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ATXV Feeder rounds on EVE_NT Arena

It’s almost time, EVE sports fans, the pinnacle of the EVE sports calendar, the Alliance Tournament is launching soon. This year CCP will be holding feeder rounds on the community Thunderdome server, and we are publishing results on EVE_NT Arena.

On June 10th and 11th, a total of 56 teams will battle through the feeder rounds attempting to enter the full ATXV brackets. Now, with less than 2 weeks to go, Thunderdome has been opened for teams to practice as of Saturday May 27th. If you are a participant please bear the following important information in mind about Thunderdome access.

EVE_NT Arena Coverage

The feeder brackets have been set up in the EVE_NT Arena, in which we will aim to cover every single preliminary match result. As it stands just now, there will be 2 Arenas active in Thunderdome and we will be streaming the action from one of them over at https://www.twitch.tv/eve_nt_tv. While we shall endeavor to get every match VOD added to each match result, the priority for us will be recording the team setups and match results.

Normally we would do this by assigning a hull to a rostered player, which we would register manualy on the website, but for the Alliance Tournament, we will be using 2 generic rosters for every single team. These rosters will enable us to capture the team setups alongside the match results – so competitors can review a nice chunk of the early meta.

ATXV Preliminary Brackets

This won’t be like any regular event or bracket on the EVE_NT Arena website and the tournament brackets have been customised to try and better explain the outcomes of the matches. CCP have announced the feeder rounds will follow this format:

  • Round 1: 56 teams, with the 28 teams that win progressing to the Alliance Tournament
  • Round 2: 28 teams, with the 14 teams that lose being eliminated
  • Round 3: 14 teams, with the 6 teams that lose being eliminated (2 teams will receive a bye)
  • Round 4: 8 teams, with the 4 teams that win progressing to the Alliance Tournament

The round of 56 will be completed on June 10th, with all remaining matches being played out on June 11th. The byes in round 3 will be awarded to the two remaining teams with the highest average points difference across their previous matches.

Our brackets for these feeder matches will span over multiple tournament brackets, with round 1 already set up; in round 1, teams only require a single win to go into the ATXV brackets. The teams that lose will go into a grueling bracket in which they have to win 3 matches to enter the ATXV bracket.

Round 2 ATXV feeder matches will be taking place on June 11th on a new tournament bracket on EVE_NT Arena – we will have the schedule available after round 1 is completed on June 10th.

Seeding for the feeder tournament will be randomized, and CCP will announce the draw soon. When the schedules are announced we shall start to fill the brackets up and create a schedule page on the EVE_NT Arena website.

Good luck teams, see you in Thunderdome! In the meantime check out Mawderators new podcast, In Mawderation.

120 seconds with – The Other Team

Major League veterans and now 2 time season winners, The Other Team have sat down with us to an extended interview. The Championship still has one week to play, but no one can threaten their position. We were joined by renowned Team Captain Hoodie Mafia.

Congratulations! How does it feel to be the winners of your second EVE_NT Major League Championship?

We worked really hard this season and invested a lot of time into it, so it feels awesome to know that it was time well spent. I think everyone on the team is very happy with it

What do you feel was your biggest theorycrafting challenge in the whole tournament?

Re-discovering the meta after the changes Bei made to the fits and the inclusion of the links to the tournament. We sort of picked it up where we left last season but quickly realised things were very different and that even small fitting changes can have a huge impact on how you ban effectively.

 

Other than that it was to attempt to stay 1 step ahead of our opponents, and having to test what felt like endless possibilities to figure out what our opponents were going to do

Bei Artjay said you were practicing 3-4 times a week but we all know he believes anything anyone tells him. How many times did you really practice?

We practiced 2 times per week vs teams from the Minors and Major league, we have a rather small team that is split between EU and US timezone so weekday practices are normally out of the question for us. We did hold regular theorycrafting sessions when the time zones allowed it

How often have you won as being Red team?

