Edit: Also because CCP changing their decision is affecting how many pilots can compete. If they had changed their decision last week, all would of fine because at least then all of the pilots could of joined the same alliance.
Also, thread delivers, etc.
Let's start a party of our own
all good then~
I was disappointed that my alliance that was made specifically to compete in ATX was not selected on the draw, and I am miffed precisely because many of the rich and large alliances didn't get selected in the draw, and I worry that the bidding for the remaining 32 slots will quickly outpace the small pool that we would be willing to spend. So last year the slots went for about 20Bil each, and I am not sure but maybe this is something we might be able to pay, but if the prices spiral out control to more than that then we will be left out.
Maybe next year they should ban all large alliances that consequentially are filthy rich from the random draw, so as to give smaller alliances a chance of participating, and have these large entities then bid their dozens of billions of isk to participate with their teams. PL or Goons or Solar for example have trillions of isk to burn in such things (and im sure private alliances of big players as well), but most of the smaller alliances cannot hope to have the funds to do such a thing.
Also, the devs said that there were only a total of 77 applicant alliances, so maybe the remaining 77-32=45 won't make it such a heated bidding war for the remaining 32 slots, even if 13 of the alliances won't make it (and unfortunately, the poorer ones, which may not mean the worst pilots).
Which brings me to my point:
If any large alliances here would like to use my corp and the alliance we created to force other alliances from participating by donating money we would appreciate it. If by any chance we manged to get prizes (which is a long shot), we could work out a deal of what percentage of the prizes the sponsor/s would get, which as of now i would think would be proportional to the % of isk that was donated for the auction price slot. Ie, If you donate 15bil and we spend a total of 30Bil for the slot, you would be entitled to 50% of the isk value of the payout (in bpcs or isk).
This is the link to our KB and to BC for our corp so you can peruse our stats:
they're stressing the auctions way too much, its a bullshit moneygrab.
Came to thread, saw heretic nation
Watched vid, expected a joke about heretics probably not participating due to no orcas asslowed in tourney.
Left mad, nation has been alive since 06ish, that bastard...hell, our tourney team in bane alliance made it pretty high up 2 years running. Fu ccp, fu.
The auctions are AFTER the random draw, this is because people specifically asked for it to be that way and this obviously LOWERS the overall price of the slots. There are 32 auction slots, this decreases the price of them by loads.
Sure it's retarded that they allow people not in the draw to jump into the auction, but I doubt anyone actually will. How is this a moneygrab?
Unfortunately (for you) that's the nature of the beast when it comes to a system with a finite number of winners. Under the circumstances a "half chosen at random, half chosen by auction" is probably as fair as you can make it whilst still keeping it an attractive event. Yes, the likes of PL, Hydra, etc can buy themselves in via the auction, as it should be, because people want to see them and their wealth is a sign that they are successful in the game.
Having all of the teams completely chosen at random might be an interesting take on things but I suspect it would simply lead to comments about how "X would've won if they hadn't been screwed over by the RNG". This way X can buy themselves in, and if they're halfway notable they can probably afford to.
Sorry you weren't lucky enough to be chosen at random, but them's the breaks. You are not special in that context.
This year, there were 77 applying teams, and 64 will get in, so there wont be MUCH competition, and almost everyone will get in *anyway*. Counting normal fuckups people make (like missing to show up to the auction in time, etc), I am 90% sure most everyone who wants to get in, will get in, and the prices will be 5-7bil.
--- Omega Wing -- Rivqua ---
Rivqua is right, but the silly Alliance his corp is in is already in :3