The New Eden Open: An assessment

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I would say that the tournament was OK. I d prise CCP Dolan also. Since the first day he kept improving and was on Fozzie's level and sometimes even having his moments over Fozzie's confusion.
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This was the first of its kind but I thought the tournament was a success, Switching CCP Fozzie for CCP Falcon was a mistake on day 5 though, CCP Fozzie really is the key member on the panel but CCP Soundwave and Dolan do a good job also. I agree that the random teams wasnt as good as the alliance tournament but you could kind of see where they were from anyway ie: Something Else = Test. Im sure the next tournament will field some of the same teams and then we will get to know them with time. It was a shame about the technical difficulty's but it didn't take away from this great event imo.
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This was the first of its kind but I thought the tournament was a success, Switching CCP Fozzie for CCP Falcon was a mistake on day 5 though, CCP Fozzie really is the key member on the panel but CCP Soundwave and Dolan do a good job also. I agree that the random teams wasnt as good as the alliance tournament but you could kind of see where they were from anyway ie: Something Else = Test. Im sure the next tournament will field some of the same teams and then we will get to know them with time. It was a shame about the technical difficulty's but it didn't take away from this great event imo.
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If Dolan would only stop to interrupt people all the time. It's annoying.
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I thought about telling non-EVE players about the tournament. Then I remembered that watching EVE PvP without a clue is boring and confusing as shit.Fozzie is a great analyst, but they had neither decent color commentary nor were they even trying to ease people into all the theorycraft wanking.
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I think the whole thing suffers from "Nerd personality" syndrome. Whilst on the one hand, the great knowledge and fast analysis of CCP Fozzie was welcome for the technical side of the commentary, a distinctively lacking Colour side left it feeling damp. Someone with personality - Zastrow for example - would do wonders to make the commentary lively. As the article correctly states, these were random teams versus random teams and some attempt to personalise and identify with these people would've meant that you would've supported teams and players for their own reasons. A good colour commentator would be able to identify star pilots and really give the audience some connection with what happens.There were also some bad mistakes with their guests. CCP Greyscale was allowed to drone on and ruddy on about crimewatch which bled viewers from the wrist. This was unfortunately par the course as the CCP staff themselves tend to be very technical and boring, or alternatively vacuous and oblivious. CCP Soundwave was his usual "What game am I playing, shouldn't I be in bed?" self and had nothing of value to say the entire time - though Fozzie's reaction to Soundwaves suggestion of more capital ships was pretty great, as was his stunned reaction to Soundwave rewriting history. A moderator with more enthusiasm and interest would do well to keep the energy up which, with the hours of delay between matches on the final day especially, flagged repeatedly.The article is also right about the bans not really affecting the meta that gets made up. If people banned the Kronos, people took the Vindi, if they banned the Vindi, they took the Kronos. Vargurs won the day as they did in ATX and Sleipnir teams were still being fielded left right and center. Overall little changed and variety was woefully absent. Something needs to be done to really spice up the teams so that it's not the same bunch of ships each time.I think the problems with the tournament can come down to a weak commentary team (Fozzie excepted, though he needs support), numerous technical glitches, a boring time-filling exercise by talking about the features of the patch we've known about for months, a complete absence of caring for who is on what team, and a woeful lack of energy and colour.And I think you can fix most of this by having Fozzie and Zastrow do everything.
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I only tuned in during the last weekend. At times, it felt that the commentators were trying too hard to be funny or (as another poster mentioned) "one up" each other. It would have been nice if the commentators spent some time making the teams more real to the watchers. Instead of rattling off the names of team Goggle-something or XXX-whatever, help us identify with the team. Who are the players in the team? Sports commentators will sometimes zero in on a particular individual on a team, tell his story. Instead, we got the same old "I was right, I predicted the winner" hubris that we get on alliance tournaments.
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I was entertained well enough. I'd be surprised though if CCP really feel this was a success. Only 2-3k viewers most of the time for an event that was meant not only to appeal to all EVE players, but also even make non-players watch and be drawn to the game? Seems like abysmally low numbers to me. They basically have to pay out 4 Dollars in prize money for every viewer, not even counting the other expenses they had.
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90% of the strategy is in that tiny overview in the bottom left which no one can see.
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I keep seeing people knocking MB3/CCP Dolan. Yes, he quite often got silly (especially in the first week) but he quickly improved there was many times when he was completely on the ball (pleasant surprise).Falcon was not quite the right personality - and sometimes it looked like he dozed off. Doing a full commentator spot is not his thing.CCP Fozzie was great (obviously) and CCP Soundwave makes a good chairperson though he should try to help guide developers who ramble or have trouble with free-flowing English conversation.Personally I think for the next tournament they should just get kil2 in to help fill in the quiet spots. I know they were trying to keep it all in house - but its what the majority of people really wanted and it probably would increase viewers and quality noticeably.
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bottom right. I agree though. What was that, a tactical overlay for ants?
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I think its a little wrong to hand out money depending on what races your pilots have specced into/how many skillpoints they have.Most other "e-sports" players have a general level playing field rather than playing the game and being awarded "skillpoints" that make them better with certain guns/ships that other ships may not have access to!
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Would love to see the "open" be a 1v1 tournament to build star personas for more interest at AT time.
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I think banning 3 ships each would have been a better idea, that way you could knock out more of the most common builds. Instead it was or you knocked out the Tengu? Well we brought Kronos' instead, no big deal.
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I've been a gamer for 20 years now, but started playing EVE only this October. So obviously I haven't watched any of the previous tournaments and to be honest up till now I've found all e-sports and most real life sports super boring.But this Open... I've watched every single second of it, some of my favorite matches multiple times even. For me the whole experience, the UI, the commentators, the teams, the strategies, all of it was just amazing and I'm really looking forward to the next one.
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a niggling question?

