Marbly McMarbleface is a transparent marble with waves of blue on it. They compete in the Marble Rally. Marbly McMarbleface competed in Sand Marble Rally 2016 and 2018 and 2019. They missed out on Sand Marble Rally 2017 after finishing in 5th in Qualifier 4, which wasn't high enough to qualify. They originally come from Marblopolis and are currently the mascot for the Marblopolis Amusement Park.[1]

History

2016

In Sand Marble Rally 2016, Marbly McMarbleface was in a good position to fight for the championship. After Race 6 they were 3rd in the standings with 78 points behind Ghost Plasma and Dragon's Egg. But in the second half of the season they were overtaken in the standings by Big Pearl, Slimer and El Capitan. Marbly ended their first season in 6th place tied with El Capitan for points, but they got 6th overall on countback.

2017

Marbly McMarbleface failed too qualify for Sand Marble Rally 2017 after finishing 5th in Qualifier 4.

2018

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

2019

While Marbly McMarbleface had a mediocre season in 2018, their Marble Rally 2019 performance was abysmal, finishing last two times and often crashing out of races. They only broke into the top ten two times, finishing 17th in the table, their worst table finish in so far, and as a result were relegated to the Marble Rally 2020 Showdown for the Marble Rally 2020 season.

2020

After the Showdown was scrapped, Marbly McMarbleface was invited to take part in the regular Marble Rally 2020 season and finished 3rd in the first race.

Racing profile and analysis

Marbly McMarbleface's racing style can be categorized by defensive play and tactical passing, although their performance has been inconsistent throughout their career. They aren't the fastest marble, but when Marbly is on their game they use good decisions on split course sections to fly up to the front and take advantage of small openings and mistakes made by their opponents to incrementally gain positions. Their biggest strength by far is their defensive tactics and they are more often content to protect their rear while waiting for things to open up in front of them 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 they start well off the blocks their defense can guarantee them a good finish if they can avoid calamity, something that they have struggled with, particularly in 2019 during Race 2 and Race 3. If a bad start out of the blocks occurs, they often find it difficult to gain ground due to their more conservative tactics, especially on courses without clearly better lines during split portions. Additionally, they have struggled with a few course features over the course of their career such as the hairpin turn and helix sections (also known as a braids), never showing that they have 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 their poor performance that season was that their confidence was shot following their big mistakes in Race 2 and Race 3, which cost them possible podium finishes. 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 they got their first good start off the blocks since Race 2 and regained their previous form to hang on for 3rd, suggesting that they simply slumped in confidence and needed a good opportunity to get them back to their old self.

Marble Rally results

Season 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
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
2018 R1
15
R2
DNF
R3
1
R4
20
R5
19
R6
9
R7
4
R8
12
12th 51
2019 R1
10
R2
DNF
R3
13
R4
13
R5
11
R6
20
R7
15
R8
3
17th 32
2020 R1
3
3rd* 14*

* - Season is still in progress

Trivia

  • 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.

References

  1. Stynth (13th September 2020). Who’s Tearing Up the Sand in 2020? – Part 2. Marble Sports.
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