When you defeat a team in EVE tournament play, you get to -- if you wish -- choose three or four of their players to join your tournament team. After that, the other teams still in play may poach one player each to add to their teams. As the number of tournament teams shrink down to those last few, this ensures that the best tournament players are still out there flying for our entertainment.
It's good enough for null-sec politics, it should be good enough for tournament play.
Just as an example picked from... oh, I dunno, just something that I was randomly thinking about over the weekend... let's take Test Alliance Please Ignore. As you all know, this past summer they were eliminated as a sov-holding alliance in null-sec. Don't sell them short: they made it to the quarter-finals of null-sec politics and did pretty well there! And although their alliance still exists after a fashion, starting in August a number of their large corps left them to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Of the ones that joined existing alliances or coalitions:
- five of them joined N3 (aheh, bad decision);
- two went to Brave Newbies;
- two joined the southern Russians;
- two joined Black Legion;
- and oh yes, eight joined the CFC.