The Midnight Wisps are a Marble League team introduced in 2017. They are marbles with turquoise streaks circling a black backdrop. They finished 4th in their debut season.

They were stuck at the bottom half of the overall standing in Marble League 2018, but they got two gold in the last two events, and manage to win the Marble League 2018, making one of the biggest comeback in Marble League History.

In Marble League 2019, they performed very incosistently and got 10th in the end, which is disappointing for the defending champion.

During Marbula 1 Season 1, the team managed to score points in only half of the races and finished in a disappointing 12th.

The team qualified for Marble League 2020, managing to perform strongly, and was able to win the championship before the final event: Marble Marathon. However, Wospy only finished 8th after leading the race for a lap. What's more, Minty Fresh from the Minty Maniacs finished 1st, which made the team drop to 4th after a promising season.

Team Members

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Wespy, Wispy, Wospy and Wuspy are the original members of the Midnight Wisps and are the current members of the team. Waspy joined the team in 2018. Wispy became team captain in 2019.

2017 Team 2018 Team 2019 Team 2020 Team
Wispy Wispy Wispy Captain.png Wispy Captain.png
Wespy Wespy Wespy Wespy
Wospy Wospy Wospy Wospy
Wuspy Wuspy Wuspy Wuspy
Waspy Waspy Waspy
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

Coaches

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Wyspy 25 February 2019[1] present 44 4 3 2 9

Note: Events include any kind of events (friendly events, other tournaments, ...).

History

Pre-Marble League

The Midnight Wisps come from the Scandinavian taiga, east of the city of Helarve. The five original members of the team, Wispy, Wespy, Wospy, Wuspy and Waspy, met on a bus tour to Harva National Park. They bonded by discussing the upcoming Marble League 2016. Midway through the tour, the five decided not to finish the tour, opting instead to race through the forest. Unfortunately, they were caught trespassing, and were permanently banned from the park.

After paying off their fine, the five decided to form their own marble sports team. As they went back to the forest where they raced, they arrived in a river and found a beautiful valley, equidistant from where they all lived. In fact, this valley would later become their training ground. However, Waspy was too young at the time to compete in Marble League, so she decided to help the other four train.

One night, Wuspy returned from the forest to tell everyone in the valley about the blue lights she saw in the trees. Wospy was skeptical of the story, thinking she was crazy. This led Wispy to come up with the name for the team: the Midnight Wisps, named after the willow wisps that produce those blue lights, and Helarve's famous landmark, the Helarve Clock Tower.

2017

The Midnight Wisps applied for participation in Marble League 2017, and were accepted in early 2017. They had been training hard all along, so hard indeed that they completely had no idea which teams had already prequalified for the games when they arrived in Knikkegen. The Midnight Wisps did not perform very well in the Marble League 2017 Qualifiers. They entered the final Qualifiers event, Funnel Spin, in second-to-last with only 7 points. Wospy managed to turn this around and get a first place finish, earning the team 15 points, enough to put them in 8th overall with 22 points, earning themselves a place in the main competition.

The Midnight Wisps had a poor start to the tournament. Wospy failed to replicate his success in the Qualifiers with a 13th place finish in the first event, Funnel Race. Thankfully though, Wespy made up for it by winning a silver medal in the next event, Long Jump. He was just two millimeters short of event winner, Cocoa of the Chocolatiers. In fact, this was the Midnight Wisps' first ever Marble League medal. They sure couldn't have been happier for the moment.

The next event, the infamous Fidget Spinner Collision, caught the Midnight Wisps by surprise. During the team's group stage match against Team Momo, Wispy collided with Momomomo, inadvertently injuring him. Momomomo was taken to hospital and dropped out of the competition. The Midnight Wisps tried to reach out to Team Momo, but the doctors forbade anyone from visiting Momomomo. The team eventually came up with the idea of donating some funds to Team Momo so Momomomo could afford all the medical treatment he needed. Meanwhile, the Midnight Wisps made it into the knockout stage of the Collision event by finishing first in their group. They lost to Team Primary in the quarterfinals, and finished the event in sixth.

The Midnight Wisps continued to stay in the middle of the standings until Event 9, Steeplechase, where they won a bronze medal. In Event 11, Underwater Race, Wospy pulled an upset by beating Kinnowin of the O'rangers, who had set a Marble League Record in the semifinals beforehand, winning his team their first ever gold medal. The Midnight Wisps jumped to fourth in the standings. Unfortunately, they were already too far behind standings leaders, the Savage Speeders, for the Marble League championship title.

