Readers, I come to you today with a confession: I have been misled. I thought CCP Navigator was a kindly sort. It turns out that this fine CCP employee is actually an unrecognized evil genius of absolutely first caliber.
Why, you ask? Let's look at how the teams for this year's Alliance Tournament will be chosen, shall we? It's a really fascinating process this time around.
In part, the process states:
The 64 competing (ATX) teams will be decided as follows:
- 32 teams will be drawn randomly. We will record the draw and host it on the CCP You Tube page.
- 32 teams will bid for a position in 3 separate auctions.
- Entry into the random draw will cost 10 PLEX.
- Auctioned slots will begin at 10 PLEX and have no maximum price.
First off, this means that Alliance Tournament X has a (sadly, refundable) entry fee of $175. But if you actually make it into ATX, that entry fee becomes a non-refundable $175, minimum. That's some fine evil genius right there.
As we intend to stream all four weekends, we obviously incur additional costs. Using PLEX allows us to provide a top quality stream and production throughout the entire event.Yup.
But OK, let's not think of it as $175. Let's think of it as five billion ISK. And that's a paltry sum, of course. Every alliance in New Eden has five billion ISK that they can casually throw around. So maybe we should up the stakes a little, what do you think? After all, EVE is a free market economy. With one or two notable exceptions, I don't remember EVE's richest alliances doing all that well in past Alliance Tournaments. As a matter of fact, I remember most of EVE's richest alliances getting monkey-stomped in the early rounds the last few years. But that's just dumb. Job creators should have a bigger say in this Alliance Tournament thing. Why should the poor alliances have all the fun?
Last time I counted, there were 15 alliances that are participating in OTEC. Let's suppose each of them committed the proceeds of four Technetium moons each for the two months between now and ATX to their entry fee budget. That's 50 billion ISK. That ought to drive a lot of worthless poor people out of Alliance Tournament X to make way for the job creators, don't you think?
But nahhhh... I'm sure there's a way we can be even more evil... wait, one is coming to me.
Each OTEC alliance finds the scrubbiest scrub lord high-sec PvP alliance that they can. I'm sure it would be really difficult to find 15 high-sec PvP alliances that have wildly over-inflated views of their own competence, but it's OTEC. They're job creators. I'm sure they're willing to work hard to find 15 of them. Each OTEC alliance diplomat approaches their chosen victi-- errr.... sponsoree and says...
Hi! We're really impressed with your alliance, [enter scrub lord alliance name here]! Are you entering Alliance Tournament X? You should! Our alliance would like to LOAN yours 15 billion ISK with which you can buy PLEXes for your ATX entry fee. We have placed 15 billion ISK in escrow with Chribba. Please contact him directly to confirm this.
This 15 billion ISK will be sent to your alliance on the condition that you enter ATX and bid 35 PLEXes in the ATX slot auction.
If you win an ATX slot with your 35 PLEX bid, Chribba will release the funds from our LOAN to you. If you do not win an ATX slot with a 35 PLEX bid, Chribba will not release the funds to you (but of course you'll receive your 35 PLEXes back from CCP, and trying to enter will cost you nothing).
Given the match rules of ATX, we cannot provide you with any material help other than this LOAN. The only purpose to this LOAN is to make sure that you can afford to enter ATX, since you clearly deserve to be there, [enter scrub lord alliance name here]. We want to make sure you can participate.
You might ask what we get out of this. If you fail to win ATX, this LOAN will be forgiven. However, if you win or place in ATX sufficient to receive prizes, you must repay this LOAN out of your ATX winnings in either ISK or equal value to the LOAN in BPCs of the ATX prize ships. For us, this is an investment, nothing more.
We really hope to see you in ATX, [enter scrub lord alliance name here]! Let us know if you're interested in this LOAN.
Each OTEC alliance commits 35 billion to their own ATX bids (75 PLEXes or so) and 15 billion to their chosen victim's ATX bid (35 PLEXes or so). This would instantly have two effects:
- It would raise the minimum price to participate in ATX to between 15 and 50 billion ISK.
- It would virtually ensure that every OTEC alliance gets to participate in ATX. I mean, that's only fair, right?
I'm sure OTEC wouldn't do anything like this. Nope.
The preceding has been an important message from Jester's evil twin, Garth. The management definitely does not endorse any product, service, or suggestion that Garth thinks is a good idea.