Basic Preview of Prague, 2010:
Canadian teams diminished from the Furious George highs of the late 90s and mid 00s and Vancouver Men's and Women's teams skipped Canadian Nationals and thus will not be in Prague.
Will Japanese still bring it? Likely yes.
Australia does not appear to be sending their top teams. Likely too expensive.
Can Sweden, Finland and Germany recover lost glory?
Will Great Britain's rise continue? They have the highest-seeded teams of all the European squads.
USA USA USA: Across all divisions, no U.S. team is seeded lower than 12th. That 12th-seeded team is Backhoe, the women's team from North Carolina, a perennial Nationals semis contender. I am putting 50-1 odds that they finish higher than 12th.
Where's Europe: Despite a home-continent tournament for the first time since Turku in 2004, the highest seeded European team is Iceni from the UK at 6.
What European teams will surprise the field and rise above? Is the time nigh for Switzerland, Denmark or another to upset the European order?