Then came the final event, Sand Rally. With Yelley of Mellow Yellow eliminated in the heats, Wispy was hoping to finish the event in fifth or better so the Midnight Wisps could get to third overall and automatically qualify for the next season. Unfortunately, he failed to meet his own objective, finishing the final in seventh. The team remained in fourth overall at the end of Marble League 2017, one point behind Mellow Yellow. Even then, they were very happy with the results, especially since it was their debut season. In fact, they managed to earn a great deal of respect because of that, and their fanbase kept growing afterwards.

2018

The Midnight Wisps got back to training during the offseason in order to rectify what needed to be improved. They were hoping to get into Marble League 2018. So they entered the Marble League 2018 Qualifiers, and were seeded in Group B. The team started strong with a second place finish in the first Qualifiers event, Curling. Afterwards, they finished every subsequent event in the middle of the pack, but were still able to qualify for Marble League 2018 with 20 points.

In fact, the Midnight Wisps entered Marble League 2018 with high hopes. Unfortunately, all those hopes seemed lost in the first two events. But they weren't deterred, and proceeded to win two bronze medals in the next two events, Halfpipe and Bobsled. But the team faltered in the next two events, even coming in last in Event 6, Team Pursuit. However, Wuspy made amendments and won the team their third bronze medal of the season in Event 7, Snow Rally.

By the end of Event 10, Biathlon, the Midnight Wisps were in 10th overall. Meanwhile, the Oceanics, the O'rangers and the Savage Speeders were in the top three, and it looked like one of them would win the League. The team worked out that if they could win two gold medals in the final two events and have the Savage Speeders get a bronze or lower in the first of those two events, Ice Hockey, then they could win Marble League 2018. They decided to fly back home during the week to practice as hard as they could. They returned to their training valley to meet Wyspy, their coach, and practiced skating across the river, getting the best control they could.

The Midnight Wisps returned to the tournament alongside Waspy and won a gold medal in Ice Hockey, making them rise to fourth place overall. It was later announced that due to an avalanche that severely damaged the host stadium, the Arctic Circle, the final event would be held at the Bakker Bowl. That event was revealed to be Sand Mogul Race. The Midnight Wisps chose Wispy to represent them in the event. Along the event, the O'rangers failed to move on to the semifinals, and the Oceanics failed to make it into the final.

At this point, the fight for the Marble League championship was down to the Oceanics, the Savage Speeders, and the Midnight Wisps. The chances were either the Oceanics could hold on to first, the Savage Speeders could win their second Marble League championship, or the Midnight Wisps could win their first and pull off the biggest upset in the Marble League. In the final, Wispy sprinted to the front of the pack and Whizzy could not catch up with him. And Wispy ended up winning the final, earning the team another gold medal. As a result, the Midnight Wisps had won Marble League 2018, just one point ahead of the Savage Speeders.

The Midnight Wisps on the top step of the podium during the Marble League 2018 Closing Ceremony.

Following their miraculous victory, the Midnight Wisps and their fans partied until the break of dawn and throughout the week. They then went on a victory tour around the world, starting and ending in Harva due to fan demand. The willow wisps even made a surprise appearance around the Helarve Clock Tower to celebrate. It took two months before the team could regain their private life and begin training again.

2019

During the offseason, the Midnight Wisps took part in a few practice events, the first of which was the 100 Meter Water Race, where Wespy surprised the fans by failing to finish. The team were eliminated in the first round of the Amazing Maze Marble Race, even though they came second in their group. The team moved on to take part in the Marble League 2019 Friendly Round, where they came second in all but one event, finishing in third overall.

Despite all their hopes, Marble League 2019 started off poorly for the Midnight Wisps, coming in the middle of the pack for the first four events. Then, Wuspy failed to show her best in Event 5, 5 Meter Sprint, where she ended in second-to-last overall. They were then disqualified in Event 6, Relay Run, for pushing their relay block into the Raspberry Racers' lane. The team fell to thirteenth place.

