CCO Tourney Round 1: Alex vs. Ivan

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Which CO do you like better?

Poll ended at Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:01 am

CO: Alex
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CO: Ivan
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Total votes: 12

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NovaCid9
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CCO Tourney Round 1: Alex vs. Ivan

Post by NovaCid9 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 3:01 am

Thanks for waiting. I just didn't have the energy to post last night. So, today we begin the second half of the first round of the CCO Tourney. Normally, these rounds would last three days. Unfortunately, three days from now is Easter, and I won't be able to get to my computer then. So, these next five rounds will last four days instead. With that out of the way, let us begin.

In this corner, created by Amospiritus, we have the intel master, the Sonja-loving, somewhat reluctant member of Black Hole, Alex. And in the other corner, created by FGM, the indescisive soldier of Blue Moon, the odd melding of Max and Grit, Ivan.

Alex - "Black Hole's Intel Recruit" :bh:

Description: Alex stands a lean 5' 9" and has short, scruffy/spikey black hair. His face is like Andy's, but with softer features, like Sonja's. Wears rimless, small lens glasses, and has a little tan. His outfit is much like Hawke's: black/gray trenchcoat with metal clips (but a bit more of a closer fit, at least for the arms), but no gloves and fists clenched. He has a steely look in his dark brown eyes.

Personality: First impressions of Alex are usually cold and distant. His sullen outward appearance belies a caring, gentle soul.

Bio: Alex grew up in a modest farming district of Yellow Comet. As a child, Alex displayed his budding genius by developing new farming techniques that yielded the same quantities but for half the work. He was also the undisputed hide and seek champion, as he always knew the best hiding places. He was destined to inherit the family farm, but his intelligence and tactical genius at public school got him a scholarship into the military academy, where he met Sonja.

They became fast friends, as their intellects danced and played with each other through war games, chess, and the occasional freestyle (check-check it!). Their budding friendship soon turned into a string of secret trysts. When Kanbei discovered this, he was, at first, happy for Sonja for finding her better half. But, due to Alex's rural backgrounds, their love was not meant to be (royal lineage), and Kanbei, regretfully, told Alex this. (He also didn't want his daughter to have another man in her life!)

Alex took it hard, but did not show this to Kanbei. He vowed to prove himself that he's worthy enough for Sonja's love, and was going to do so on the battlefield, but that plan encountered one big problem...

Yellow Comet and the rest of the nations would not make him a CO! Despite his merits, he was deemed "a bit of loose cannon" (raging love = liability), a quality that COs should never have. Or, that was the reason they gave Alex anyways. The fact of the matter is Kanbei had made some "arrangements" with the other nations, effectively blacklisting Alex for commanding positions. Disheartened, Alex was about to give up until someone lent him a helping hand...

Hawke, seeing the talent of the boy, offered him a position as a Black Hole CO, which Alex reluctantly accepted. Black Hole's ideals were completely opposite of his own, but the demonstrations of strength that Hawke displays in his battles and the treachery of the other nations moved Alex off the fence and into the Black Hole pasture.

During his retraining as a Black Hole CO, he was taught to obtain victory through any means necessary. Subterfuge, deceits, and chaos became Alex's new tools of war; tools which he will not hesitate to use (most of the time). With Alex's abilities and Lash's technology, Black Hole was able to throw the nations of Wars World into complete disarray, making the Macro Land invasion go off without a hitch.

Despite the changes, Alex still pines for Sonja, and is starting to second guess himself for the path that he's taken, like "Is this the only way to prove myself?" and "Would Sonja approve of this?", but the most dreaded question for Alex is "Does Sonja still love me?". Because of this, Hawke needs to test (and possibly retrain) Alex on several more things before he can let Alex test himself on the frontlines...

In-Game Description: A young CO who specializes in electronic warfare. Fights to prove his worth and love to Sonja.

Theme Song: Writhe in Pain - Guilty Gear XX OST

:hit: Sonja
:miss: Weakness

:skill:
His units' HP are hidden (like Sonja's). Ground units also get an extra def. star (rural background and tactical genius = better use of terrain), but cannot exceed the maximum amount (4 stars). All units get a -15% luck modifier (desire to prove himself as a strong CO and his second guessing causes slip-ups).

CO Meter: :smallstar: :smallstar: :smallstar: :smallstar: :bigstar: :bigstar: :bigstar: :bigstar: :bigstar:

:power: Comm Jam
Alex uses powerful jamming technology to effectively shut down enemy communications and radar.
Enemy units get a -10/0 (garbled communications) for 1 turn. Units gain an additional +5/+0 for every def. star they have (jammed enemy radar = better situating of own units; also a little bit of Lash's influence). [Graphics will be a quick static background and noise]

:super: EMP
Alex unleashes a powerful electromagnetic pulse bomb on the enemy's most powerful, mechanical units, rendering them useless for 1 turn.
A 3x3 square* of the enemy's most powerful, mechanical units are rendered inoperable for 1 turn (Cannot move, attack or defend with main weapon). All units get +10/+10. [Graphics will be a blue electrical explosion on the unlucky units]

Quotes: "This one's for Sonja..."
"Knowledge is power... and I control the intel!"
"Don't underestimate me."
"Sorry... your signal's... break...ing up."
"Sorry... but this is the only way..."

Victory Quotes: "Was this enough to prove myself?"
"Sonja... wait for me."
"Forgive me Sonja..."

