I expected Blue Fire to be better, but that should change when Theme Park review visit Europa Park.
It got 12th, that's pretty respectable considering it's a new coaster in Europe. The problem is that despite the suposed mutual rider comparisons, people generally do not vote mutually and have a habit of over-hyping their local new coasters as the best thing ever. As there are more enthusiasts in the US than over here, the poll can still be skewed.
This means that usually a large, new coaster that's built in North America instantly books itself a top ten spot hence Diamondback this year, Behemoth last year and Tatsu the year before. I haven't ridden any of them but if Silverstar is anything to go by, the hypers should be solid rides but nowhere near top ten material. Tatsu looks good I have to say but whether it's as good as people make out I'm not sure.
As for whether Thirteen will have a chance next year, it just won't. I'll be surprised if it gets in the top 50.
A few people are whinging because of this that the poll doesn't factor things in such as theming, storyline and the queueline experience. Why should it? It's not an Overall Ride Experience Poll, it's a Coaster poll and although I greatly appreciate theming, I believe that a coaster should stand out on its own merits. No matter how pretty it looks, a bad coaster is a bad coaster.
As for the criticism of airtime machines dominating the top ten, I think it's justified as ejector airtime is pretty much the most out of controll and unsettling feeling that can be experienced on a ride so a coaster that has it in spade loads is going to be good. It's not as if they're all airtime machines either; Nemesis, Katun and Eagles' Fortress certainly aren't. If you're still not happy, then tough. Lots of people like airtime