The Midnight Wisps finally earned a medal, a gold, in Event 7, Block Pushing. Unfortunately, they followed this up by coming in second-to-last in Event 8, the Summer Biathlon. However, they were given two consolation points due to an equipment failure that caused Wispy to be visibly pushed back at the starting gate. Wuspy followed this up with another gold medal in Event 9, Hurdles Race. The Midnight Wisps continued their flip-flopping by coming joint last in Hubelino Maze, 14th in Dirt Race, and then a silver medal in Rafting. However, they spent the final four events in the bottom half of the table, finishing in tenth place.

2020

The Midnight Wisps were back to their valley in order to talk about their disappointing performance at Marble League 2019. Suddenly, they received an invitation to participate in Marbula One 2020. Of course, the Midnight Wisps couldn't resist the invitation, and accepted it anyway. In doing so, they chose Wispy and Wospy to represent them. The team were hoping to get themselves back to form with their appearance in Marbula One so they could get through the upcoming Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.[2]

Unfortunately, the Midnight Wisps performed very poorly in Marbula One 2020. The team were hit by a mishap in the second Grand Prix, where Wospy fell off the top of the conveyor belt, falling to the bottom and colliding with other marbles. He was hospitalized after the race and was ordered to take a rest for at least one week.[3] However, once he recovered, Wospy began to perform really well, to the point where he got a podium finish in third at the fourth Grand Prix. The Midnight Wisps were also selected to host the final Grand Prix of the season at their racetrack, the Midnight Bay Circuit.

In 2020, the Midnight Wisps hoped to qualify for Marble League 2020. After failing to automatically qualify, they had to go through the qualifiers again. They started by finishing 11th in Balancing, and then 16th in Funnel Endurance. Then there was Block Pushing, an event that they had done well in during Marble League 2019. They pushed a 69.8 which won them the event, and placed them in fourth overall. In the final event, they finished in a disappointing 18th, but their victory in Block Pushing was enough to bring them into 9th overall and advance to the Marble League 2020.

The Midnight Wisps began Marble League 2020 on a high, finishing 3rd in the balancing event, and fourth in halfpipe. Then they finished between fifth and eleventh in the next three events. In Hurdles, the team got a second medal, a silver and got another gold medal in Block Pushing and reset the record, which tied them for third with the Minty Maniacs. Then they got 10 points in the next event, which brought them to second. Then the next to events brought them down a bit, and then they collected another silver in the Black Hole Funnel. Then they got another 11th and their worst finish all season, 12th, in Relay Race and High Jump.

However, their luck was about to change. In the Aquathlon, they took out the Thunderbolts in the first round. Ruined the chances of the Oceanics ever winning a water event in the next round, and advanced to final. Then they won in a photo finish with the Savage Speeders. The won fifth in Collision, and became one of three teams who could win the 2020 Marble League. In the final, the team had a good start, however wasn't able to hold it. The finished eighth, and ended there 2020 season in fourth.

Marble League 2017

Main article: Marble League 2017

Qualifiers

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Relay Race All 12.78 sec. 16th 0 16th
Sand Race Wispy 27.18 sec. 11th 2 15th
Block Pushing All 60.9 cm 8th 5 15th
Funnel Spin Wospy 1:08.76 1st 15 8th

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Wospy 1:03.21 13th 3 13th
Long Jump Wespy 71.1 cm 2nd 20 4th
Fidget Spinner Collision All Quarterfinal Loss 6th 10 5th
5-meter Sprint Wispy 7.24 sec. 8th 8 8th
Hurdles Wuspy 10.32 sec. 11th 5 9th
Relay Run All 11.53 sec. 9th 7 8th
Block Pushing All 128.4 cm 11th 5 10th
High Jump Wespy 36.5 cm 9th 7 10th
Steeplechase All 42.03 sec. 3rd 15 8th
Archery All 32.5 pts 12th 4 10th
Underwater Race Wospy 13.27 sec. 1st 25 4th
Sand Rally Wispy 1:28.34 7th 9 4th

Marble League 2018

Main article: Marble League 2018

The Midnight Wisps logo in 2018

Qualifiers

The Midnight Wisps qualified for Marble League 2018. They competed in Group B.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Curling All Runner Up 2nd 7 2nd
Snow Race Wuspy 24.16 sec. 5th 4 2nd
5 Meter Ice Dash Wespy 5.00 sec. 4th 5 2nd
Halfpipe All 37.20 sec. 5th 4 4th

