The first weekend of Alliance Tournament XVII has concluded, and as we get closer to the Grand Finale we want to recap some of the exciting moments so far and highlight what to look out for going into this weekend. You can also find helpful information about the stream at the bottom.
One of our favorite things that come out of the AT are the stories of the teams and the narrative around it. What we have here are only a few stories that happened over the weekend. Go speak to the players from your Alliance and other teams that impressed you to learn more about the fascinating backstories. – There is a lot to cover.
Proving the doubters wrong – Psychotic Tendencies.
After comfortable wins over The Minions and Goonswarm Federation, Psychotic Tendencies found themselves in the winners bracket against the strong team of Esports Petopia. A win in this match meant a top 12 finish, guaranteeing eight AT prize ships. With that in mind, Psychotic Tendencies decided to go for it and fielded their flagship Nightmare.
The first half of the match was calm with both teams jockeying for a favorable position on the grid until Esports Petopia’s supporting logistics frigates were taken down. Now on a timer, Esports Petopia made a last-ditch effort. Using a Vindicator battleship they managed to lock down Psychotic Tendencies flagship Nightmare.
In the final minutes of the match, both teams found themselves in a nail-biting race which ultimately ended in a comfortable point win of 57-23 for Psychotic Tendencies but at the excruciating cost of losing their own flagship. Now faced with the prospect of flying out the remainder of the tournament without their flagship, Psychotic Tendencies vie for a start of a proper Cinderella run as they face AT veterans Rote Kapelle in the winners bracket.
The slowest throw – Fraternity.
After mixed results in the tournament, Fraternity found themselves in an elimination match against The Network. We had seen an impressive performance from Fraternity in their last match against A Band Apart. With two minutes left on the clock they were on track for another victory.
Then disaster struck. As Fraternity‘s Apocalypse Navy Issue battleship attempted to evade the energy neutralizers of The Networks Armageddon, it slowly drifted outside of the boundary of the arena for which the penalty is immediate destruction of the ship.
A slow but painful death ensued as the final seconds elapsed from a truly rare battleship boundary violation. The Network moves on to the final weekend of the AT and we say goodbye to Fraternity from the Alliance Tournament XVII.
Always bet on WAFFLES - WAFFLES.
One of the greatest stories coming out of the first weekend has to be the massive upset in the very final match on Sunday. Templis CALSF, one of the resident tournament favorites had a favorable matchup for the winners bracket, which would land them into the top 12, or so everyone thought…
On day one WAFFLES. faced The Ancients. bringing a drone setup, supported by three Confessors as a small tackle. On Sunday, when facing Templis CALFS however, they showed something completely different. Having the Eos Command Ship banned, WAFFLES brought a solid counter again, fielding their three Confessors and two Damnations and Sacrilege for their high raw hitpoints to Templis CALSF‘s Minmatar core of Sleipnir‘s and Loki‘s.
This was a clear disadvantage for the latter but would still require precise play from WAFFLES. In the end, a comfortable win of 100-49 on points where the match felt in the bag for the underdogs. This was the most significant redistribution of wealth in terms of Twitch Channel Points during the weekend. In any case, no one will be sleeping on WAFFLES. from now on.
15:40 UTC – Platinum Sensitivity. vs L A Z E R H A W K S
Fan favorites Platinum Sensitivity face the hawks in a matchup that should be dead even. L A Z E R H A W K S sent home null-sec juggernauts Northern Coalition and are looking solid going into the weekend.
17:20 UTC – The Tuskers Co. vs Snuffed Out
Perennial tournament powerhouse and AT winners in The Tuskers Co. find themselves unexpectedly in the losers bracket and without their flagship going against an exciting Snuffed Out team who have only dropped a match to one of the tournament favorites of Templis CALFS.
19:20 UTC – Psychotic Tendencies vs Rote Kapelle
Both of these teams find themselves perhaps unexpectedly in the winners bracket with major prize rewards on the line in this match. Expect both of these teams to put everything on the line.
19:40 UTC – WE FORM V0LTA vs DarkSide.
These teams have history! One of the largest rivalries in the AT, having gone up against each other several times in the past. They also both sport two of the most seasoned captains in the AT.
20:00 UTC – VYDRA RELOLDED vs HYDRA RELOADED
Both of these teams are mounting a solid campaign to a podium finish and have remained relatively untested until now. Neither team has had to deviate from their standard compositions and we are looking forward to seeing what tricks they have in store, expect fireworks. This is a grand finals caliber match.
Lastly, we want to celebrate the teams that have been eliminated so far. The Alliance tournament is so much more than perhaps the twenty to thirty minutes we see the teams on the grid and in the AT we celebrate each team, regardless of their results.
We salute you: The Minions., Tactical Narcotis Team, Arrival., Fraternity., Northern Coalition., Literally Triggered, Entropic Thunder, Hard Knocs Citizens, TURBOFEED OR GLORY, A Band Apart., R.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N , Of Sound Mind., Wormhole Society, What Could Possibly Go Wr0ng, The Ancients. and Goonswarm Federation.
Tournament Brackets - Alliance Tournament XVII - Challonge
Full Tournament Schedule - ATXVII Match Schedule Spreadsheet - Google Sheets
AT Discord - Alliance Tournament XVII
Full Ruleset - AT XVII Rules and Registration | EVE Online
There´s been, to say the least a lively discussion in the community since the NFTs were announced! Already 55 pilots have claimed their kill memorabilia, with a total of 546 kills having been minted and forever commemorated.
We wanted to do something that was truly unique for the tournament and we have seen your thoughts about this being a part of the AT. For this weekend we’ll be adding a few extra ways to earn them, as well as give more a chance to be involved.
Here is an NFT update for this weekend:
- This weekend, the first 10 sellers of their NFT will receive an additional 20 tez, effective as of NOW!
- Every EVE player that connects their EVE Account with a Tezos wallet (LINK HERE) will enter a raffle to win up to a total of 300 tz for the first place. Winners will be announced next week. (Expect this to get edited for further info once I have it)
- Every participant of the AT Finals will receive their own unique NFT celebrating that they got into the Grand Finals
- The final kill AND death of this years AT will receive its own unique NFT art piece
- Any potential flagship kill AND death in the Grand finals will also receive its own unique NFT art piece
We had an issue with the CCP TV Loyalty point redemptions system but that has now been fixed and should be able to redeem to your heart’s content and have the rewards sent to you almost immediately.
To keep this shorter please look at the previous week’s survival guide for details on the rewards and how to participate.