TEST Joining Caldari FW - Analysis

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I wish good luck to my former bro's. Still love you guys!
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same here
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Nice article, Funky. I say if TEST wan't to regain their strength, FW sounds a great place to start. I give all my best to TEST and I say go for it, TEST alliance. You deserve a fresh start so go for it :).
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Don't think you're giving the Gallente Militia a bit much credit with regards to ev0ke?They had ~1800 when they lost the last of their sov mid November, ~800 when they enter FW start of January, and ~500 when they left FW at the end of March. You seem to be implying that FW is the reason they dropped to a quarter of their sov holding numbers, despite the fact that they'd lost more than half in the month and half between dropping sov and joining FW.
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While they announced Tamo as their staging and FW as their near term goal, in reality this system puts them 1mid from Deklein. They can bridged directly to NPC PB from there, and I suspect they'll just be using it as a main base for their Predditor group (covert hotdrops).
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Not to mention that they were grief-ed to fuck in Syndicate by SV.
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the only good thing of TEST is DHD, that dude is funny as fuck <3 :frankfrank:
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If only there was a way to restrict comments to those that have started puberty.
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Nulli wasn't around when the Amarr spiked to level 5, they 'helped' spike it to level 4 before deeming those 2 systems Ushra'Khan repeatedly wiped the floor with them in wasn't worth the effort.
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Actually... I think this is a good move for them. At least much better than Curse that is. At least here everyone has an ability to build up their own coffers. I think the author is relying to much on thinking the alliance holdings itself has to be large and afford to replace ships. However if everyone is rich, it doesn't matter. Also Test could try to have its alliance holdings still increase in space. Try to hold any moon thats viable if its in the low enough security systems to do so. Also run PI like mad. If LP isn't taxable, they could increase taxes to nearly or fully 100% if people can benefit otherwise. Now of course, it isn't perfect... and of course holding your own nice estates in null would be better, however, much better than curse. Much much much better than Curse. Probably a very good way to have a way back into nullsec as well. Believe it or not, you can make a crap ton in low-sec, and form what I heard thats where all the nice officer mods are dropping lately anyways from what I've heard from people. PVP in faction warfare when you feel like it, and then faction-bear it up for a while until everyone has the ability to replace the ships often enough that they need to use to win a Sov Campaign. Again I know, there might be better ways, but its step up from Curse.
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You assume he was talking about us and not wrik messing with test.
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stop smoking before you post xander.
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Gallente citizen here. (http://evewho.com/pilot/Ibrahi...Should I join Gallente militia to fight Caldari scum (and TEST) to improve muh l33t PVP skillz [y/n]?
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I thought it was Curse
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We are cocky for a reason, cause we have earned it :)
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You're not going to improve your elite pvp skills flying against us.Trust me, I shoot TEST nerds every saturday, and I still fly out of the arena.
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We have a whole ex-j4lp corp, they'll help us.And a surprising many aren't leaving.
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Well, he's gone again, you're out of luck.
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Brick squad went to FW lol, and failed
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That would be Curse.
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They don't need to be torn to shreds in FW. Just have Gelvon Goblin make another "investment" for them. It'll be fun head hunting a bleeding hippo in it's last gasps.
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elite pvp is misnomer for moron with fragile ego.
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so what exactly do you think wan't is when not conjugated?
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the same thing we do for all our bitter ex girlfriendspizza, GSF etc.
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Unfortunately only like 3-4 members of Rubella actually did anything in FW while they were part of J4LP.
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NEVER, im dutch can´t help it, most keep smoking!
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Does this fight starting count as content for EvE Online? Because they have stopped giving out them BlinkScorps now...Everyone move on!
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why shoot yourself in the foot?
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The battle of Eha involved much more than a single corp. Here is just one corp that lived next door in Oicx. If you scroll down enough pages you'll find a large Minnie tower that was a center of death and fights everytime it was reinforced. I remember my time in Purge. So will the squids. http://eve-kill.net/?a=corp_de...
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December kb link. 846 kills.
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You are in FW, you haven't earned shit. Shut up scrub.
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Quick! Get alts into TEST and awox their faction standing!
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Indeed, Nulli failed to get Amarr to tier 5 due to refusing to pay Minmatar Militia to stand aside. They have gone on to explain this decision in the usual 0.0 way of "didn't want the extra rewards anyway". The isk not gained by cashing out tier 4 as opposed to tier 5 was quite substantial.Generally 0.0 force projection fails in lowsec due to a plethora of reasons...but refusing to make deals out of an excess of hubris is definately a big one there.
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Not a terrible article, but you have a rather significant error - the stated goal for TEST joining FW is for line members, and in particular newbros, to earn isk. Not for the alliance. It is immaterial that LP rewards are not taxed.
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LOL no not content really. I like these guys. Oh and I saw a gang of Goons go through Syndicate over the weekend!I don't think they noticed me in local, but I did wave at them as they went through!
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I thought you already were a Test alt.
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Lose your space and half your alliance?
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Its not PB
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They were known in syndicate as 'ejoke'.
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English isn't his first language, moron.

As you have probably heard by now, Test Alliance Please Ignore has sounded the trumpets and announced an invasion of factional warfare. If this comes to pass, they will be the fourth primarily nullsec alliance to take this particular plunge in the last year. One of those former alliances, Nulli Secunda, has come in on the side of the Amarr and the other two to date, Ev0ke and The Gorgon Empire, have entered on the side of the Caldari.