After our 6th game we are evenly split 3 red 3 blue, so that gives us 3 red wins. We did pick blue whenever given the opportunity though, since we felt that blue is a bit easier to do and requires less banning preparation. In the end we felt that the color we got should not impact our match results, and it didn’t

Do you guys participate in any other eSports and how do you feel the formats compare?

All of us have had some Alliance Tournament experience, and some are AT veterans. Compared to the AT this format is easier get into and requires less time commitment, but allows for a greater level of control through piloting due to being limited to 5 people.

Both tournaments reward practice and dedication, and we feel that they work perfectly next to each other

This seasons main prize is the IGC skin for the Raven. What ship hull would you like to see in the IGC Skin next season?

The Hyperion for sure

Do you have a system for distributing the prizes among your very small team?

Everyone that makes it on the team gets whatever they put into it, we don’t look at how many matches a pilot has played in but rather how many training sessions he attended and how much he has contributed to theorycrafting. This ensures that if you commit a lot of time to it you will get rewarded for it, even if you weren’t picked to fly in some matches

Just how ISK rich have you (guys) become through playing exclusively in eSports related activities?

We aren’t into the tournament scene for the ISK, but for the thrill of winning and overcoming challenges. Most importantly we simply very much enjoy the balanced field pvp in eve where player skill and teamwork makes a massive difference

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The reward is certainly nice though, and some of us have been able to afford some more luxurious things by selling the prizes

What has been your favorite hull from the tournament so far, and are there any that you would change?

It has to be the Ferox, and I don’t think that surprises anyone. We feel that the Ferox is the ultimate Battlecruiser in terms of dps, projection and tank. On top of that it is the only viable skirmish link ship and still has some tackle fitted to deal with small pesky ships or hold something down.

 

We think pretty much all of the fitting decisions were great because it forced you to think in terms of what the ship and the given fitting can do. You might see the Armageddon as a very dominant ship but fitting restrictions might make it less ideal and you have to look at other ships that are tailored for the job

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If we were to change anything it would be the banning order, some ships and ship classes saw (nearly) no play because they are underwhelming compared to their counterparts. Examples of this are dps cruiser vs logi cruiser or AB frigate vs ewar frigate (except the Griffin).

Changing the ban order allows these to be used as counter picks and would allow for even more theorycrafting

Looking ahead to your final match, one must assume you won’t fall at the final hurdle, and will remain undefeated this season. Phalanx have not had a good run of luck lately. How certain of victory are you?

We try not to underestimate any opponent, mistakes are made easily and what looks like an easy win can become a quick defeat if you get too cocky.

Our closest game so far has been vs Provi-ShotZ which statistically is not the strongest team in the league. We underestimated the Kestrel and while it might not have looked that close on the stream we nearly lost due to our Rokh being pinned down by it. Luckily for us we were able to recover and take out their Tempest instead
So while I think we are clearly the favorites and we think we can win we will give Phalanx the respect they deserve.

If we still had EVE-BET what kind of odds would you get on your victory?

Eve-bet we miss you!
We think taking eve-bet away was a huge viewer and prestige loss for anyone participating on these tournaments. Its a shame theres not even an alternative presented by ccp after taking a whole style of game away from us

What do you think of the Exodunks claim they will win so hard this weekend they’ll win both leagues? (link citation)

You can’t say those things and then lose a match right after, at least go 7-0 in the Minor leagues before you make any statements like that.

 

But really we know they were trolling. We welcome them to the next Major league season and let’s find out how good they really are. Playtime is over

Through this whole season you have only gave up 9 ship points. Which ship in your team has the most kill marks? (Screenshots or it didn’t happen)

The Rokh Tzuko1 flew 3 matches with – 9 Killmarks 3 per match!

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

The EVE_NT staff and in particular Bei Artjay for designing and hosting an amazing tournament
Shout-out to the color red, we feel red has been getting bashed on by everyone for no good reason and we sympathize with it

60 seconds with – Make Amarr Great Again

The team that memes well, Make Amarr Great Again spared some time to answer some questions. Team Captain aria Yatolila joined by THE WHOLE TEAM – took some time to meme the crap out of this.

