Monday, June 24, 2013

SCL4 postponed!

SCL4 has been postponed by the organizers. Pushed off until after ATXI. Official post came from the punning Seldarine on June 20th. Should have checked there this weekend. SCL website continues to retain the information from SCL3.

I am quite shocked there hasn't been an official post made to announce we are postponing the SCL4 until after Alliance Tournament XI.
So yeh, SCL 4 will be sometime after the AT. 
Everyone else organising the SCL (apart from Elendar I hope cos he is terribad) is either commentating for the AT or part of a team for the AT, so it was decided democratic style to postpone.
I apologize if this is actually the first official announcement from us to this effect, and I hope you all have a great AT and come back to us after!
So much for a training grounds! Looks like the ramp up to ATXI is officially on!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ATXI Schedule released

Looks like the silent auction winners are up and Rote made it in! Schedule for matches has also been drawn up and can be found at this link :

For those of you who don't want to go to the Eve website, I have cleaned it up a bit and pasted it below. Predictions will be incoming.

Day 1

Saturday July 20th

13:30 Circle-Of-Two vs SCUM.

13:45 Of Sound Mind vs YOUR VOTES DON'T COUNT

14:00 Curatores Veritatis Alliance vs R.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N

14:15 THE R0NIN vs CAStabouts

14:30 Goonswarm Federation vs Sleeper Social Club

14:45 Verge of Collapse vs Outbreak.

15:00 Wormhole Holders vs Rote Kapelle

15:15 Perihelion Alliance vs The Fourth District

15:30 D3vil's Childr3n vs Late Night Alliance

15:45 Clockwork Pineapple vs Rainbow Dash Friends

16:00 RAZOR Alliance vs Babylon 5..

16:15 Sicarius Draconis vs Test Alliance Please Ignore

16:30 Moist. vs Transmission Lost

16:45 Surely You're Joking vs Nulli Secunda

17:00 Exiled Ones vs Choke Point

17:15 JIHADASQUAD vs Exodus.


18:00 Noir. Mercenary Group vs Shadow Cartel

18:15 HUN Reloaded vs DarkSide.

18:30 Darkness of Despair vs Quebec United Legions

18:45 M.I.F vs Angeli Mortis

19:00 Kill It With Fire vs Ministry of Inappropriate Footwork

19:15 The G0dfathers vs Urine Alliance


19:45 End of Life vs Darkspawn.

20:00 Heretic Initiative vs No Holes Barred

20:15 WHY so Seri0Us vs RvB

20:30 W-Space vs Mildly Sober

20:45 The Obsidian Front vs The Initiative.

21:00 Confederation of xXPIZZAXx vs Dead Terrorists

21:15 Sadistica Alliance vs Agony Empire

21:30 Pandemic Legion vs Synthetic Systems

21:45 The Kadeshi vs Drunk 'n' Disorderly

Day 2

Saturday July 20th

13:30 Winner of Series 1 vs Winner of Series 2

13:45 Winner of Series 3 vs Winner of Series 4

14:00 Winner of Series 5 vs Winner of Series 6

14:15 Winner of Series 7 vs Winner of Series 8

14:30 Winner of Series 9 vs Winner of Series 10

14:45 Winner of Series 11 vs Winner of Series 12

15:00 Winner of Series 13 vs Winner of Series 14

15:15 Winner of Series 15 vs Winner of Series 16

15:30 Winner of Series 17 vs Winner of Series 18

15:45 Winner of Series 19 vs Winner of Series 20

16:00 Winner of Series 21 vs Winner of Series 22

16:15 Winner of Series 23 vs Winner of Series 24

16:30 Winner of Series 25 vs Winner of Series 26

16:45 Winner of Series 27 vs Winner of Series 28

17:00 Winner of Series 29 vs Winner of Series 30

17:15 Winner of Series 31 vs Winner of Series 32


18:00 Loser of Series 1 vs Loser of Series 2

18:15 Loser of Series 3 vs Loser of Series 4

18:30 Loser of Series 5 vs Loser of Series 6

18:45 Loser of Series 7 vs Loser of Series 8

19:00 Loser of Series 9 vs Loser of Series 10

19:15 Loser of Series 11 vs Loser of Series 12

19:30 Loser of Series 13 vs Loser of Series 14

19:45 Loser of Series 15 vs Loser of Series 16

20:00 Loser of Series 17 vs Loser of Series 18

20:15 Loser of Series 19 vs Loser of Series 20

20:30 Loser of Series 21 vs Loser of Series 22

20:45 Loser of Series 23 vs Loser of Series 24

21:00 Loser of Series 25 vs Loser of Series 26

21:15 Loser of Series 27 vs Loser of Series 28

21:30 Loser of Series 29 vs Loser of Series 30

21:45 Loser of Series 31 vs Loser of Series 32

Friday, June 14, 2013

SCL4 aka ATXI dress rehersal!

As mentioned in my last post the SCL will be streaming the next in their tournaments starting on Jun 22nd and 23rd. Great news because this means the SCL will run with the full ATXI ruleset and play more like a dress rehearsal for some of the top teams, likely including PL, Hydra, as well as others.

