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Ever Since I joined eve and saw the EvE Alliance tournament 6 I wanted to participate in the AT some day. I have in my Corp history been in a few alliances that could have or did participate in the AT, but not while i was in them, and at my skill lvl I would have not been chosen to fly anyway. I have been flying with CP off and on for close to two years, and while being a small fun alaince they have always had their sights on having fun in the AT and making a name for pirates everywhere. They had participated in a few previous ATs, #6or7 and #9. Doing ok in the far past one, but getting rickrolled last year in the prelims. (I was off on my honeymoon so didnt get to participate or even watch live)
So this year we are just as enthused about getting in, got our spot trough the auction at a very reasonable price to ensure our entrance, and started makign plans. We practiced allot of 6v6 fleet ideas and waited for the tournament to come.
Our first Match was against Suddenly Spaceships. Likewise low/0.0 pirates, but with past AT torny experience in other alliances. We brought In a close to standard Talos brawler set up, but where simply out brawled by SSs terifying Vindi dps.
The Vindis+Kronos 90% web ends up being a great set up that won the marjority of matches. The one thig we could have done differently is to load Null into all our Talos and wear a few of their ships down at range. Maybe kill a few smaller ships, giving us more points to make it into the 3rd round easyer.
Our Second Match was against Veyr Colective. I know little about them but I assume they just wanted to have some fun in the AT, alittle liek us but way less experianced in ship fittings. We end up bringing a Cyclone/AF brawler setup that is way under points so we can even have a chance of getting into the 3rd round. To our luck Veyr brought all 50pts in a Vargur/AF setup, not even tryign to get to round 3, givign us full points if we defeated them.
It ends up the Veyr Collectives Vargurs where subpar fit and we where able to get a flawless victory over them, not lossign a single ship, getting us enough points to get into the 3rd round, about 3 above the cut off. (We where acused of payign Veyr off to throw the match but as we pointed out, why would they bring 2 expensive marauders to justt throw a match, BCs would ahve dose it just as well.)
Our third match, or the first match of the group stages, was against Verge of Colapse. (the alaince winner in the end mind you) I also know little about Verge but know they had done well so far in tory and have a decent rep. So we feild a Slep/Cyclone/merlin set up including 1 Macharial, which in retrospect looks allot like our normal roaming gangs. I actualy got to participate in this fight, my dream finaly come true, even tho i was in a merlin lol. Verge brought a HAM-tengu/AF set up.
We end up having a very decisive victory vs verge even tho 95% of people in eve voted against us for the win. In my opinion I think their battle plan was poor against us, and our AFs where able to wolf gang against their frigs and take them down unaposed, while Verge was focused on our first Slep. only losign it and one frig. (Once again we where slighty acused of dirty dealings but thats just laughable considerign we were the ONLY team to deafeat Verge in the AT)
Our forth match was against FEARLESS. We where extreamly determined to win this match so we could get into the semi finals, so we brought our Flag ship in a high dps armor set up, FEARLESS bringing dule vindis in a similar armor set up.
We may have had a Flagship, but their fleet was just better well rounded with way more dps, and they defeated us with ease.
Our fifth and final match was against Goonswarm. We had to win against Goonswarm and then pray that FARLESS beat Verge for us to go onto the Semi finals, but we where confident and hopeful. I once again participated in this round flying a Harpy, in our Slep/AF fleet. Goon brought a high ECM team with a couple Sleps tossed in to get some dps.
Goon swarms ECm ended up being to effective and most of us reported after never getting a single lock. But, bringing a ECM set up in the critical part of the AT was more of a stupid dick move than a winning set up, because we where able to keep a few of our ships alliance and deny them full points because of their terrible tackling and dps power. Goons even offered us 5bil to suicide our ships, which we refused. So in my opinion Goons knocked themselves out of the torny simply by not bringing a set up that could actually win with full points like they needed.
Over all We where of course extremely disappointed to be out of the AT, especially to Goons in an ECM team, but we got much farther this year than previous ones, and we will be back next year. I got to participate in an AT and have fun with my alliance and that’s all that matters to me. Also I hope it haunts Verge and everyone else that the underdogs of CP where the only ones able to defeat them.
If you have any questions or comments about us and or the AT feel free to ask, also we have reopened recruitment lol