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.

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When is the Altador Cup?

    The Altador Cup schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 25th - Tuesday, May 31st: Team sign-ups and practice rounds begin.
  • Wednesday, June 1st - Monday, July 4th: Double Round Robin Tournament begins.
  • Tuesday, July 5th: Tournament Bye-Day (no matches scheduled).
  • Wednesday, July 6th - Saturday, July 9th: 4-day Finals Round.
  • Monday, July 11th: Y13 Altador Cup champions are announced and the Prize Shop opens.

What is the Altador Cup?
Since making its triumphant return in Y8 after a 1,000-year hiatus, the Altador Cup has become a cornerstone of Neopian sporting culture. The tournament is held each year at the famed Colosseum in Altador, where teams take the field to play Altador's traditional game, Yooyuball. Each Altador Cup commences with a week-long sign-up period and practice session, in which participants can choose a team and brush up on their skills. This year, the practice round will begin on Wednesday, May 25th. The practice session is then followed by a 34-day Double Round Robin Tournament and a 4-day Finals Round to determine which team will win the coveted Altador Cup. In this year's tournament, 18 teams from the lands of Neopia will once again gather in Altador to compete in Yooyuball, along with three side games, Make Some Noise, Slushie Slinger, and Shootout Showdown.

The celebrated centrepiece of the Altador Cup is Yooyuball, which has been played in Altador for centuries. In Yooyuball, the object is to throw the ball into the opposing team's goal. Slings are used to carry and throw the ball, which is a curled-up Petpet called a Yooyu. Yooyus are native to Altador, and the strongest Yooyus are rigorously trained to participate in this prestigious tournament. Seven different types of Yooyu are used in the game, each of which has its own special attributes. Players never know which type of Yooyu will appear during the match, giving Yooyuball an element of unpredictability. Teams must be able to adjust their strategy and play depending on the type of Yooyu currently being used if they hope to be competitive in the Altador Cup.

To learn more about the history of the modern Altador Cup, please read the Neopedia entry.

The Rules Committee
The three highly respected Altadorians who make up the Altador Cup Rules Committee have been entrusted with the duty of ensuring that the rules of Yooyuball are being followed properly. Though their decisions have occasionally been unpopular, everyone can agree that the Rules Committee's dedication to their task makes the Altador Cup more fun and more fair for all those who participate. It is due to their hard work that the Altador Cup runs smoothly year after year and remains Neopia's most celebrated sporting event.

How do I participate?

    How the Tournament Works:

  • Start by joining one of the 18 teams that are competing in the Altador Cup this year. It's easy to do. You don't have to join a team to play the Altador Cup games, but you won't earn any prize shop points or have a chance of winning one of the cool Altodor Cup trophies unless you're playing for a team.

  • This year, the Altador Cup tournament once again pits 18 teams, representing the lands of Neopia, against each other. A few teams have had some significant roster shake-ups since the last tournament, so keep an eye on them!

  • Tournament play is "double round robin," which means that each team will play 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 Shootout Showdown.

  • This year, there will be one "bye" day, or break in the competition. This will occur on July 5th, the day before the Finals Round. See When is the Altador Cup for details.

  • 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 four daily match-ups.

  • At the conclusion of the Double Round Robin phase, all 18 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 will last two days. The top 16 teams will be grouped by rankings and face off with one another, while the bottom two teams will play in a consolation match to determine the 17th and 18th place teams overall.

  • 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 in that group, while the losers will compete for third place in that group. The four leading teams overall, headed into the Finals, 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 12:00:00 A.M. NST* every day. You can always see who your team will be facing on future days by visiting the Schedule/Results page.

*NST = Neopian Standard Time, equal to U.S. Pacific Time

Need more help? Check out the FAQ!

Altador Cup FAQ

1) What are practice rounds? Do practice scores count?

Practice rounds are held in the days leading up to the tournament, when you can practise playing all of the Altador Cup games. Since these are practice rounds, the scores will not support your team, and you won’t start earning any credits to use in the Altador Cup Prize Shop. You can, however, earn Neopoints for playing during the practice rounds.

2) Should I still submit my scores when I lose?

Definitely! Every score counts, can earn you Neopoints (if you haven’t maxed out for the day) and Prize Shop credits, and will support your team’s overall performance. Any goals scored in a Yooyuball game -- whether you won, lost, or the game ended in a draw -- help your team, too.

3) Can I change teams after I join?

Once you've joined a team, you will play for that team through the Finals. You will not be able to switch to another team, so choose carefully.

4) How does the Rank System work? What is the Rank Badge?

The Rank System is a way to acknowledge the incredible efforts of each player. Beginning on Wednesday, June 1st, your rank will increase depending on the number of games you've played and points you've scored across each of the Altador Cup games. There are 21 levels to reach, from Beginner all the way up to All-Star. Each time you level up, your Rank Badge will change to notify you that you have advanced in your rank. If you’ve joined a team, you’ll find your Rank Badge in the Altador Cup Games Room. Every player starts with a Rank Badge labelled “Beginner.” Score enough points, and you could be an All-Star!

5) Do I have to play all four games (Yooyuball, Make Some Noise, Slushie Slinger, and Shootout Showdown)?

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.

6) How can I tell how my team is performing?

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.

7) How many scores can I submit?

You can play and submit your score as many times as you'd like. All of the scores you send will count toward your team's point total, but make sure you take some time out to eat and sleep!

8) Am I able to earn Altador Cup Prize Shop points and Neopoints, and contribute to my team's scores at the same time?

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.

9) Why is my team losing in the tournament, even though I win all my games?

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 users on another team may be playing even more.

10) Will I get a prize for all my efforts?

If you participate in the 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.

11) When will I get my prizes?

The Prize Shop will go up after the final team standings and individual participation has been tallied. This will most likely be on or near July 11th, after the Finals Round is over.

12) Can I earn Neopoints from playing the games in the Altador Cup?

Yes, you will be awarded Neopoints for the first three scores you send per game each day. After you’ve maxed out Neopoints in each game for the day during the tournament, you should still continue to submit your scores, because all the scores you send will count toward your Prize Shop points and your team's total!

13) Will I be able to use unused points from previous Altador Cups in the Prize Shop?

No. Unfortunately, it is too late to redeem old points from previous Altador Cups now.

14) How long do I have to redeem my points in the Prize Shop?

You have until the start of next year's Altador Cup to redeem your points for prizes.

15) How do I join a team?

It’s easy. Visit the team page and simply click on any team icon on the map to see details for that team. Once you see a team you like, click “Join Team” and start playing games to support your team’s chances at Altador Cup gold.

SunnyNeo's Additional Altador Cup FAQ

As TNT's FAQ does not answer all of your questions, SunnyNeo answers some more. If you have any additional questions not listed, please Neomail Chimp_Chicken_Fish with your Altador Cup queries.

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