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 IV

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 plays all of the other teams twice.

Each day, your team will face a new opponent. You must contribute as much as you can to your team by playing not only Yooyuball, but also Slushie Slinger, Make Some Noise, and the newest addition to the Altador Cup tournament, Shootout Showdown.

Your results in each daily match-up contribute to your team's overall standing in the tournament. Please remember to help your team win all 4 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 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. The winners of each match-up will then face off for first place of that group, while the losers will compete 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 a fourth place team could also sneak to the top with two wins and emerge victorious!

New match-ups begin promptly at 12:00:01 AM NST every day. You can always see who your team will be facing on future days by visiting 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: Once you join a team you will play for that team through the finals, and you will not be able to switch to another team, so 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, Slushie Slinger, and Shootout Showdown match-ups, including the number of wins, losses, and draws.

Q: How many scores can I submit?
A: You can play and submit your score as many times as you like. All the scores you send will count toward your team's point total, but make sure you take some time out to eat and sleep! Also, keep in mind that you'll only be awarded Neopoints for the first three scores you send per game each day.

Q: Can I earn Neopoints from playing the games in the Altador Cup?
A: Yes. In addition to the "points" you are earning to be used toward prizes in (and only in) the Altador Cup Prize Shop, you will also be able to earn Neopoints for playing all of the Altador Cup games this year. The standard three score submissions per game per day will apply for earning Neopoints, but you should still continue to submit your scores after you've maxed out on Neopoints, because all the scores you send will count toward your prize shop points and your team's total!

Q: Am I able to earn Altador Cup Prize Shop points and Neopoints, and contribute to my team scores at the same time?
A: Yes. By playing any of the four games (Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, Slushie Slinger, or Shootout Showdown) you are able to earn Neopoints while simultaneously helping your team and storing prize shop points for later.

Q: Do I have to play all four games (Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, Slushie Slinger, Shootout Showdown)?
A: It isn't required, but it's important for your team to win the match-ups across all four games, as all four 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: Should I still submit my scores when I lose?
A: Definitely! Every score earns you points for participation, and every game counts toward your team's performance!

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. Of course, the more you participate, the more points you'll earn.

Q: When will I get my prizes?
A: The Prize Shop will go up on Tuesday, July 7th NST.

Q: Will I be able to use unused points from previous Altador Cups?
A: No. Unfortunately, it is too late to redeem old points from previous Altador Cups now.

Q: How long do I have to redeem my points in the Prize Shop?
A: You have until the start of next year's Altador Cup to redeem your prizes.

Q: How are the Neopoints that I receive for playing Yooyuball determined?
A: First of all, no Neopoints will be awarded for playing Yooyuball until the Altador Tournament begins on 6/2. No Neopoints are rewarded for a draw or a loss. Once you win a match, your in-game goals are converted to Neopoints. Neopoints are then deducted from your total based on how many goals your opponent scored. If your opponent didn't score any goals then you receive a bonus of 50 NP.

Q: What is the NC Challenge?
A: The NC Challenge is a great way to win prizes while helping your team at the same time. For more information on the NC Challenge, visit the NC Challenge FAQ or Join the NC Challenge now.