Minty Drizzel is one of the members of the Minty Maniacs. They are best remembered for their heroics in the Funnel Endurance event of Marble League 2020, leading the Minty Maniacs to their 3rd consecutive medal at the start of the season.

History

Minty Drizzel hails from Herbotamia, a region within Western Asia known for growing herbs and spices. It has also gained a reputation for being the "freshest" place in the world according to Atlas Marbura, an acclaimed travel guide. They and the 4 other teammates in the Minty Maniacs, Minty Flav, Minty Fresh, Minty Swirl and Minty Mint, are all candy fanatics, especially when it's mint flavored.

The five competed together in local "turf tournaments" which featured a variety events that utilized their surroundings. This could include doing a Catwalk along a wooden beam or doing a Quartet Jump down a slope into a lake. These competitions quickly grew in popularity throughout Western Asia as fun outdoor activities and potential professional sports leagues. They were mainly conducted without audiences due to the hot, dry climate of the Western Asian summertime when the land isn't being harvested or planted.

The Minty Maniacs led the first tournament, which featured themselves, the Black Jacks and the Golden Wisps. The next season, more teams from across the region joined them and officially became the Herbotamia Tournament. During the second year, marble sports started to grow in popularity worldwide. The athletes were approached to be in a sports featurette about marble sports, but they declined due to the team always seeing it as a casual activity. The featurette later went on to go viral. The Minty Maniacs later regretted not featuring in it, hesitating to take part due to shyness.

The featurette brought popularity to the Knikkegen Marble League, which began to grow at the expense of smaller leagues like the Fruit Circuit and the Herbotamia Tournament. The cost of maintaining the tournament without sponsorship started to become a problem, which wasn't helped by the announcement of Marble League 2016. The Minty Maniacs decided to retire and go into the food industry, making homemade mint chocolate ice cream. However, just as they were about to retire, the team were approached by Jelle Bakker, who currently runs the Marble League.

Although Jelle was focused on the Marble League, they missed running a regional competition. They offered the Minty Maniacs a sponsorship to keep the Herbotamia Tournament running. After contacting the other teams, the Minty Maniacs accepted, and the tournament was rebranded as the Hubelino Tournament, with the first competition, the Hubelino Tournament 2016, scheduled to start after Marble League 2016.[1]

2016-17

The Hubelino Tournament differed from the Herbotamia Tournament as it was filmed for the internet, the first time for a regional tournament, so it could reach a wider audience. It also featured artificial Hubelino tracks. However, the lack of in-person audience was kept to preserve the original "friendly round" atmosphere. Eight teams competed in this tournament, including the Minty Maniacs, the Black Jacks, and the Golden Wisps.

The Minty Maniacs had a strong start in the Hubelino Tournament 2016, winning three medals in the first four events - two silvers in Funnel Spinning and Halfpipe Crash, and a bronze in Elimination Maze. The team were in 2nd overall at this point, behind the Black Jacks. However, their fortunes started to turn. A fourth place finish in Event 5, the Quartet Jump and a 6th place finish in Event 6, Pursuit Slalom dropped them to fourth overall at the start of 2017. The team continued to finish in the middle to bottom half of the table and, at the end of Event 8, Combination, original ending of the tournament, they were still in 4th. The tournament was suddenly extended by four more events, and the Minty Maniacs continued their middle to bottom half finishes. By the end of Event 10, the Relay Course, they had dropped to 6th. During the tournament, the eight teams had become close and so, during the short break from the tournament, they all went to watch Marble League 2017.

The Minty Maniacs had never seen a competition like it and were inspired to work harder. Unfortunately, they finished the Hubelino Tournament 2016 with two bottom half finishes, dropping them to 7th overall. Some have said this is the earliest known example of the Host's Curse. However, the team were not disappointed, as they had already set their sights on training for Marble League 2018.

Jelle offered all eight of the Hubelino teams a chance to compete in the Marble League 2018 Qualifiers. The Minty Maniacs, along with the Black Jacks and the Golden Wisps (who renamed themselves to the Golden Orbs), accepted the offer, and were joined by the Raspberry Racers (who revealed that some of their members had competed for the Valiant Violets and the Bluefastics).[1]

2018

The Minty Maniacs were seeded in Group A of the Marble League 2018 Qualifiers. Minty Drizzel performed very well in the second event, Snow Race, and finished second. The team also came third in the final event, Halfpipe. They did well enough in the other two events to come 3rd in their group and qualify for Marble League 2018. All the other Hubelino teams, except the Raspberry Racers, failed to qualify.

