All the EVE Alliance Tournament XI Viewing Resources You Need (Popcorn and Beer Not Included)

Grab your popcorn and settle in for three weekends of exploding spaceship goodness. Here's some resources to help.

As thousands of internet spaceship geeks around the globe settle in to watch the spectacle of explosions and tears that is the eleventh EVE Online Alliance Tournament, your curiosity may well lead you to stop by to see what the fuss is about.

You should, it'll be fun.

Just like trying to learn any new sport, it can also be pretty overwhelming and confusing. But stick with it and try to get a sense of what is occurring. Basically some internet spaceships are trying to kill other internet spaceships.

Like any e-sportsman, there are some very dedicated spaceship professionals out there who have been training for months for a shot at the title. There are intricate manoeuvers and cunning tricks they will employ in pursuit of their goal, but you'll develop an eye for spotting  those the more you watch (check out our one paragraph guide below).

Ongoing GameSkinny Coverage

Our coverage of the tournament will be ongoing for the duration of the competition, this list will be updated with all new content:

  • Those Who Are About to Explode, We Salute You: Gladiators of Alliance Tournament XI
Weekend 1 Coverage
  • Way of the Exploding Spaceships: Alliance Tournament XI Day One Review
  • Alliance Tournament XI Day One In Pictures
  • The Undefeated: Alliance Tournament XI Day Two in Pictures (Part One)
  • The Vanquished: Alliance Tournament XI Day Two in Pictures (Part Two)
Weekend 2 Coverage
  • Fights, Camera, Salmon: Alliance Tournament XI Day 3 in Pictures (Part One)
  • Are You Not Amused?: Alliance Tournament XI Day 3 in Pictures (Part Two)
  • Thinning the Herd: Alliance Tournament XI Day 4 in Pictures (Part One)
  • The Last Quarter Given: Alliance Tournament XI Day 4 in Pictures (Part Two)
  • The Untouchables: Alliance Tournament XI Day 4 in Pictures (Part Three)
Weekend 3 Coverage
  • Burning ISK: Alliance Tournament XI Day Five in Pictures (Part One)
  • And Then There Were Four: Alliance Tournament XI Day Five in Pictures (Part Two)
  • And on the 6th Day... Champions Will Rise: ATXI Finals
  • Pandemic Legion and THE R0NIN
  • Exodus. and HYDRA RELOADED
Get Watching

Below is a list of links to assist the Alliance Tournament viewer in getting the best from their viewing experience.

I will be adding to these resources as the tournament develops, so please let me know if there's anything you'd like to have explored, explained, or dissected.

CCP Foxfour's Prototype Tournament Stats Page

A work in progress, this tool could prove to be a useful source of information for anyone masochistic enough to want to try their hand at some statistical analysis, or just to find out which team has lost the most ISK.

The Tournament Brackets

This fantastic official tool allows viewers chart the progress of every team through every stage of the competition. It's also a delight to use on smartphones.

Alternatively, check out the third party Null-Sec site for a player-developed tournament monitor (as well as browser-based character monitor and ship fitting tools).

The Full Schedule

WEEKEND 1

Saturday 20th July: 32 matches beginning at 1330 UTC/GMT - 0930 EDT

Sunday 21st July: 32 matches beginning at 1330 UTC/GMT - 0930 EDT

WEEKEND 2

Saturday 27th July: 20 matches beginning at 1500 UTC/GMT - 1100 EDT

Sunday 28th July: 20 matches beginning at 1500 UTC/GMT - 1100 EDT

WEEKEND 3

Saturday 3rd August: 18 matches beginning at 1500 UTC/GMT - 1100 EDT

Sunday 4th August: 13 matches beginning at 1500 UTC/GMT - 1100 EDT

 
Tournament Tactics in One Paragraph

In general, each team will field two or three big ships (battleships and/or the slightly smaller battlecruisers) whose job it is to deal the damage with their huge arsenal of weaponry. The remaining 'support' wing varies, but will often comprise a logistics cruiser (OneirosScimitarGuardian or Basilisk - a 'space priest' who provides ranged 'healing') and an assortment of small but useful cruisers, destroyers and frigates who will provide a range of utility roles from 'tackling' (immobilising enemy ships so the big guns can hit them) to electronic warfare (assorted means of disrupting the enemy's ability to return fire). Every ship has a points value corresponding to its usefulness, with a maximum of 100 on each team of no more than 12 ships.

 
The Rules

Although the basics are fairly easy to grasp: a knockout competition requiring the destruction of the other team's spaceships, and there will also be commentators will be on hand to explain the intricacies, the complete rules are always useful to have nearby in case you want to know how the ships are selected, what "banning" is all about, and what constitutes cheating (definitely a grey area in EVE competitions).

The official rules are here.

 

Previous Alliance Tournaments

The long and chequered history of the EVE Alliance Tournaments has seen its fair share of heroic victories, inexplicably stupid decisions and devious skullduggery. Seemingly unstoppable returning champions, giant-killing underdogs, treacherous B teams, and heart-stopping moments litter the previous competitions.

Go check them out.

 

Ships on EVElopedia

The jargon used by commentators can be confusing. Many of EVE's 250+ ships will see action during the tournament and it is tricky for the layman to tell their hulking battleships from their logistics cruisers and their battlecruisers from their frigates.

The ship section of EVElopedia is what you need. 

 

Tournament Betting

For spectators with access to the in-game currency of ISK (InterStellar Kredits), the temptation to have a flutter on your friends or just on that team name that made you laugh, the canny EVE community provides.

EVE-Bet and Monocle Madness both offer a variety of match betting services. 

 

Featured Columnist

Broken paramedic and coffee-drinking Englishman whose favourite dumb animal is an oxymoron. After over a decade of humping and dumping the fat and the dead, my lower spine did things normally reserved for Rubik's cubes, bringing my career as a medical clinician to an unexpectedly early end. Fortunately, my real passion is in writing and given that I'm now highly qualified in the art of sitting down, I have the time to pursue it. Having blogged about video games (well, mostly EVE Online) for years, I hope to channel my enjoyment of wordcraft and my hobby of gaming into one handy new career that doesn't involve other people's vomit.

Published Aug. 25th 2017

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