What a beautiful thing!
***Obligatory Rote cheerleading***
Here is the meta game as I see it for banning. Right now most tournament teams know the strength of the Dominix setup, or even Drone setups in general, it could be a key setup, if not the king setup for this year. Because of this, in the second weekend, I am expecting to see an early trend towards bans of Dominix due in part to their popularity in the first weekend and their obvious strengths.
Here is where bans get interesting, not to mention an effort in double think. A competent team captain will recognize that a Dominix/Drone setup will likely be banned and plan another group of setups without including obvious drone ships or perhaps unexpected drone setups. Alternative ships are aplenty, as there are multiple ships that can field 5 heavy drones, and with only a two ship ban, not all the setups can be removed. Just to name a few: Gila, Ishtar, and Rattlesnake, not to forget setups that could a mix of support drones and still do respectable damage or EWAR. So then the shoe is on the other foot, as a team captain, do you waste a ban on a strong ship that might not even be a potential opponent, or do you use the ban to focus on another strong setup like cruise missile fielding ships, Sleipnir rush, Machariels… Or is there an as yet unseen "Dominix Killer" setup and then purposefully not ban Dominix just in the hopes of engaging them?
Expect especially hard gambling around some of the following matches:
Verge of Collapse vs Rote Kapelle
Late night vs TEST
Hyrda vs Inappropriate footwork
PL vs Agony - Two tournament heavyweights here fighting it out. Should be great.
Outbreak. vs CO2
CVA vs Perihelion
Heretics vs Pizza
(To name just a few)