Summer Is Coming
Duncan Ringill

And summer means Alliance Tourney!

The 11th Alliance Tournament will be kicking off on July 20, 2013. While we like to keep things nice and simple like that here in the Tournament Team, a few more announcements regarding this year’s Alliance Tournament are in order because we are changing a few things.

Firstly, we will do away with the usual format of qualifying rounds and group stages and go for a double elimination bracket format from the start. This raises the stakes significantly for all participants as all matches will matter!

Secondly, Alliance Tournament XI will run over three weekends instead of four as has been the common practice.

Thirdly, we will be introducing bans into the Alliance Tournament from the second weekend onwards. Team captains will ban out two ship types each before the match starts so that neither team can field that specific ship type in the match.┬áThe effect of the bans will be the same as the New Eden Open, while the format will become a 1 – 2 – 1 type rather than the 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 that we saw in the NEO. With this added to the mix, matches will be more varied and exciting.

Lastly, to fly with an alliance in the Alliance Tournament XI you will need to have been a member of that alliance from downtime this morning, at 11:00 UTC May 15th. Each alliance may only field one team.