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
5 Meter Ice Dash Wespy 5.25 sec. 8th 8 8th
Ski Jump Wispy 112.4 cm 14th 2 11th
Halfpipe All 28.47 sec. 3rd 15 6th
Bobsled All 13.39 sec. 3rd 15 5th
Speed Skating Wospy 31.50 sec. 10th 6 6th
Team Pursuit All 35.77 sec. 16th 0 11th
Snow Rally Wuspy 46.23 sec. 3rd 15 9th
Snowboard Cross Wespy 54.84 sec. 6th 10 9th
Curling All Heat Loss 10th 6 9th
Biathlon All 23.16 sec. 4th 12 10th
Ice Hockey All Winners 1st 25 4th
Sand Mogul Race Wispy 5.92 sec. 1st 25 1st

Other 2018 Competitions

The Midnight Wisps took part in two other competitions in 2018: the 100 Meter Water Race and the Amazing Maze Marble Race.

Event Participant Final Result Place
100 Meter Water Race Wespy DNF 24th
Amazing Maze Marble Race All 37 pts 9th

Marble League 2019

Main article: Marble League 2019

Midnight Wisps' original logo for the 2019 season, designed by Hersh.

2019 Midnight Wisps logo, designed by Pim Leurs.

The Midnight Wisps automatically qualified for Marble League 2019 after winning Marble League 2018. They competed in a Friendly Round on 2 February 2019 against the other pre-qualified teams, and they finished third.

Friendly Round

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Wospy 1:35.96 2nd 4 2nd
Block Pushing All 96.6 cm 2nd 4 3rd
Relay Run All 10.50 sec. 2nd 4 2nd
Underwater Race Wespy 30.49 sec. 3rd 2 3rd

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standings
Underwater Race Wispy (C) 16.08 sec. 8th 8 8th
Funnel Race Wespy 1:39.11 10th 6 9th
Balancing All 220 cm 10th 6 10th
Gravitrax Slalom All 9.03 sec. 6th 10 9th
5 Meter Sprint Wuspy 6.356 sec. 15th 1 11th
Relay Run All DSQ 16th 0 13th
Block Pushing All 68.2 cm 1st 25 9th
Summer Biathlon Wispy (C) 33.87 sec. 15th 3* 12th
Hurdles Race Wuspy 8.744 sec. 1st 25 8th
Hubelino Maze All 26 15th 1 8th
Dirt Race Wespy DNF 14th 2 10th
Rafting All 36.06 sec. 2nd 20 5th
Elimination Race Wispy (C) 22.59 sec. 9th 7 7th
Surfing Wospy 42.84 13th 3 8th
Collision All Group Loss 13th 3 9th
Sand Rally Wuspy 2:02.95 8th 8 10th

* 2 consolation points were awarded due to an equipment failure

Marbula One Season 1

Main article: Marbula One Season 1

The Midnight Wisps took part in Marbula One Season 1. Their team consisted of Wispy and Wospy.

Entrant SAV ORA MOM HOR GDK TBO RSP MNW Points Total
Wispy 10th 12th 13th 4th 24th (13) 12th (34)
Wospy 16th 3rd 7th 11th 17th (21)
Grand Prix Participant Qualifying
Position
Time Place Points Overall
Standing
Wispy
Standing
Wospy
Standing
Savage Speedway Wispy 11th 5:34.46 10th 1 10th 10th -
O'raceway Wospy 1st +1 lap 16th 0 14th 19th 31st
Momotorway Wispy 14th 5:48.89 12th 0 15th 22nd 32nd
Hivedrive Wospy 4th 5:34.44 3rd 15 11th 25th 14th
Greenstone Wospy 6th 6:05.74 7th 6 12th 26th 13th
Short Circuit Wispy 10th 5:34.82 13th 0 13th 28th 15th
Razzway Wispy 5th 5:33.47 4th 12 11th 22nd 16th
Midnight Bay Wospy 7th 8:02.81 11th 0 12th 24th 17th

Marble League 2020

Main article: Marble League 2020

Qualifiers

The Midnight Wisps qualified for Marble League 2020.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 311 cm 11th 9 11th
Funnel Endurance Wespy 1:53.50 16th 4 15th
Block Pushing All 69.8 cm 1st 25 4th
5 Meter Sprint Waspy 5.431 sec. 18th 2 9th

