60 seconds with – Power Ducks

We caught up with Power Ducks captain LL Anum before they enter the final weekend of the Minor League, and play their last 2 matches this season. Sitting just off the bottom of the league table, they can still cause upsets in the final standings.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your team name?

Our team is made up of pilots from Lazerhawks, with the team name being a parody of our corp name. We very nearly went with Anum’s Angles but my ego just isn’t there yet.

As a new team to the Championship your team earned their place here by participating in the EVE_NT Cup. If things stay as they are, would your team enter another EVE_NT Cup to qualify for next season?

Definitely. We’ve been enjoying it so far and I feel like minor league is a good place for a new team such as ourselves.

Your team recently played and beat 2nd in the league, Sudden Otters, in quite convincing fashion. A strong team that had only previously lost to Exodunks. What did you do to prepare for this match?

Lots of practice, and a little meta gaming. With one of each logi banned, the blue team (Otters) can lock red team (Ducks) out of the preferred logi since they have first cruiser pick. This basically forces red team to have an off-tank frigate pick or fly a logiless team. We had practiced and theory-crafted against this kind of play, so I was pretty sure how the rest of the picks and bans would go as soon as Otters used their first ban on a logi cruiser. By picking slasher we feigned a shield team, encouraging Otters to commit to a shield team and take the osprey, allowing us to take an armour team, which we feel is stronger.

One more week to go, and 2 more matches – Offline and Templis – where do you expect to finish in the league table?

I don’t claim to be an expert statistician but I think the numbers speak for themselves:

Following the current trend, I can say with confidence that we will win 150% of our next matches. This would probably put us into the top 4 and dump us into a very grueling major league.

Can you see yourselves winning any dominations in these last 2 matches?

Totes.

Your team has made use of nearly your entire roster, with 2 players having played more matches than yourself (some of the player roster data includes the EVE_NT Cup matches). Will you continue this trend or have you got a core set of pilots now?

I live in Australia so matches are very early on a Monday morning, making it a challenge to attend without throwing RL into the dumpster. We definitely have a reliable core of pilots on the team, but we cycle in other players who are well practiced for certain roles.

Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to for any reason?

Massive shout out to all the EVE_NT staff for running a really good competition. There’s a ton of work that goes into tournaments and it’s awesome to see players do it for our enjoyment. CCP have also been awesome. Logibro has been great sorting out the Thunderdome server for us, as well as the CCP art guys for designing some bitchin’ IGC skins.