May 1st, 2012 11:42am
Ciao i miei amici! Hey all you FMAers out there! This is the Season 17 Pre-Season Round Up.
Iíve been gone awhile thanks to school. Iím back for the time being, but Iím going to Italy this Summer to sing Papageno in the Magic Flute, so I may not be very consistent in the write ups as Iím going to have a lot of rehearsals, practicing, and lessons before I go!
Anyhow! Iíll touch base on some of last seasonís results and try to extrapolate what that means for the coming Season. First up as always is Division I! (DISCLAIMER: I wonít go into the mathematics since I still have Finals to study for. I just felt like I needed to write an article since itís been a few seasons.)
Division I saw a major change last Season when, for the first time since Season 5, a corps who isnít a current member of CLASS took the Gold! BRAVO TULLAHOMA! What does this mean going forward?
I believe we can look to Tullahoma Azure Force to remain strong, but it is highly uncharacteristic of Nemesis to score as lowly as they did. Whatever the reason is, expect a powerful rebound from Nemesis, the winningest corps in FMA Division I. The majority of Division I Corps are perennial contenders for finals spots, but nothing extraordinary out of the norm there, except for the fact that there four Division II Corps that I expect to move up into Division I: The Immortals (1st Place Last Season), Blue Demons (2nd Place Last Season), Regimental Blue (3rd Place Last Season), and The Bucs (4th Place Last Season.) These Corps all scored above an 87 last season, which puts them in prime placing to make a splash in the lower end of Division I finals, if they put in the effort. The Immortals have had a strong showing, and I believe they may even make an effort to displace one of the Power Six Corps this coming season. If I were a betting man, of which Iím not, I would place the Corps in this order for favorites after looking at past records and score gains.
3. Tullahoma Azure Force
4. Regal Regiment
5. Blue Deviled Eggs
8. Falcon Regiment
9. Blue Demons
10. Cul-De-Sac Cadets
11. Khaki Krusaders
12. Silver Falcon
I place Nemesis in the prime spot simply because of the drastic fall they took last season. I expect them to come out with a vengeance and destroy the competition this season. Epic takes the second spot because they seem to have a special competitiveness when it comes to Nemesis. The higher Nemesis scores, the higher they score. Tullahoma is coming off of a strong season. They wonít go without at least taking the bronze if they have the commitment. Regal Regiment I feel will continue to score at their current rates and will pull off a respectable fourth. Blue Deviled Eggs will not fall out of the Top 5. I just donít believe it will happen. Cire is too competitive. I feel like he would forgo sleep if he had to. The Cornhuskers will score similarly to BDE, I feel in looking at the history that they just wonít be able to break into such a powerful top 5 when all these corps are looking for Finals Gold this season. The Immortals are an outsider, but I believe they wonít be for long. Theyíve had a large amount of score gains over the time theyíve been here, and if that trend continues, they will easily be able to overpower many recurrent finalists. Falcon Regiment has a history of placing well in Finals. They are a fairly consistent corps, and wherever they sit at the beginning of the season, they will be within three spots of that by the end of the season. Blue Demons are coming back after a long-term hiatus. They will be going for the Gold, but I believe that they wonít have what it takes to even come close to the medal range this season. The Cul-De-Sac Cadets are a strong corps, but with such a surge of powerful corps coming, history shows they will have to work double time to stay in finals. For the Khaki Krusaders there is no doubt that they are a fantastic corps. I hope to see the Silver Falcons in Finals next season, they have been a fixture in the top twelve for a while now, and I believe it will stay that way.
-I feel that Nemesis will return and set a new high score this season as retribution for it being broken this past season.
-Just because corps come from Division II doesnít mean they should be counted out. Just saying. ;)
-There is an influx of Non-CLASS corps reaching the top of Division I. Could this mean the end of CLASSí dominance in the game?
- Finals are almost over! Have great Summer to those of you who are college kids! To those of you who arenít, I hope that everything with all of yíallís jobs are going well!
In Division Two last season there was quite a shake-up! Besides the fact that the Immortals clawed their way up the rankings in order to take the Gold, last season we saw a surging from the Blue Demons after returning from a break when they took silver, while Regimental Blue and the Bucs fought for who would take third with Regimental Blue winning by four-tenths of a point. Even more shocking were the record scores that were recorded. All three medalists beat the top of Division II score ever placed, while Immortals almost pushed to a score of 90! Congratulations Immortals!
So what does this mean for next season? Well, here are my predictions for Division II thus far:
2. Golden Knights
2. Sinfonian Scouts
4. Regiment of FC
5. Atlantic Clarinet Choir
6. dunkirk patriors
7. Giant Regiment
8. Vincent Storm
9. Sinfonian Regiment
11. Empire Brass
12. Bilbo Swagginz
Now Iím calling for the Farkmen to take first, becauseÖ Well honestly, itís because they scored so highly in Division Three. If they were to keep that sort of score gains theyíll easily take the Gold. The Golden Knights and Sinfonian Scouts were the highest scoring Corps that I believe wonít join Division I, so truly with them, I foresee a tight battle for second place. This is a common theme in my placements for the Division II Top 12. Youíll notice that I placed Giant Regiment in 7th place, I feel that although they scored extremely well in Division 3 that they will not be able to carry this over as effectively into Division 2. With the final place in the Top 12, I gave it to Bilbo Swagginz not because Menno Knights and Sound of the Valley wonít be there, but because Iím an avid LOTR fan, and the pun won me over.
- It is very possible that the Farkmen might jump Division II all together and land in Division I, in which case I see them making a run for 12th in finals.
DIVISION III- COMING