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 353 cm 3rd 15 3rd
Halfpipe All 59.34 sec. 4th 12 5th
Funnel Endurance Wespy 2:01.69 11th 5 5th
Newton's Cradle Wospy & Waspy 104.50 cm 5th 11 5th
Long Jump Wispy 80.90 cm 11th 5 6th
Hurdles Wuspy 8.402 sec. 2nd 20 5th
Block Pushing All 85.80 cm 1st 25 4th
Triathlon Wospy 34.53 sec. 6th 10 2nd
Sand Mogul Race Wespy 8.594 sec. 10th 6 4th
5 Meter Sprint Wispy 6.179 sec. 11th 5 4th
Black Hole Funnel Wespy & Wispy 95.56 sec. 2nd 20 3rd
Relay Run All 8.633 sec. 11th 5 4th
High Jump Wuspy 37.5 cm 12th 4 4th
Team Aquathlon All 18.04 sec. 1st 25 3rd
Collision All Quarterfinal Loss 5th 11 3rd
Marble Marathon Wospy 10:43.41 8th 8 4th

Results

Marble League Results

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2017 12 1 1 1 3 4th 118
2018 12 2 0 3 5 1st 139
2019 16 2 1 0 3 10th 128
2020 16 2 2 1 5 4th 187

Marbula One Results

Season Grands
Prix
Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
S1 8 0 0 1 1 12th 34
S2 12 Qualified

Team Members' Individual Scores

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Waspy Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Newton's Cradle (2020) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
11 pts
Wespy Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Long Jump (2017)
High Jump (2017)
5 Meter Ice Dash (2018)
Snowboard Cross (2018)
Funnel Race (2019)
Dirt Race (2019)
Funnel Endurance (2020)
Sand Mogul Race (2020)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
0 gold medals
2 silver medals
0 bronze medals
84 pts
Wispy Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
5-Meter Sprint (2017)
Sand Rally (2017)
Ski Jump (2018)
Sand Mogul Race (2018)
Underwater Race (2019)
Summer Biathlon (2019)
Elimination Race (2019)
Long Jump (2020)
5 Meter Sprint (2020)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
1 gold medal
1 silver medal
0 bronze medals
92 pts
Wospy Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Funnel Race (2017)
Underwater Race (2017)
Speed Skating (2018)
Surfing (2019)
Newton's Cradle (2020)
Triathlon (2020)
Marble Marathon (2020)
1 gold medal
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
66 pts
Wuspy Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Hurdles (2017)
Snow Rally (2018)
5 Meter Sprint (2019)
Hurdles Race (2019)
Sand Rally (2019)
5 Meter Hurdles (2020)
High Jump (2020)
1 gold medal
1 silver medal
1 bronze medal
78 pts

Italics - As reserve member

Trivia

  • Despite numerous allegations, the Midnight Wisps and Team Momo do not have a rivalry because of Momomomo's injury during the match between the two teams in the Fidget Spinner Collision. In fact, the Midnight Wisps gave a generous sum of donation to help cover Momomomo's medical bills.
  • The Midnight Wisps were the only team to debut in ML2017 and qualify the subsequent year.
    • They are also the only team to debut in 2017 and have perfect Marble League attendance since.
  • The Midnight Wisps share a rivalry with the Savage Speeders because of their one-point victory in ML2018.
  • Coming into the last two events of the 2018 Winter Marble League, the Wisps were tenth, and nowhere near the championship fight. Through excellent team work in Ice Hockey and an incredible performance by Wispy in the Sand Mogul Race, they were able to clinch the championship with the most notable comeback so far in Marble League history.
  • The Midnight Wisps were the second team to win two consecutive gold medals. These medals were in the 2018 Ice Hockey and Sand Mogul Race. The first team was Balls of Chaos earlier on in the same Marble League edition.

Gallery

References

  1. LittleMighty_ (25th February 2019). Captains voting results!. Reddit.
  2. Stynth (7th February 2020). RetRollSpective – Midnight Wisps. Marble Sports.
  3. @Jelles_com. Twitter (24th February 2020). “After thorough overnight medical evaluation and treatment, Wospy has been cleared by medical officials and has been discharged from the hospital early this morning. Wospy will require at least one week of rest to recover, and they will not return to training at this time.”
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