Let’s start with the obvious, tell us about yourself and that team logo? Why?

It took us two hours to debate about this answer, we wrote a story, deleted it and argued in a constructive way that only the TEST local can match, simply the Logo was just a collaborative event and we didn’t give much thought to it, we are the former Khanid Champion team from the Amarr Championship, we fought under the banner of WL for the AT and made MAGA for the Tyrian trophy and now EVE_NT. As for the logo I first made a brick with lasers, I added 1600 plate with sexy hair, but something was missing, then along on the discussion, suddenly an idea, “What If we Add Chessur ?”, there is no real explanation to these, the answer was “Just let it happen”. I put chessur, and the magic happen, it worked, it lives, what else than Chessur can make Amarr great again ? Only God know.

Your next 2 matches are against Nasty Boyz (EVE_NT Cup winners) and Sudden Otters (2nd in Minor League table). How do you plan to beat these teams?

We have been studying the mysterious ways of the HML bellicose and believe in the power of bringing the shittiest cruiser in the tournament. In case of a ((((specific)))) HML meta 4 bellicose ban against us, The vigil should be good enough.

Where do you see yourselves finishing this season?

Feeding does not allow to lose points so I know that reaching the bottom will be very difficult.

Do you guys compete in any other eSports and if so how do the formats compare (the RvB Tyrion Trophy)?

We have a Dota team but we don’t win due to teammates feeders, In regards to EVE we memed the whole RvB Tyrian trophy with full Amarr comps and got defeated only once by a mirror.

The AT was only esport when you could bring unlimited amount of AT ship on field.

On a more serious note we wrote a full AAR with video about the Tyrian trophy which is available on reddit, in short, not having access to battleship and being more a cruiser size tournament is very different with different tactics, but I feel that it was more easy to fly full dps comp for example. (reddit post at bottom of page)

Your team has made use of hulls outside the Amarr option available, but what has been your favourite non-Amarr hull this season?

This is a pretty difficult question here, a lot of non Amarr hull are very strong, Hyperion, Ferox or Exequror to just name a few of them, but i think ultimately that the Bouncer I is the strongest one across the available ship, including the Amarr one.

Would you change anything about the format of the championship?

The Amarr championship was a great example of why allowing racial ecm in a single race tournament was a healthy metagame, EVE_NT should take example from the whole first week of this event by only allowing Amarr hull with at least two racial jammer being used on each ship. An alternative would be to allow only exclusive (aka AT) ship to be fielded, but they can be only fitted with meta 1, 2, and 3.

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

Shoutout to gorski car who is the best captain and CSM having done neither for the past 2 years.

 

To Damassys Kadesh for being unable to use anything else than lasers and Missiles afters playing for 10 years.

 

The slackbot for messaging in general a bunch of meme each time I wrote “Chessur”

 

slackbot Custom Response [13:37 PM] I was mining veldspar in an apocalypse when Chessur came into the belt, flying his Scorch XL Nano Fitted with a 50000 MN Microwarpdrive II, I tried to escape but he tackled me by the force of his will, I fought back but his piloting skills were too high tiers for me, my Miners II weren’t able to hit him at all – highest tiers piloting. I was doomed to face my destiny of being ganked by the sexiest Meme alive when I remembered my Caldari legacy, I dropped my EC-666, It was very close because they are slow and clumsy, except the one who have his 1600 plate offline, once they were at 200 km from the fight, they uncloaked and jammed Chessur unsuccessfully unlike the Exodus’s Griffin, then CHessur had a Socket closed.

Then as I was warping away, I noticed that I had – 0 hull points left, and CCP Round() appeared in a flash and told the truth, that to bring Miner II online requires 9 power units, but only 11 of the 13,37 units that your power core produces are still available.

