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Marbly McMarbleface is a see-through marble with a waves of blue on it. He competes in Sand Marble Rallies. Marbly McMarbleface competed in the 2016 and 2018 Sand Marble Rally. He missed out on the 2017 Sand Marble Rally after qualifying only 5th in Qualifier 4, which wasn't high enough to qualify for the Sand Marble Rally.

Sand Marble Rally careerEdit

In 2016, Marble McMarbleface was in a good position for fighting for the championship. After Race 6 he was 3rd in the standings with 78 points behind Ghost Plasma and Dragon's Egg. But in the second half of the season he got overtaken in the standings by Big Pearl, Slimer and El Capitan. Ending his first season in a solid 6th place tied with El Capitan for points, but he got 6th on countback.

Marbly McMarbleface couldn't qualify for the 2017 Sand Marble Rally after finishing 5th in Qualifier 4.

Marbly McMarbleface did qualify in 2018. Apart from his victory in Race 3, it was a mediocre season for Marbly McMarbleface with a lot of inconsistent finishes. He won Race 3, but then finished dead last in both Races 4 & 5. He ended the championship in 12th with 51 points, this time beating Lollipop who was also tied with 51 points in 13th.

While Marbly McMarbleface had a mediocre season in 2018, his 2019 performance was abysmal, finishing last two times and often crashing out of races. He only broke into the top ten two times, finishing 17th in the table, his worst table finish in his SMR career, and as a result was relegated to the Showdown for the 2020 season.

Racing profile and analysisEdit

Marbly McMarbleface's racing style can be categorized by defensive play and tactical passing, although his performance has been inconsistent throughout his career. He isn't the fastest marble, but when Marbly is on his game he uses good decisions on split course sections to fly up to the front and takes advantage of small openings and mistakes made by his opponent to incrementally gain positions. His biggest strength by far is his defensive tactics and he is more often content to protect his rear while waiting for things to open up in front of him than to fight and joust with the marbles out ahead. Many good results have come from slow improvements in position coupled with excellent defensive racing. A good start is also key for Marbly McMarbleface - if he starts well off the blocks his defense can guarantee him a good finish if he can avoid calamity, something that he has struggled with, particularly in 2019 during Race 2 and Race 3. If a bad start out of the blocks occurs, he often finds it difficult to gain ground due to his more conservative tactics, especially on courses without clearly better lines during split portions. Additionally, he has struggled with a few course features over the course of his career such as the hairpin turn and helix sections (also known as a braid), never showing that he has figured out how to best maneuver them with any consistency. These shortcomings and conservative style make Marbly McMarbleface a solid racer (demonstrated by being one of only 10 marbles to have won multiple races), but not a consistent contender at the top.

While some attribute Marbly McMarbleface's disastrous 2019 performance purely to poor form, there are rumors floating around the marble world that the bigger reason behind his poor performance that season was that his confidence was shot following his big mistakes in Race 2 and Race 3, which cost him possible podium finishes. Other marbles gave comment that he looked dejected throughout the season and didn't display as much comradery outside of races. His race form showed as much. For the rest of the season after those debacles Marbly raced with uncharacteristically soft defense and looked listless out on the track. However, during the last race of the season he got his first good start off the blocks since Race 2 and regained his previous form to hang on for 3rd, suggesting that he simply slumped in confidence and needed a good opportunity to get him back to his old self.

Sand Marble Rally results Edit

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points Avg. Finish
2016 R1
20
R2
5
R3
5
R4
15
R5
1
R6
12
R7
12
R8
7
R9
18
R10
11
R11
16
R12
2
6th 144 10.333
2018 R1
15
R2
20
R3
1
R4
20
R5
19
R6
9
R7
4
R8
12
12th 51 12.5
2019 R1
10
R2
20
R3
13
R4
13
R5
11
R6
20
R7
15
R8
3
17th 32 13.125

Trivia Edit

  • Marbly McMarbleface was the only marble to score points in every race in 2016.
  • Marbly McMarbleface‘s name is a play on the name Boaty McBoatface, a name that was submitted via an online poll in March 2016 for consideration in the naming of a research vessel in the UK.
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