*AOE =
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Name: Ivan

Army: :bm:

Creative Section:

Description: Ivan is a new recruit to the Blue Moon army, he is young, about 16 years old. Ivan is 5 foot 7 (170.2 cm) and 132 pounds (60 kg). He has scruffy, blonde hair and bright, blue eyes and wears a white t-shirt and blue jeans with white socks and black running shoes. Ivan is relatively shy, being new and all, but he has a natural talent for commanding an army. Ivan is also very unsure of the future and he can not decide which type of combat he wants to specialize in. Being part of Blue Moon, he feels a direct comabt specialist would be best for Blue Moon has no direct specialist. However after watching Grit in combat he continues to have inner conflict. His fellow Commanding Officers try to help him decide but no matter what, they respect his choices, and in return, Ivan respects his fellow Commanding Officers. Ivan was a member of the same military academy as Colin and both graduated to the Blue Moon army. Colin sometimes gets angry at Ivan because of Ivan's crush on Sasha which often gets him into trouble. Howver, Ivan and Colin are the best of friends and the best of rivals.

History: Ivan was born in the same hometown as Olaf and they share a special bond because of this. As an attendee of the Blue Moon military academy, Ivan discovered he had natural talent for warfare, however he often had trouble making quick decisions and too this day, he retains this quality. Although he has the same experience as Colin, his natural skill in warfare allows armies under his command to be more effective, thus balancing his lack of true experience. During the second Wars World War, Ivan denied himself battle experience due to his lack of confidence. However, having the same hometown as Olaf, Ivan also harbors a deep resentment for Black Hole. To this day, he spends his time with Olaf, rebuilding their home and defending his country.

Picture making/editing attempt can be found here:
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:hit: : Direct Combat, Indirect Combat
:miss: : Lack of confidence, indecision

Quote: "This should prove interesting."

Technical section:

:Skill: : All units are 100/100

Meter: :smallstar: :bigstar: :smallstar: :bigstar:

:power: : Max Test

-Direct (Non-Foot Soldier) units gain +1 movement
-Direct units become 130/100
-Generic +10% defense

Quotes:
-I hear that Max is a famous CO, maybe this is the way to go.
-Time to get up close and personal.
-Direct combat...I like it.

:super: : Snipe Test

-Indirect units gain +1 range
-Indirect units become 130/100
-Generic +10% defense

Quotes:
-Maybe indirect combat is for me.
-Grit has always said to take things nice and slow.
-Hmm, this style of combat is intriguing...

Victory Quotes:
-Another battle down, and still no decision made.
-With each battle, I learn about my self a little more.
-This victory was for Blue Moon and nothing more.

Note:
-His name should seem familiar, being the original name of Colin, that is why I used it. Ivan is also new to the whole CO thing so I figured the name works with him.
-The meter format means both powers are the same cost, 4 stars.

Edit: FGM: I fixed up some of the format errors resulting in the emoticons being used for clarity.
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Post by ThrawnFett » Fri Apr 14, 2006 3:28 am

Despite the scary sprite (it gave me the jibblies), I really like Ivan. He's a CO I'd use... Alex is good, but I think Ivan is closer to balance...
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Post by Kireato » Fri Apr 14, 2006 3:44 am

I also vote for Ivan...

I'm neutral towards the concept, but the whole thing is priced well enough.

Alex on the other hand... The day to day reminds me of Ozzy: get extra defence and lack luck... I really don't like the mix... it's like saying: look you can't beat my meatshield! And the opponent: aha, but will you dare attack mine?

And it's underpowered too. Heck, Ozzy had at least the sense of having a defence boost which wasn't situational and less of a luck weakness...

And the powers are largely overpriced... Huge, without that much effect...
I'd easily put EMP at 6 stars...
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Post by DTaeKim » Fri Apr 14, 2006 4:03 am

Alex could use some balancing work; I feel he is probably underpowered.

Ivan gets points for an original power and appears to be balanced, so he gets my vote.
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Post by Nembras » Fri Apr 14, 2006 4:43 am

Ivan got my vote. He seems a little more original, overall, although Alex's story and motivations are very interesting, as well.
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Post by amospiritus » Fri Apr 14, 2006 7:58 am

Well, I'd better start bleaching some flags...

Please keep the comments about my CO coming. I have some ideas that would've, maybe, balanced Alex, but wanted some feedback first. I'm still new to this custom CO creation thing, and my goal in this brave new world is to make an S-rank CO that's unique to me. Thanks to everyone who drops me some suggestions.

And nice CO FGM, I would've probably vote for Ivan on just his skills and balance alone. :)
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Post by Familyguyman » Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:20 am

*bump* We need more votes here!
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Post by Banzo803 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:22 am

I like Ivan more. Alex is a bit underpowered, and Ivan has nicesimple powers.
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Post by Yuganon » Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:38 am

Ivan sounds cooler. Vote.
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Post by ubergeneral » Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:13 am

There is one too many co Alex's around he need an original name. I voted for Ivan.
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Post by x0_000 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:50 am

I like Ivan. Nice idea that uses the AW2 system in an refreshing way and nicely balanced to boot.
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Post by Tronn_Bonne » Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:51 am

My vote goes to Ivan. Alex has a great bio but he is more than a little underpowered and his CO Powers are a tad on the bitty side. Ivan on the other hand is a solid concept with well priced powers.
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Sven

Post by Sven » Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:23 am

Ivan is good, though admittedly, odds are you will only be using only one of the powers the entire game.

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Yuganon
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Post by Yuganon » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:07 pm

Depends on the situation. You can be guarding an important location with indirects, or you could be on the offensive with directs.
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Post by DTaeKim » Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:27 am

I want to bump these to the top, so more people can vote.
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Post by sleepyguy » Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:48 am

I don't like Alex, but I don't get Ivan's CO bar, but I vote Ivan because I hate COs with REALLY LONG CO bars.
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Post by I_CAN_SEE_YOU » Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:04 pm

I vote for Ivan because he is an original idea.

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Post by NovaCid9 » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:02 am

A landslide victory for Ivan. Congrats to FGM. Sorry for my lateness in closing this.
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