First, some history

Once a part of the Southern Coalition (SoCo), the combined CFC/HBC Delve 2012 campaign saw Nulli Secunda evicted from their former nullsec homes during the summer of 2012. They retreated to Amarr factional warfare to rebuild, farm up some cash, and pwn some FW noobs. After accomplishing two of those goals, they orchestrated a tier spike. At the time, spiking war zone control to 5 caused LP store prices to drop to 12.5% of normal and meant they could purchase eight Navy Geddons for the price of one. Then they cashed out and left again for nullsec. Following S2N's departure, and after several more orchestrated tier spikes in both war zones, CCP grew tired of the quick cash outs and the system was nerfed to our present system where tier control affects LP payouts but not LP store prices.

Ev0ke was next to enter. After losing their sov, they joined up with the Caldari militia with presumably the same intent as S2N several months before. They entered the war January 8th, the same day that the Gallente Militia had taken their last system to obtain 100% war zone control. Initially, they made excellent gains working against a Gallente Militia that was fairly burned out after a month long campaign and took several systems around their beach head in the northwest corner of Placid. But by March 1st, the offensive had ground to a halt and Ev0ke entered into a war of attrition while attempting to take the Gallente held Eha system. In a defense spearheaded by three-man corp LVLUP, and supported heavily by several other elements of the Gallente Militia, the line was held in Eha and Ev0ke left FW shortly after with barely 1/4 of their previous sov holding numbers.

The Gorgon Empire <-GE-> was an anomaly in FW. As primarily residents of NPC null they were not thrown out of their home space like their predecessors, but instead came to Black Rise looking for fights, fun, and cash. They gained all three, but their stay was a short one. Their big splash came at one of the most intensive running battles in the history of the Gallente-Caldari conflict that saw the vast majority of PVP forces for both militias sitting right next door to each other. With the addition of -GE-, over 1,200 Caldari pilots were being based out of Enaluri while the Gallente got some help from some Russian Mattari friends, who based over 970 pilots out of Nennamaila between the two militias. The battle lasted three days and saw thousands of ships destroyed on both sides. After a ground attack from Gallente Dust forces to push the last few percent over the line, Enaluri fell to the Gallente while a Minmatar support fleet ran interference. -GE- re-based to Yvangier after the fall of Enaluri, were active for a few more days, and then left FW.

What does this mean for TEST?

The first thing on TEST's agenda will likely need to be a membership purge. In order for an alliance to join—and remain—in their faction of choice every single corp inside the alliance must have a 0.01 or better faction standing. If any single corp is below or falls below that threshold, the entire alliance is barred from joining the faction. There was some talk of alt corps being used to boost standings, which of course will not work. Word has it that TEST is working on grinding standings now, but if that's not enough to pull every corp in the alliance up over the edge, some people and corps with bad standings will need to go away in order for their plan to move forward.

Once they are able to join FW for the Caldari the fun will begin. Tamo (where they are supposedly headed now) will be a relatively crappy system to base out of if they plan to be effective in the war zone at all, so a new home system will need to be chosen. What happens after that will largely depend on TEST's goals and how willing they are to work with their fellow Caldari.

The stated goal of using FW to earn cash will be an interesting one. Money is made in FW through LP, and LP can not be taxed. If TEST plans to bolster coffers in this way, they will be relying heavily on their members to cash out LP and either donate the goods directly to the alliance or sell them and donate the money directly to the alliance. Given TEST leadership's track record of late with taking alliance assets and running off someplace else, this could spell doom for the alliance if it continues.

Another area where TEST may run into some issues will be with regards to their numbers. A medium FW complex pays out 25,000 LP under normal conditions. That LP is split equally between all eligible pilots in range of the "button" inside the plex, meaning that FW is most profitable as a solo venture, and piling ships into a plex to capture it is a horrible way for pilots to make money. Being spread out while farming will leave TEST open to all kinds of FW nastiness, as both the Gallente Militia and local pirates have adapted tactics for dealing with hordes of WCS and cloaked farmers. On the flip side, while a good sized fleet will almost guarantee safety and the successful capture of a plex, it leaves other plexes in the same system vulnerable to capture. Spreading out a fleet, even inside a system, can lead to a lot of losses at the hands of guerilla tactics unless the fleet has extensive discipline and exceptional FCing, something that TEST seems to lack on occasion.

On the positive side, TEST seems to have no fear or disdain for flying smaller ships. This was something that was lacking in the previous three visitors from nullsec. If they are able to adapt tactics to smaller fleets of ten or less and smaller ships they could very effectively capture and hold systems across the war zone.

With regards to Fweddit <J4LP> (who you may recall took the side of the CFC in the Fountain war), some people have mentioned disappointment that a move to the Caldari Militia will mean that TEST will be blue to J4LP. Fortunately for those people, this is not the case. While it is true that Amarr and Caldari militias are technically allies in FW and even appear purple (friendly militia color) to each other in space, shooting a member of an "allied militia" does not incur any standings loss. So TEST and J4LP will still be able to shoot at each other just fine.

It is often joked that FW is the place nullsec alliances come to die. The actual examples that history has given us are a mixed bag so we can't quite tie a toe tag on the middle management dino just yet. With some serious adaptation and effort FW may be exactly what TEST needs to give its members the purpose and motivation to get back on their feet like S2N before them. If they are unable to adapt and find themselves victimized at the hands of the Gallente Militia, local pirates, and former nullsec adversaries, they may find themselves evicted out of yet another area of space.

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