NEO Weekend 2: Mistakes Were Made

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Lots of admiration for Fozzie, his knowledge of the game is incredible, really great commentator and expert.I agree the tension between him and Dolan was good, though in the place of Soundwave I'd like to see a charismatic 2 month old player who would ask Fozzie all the simple questions and let him explain to the audiece all the abbreviations and simple ideas.Enjoyed it this weekend, more than I thought I would.
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Soundwave is just a blackhole on the other side of the table.
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XXXMity Vs Expendables will be fun. Especially since they more or less accused us for RMT after knowing that we somehow got hold of 3 of "their" malices.
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Fuck that, replace MB3 with 3 more clones of Soundwave, all of them with 4 Soundwave Soundboards that they are required to communicate with.
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lol acused of rmt guess they didnt know how busy ram. was during farmville
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nah just great farmvilling huh gorksi ram. pro farmvillers ;)
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I thought everyone knew we abused FW to fuck for 5 months to be able to easily afford this.
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Actually I agree with your assessment on Tournament ships. They aren't a auto-win button but under the right circumstances they can crush people, as shown by The Expendables vs Guiding Hand Social Club. Mistakes were made indeed.
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Guiding hand fielded a very weak comp though.
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I'd say as far as numbers go, the fact that Dreamhack Winter was this weekend probably hurt them more than anything, although other factors didn't help. The finals weekend should pick up a bit in numbers though and it's entirely possible own3d.tv will make their $10k investment back.Overall, the tournament seems to have been a success. CCP seems to have learned from mistakes made (high/variable money barrier to entry), the format has led to more meaningful matches and the establishment of the "New Eden Open" brand could lead to more, higher quality tournaments in the coming year. There's other things such as exposure to potential new players and creating content for existing subscribers to enjoy.
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Vast majority of setups people have fielded so far would've lost to our "very weak comp", heavy missile Vangels just happens to be one of very few that counter it.
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What a lot of people don't realize, is that when we (nulli) found out who we were facing, we decided we would roll our our broadswords.Apparently, their original second ban was the opux, but weren't allowed, and switched to the broadsword as a joke.They unknowingly banned our setup. A setup which would have probably done a lot better than the one we fielded against the team they brought.
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with 3-4k viewers it's highly doubtful they will recoup their investment.
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People who thought fozzie was the good commentator are nuts; MB3 was the funny guy. None of that matters though, cuz p much everyone in EVE thinks I should be the commentator for whatever tournament lies next. v0v JERRY RIN FOR FUNNY COMMENTARY AT XI !!!!

As the second weekend of the New Eden Open dawned, it was clear that it was a vast improvement from the snooze fest that opened the tournament last week. Riskier team setups, actual tournament ships being fielded (and promptly lost) and a shakeup of the commentary team suggested mistakes from last weekend were made and improvements followed.

Let’s start with the commentary team. On the first day of the second weekend, CCP Dolan and CCP Fozzie continued to commentate. Whilst the odd one-upmanship and distractions happened periodically, it was less noticeable this weekend. Whether that was because I had become immune to the MB3 syndrome, or whether he had been told not to do this, is anyone's guess. Come Sunday however, CCP Falcon was in the commentary team with CCP Fozzie. Whilst Falcon did an admirable job himself, there were less of the fireworks and more of the nodding head syndrome by CCP Falcon when CCP Fozzie was talking. Not that there is anything wrong with nodding along, but without chemistry in a commentary team the whole affair becomes very lackluster. Whilst I agree that CCP Dolan can come across as annoying, he did provide some entertainment value to the team.

The stream itself was very good. Adverts came back with a vengeance and I was bemused to learn that own3d.tv rarely cycle adverts so I endured Van Goghurt three times in a row on many occasions. The desk is still as glittery as ever and there were some initial glitches to start with, but these were smoothed over fairly quickly and overall the viewing was enjoyable. The weekend viewership was down overall to around 2,500-3,000 at any one time. Whilst this could be associated with it being Thanksgiving weekend in the States, nonetheless it should serve as a small concern to CCP. Hopefully the numbers will improve heading into the final weekend.

In terms of the actual matches, it was a better viewing experience than the first weekend. Teams fielded riskier setups, including XXXMity using three, yes three, Malices (Alliance Tournament ships from the 9th Tournament) and losing all three at a total cost of 90 billion. After the match, it was widely reported that the Damnation pilot on Team XXXMity forgot to activate his links. It was a rookie mistake, but one that clearly demonstrated that more powerful ships do not necessarily equal a more powerful team. Nobody is perfect in this game and simple mistakes can cost you billions. Of course I’m sure XXXMity will differ in opinion.

Highlights of the weekend, aside from the destruction of three Malices, include: The opportunity to see the CCP Commentary team having makeup applied as well as Much Crying Old Experts banning out the Broadsword in their fight with My Little Nulli. For those that didn’t watch the AT10, Nulli Secunda brought three Broadswords and won pretty convincingly.

The final weekend is next week but for those that haven’t kept in the loop at all here is the bracket heading into the final weekend and the results of this weekend:

Bracket after Day 4

Day Three Results

Day Four Results

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