Why wouldn't they encourage cunts to bring their shiny ships, idgi
At some point teams become so similar that skill or whatever cant really make up for it anymore and bling wins.
Just look at them, silver magnate is a super vengeance on steroids, malice is a tankier curse for less points, etana is a super logi, fiends are basicely unkillable and do BS damage, cambions do t1 cruiser dps and so on and forth, all for few points. You end up at a Formula 1 esque tournamnet where the only way to win is to have won before or to be extremely rich.
Eve tournaments are ridiculously profitable if you are good. (to be honest they are extremely good isk even if you arent, as long as you win 3 or 4 matches youll make a lot of isk)
So having actually looked at the rules, i just love how ccp realized how shit blood raiders are on TQ by making all of them 2 points cheaper then their other ships, which is funny cause the cruor is actually quite good. (bhaal is alright too)
First impressions, ideas etc:
4:T2 logi frig
5:T2 logi frig
(either baghests or vindies)
and nowwhat i think will be the best setup in the tourny:
t2 logi frig
t2 logi frig
(or 2 eafs + 2 crucifier or something), this is also a capable semitinker cause the logi frigs + rep bots are immortal and rep bots + self rep setups probably are as well if t2 logi frigs are applied. Can also work by going svipul>harpy and going shield for barghest barghest + t1 bs.
Removal of cap transfers means shield logi that arent scimis are taking a dive, massive nerf to the 2 scorp navy, barghest, widow etc + basi/etana semi tinkers, but rep frigs will pull this back. Im thinking that well see far more shield logi frigs (t2) then regular logi, you can get a medium rep and a 10mn onto a t2 shield logi frigs making them almost unkillable with links and tanking very good amounts.
The old double floon setups will also be most likely making a comeback:
I think well see cruors everywhere in armor, they are too strong for 2 points, web bonus makes them very good for screening and their neuts really powerfull, especially if we see a meta of t2 logi frigs.
Obviously, rlmls will be super strong again, probably stronger then they used to cause tinkers seem gone at first glance, if they can kill logi frigs this comp will be absurdly strong:
(if you field this, or a similar setups, ALWAYS go for the logi first, never ever dont)
now, depending on the meta well see either sentinels/crucifiers here or keres/maulus, sebo changes massively nerf damps and missiles are hardcapped with range, gd spam will always take care of them, turrets dont hit at range but missiles do and a kiting setups will always be at range, hence gds being very probable here.
Other setups are the double mach instead of double floon setups (downgrading confessors to afs), machs do more sustained dps and arent as weak to screening as vindies are, so they win BS brawls more. On the shield side double nightmare might also work for similar reasons, the neuts are going to be quite strong.
Then obviously we have the arty setups and minnie or gal rush (double cs + logi + either hacs, hics or a bs and svipuls).
What would be interesting is how tanky you can make floons/phoons with double rep + t2 logi frigs, you might be able to semitinker in some way, same with xlsb shield bs.
Interesting are as always the all in kinda setups:
or for a more lets burst a bs rather then lets go for the logi
This is going to be the t2 logi frig tournament i think.
Here's the bracket for the tournament: http://challonge.com/tournaments/bra...ref=5VL5yCtGubWith the secret auction having closed, we can now announce the winning PLEX bids for the remaining 8 slots in Alliance Tournament XIV.
Vydra Relolded 207
Northern Coalition. 146
League of Unaligned Master Pilots 130
Brave Collective 125
Curatores Veritatis Alliance 90
Feign Disorder 90
Snuffed Out 82
Rote Kapelle 81
The standout match of the early stages, for me at least, is Vydra versus Exodus in round two - both teams will be strong contenders for a place on the final day, and neither will want to be dumped into the loser's bracket early on, so they'll both probably have to break out some interesting things. There's also the possibility of a Shadow Cartel/Snuff grudge match in round 3, which would be fun if both teams go for it.
Also, if you are serious about the AT you can bet a lot safer then outside people, which can make you seriously rich.