Great news for viewers because we get even more tournament action! SCL tends towards smaller fights, running a 70 point max in comparison to the 100 point max used by CCP in AT. This will provide plenty of chances to get a handle on the new banning mechanics, well, more in-line with the CCP AT banning mechanics, as well as new ships, point values, and possible setups. Hopefully not too many turtle tanks, which are always a gambit chance in these kind of tournaments.

In any case, a good end to the month. The SCL can be found streamed on Twitch, and it's website, here.

Now onto the issues I still have with the SCL.

Honestly when the SCL started they seemed to be billing as a bit of a monthly tournament with ongoing standings and results. Yet the majority of the attendee's of the monthly tournaments have been in and out of the tournament, and no apparent standings or record of previous SCL tournaments can be found on their website.

I know it would take a lot of work, but perhaps in the coming season, post ATXI, SCL can step up and do a better job of coming up with a standings bracket, and in fact I think this would go a long way in helping them get repeat teams, because after all if a team took a month or two off they would fall correspondingly behind in the rankings and would need to fight their way back to the top.

Past SCL's need to be completed for editing, allowing viewers and perspective viewers to see all the matches in each SCL. Hopefully after ATXI, the SCL will be able to make these changes and move above and beyond it's current state.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Catching up

So much to write about since I've been gone, well not gone, just not blogging. Had some life stuff come up, but hey, who cares!
Eve Online released Odyssey this past week, one of the better expansions in my opinion. Even if just for the small things, like the apparently never going to get old system transition animation change (which I try to watch almost every time). Not to mention the reduced load time between systems, can't even say just how cool I found the two changes. Reduction in loading screens? Yes please!

Now I bet pretty heavily in some pre-change market speculation that tier 1 BS, specifically the Geddon, Typhoon, and Scorpion would be going up in price and so far that seems to be panning out pretty well. Hopefully prices will continue to rise a bit more before I cash in everything I bought. At least I know I won't be taking a loss.

The changes to those ships have made them all effective choices for pvp, but let's face it, the BS sized weapons are the ones that got the real boost, especially on ships like the CNR, cruise missiles are scary good right now! Tinkerhell and friends swung by TXW to say hello in a small group of CNR's with long point/web support in the form of a loki and a few Arazu and damn near killed an interceptor in 3 volleys almost before he was able to dock. That alone speaks volumes not only for the changes to missiles but also to changes to CNR's in general. Explosion radius bonuses are OP!

A few other things I have noticed since the Odyssey expansion is that some PI items are going crazy, both crashing in price (robotics) or steadily climbing (Polyaramids). So if you haven't made your fortune in PI yet, now might be that time. These changes in price seem to be related to t2 production chains, as well as fuel for POS for all the new moon goo heading out onto the market. I expect to see price hikes across all t2 products, as predicted by A Scientist's life in Eve.

Lots of moving parts to this expansion, so I plan on investigating a few more of them in detail.
As everyone probably knows, Rixx Javixx over at Evoganda has left the Tuskers, or been kicked, depending on how you look at it I suppose. And created a new corp in the eve-piracy scheme. They call themselves "Stay Frosty" and remain in Hevrice right next to the Tuskers. They appear to be doing well, with their current membership at around 60 or so peeps. Not bad for the first month and I wish Rixx luck!
Lei Harper has made a huge the impact with his entrance into Eve Online, his Reddit post near-instantly becoming an eve-internet sensation. The post reflects his first four days in Eve and has since branched out into continued writing at his newly founded Blog, that can be found at this link. The keep track of his experience as he progresses and have thus far been quite a good read.

Specifically, his attitude and excitement has translated well into his writing, and I've been quite impressed to follow his adventures so far in Eve. I wonder how long before he's running around with three to five alts! He certainly already has the cash to do so!
"Has it seriously already been a year since the last tournament?" Said my wife in great anger when I reminded her that it was tourney practice time!

While I still haven't been able to sneak on for a practice, rest assured that the rest of Rote will be making a showing in the upcoming Tourney. The ruleset was released by CCP, as well as the commentator selections (more on the ruleset later)! These include two alliance mates being added to the mix. Bacchanalian, who is a lead commentator for the SCL series, and who's experience there should be well tested by the AT, his appearance, nearly a twin of Goon's Mittani, should also provide a good source of laughs. As well as Apathetic Brent, another SCL staffer and part time SCL coordinator and commentator.

Live random drawings will take place today, Jun 11th at 1700 UTC/GMT/Eve time. Can be watched on Twitch if you are interested, details can be found here....
SCL 4 is going to be a dress rehearsal for ATXI, using the same ruleset, if slightly smaller teams. The announcement post has been made over on the forums, and as usual I will be very excited to see this move forward. I will also be addressing this more later.


Wow that turned quickly into a junk drawer kind of post! Well good news is that I plan on posting more to cover the SCL, as well as the run up to ATXI in my usual over-zealous fashion.