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Sunday, November 10, 2013

SCL5 Day One: Dance of the metas

Different weekends of the Syndicate Competitive League have different charms, but the thing that all of them have in common is the fun of watching new metas play out.


On day one alone, we got to see hero Vargurs using bastion mode to blast away opponents, hero Kronoses using it to defend against enormous DPS, a fight between three Stratioses on one team versus a Paladin on the other, while in various matches the new Eos, Sleipnir, Abso, and Nighthawk hulls all got to rack up kills.  Matter of fact, the only new ship or concept that we didn't see today was the Astero and I'm sure someone will field a couple tomorrow just to have a little fun with it.

In a way, the exact teams and players are almost the side issue.  The fun is watching what players can do with all of the new spaceships.  Fair warning: marauders are going to be insane in the next official CCP tournament.  The organizers are gonna have to do something about their point values.  When that Kronos went into bastion mode, the defense bar for the corresponding team nearly maxed out with that ship on the field nearly alone.  Two marauders are gonna break it...

And of course, I can't help but watch the various drone teams without thinking Dominix plus Ishtar plus Vexor Navy Issue plus Stratios plus...  Trying to ban out drone-heavy comps is suddenly a lot tougher.

There were a lot of new faces in the studio and in the commentary booth this time around.  As I mentioned already, Alekseyev Karrde took on the role of studio host.  He started out a little slow and had a couple of amusing gaffes, but overall he did a fine job.  His pod-casting experience served him well.  In addition, another new voice was Dark Soldat of HYDRA Reloaded, who may be the only human on this planet who can come up with more bad puns than Seldarine.  It's quite an impressive feat.

There were more and more varied CCP guests this time around, too, with regulars CCP Rise and CCP Logibro being joined by CCP Affinity (PvE content) and CCP Karkur (UI).  Tomorrow the guests are more varied still with CCP Loxy, CCP Paradox, CCP Nullarbor, and CCP Eterne being the official guests.

As I already pointed out, one missing presence this series is SOMERblink, who chose not to sponsor the SCL.  We're now going to have to see if any particular players or groups are able to step up and fill the gap that SOMERblink was able to in terms of sponsorship of EVE events.

Teams this time around are a refreshing mix of both SCL stalwarts (notably Reputation Cartel, Deepwater, and Team Footwork) and several brand new teams.  With no PL team and no HYDRA team present this time around, the matches have all been really close and a lot of fun to watch.  One match between Team Footwork and Something Else was so close the lead was traded six times by my count... it came down to the wire.  Both teams are still in the running and might meet again.

All in all, a fun day of spaceship explosions!  I look forward to watching day two.

16 comments:

  1. It's strange when you think about it; why wouldn't somer sponsor? Are they suddenly less space rich (RL aside) than they were before? If I were dumb enough to gamble, I think I'd be cashing out of Somer asap.

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    1. The evidence would seem to support that idea, yes.

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  2. What do you mean Somerblink is not sponsor? On SCL front page it shows as:
    Sponsors: Somerblink.

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    1. SOMER is definitely not a sponsor. The website just wasn't updated to reflect that.

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  3. So let's put this is perspective.

    CCP fires up a live event, then leads thousands into a TiDi'ed prolonged death march, then abandons them at the end to head to a CCP party. Massive rage ensues. No one at CCP does not have the time to respond on the forums (except for one weak ass post about how it was all a misunderstanding), but SEVEN CCP dev's have time to appear for an event catering to about 150 null sec pilots on the Singularity server.

    Yeah, actions speak so much louder than words.

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    1. 150 nullsec pilots who create content, who drive people to the game. who are important to CCPs bottom line, who are doing something interesting as opposed to whining and tinfoil hatting.

      seems pretty in perspective to me, Dinsdale

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    2. Dinsdale, I've been reading your posts for awhile, and I'm never ever sure if you are functioning with a full deck.

      CCP devs are at SCL because agreements were made for those Devs to be at SCL weeks ago. Long long long before the problem with the Live Event. SCL is a tournament with banter about the matches between them and Eve in general. There is a time for each match to start, and everyone knows more or less when each commentary piece will start and finish so everyone can be ready. Someone has a nice clipboard somewhere that says "Have this Dev on vidchat and ready to go at X time.". And somewhere on that Dev's calendar there is a note that says, "I must have a dedicated 30 minute block to talk without interruption at X time.". It's scheduled days, weeks, in advance. Otherwise it'd be a big unholy mess.

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    3. Good luck on that 150 pilots mentioned paying the bills for the development of the game, so Dinsdale does have a point. More to the point when the nodes went down in the nullsec fight, immediate apology, no partying and going to tournaments instead. Anyway the ugliness is just going to get worse, personally i don't even live in highsec (like I would imagine Dinsdale is) however due to the wildly ugly attitude of most of Nullsec to anyone else am thinking for the first time am going to join the upcoming exodus out of this game. I like PvP but I prefer people who aren't completely filled with irrational hatred to people who are new or want to do something else. Nullsec, you need to get it together attitude wise or lose your game soon.

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    4. Nobody said that 150 people pay the bills. Just that those 150 are part of the group of people who attract others to the game. I.e. they are the key clients. Anonymous highsec farmers who do nothing with their game time may make up the majority of paid accounts but they are irrelevant in terms of drawing people to the game.

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  4. I am definitely going to watch this one. Not so much for the competition (though that is interesting as well), but to get a possible sighting of devs. After all, CCP's own forums is not the place you can find them.

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  5. Err. Somer is listed on the SCL website as a sponsor.

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    1. Didn't you quit or something?

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    2. sad chicken is sad :(

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  6. you've likely seen this already, but if you haven't, this is the kind of thing that would make me come back to EVE.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpOMc9ysuek

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    1. Has nothing to do with tournament play, but I have to say this is bad-ass. I've tossed this link to the art team.

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  7. Well...if you had just been effectively kicked in the balls by a small but vocal group within the game you might just not want to "help" out CCP, just saying

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