The Minty Maniacs' hopes of a good start to Marble League 2018 were crushed after Minty Fresh finished last in the first event, 5 Meter Ice Dash. This was followed by some more middle of the table results, taking them up to 14th by the end of Event 4, Bobsled. Two fifth place finishes in Event 5 and 6, Speed Skating and Team Pursuit suggested the team might be on the rise. Unfortunately, they stumbled again with two twelfth place finishes in Event 7, Snow Rally, and Event 8, Snowboard Cross. Things got even worse for the team when they again came last in Event 10, Biathlon, dropping the team to 15th with only two events to go.

The next event was Ice Hockey. The Minty Maniacs had competed in a similar event in the Hubelino Tournament 2016, Ball Battle, and had done poorly in it, so hopes were not high. However, the team managed to surprise everyone by making it to the final, only to lose to the Midnight Wisps there. As a result, the Minty Maniacs won their first medal, a silver, and the team rose to 13th overall. They managed to stay there at the conclusion of Marble League 2018.

After Marble League 2018, the Minty Maniacs were acutely aware how the Hubelino Tournament had not prepared them for the Marble League. The team took part in the 100 Meter Water Race and had Minty Drizzel represent them. Unfortunately, they failed to finish. The Minty Maniacs decided to retire from the Marble League, which was announced during the Amazing Maze Marble Race. They were joined by the Black Jacks and the Golden Orbs. They all decided to not take part in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers in favor of the Hubelino Tournament 2018.[2]

The Minty Maniacs' experience may not have helped them in Marble League 2018, but it did help them in the Hubelino Tournament 2018. The team won five medals, two golds, two silvers and one bronze. They only missed the podium in three event, Swing Wave, Halfpipes and the final event, Big Tower. They had been on the top of the standings going into the final event, but unfortunately they finished sixth in the event. Meanwhile, the Bumblebees, who took the place of the now-retired Team Phoenix, won their fourth gold medal and the championship in an underdog upset. The Minty Maniacs dropped to 2nd at the end of the tournament.

After their successes, fans were calling for the Minty Maniacs to take part in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers, but the team were looking forward to the next Hubelino Tournament. Unfortunately, it never came. Rumors of teams such as the Green Gang and the Valiant Violets retiring, coupled with a lack of ticket sales and interest from the fans, led to the disbandment of the Hubelino Tournament, despite Jelle's best efforts.[1]

2019

With no competition available for them, the Minty Maniacs decided to disband in early 2019 as they returned to Herbotamia. During this time, they collaborated with the Chocolatiers to produce a Marble League-branded mint chocolate ice cream flavor name "Mint Chocolate Condition". The proceeds went to support regional marble sports tournaments around the world.

When the Marble League Showdown 2019 was announced, the Minty Maniacs regrouped and had a discussion about the tournament, deciding whether to come out of retirement and take part. They were guaranteed a spot in the tournament due to their second place finish in the Hubelino Tournament 2018. With the encouragement of the Black Jacks and the Golden Orbs, the Minty Maniacs decided to reunite and compete. Minty Flav was voted to be team captain, and Minty Hint joined the team as their coach.

The Minty Maniacs were the only team to compete in the Marble League Showdown 2019 that had competed before and had never failed to qualify, as well as the only team to come out of retirement. Despite this, the team faced fierce competition from old teams and newcomers alike. Halfway through the competition, the team were in 11th overall after an eighth place finish in Sand Rally and a last place finish in Collision. They realized they needed a good result to qualify.

Then came Event 3, Funnel Race. Minty Swirl was chosen to represent the Minty Maniacs in the event due to their expertise in funnel spinning. True to their name, they swirled around in mint condition, winning them a silver medal. The team jumped to 6th. This also made them the first team to have earned a medal in the Marble League, Marble League Showdown and the Hubelino Tournament.

Despite their best efforts, the Minty Maniacs could not get back to their Hubelino 2018 form in the final event, Balancing. They finished in ninth place, two centimeters ahead of Shining Swarm. The Minty Maniacs ended the Showdown with 22 points, the same as the Shining Swarm, but their silver medal put them just ahead. The team finished in 8th overall and thus qualified for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers in the final spot.[1]

2020

The Minty Maniacs were ready to start fresh in 2020 with the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers. They had a good score of 347 in the first qualifier event, Balancing. They came out with with two finishers, good enough for an 8th place spot.

Hopes were high for the Minty Maniacs in Event 2, Funnel Endurance. Minty Fresh represented the team, despite Minty Swirl's expertise in the area. Minty Fresh was placed into Heat 1, finishing 4th in the heat and 10th total, with a time of 2:05.14. This caused them to be pushed back into 10th overall, but still good enough for a qualifying spot.