(Editor's note: This is an opinion piece and should be read as such. If you do not like opinion pieces, do not read on.)

And so the final weekend of the New Eden Open came and went. The technical issues that had plagued the tournament throughout the previous weekends came back with a vengeance; it was at least an hour before any action was seen on Saturday. CCP Fozzie was replaced on the commentator team by CCP Dolan and CCP Falcon, a pair who are about as entertaining as the EU discussing the budget deficit (for those that enjoy that type of thing, my condolences). With the hour long delay in technical issues, the tortured conversation between the commentary team members was noticeable and sent the audience numbers plummeting to around 2,500 people, a full 1,000-1,500 down from the opening weekends.

With the tournament finally over, there rests a niggling question: was it worth it? To CCP and own3D, the answer would be yes, it was a success; the viewer numbers were more or less consistent throughout the tournament weekends. Despite the struggles with technical difficulties, the small core audience that had any interest in the tournament to begin with were not put off - guaranteeing viewership in the low thousands. Frequent mentions of ‘future New Eden Open’ pretty much spelt out the success with which CCP has viewed this tournament, yet if you ask the majority of pilots playing EVE Online the overwhelming response is one of "what tournament?" The lack of identity with any of the teams in this tournament, the notion that it was too soon after the more widely watched and followed Alliance tournament, as well as a general apathy towards the Open were all apparent through the three weekends that the New Eden Open graced the internet. Barring a few celebrity pilots that have flown magnificently in previous Alliance Tournaments and captured something of a following, the teams might well have been called Random Team A versus Random Team B - especially to the new viewer. Perhaps the one saving grace for the Open was the banning of ships before matches, although the argument that it was meant to spice things up is severely lacking, seeing as the usual team setups were fielded again and again.

The question of whether it was worth it, however, doesn’t just stop at the format of the tournament; it extends to the commentary team, the technical quality of the Open and so forth. For me, the Open was a resounding failure on this part. The only member of the commentary team, who I felt did magnificently, was CCP Fozzie. Of course, he has had experience commentating in previous Alliance Tournaments. Otherwise it was a cesspit of awkwardness and one-upmanship between the other commentators, punctuated by stretches of what I referred to in my previous article as the 'nodding head' syndrome. What the Open needs in future is a dedicated commentary team, experienced EVE pilots who have been in the game for some time, who know what they are talking about. This is what made previous Alliance Tournaments so watchable, as the intellect and knowledge between commentators was so high. Moving on to the quality of the show, this again was severely lacking. The show suffered from both sound and blue screen issues from Weekend One to the final day.

As far as the actual matches were concerned, there were occasional flashes of brilliance and excitement in this Open, with several high profile targets exploding. However, strategies were also repeated; overall, there was nothing that made people sit up and want to see more.

That’s not to take anything away from the pilots that showed up. They showed the grit and determination that EVE pilots are known for. Despite months of theory crafting, training and gelling as a team, it all boiled down to whether pilots could handle the heat. For the eventual winners, Asine Hitama's team, they operated under pressure better than anyone else. It is a shame that only a minority of people in EVE Online actually cared.

The New Eden Open has come and gone, with more of a whimper than a snarl. The victors collected their winnings, CCP slapped each other’s backs in exultation at a job well done, and the overwhelming majority of EVE Online players continued killing red plus signs and drilling rocks in space with lasers. For myself, the New Eden Open was a huge failure. Significant work needs to be done for me to want to watch it again. 

Results of the final weekend:

Day Five Results

Day Six Results

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