Tournament Rules

Learn more about who makes the tournament rules, how the competition operates, and find answers to the questions most frequently asked by participants in the Altador Cup.

The Committee

Have you ever wondered who is behind the workings of the Altador Cup? Who decides which Yooyus to use or which team should play against which? Wonder no more -- it's the Altador Cup Rules Committee, a highly respected group of officials that carefully examines all game play to make sure the rules are being properly applied. The Rules Committee's oversight ensures that the Altador Cup is fun and fair for all the teams involved, and they take their responsibilities in reviewing petitions and disputes very seriously!

While some might feel that they are too strict, the committee's decisions play a vital role in maintaining the integrity of the tournament. Though there have been times when popular opinion has been against the committee or one of its decisions, nobody doubts that the committee members' actions are always motivated by a desire to protect the best interests of the Altador Cup.

Altador Cup III

Tournament Structure
The Altador Cup tournament pits 16 teams, representing the lands of Neopia, against each other. Tournament play is "double round robin," which means that each team will play each of the other fifteen competing teams twice.

Each day, your team faces a new opponent, and it is up to you to contribute as much as you can by playing not only Yooyuball, but also Slushie Slinger and Make Some Noise. Your results in each daily match-up, evaluated separately for each of the three games, contribute to your team's overall standing in the tournament. Please remember to help your team win all 3 daily match-ups.

At the conclusion of the double round robin phase, all 16 teams will move on to take part in the four-day finals phase, which will consist of a playoff match-up and a final match-up. Each finals phase match-up lasts for two days. Within each four-team rank grouping (1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16), the highest and lowest ranked teams will play against each other, while the second and third ranked teams will also pair off, with the winners of each match-up then facing off for first place of that group, and the losers facing off for third place of that group.

The four leading teams overall will still be in contention for a place on the Altador Cup winners' pedestal, but now, a fourth place team could sneak to the top on two wins, and emerge victorious!

New match-ups begin promptly at 12:00:01 am NST every day, and you can always see who your team will be facing on future days by making a visit to the Match Schedule page.

During the tournament, if you're wondering how your team is doing, have a look at the Standings page for all the latest information.

Which Neopian team will win the Cup? It's all up to you! Go and play some games!

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I change teams after I join?
A: No. Once you join a team, you will not be able to switch to another team, so please choose carefully.

Q: Do practice scores count?
A: No. After all, they are practice rounds!

Q: Why is my team losing in the tournament, even though I win all my games?
A: Each team's participation in the Altador Cup is a group effort. You may feel like you are winning lots of games, but others on your team may not be playing as much, or people on another team may be playing even more.

Q: How can I tell how my team is performing?
A: We will post daily results for the Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, and Slushie Slinger match-ups, including the number of wins, losses, and draws.

Q: How many scores can I submit?
A: You can play as many times as you like. All the scores you send will count, but make sure you take some time out to eat and sleep!

Q: Do I have to play all three games (Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, Slushie Slinger)?
A: It isn't required, but it's important for your team to win the match-ups across all three games, as all three games contribute to your team's standing in the tournament. If you only choose to play one or two games, you can still earn Prize Shop points and show off your personal stats.

Q: Will I get a prize for all my effort?
A: If you participate in Altador Cup in any way, you will receive points that you can exchange for prizes in the Prize Shop, which opens at the end of the tournament on July 21st. Of course, the more you participate, the more points you'll earn.

Q: Will I be able to use unused points from previous Altador Cups in the Prize Shop?
A: No, each year's points are separate, and it is too late to redeem old points from previous Altador Cups now. You'll have to earn new points in this year's Altador Cup instead.