He Also told me It was only a dream. I suddenly wake up in the bed.
My beautiful Chessur turns to me in bed and kisses me… his cute smile fills me with happiness… Chessur holds me close as he whispers in my ear, “You know this isn’t real, you’re just a slackbot, you aren’t even real.” “You’re the highest tier pilot.” I keep mumbling…

RvB Tyrian Trophy AAR/VID – Make Amarr Great Again POV from Eve

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.

60 seconds with – Clevergirls

Arguably one of the best teams participating in the EVE_NT Championships, Clevergirls team Captain Catatonic Dawn requested graciously to be the next team to complete this interview. We shooed the rest of the teams out of the way to come up with some clever questions. He is joined by his co-captain Taston Thorne.

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

We started as a group that did small-gang in Horde and were big fans of the AT and Collides. Fight Club was our entrance onto the EVE e-sports scene and we’ve taken it from there. We’re honoured to be counted amongst the best competitive teams active in EVE_NT at the moment.

 

 

The team name came from the Horde evac of Cloud Ring. Midway through the State of the Goonion, with Horde halfway to our new home already, Mittens was informed we’d salted the earth on our way out by switching our vulnerability window to AUTZ. All he could say was “Clever girls”, as close to a thousand CFC pilots sat and twiddled their thumbs in our staging with nothing to reinforce. It became a Horde meme, all but lost now.

Your team were on a massive win streak of 6 games, and The Charlatans ended that run last week. Your response in your next match was to come out and dominate. Was morale an issue at all in this situation?

We’ve a history of starting badly and coming out ahead (lost our first match in both Fightclub and the previous season), so we don’t let this get us down. This is our strongest start in a season so we’re pretty happy.

Are The Charlatans now off your Christmas card list?

Nah. Jose and the rest of the team have been super strong in scrims beating us more often than not; they deserved the win.

Your team seems to have more technical/difficult matches when it comes to underdog teams. Do you take these games more recklessly, or do you experiment with the meta in these matches?

Not at all, experimentation is for practices. Charlatans may have looked like an underdog but they’ve been kicking us around Thunderdome in scrims and we knew that was going to be one of our hardest matches. We try and bring our A-game for every match.

Perhaps showing some bias here, your team logo is very good. Is there a story behind the new team logo?

We felt we needed to polish our image and it was overdue an update. Our old logo was based on that of Pandemic Horde, which despite having been where we all met is no longer our defining factor. The team includes pilots from Waffles, PL, Bikini Bottom Ultras and Mouth Trumpet Cavalry. At the time an artist named Ahmad Keramat had been putting out some impressive artwork on r/eve, so we put our heads together and after a few drafts we settled on the current logo, which we like to think personifies our attitude and dedication to the EVE-sport scene. There’s still a nod to our origins on the helmet.

Of all the teams in the EVE_NT Arena, you have used the fewest players from your roster – it is almost always the same pilots participating – do you think this contributes to your success rate?

Yes, I think so. This is the third season we’ve played with the same starting five. Having experience flying together in this tournament format works in our favour. The five of us click together and each of us know where we need to be, and when we need to be there.

How do you guys work out the fair share of the prizes that your team expect to get?

Skins are distributed between the full roster, based on how many scrims they attend. We scrim regularly, sometimes 2-3 times a week. The majority of the roster attend some or all of these. The amount of time spent practicing goes a long way to how well we do, so this rewards those who are consistently showing up.

What are your favourite ship hulls and least favourite from this seasons available hulls?

Favourite hulls are definitely those we won fight club with: Apocalypse, Oracle, Exequror, Algos, Punisher. Ask again after this season is over and we might tell you our least favourite.

Would you like to see any new hulls in future Championships?

We don’t think so. We have been enjoying the format as it currently is and can’t see any additional hulls improving this, given the balancing challenges it already presents.

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

Shout out to the half of our roster that doesn’t play in the matches. Their dedication is the reason we’re able to scrim as frequently as we do.