New Eden Open - First Weekend in Review

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Are there youtube clips of the matches like ATX?
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I thought it was quite reasonable. What was with the multiple personalities Fozzie and Dolan were required to show by commentating and then passing back to themselves in the studio?If they're gonna do that I'd a least like to see them scampering into some sort of commentary box every time then rushing back afterwards.
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In the end I am not drawn to this tournament like I am to AT. At the Alliance Tournament you see the people you often also see on the sov map; everyone is easy to recognize. There is pride for your association as well as desire for the reward. In this tourney, all I see is a bunch of silly team names, often with mixed affiliations, just for the money. It rings hollow (to me). Furthermore, their new health-bar system, where there was no red contrast for health lost, made it more difficult for me to see what was going on. To sum it up: I watch AT unless something really critical is going on in eve, in which case I watch the fights still while playing. For the New Eden Open I will only watch it if I am really, really bored.
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Now that's an image I wouldn't tire of seeing
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I wish - the awful TV station thing that is running it has some terrible video software that doesn't even handle moving forward properly.
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own3d has all the matches posted if you want to watch them. Not sure about Youtube just yet, probably because of the partnership, but w/e. Unfortunately the matches' titles/descriptions aren't very ... descriptive and poster Some Dude is right - fast forwarding to any part of the vid that's not already buffered is aggravating. But the matches ARE there if you wanna watch them.http://www.own3d.tv/CCPGames
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That's not the case in Dota 2. Spectators can be ingame tickets or pennants. Tickets are funds that are distributed between the teams they watch and the event organizer. Pennants are a tool where Valve gives you in game items if the pennant of a team you own has reached a certain milestone (usually just wins).
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AT gives you personalities that you know, and the ability to root against people you have been polarized against via propaganda. This is just a bunch of anonymous nerds shooting each other. The Tourney commentators have tried to give us background info about the groups, but no one seems to give a shit.
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Im pretty happy my team is Goggle Wearing Internet Crime Fighters which is a mixture of Suddenly Spaceships and a handfull of Rnk guys and we are through to the next weeks matches. Its been alot of fun so far

(Editor's Note: What follows is a piece by Chopin, an Editor with TheMittani.com. Opinions and views of this piece are those of Chopin, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Marc Scaurus)

The New Eden Open started this past Saturday to not a lot of fanfare or excitement from most in the community, outside those with a direct interest in the venture. Viewership seemed to peak around the 5000~ mark with surprisingly few real issues with the stream (given past experiences with Alliance Tournaments). Production qualities in the ‘studio’, chaired by the ever laconic CCP Soundwave, were a bit low - but in terms of the technical aspects, the show was relatively smooth. 

The new tournament UI displayed during the matches was interesting and probably helped those who cannot be called ‘EVE Aficionados’ better understand the dynamics of the fights. At the end of the day, however, EVE fights ultimately come down to either multicolored boxes or close ups of impressive looking ships, punctuated by the occasional blue exclamation mark of an explosion.

As for the commentary for the matches, the product put forth by CCP Dolan and CCP Fozzie was, whilst professional, lacking a certain punch that other eSport tournaments have. Whether this is due to the commentators themselves (who were very upbeat throughout) or the nature of EVE combat, the end result was a broadcast that came off as a bit uninteresting.

The matches themselves were varied; some featured grinding slug matches, others hilarious failures, and still more sported tremendous amounts of ECM. Team makeups seemed to reasonably echo the formats we have grown accustomed to seeing in Alliance Tournaments past, with little to no innovation aside from the necessary adaptations to the slightly smaller format. Ship bans proved to be something of a non factor in all but a very few matches, their potential for disruption mostly minimized by the 24 man roster most teams could draw from.

Due to the shortened field of competitors (covered here), only three teams were in danger of elimination this weekend. Unsurprisingly, the mostly-Goonswarm team of Oxygen Isonopes (led by Warr Akini of miniluv fame) were among the three axed. ISN was also eliminated, along with Pandemic Legion’s team ‘Why Dash’. PL’s surprising early exit from the Tournament largely stemmed from their first loss, where Elise Randolph boldly charged too close to the sun (in this case, the vertical boundary limit), spawning this bit of art:

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The second weekend of the New Eden Open is scheduled for this coming Saturday (November 24th). Whether it will be able to maintain the viewership of the first weekend is in some doubt, as this coming weekend is Thanksgiving in the United States - the most travelled weekend in the States. For full results, check out Day One and Day Two at the official New Eden Open site.

To some, the opening weekend of the New Eden open provided an opportunity to hone their skills against other seasoned pilots. To others, it represented a new way to watch legends of old and new fight amongst the stars. Still others found themselves exchanging large amounts of ISK in the form of bets. For me, after the opening weekend was done, a solitary question loomed: Was it worth it?

Just a dude