Following last weekend's Feeder rounds we now have the draw for the tournament.
Here are the teams placed into a Tournament Bracket Generator. Unofficial but should be correct.
For my alliance, Villore Accord, this means our first match is against United Federation of Conifers.
Match 1: United Federation of Conifers
This alliance is new to the tournament and afaik so too are the players. They are definitely paying attention though because when Apothne mentioned them on some obscure podcast they got in touch with him.
They seem to be a group of pvp focused players using a low class wormhole as a base to raid across New Eden, mostly nullsec targets. Generally using small ships.
Top 3 pilots: Rye Zero, Sholto Douglas, Nai Nesealc
Top 3 ships: Jackdaw, Ferox, Republic Fleet Firetail
Expected Mawderator pun: it's a needle match.
Match 2 will be against the winner of SOLAR Fleet v Salt Farmers if we win or against the loser of that match if we lose. So let's examine these two.
Match 2: Either SOLAR Fleet
SOLAR Fleet are a major Russian alliance living in the Drone Regions. They have played in many ATs and almost always do badly. They played Villore Accord last year and it was a strange match. VA warped in too close and seemed certain to be punished for it as SOLAR brought double Vindicators. SOLAR then managed to fly their Vindicators so badly that they couldn't track and thus succeeded in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
SOLAR are very experienced with all types of ships up to and including titans. They also have many years' worth of AT. They haven't been able to translate that into any AT success yet but maybe this could be their year to come strong. I feel they're one FC short of becoming a solid team, perhaps Mactep needs to let someone else run the team.
Top 3 killers: Olaf Tarkka, elita force, Stine Hakkari
Top 3 ships: Cerberus, Stiletto, Rapier
Expected Mawderator pun: not a stellar performance from SOLAR Fleet.
Match 2: Or Salt Farmers
Salt Farmers are a German low sec group based in Okkamon in Black Rise. Their killboard shows most of their kills come from gatecamping their whole system but they also run nightly roams.
Top 3 killers: Front242 Ellecon, Demoleon Delwargin, Scramma
Top 3 ships: Svipul, Kestrel, Jackdaw.
Expected Mawderator pun: Villore Accords farming salt as they send their opponents to the losers' bracket (I hope!)
Win, Win, sees us play the most successful from Phoebe Freeport Republic, Ghost Legion. It's Only Pixels and Pen Is Out. I think Ghost Legion. which is based around Fafer and some other PL AT veterans is the most dangerous. They clinically despatched Phew 100-0 in the Feeders.
Win, Loss sees us play the winner of (loser of NC. v Razor) and (loser of Shadow Cartel and Of Sound Mind). Equally likely to be Razor, Shadow Cartel or Sound. Very unlikely to be NC.
Loss, Win sees us play the loser of SOLAR v Salt Farmers and beat them then play the loser of (NC. v whoever wins the Shadow Cartel v Of Sound Mind match). I'd expect to play the more successful of Shadow Cartel and Sound.
I won't go through all the permutations but if we win our first three games we'll probably get a chance to knock Pandemic Legion down into the Losers' Bracket ;)