Tension rising in Event 3, they knew they needed a good finish in Block Pushing. They were placed into Heat 7 with the Bumblebees. They just beat out the Bumblebees with a finish of 59.6, putting them at 11th place overall.

The Minty Maniacs were feeling confident going into the final event, the 5 Meter Sprint. All they needed to do was maintain their position and hold on. Minty Fresh was the competitor in the group, Heat 3. They were racing against the Savage Speeders, the Oceanics, and the Jungle Jumpers, a tough group. It was a very close race, but they came in last in the heat, with a time of 5.259. Things were looking grim, but somehow, Minty Fresh came in 5th for the team thanks to the time being better than most of the other competitors' times. This bumped up the Minty Maniacs' position to 6th overall, and they had qualified for the 2020 Marble League.

Their start to Marble League 2020 has been the best start in Marble League's history. They got 1st in the first event Balancing, a bronze in Halfpipe, and then another gold in Funnel Endurance. By the fifth event Minty Maniacs are top of the Marble League with a record-high 83 points. However, their form began to get worse, and disappointing 14th and 10th place finishes left them 4th with 99 points. However, their captain Minty Flav managed to clinch a bronze at the Sand Mogul Race, which is the 9th event. This bronze sent them to second in the Marble League, just 10 points off leaders O'rangers. A gold in the 5 Meter Sprint skyrocketed them into 1st with a nine point buffer, but an abysmal 16th in the very next event, Black Hole Funnel, followed up by a 15th place finish in the Relay Race, caused the Maniacs to fall to 3rd, 20 points off from leaders, the O'rangers with 4 events left to go. Unfortunately for the Minty Maniacs, despite a 3rd place finish in the Collision event, the Savage Speeders clinching gold in the event eliminated any remaining title hopes. However, Minty Fresh managed to clinch a gold at the final day of the 2020 season, finishing 3rd and therefore qualifying for the 2021 Marble League.

Appearances

Competition Event Event Type Place Result Points
Hubelino Tournament 2016 Catwalk Team 5th 23 pts 4
Halfpipe Crash Team 2nd 15 pts 10
Quartet Jump Team 4th 20 pts 5
Pursuit Slalom Team 6th 16.34 sec. 3
Swing Wave Team 4th 14 pts 5
Relay Course Team 5th 12.36 sec. 4
Block Push Team 5th 9.0 pts 4
Ball Battle Team 6th Heat Loss 3
Marble League 2018 Qualifiers Curling Team 6th Heat Loss 3
Snow Race Individual 2nd 19.59 sec. 7
Halfpipe Team 3rd 39.77 sec. 7
Marble League 2018 Halfpipe Team 8th 27.42 sec. 8
Bobsled Team 11th 14.97 sec. 5
Team Pursuit Team 5th 30.66 sec. 11
Curling Team 14th Heat Loss 2
Biathlon Team 16th 25.49 sec. 0
Ice Hockey Team 2nd Runner up 20
100 Meter Water Race Water Race Individual 26th DNF -
Hubelino Tournament 2018 Swing Wave Team 5th Heat Loss 4
Catwalk Team 1st Winners 15
Block Bumping Team 3rd 23 pts 7
Relay Race Team 1st 15.96 sec. 15
Marble League Showdown 2019 Sand Rally Individual 8th 2:15.55 4
Collision Team 12th Heat Loss 0
Balancing Team 9th 214 cm 3
Marble League 2020 Qualifiers Balancing Team 8th 347 cm 12
Block Pushing Team 11th 59.6 cm 9
Marble League 2020 Balancing Team 1st 380 cm 25
Halfpipe Team 3rd 59.43 sec. 15
Funnel Endurance Individual 1st 2:08.71 25
Block Pushing Team 14th 72.30 cm 2
Triathlon Individual 10th 31.77 sec. 6
Black Hole Funnel Duo 16th 61.91 sec. 0
Relay Run Team 15th 8.901 sec. 1
Team Aquathlon Team 9th 18.57 sec. 7
Collision Team 3rd 3rd Place Match Winners 15

Note: This a list of all known appearances. Most of the individual events of the Hubelino Tournament did not specify which marble competed for the team so there may be some missing.

Trivia

  • Minty Drizzel managed to get gold in their first ML individual event.
  • They are the first and only Funnel Spinning Gold medalist among the whole team.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Stynth (5th June 2020). RetRollSpective – Minty Maniacs. Marble Sports.
  2. Skystrykr (2nd January 2019). The teams not participating in 2019 MarbleLympics Qualifiers.. Reddit.
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