hammered out! But now, it’s time to meet the GMs that will attempt to win your hearts over the next few months! Reblog if you think your favorite is going to win! It’s time to start placing money on your racehorses!
Now up, Dan Hanson
Hey that’s me!
After potential future Darkseid-recruit Peter Lee, MVP of FireMercs 2013, pointed out the lack of beaters on our roster (likely in an attempt to procure an invite to the team), we have been hard at work finding elite new players to join the Darkseid. And after some intensive scouting, we’ve…
I never thought I’d lose these two. So much for loyalty and friendship, what am I even doing when I thought those were the skills that made me functional in the community?
How they think they look:
How players think they look:
Recently I’ve become very interested in the ICBA. Competition is a necessity of progress and I think that only good can come from this. By the way, what ever happened to the ICBA? It seemed like right as they were gaining traction they dropped off the map. Glad to see some life returning.
Interesting to see my name called out as a member of the old guard, when I think the old guard is one of the biggest problems in the IQA. I can’t disagree with you, since I know I post often about how I like some of the less competitive aspects of quidditch.
So with this response, I just wanted to pledge as an IQA staffer that I will never let my love of the roots of quidditch hold it back from evolving as it should. The opinions I fight most stubbornly for are often not my own opinions, but what I’ve noticed from reading the Facebook pages (other than Rules and Regulations, because that page is my hell) and seeing what newer better ideas that a lot of people have that will make quidditch a better overall sport, even if I disagree with some of the principles of those changes.
Furthest Advancing team: Baylor (Final Four)
Winner: Penn State
Furthest Advancing Team: Penn State/Skrewts/RIT (RO 32)
Winner: Texas A&M
Furthest Advancing Team: Texas A&M (Elite 8)
Furthest Advancing Team: Emerson/USC (Sweet 16)
For all the people who say, ‘West Coast, Best Coast’. I think Southwest really made a statement for being the strongest region.
Also, MA. Next year guys… next year!!.
But but the Southwest isn’t a coast so West Coast still Best Coast! And don’t come back at me with a Gulf Coast argument because I dunno how I could argue that.
The West totally recognizes that the Southwest is a stronger region, I hope people don’t actually think we’re proclaiming ourselves to be better than other regions when we say West Coast Best Coast.
Okay so my teammate Santi gave the IQA a diary of his WC experience, and it made me all nostalgic and want to do the same. Except I’ll refer to mine as a journal because diaries are for little girls. Santi.
A week before Western Regionals, flights from LA to Florida were on sale with Southwest….
They’re called Boston University or BU, NOT BOSTON.
Yesssss so happy about whoever posted this!!
We’ve officially received our first submission here at Butts and Brooms: Victor Viega of Emerson. Vic,ohhwowlovvely would like to let you know that she thinks you’re, “a keeper, that’s for sure ;)” (her words and emoticon, not mine). As for my take, this seems to be a solid submission. He’s wearing Nike Pro Combat to accentuate his pectorals and biceps/triceps, which is a total bro move. He also has the lower body of a dude who clearly lifts legs and not just arms (as any REAL man does), and breast cancer awareness (his sock) is a cause that both bros and bras alike can get behind. He’s also meticulously color coordinated from head to toe: look good, play good. I don’t known you personally, but appearance is everything in this world, so daps to you Victor, a chill bro.
C’mon Mr. B&B, get your Emerson intramural teams straight. The pink sock represents the Jamaica Plain Jaguars, the team that selected Victor 1st in the 2012 draft.
(Previous first round picks include David Fox, Matt Lowe and Jared Kowalczyk.)
Rumor has it that the black, black and pink color scheme of the JP Jags inspired the black black and red colors of a certain prominent West Coast community team.
Check out the box score from Sunday’s matchup between the Hollywood Harpies and the Oxy Doxies.
And we’ve only got a small sample size, but the leaderboard is looking solid (and pretty festive, too).
Goals in a single game: Tony Rodriguez, 9 (previous record: Remy Conatser, 3)
Points in a single game: Tony Rodrigues, 90 (previous record: Remy Conatser, 60)
And the leaders among the ladies so far:
Points: Grace Bender and Kate Tucci, 40 (13.33 Points/Game, 21.03 Points/30’)
Goals: Mary Beshenich, 3 (1.00 Goals/Game, 1.50 Goals/30’)
If you think that’s exciting, next weekend is going to put this to SHAME!