Army of Club Penguin and the Legends Cup

Addressed to the Army of Club Penguin

MAMMOTH, Shamrock Bulletin HQ – As you should be aware of by now, the famous Legends Cup is being held within our community. This is the first time that the Legends Cup has been held outside of the summer months of July and August.

The Army of Club Penguin has overcome many obstacles when it came to the Legends Cup. As the years went by, and the army became less of a known world power, many armies would take advantage of the tournament’s timing to declare war on the clover penguins. Thus, many of our Legends Cup have been cut short due to emerging conflicts.

What many do not know is that Oagalthorp, our creator, created the idea of the Legends Cup. In fact, our army hosted the very first one and graciously asked community news sites to officiate and continue on with the tradition. This was all the way back in July 2010. It’s amazing that the most important tournament in our community is a creation of our very own!

Legends Cup I (2010)

The very first Legends Cup was one of the most adventurous, and wild, tournaments put together to date. It featured over 40 active armies and had multiple knockout rounds. It was originally thought that this tournament would be a walk in the park for the Clovers, but, due to know being familiar with tournament formats yet, the green penguins let their guard down as other armies focused solely on winning the tournament. The Army of Club Penguin was able to still make it to the podium and placed third.

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Legends Cup I, Quarterfinals

Legends Cup II (2011)

Wanting redemption from last year’s shocking third place finish, the Clovers went full force into the tournament. A path to victory was in sight until the judges decided to make the final battle a three way brawl. In doing so, the Army of Club Penguin was never really able to fight the Ice Warriors in the same room. Back then, the battles were not limited to specific rooms and both armies’ sizes made it impossible to meet. At least we were able to clinch the second place medal!

Legends Cup II, Finals

Legends Cup III (2012)

For the first time, the Army of Club Penguin were not the favorites in this tournament. A string of Higher Command changes meant the army itself lacked a strong foundation to propel itself to the trophy. On top of that, the Clovers found themselves in THREE different wars- Light Troops, Shadow Troops, Underground Mafias Army– all within the span of two weeks during the Legends Cup. Due to this, the army decided to put full efforts into the war rather than wasting time on the tournament, and was unable to make its way to the podium. We did at least have one victory during Legends Cup III. Needless to say, we won all three wars, too.

Legends Cup IV (2013)

Thankfully, in 2013 we were able to focus on the Legends Cup again when it came time. Armies were finally given battle rooms to meet their opponent in. This year, the closest battle of the tournament was our battle with the Water Vikings in the Quarterfinals. If we’ve beat them before then we can do it again, right?

Although many new armies were on the rise, the Clovers were able to put up a good fight that found them in the Semifinals. There was no third place bracket but my heart says that we would’ve cinched that spot if we could have.

Legends Cup IV, Semifinals

 

Legends Cup V (2014)

As our army’s sizes began to rise, there was more excitement felt regarding the army’s chances in the 2014 rendition of the Legends Cup. Unfortunately, due to the changing Club Penguin client, the maximum amount of penguins in the rooms was altered before the tournament. The tournament saw difficulties, with armies complaining about not being able to get their entire army into the battle room. Despite the strong tactics shown on the day of the Quarterfinal battle, the Army of Club Penguin came up just short of a win.

Legends Cup V, Quarterfinals

Legends Cup VI (2015)

The Clovers found themselves in a stacked bracket and going up against the previous victors of the year prior in one of the first rounds. However, with luck and hard work, the army was able to win the battle.

Soon enough though, continuing the trend of “always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” the Army of Club Penguin was unable to win the Semifinals. Regardless of the placement, the army had seemed to finally find consistency in sizes. Something that was lacking years prior.

Legends Cup VI, 2015

 Legends Cup VII (2016)

Unbeknownst to the community at the time, this was the very last Legends Cup before Club Penguin would shut down. And ultimately the closure of the Army of Club Penguin. The seventh annual Legends Cup was plagued by the uses of bots. The bots disrupted many of our very own battles during this time.

Unfortunately, the Clovers became imbrewed in a war against the Snow Ninjas. While we did make it to the Semifinals, the leaders at the time decided to essentially pull out as all attention was being put into wining a war as that was more fun anyway. We did win, of course.

Legends Cup VII, 2016

Legends Cup X (2020)

For the first summer since coming back from hiatus, the Army of Club Penguin were entered in the monumental tenth annual Legends Cup. Thanks in part to the pandemic lockdown at this time, the community saw a boost in sizes seen never before. Lots of preparation was put into- hopefully- winning the Clovers first ever Legends Cup trophy.

While the army broke its new generation size record (at the time) of over 80 online, the close battle did not end favorably to us. Even though the team put such amazing, hard work in the army, the journey to the dub was stopped at the Quarterfinals.

Legends Cup X, 2020

Legends Cup XI (2021)

Finally, this brings us to the very exciting Legends Cup that was held last year. As the pandemic crept into the next year, more and more tournaments were being held to profit off the immense amount of free time everyone still had. As each tournament was bigger than the last, and as the Army of Club Penguin and its team were pushing themselves to their limits, eventually the eleventh rendition of the Legends Cup rolled around. And it too was promising to be the biggest event of the year.

After much discussion between the Higher Commands, the Army of Club Penguin formally announced their withdrawal in a controversial, yet iconic, fashion in the very first round of the battle; thus allowing their ally at the time to move on. While the move at the time was herald as controversial, I firmly believe that the decision will stand as a testament on the resilience of the Clovers.

It is more important than ever before that we are innovating this community and game, as the alternative will see people losing interest with repetitive and stale formats. At this junction, the higher command are more excited in taking part in other events over the coming weeks and months that we believe will be exciting for our community.

Legends Cup XI, Round I

Legends Cup XII (2022)

One upset victory down. Two more to go.

The Army of Club Penguin has yet to win a Legends Cup even though we are the founders of the tournament itself. Regardless of our past placements, the tournament has never defined what the army is capable of as the Clovers have gone on to win war after war, battle after battle, and create new ideas to contribute to the community as a whole. Without the influence of the Army of Club Penguin and its founder, Oagalthorp, the Legends Cup would not be the staple that it is today in our community. Thank you to all the armies that continue to participate.

Can you attend the Legends Cup XII Semifinals on Saturday at 3pm EST?

Keep those snowballs coming,

Mchappy

ACP Advisor

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