Factional Warfare: Holiday Update

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Old man star is right next store <----- probably door
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Gallente should welcome Solar to the Alliance Graveyard Warfare
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With the changes to Dust 514 with Uprising 1.7 I expect a shift in favor of the Gallente. The Gallente FW store in Dust has the assault rifle and the armor tanked dropsuits that have become popular since the 1.5 patch. Massive amounts of people are joining Gallente FW battles in Dust and most Caldari battles I join end badly.
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Doh! Fixed, thanks.
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Nice article Raktak, thanks for writing it! One thing, though, I thought Old Man Gang considered OMS to be their "true home", but you've said they consider Heyd as their true home.
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Nice writeup, deen.
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The Gallente have actually held all of the districts in the warzone for as long as anyone can remember, because the lore for most Dust players has been presented as thinly as Gallente = freedom Caldari = Tibus Heth. They all want to be the good guys so they dogpile into Gallente / Minmatar contracts.The unfortunate bit comes in where a in the Dust FW system a population advantage inevitably means that faction will have 100% control over the warzone without even the barest hint of a threat of losing anything more than briefly. Everything is vulnerable at all times essentially, and if you take a district then 5 minutes later the other side will attack it again and you won't be there to defend it. Instead, a team of random people will be given the task. When CCP starts an event that rewards people for running FW contracts the situation can flip, as it did recently when the rewards for the Caldari side were deemed more valuable than the Gallente ones. Overnight the warzone went from 100% Gallente to 100% Caldari. The event ended and bam, it switched again.So Dust can't shift the warzone any more into the Gallente favor. All of CalMil's gains have been done with massive penalties in place. The Gallente store has Duvolle rifles with lower fitting costs as well as armor mods, which are critical now for surviving any kind of fight, so that isn't likely to change anything. The only thing that might start to shift things is the change to orbital bombardments, as long as next week's patch fixes the friendly fire issues. Space superiority is now a factor in Dust.
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Yup, Vif is a useful place to gather lp for both sides but holding it is about as much use as having an ashtray on a motorcycle. Am sure the Gallente who took it are very proud of their achievement, so props to them for their efforts - it's nice to have something to cheer about. :DNice write up though. Would read again. :)
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Ciaphas shoot me a mail in-game so I can get the hookup on the Eugales front.
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Great article. Good to have another FW correspondent!
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Aye, the Amarr side in FW matches are comprised of people mostly tired of waiting for the queue for other factions. I've seen 3 victories out of about 15 - 20 matches I've played since 1.7.
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The bulk of OMG was always in Heyd before the Joint Task Force pushed them out. I believe OMS to be their "true home" in namesake only.Also -- Gratz on the article Rakky. Very good write-up; short, concise, and to the point.
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Yeah non-station systems don't really matter too much. And since both sides use JF services to supply their low sec system, it really doesn't matter where you base out of (Eha vs. Innia). There is only a supply advantage if you base one jump in from high sec and you control the high sec gate. Then you can bring in massive amounts of supplies cheaply through regular freighters.
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Caldari State Capturing is dropping FW to shoot at calmil. Hurray more targets \o/

It’s been quite a while since the last Faction Warfare update and the picture has changed considerably in Gallente/Caldari space since the end of October. TEST continued its plex farming onslaught in full force and steadily backed Gallente forces into all but the most resolute home systems (Nennamaila, Eha, etc.). Like any fire that burns so ferociously, eventually it runs out of fuel. With only the stalwart systems left to offensively plex, many Caldari have begun to run L4 Missions to make their LP. It is hard to believe but as late as early November GalMil chat was rife with boasts that capturing every system in Cal/Gal FW was within grasp. It would not surprise me if CalMil chat looked much the same now.

Heydieles Reclaimed

This is, of course, old news – but the impact of having TESTs massive resources bearing down on the Gallente has made for some interesting strategic shifts in FW. Now GalMil is mostly playing defense with mixed results. A variety of GalMil corps generally led by Aideron Robotics put up a heroic, multi-week defense of the system against Old Man Gang and affiliates; but these old Russians allied themselves with a variety of Russian pirate corps to boost their ranks. This was a wise move as OMG was able to frequently field sizeable fleets, especially during the Russian time zone. Generally, GalMil did not have the strength to challenge plexes until significant damage had already been done to the system’s contestability. Even when GalMil assembled a force to kick OMG and others out of plexes, each battle was hard fought. Logistically both sides were turning on a dime to maximize their ship class to each available plex, but OMG was consistently a bit more nimble. Ultimately, the tug of war for Heydieles ended with a CalMil victory and Old Man Gang has reclaimed what they consider their true home. No doubt the logistics chief of OMG should enjoy putting his feet up at the Moon 19 station cantina.  Well deserved.

This battle is far from over. Old Man Star is right next door and many of the displaced GalMil corps have since set up shop there. Expect both Heyd and OMS to be chock full of holiday killmails in the coming weeks.

Eha Remains Stubborn

Innia stands as one of the most powerful strongholds for the Caldari, so it’s no wonder that they would focus their efforts nearby in Eha. Despite easily pushing Local to above 100 pilots, CalMil has still been unable to seriously threaten the system with contestability topping out around 40%. Test, Templis, Caldari State Capturing, and a few others have been spearheading the assault, commanding plexes at will for large swaths of EU time zones. The defensive effort has been led by Justified Chaos with generous portions of help from elements of Genstar, BNANA, Mostly Sober, and GMVA.

During the EU/US time zone overlap, the killmails are plentiful. Generally GalMil can field between 2 and 3 dozen pilots with CalMil supplying between 2 or 3 times that amount. Battles are generally close and both sides have their fair share of competent pilots trying to get that extra edge. Logistically GalMil is somewhat disadvantaged; they are further from their side of hi-sec space and Innia is home to more CalMil pilots to stock their markets than Eha is for GalMil. So far the Gallente have been able to keep their stations flush with hulls to continue the fight but given the intensity of the conflict in this part of low-sec it might be the side that can’t get enough supplies to the front that ends up losing the fight.

GalMil Offense

It’s not all bad news for GalMil. Offensive fleets are beginning to pop up here and there and last week a task force formed to push Enaluri past the critical last 15% of contestability and into vulnerable. A 30-man fleet complete with multiple Thrasher gate camps locked the system down for the better part of last Sunday  and the system found itself back in GalMil hand’s shortly afterwards. CalMil resistance seemed largely absent in Enaluri, although the occasional Sniper Cormorant band did show up to cause trouble.

Additionally, Vlfrevaert was taken earlier this week which puts Caldari system Ladistier in an awkward position. With Heydieles already fallen into Caldari hands this frees up a considerable amount of capsuleers to defend OMS and resume offensively plexing elsewhere. Right now OMS is stable enough not to warrant a massive d-plexing fleet and the Galente Milita didn’t waste much time putting their free time to good use. The taking of Vlfrevaert means Ladistier is isolated. Whether GalMil intends to push in to Ladistier now remains to be seen but if they do manage to take the system this could be the beginnings of a southern front in the war, setting the stage for an undoubtedly massive battle to retake Heyd and possibly move further into low-sec.

TL;DR

If CalMil decides to coordinate a final push to completely conquer FW space this will likely lead to all-out battles for long time homes of GalMil that will undoubtedly prove a tough nut to crack. If CalMil is content to sit teetering between Tier 2 and Tier 3 and collect their LP, GalMil has their work cut out for them to settle the score.

Many thanks to Deen Wispa of Justified Chaos for contributing to this article.

 

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Long time gamer, EVE noob - Raktak is earning his stripes in Faction Warfare and by occasionally getting ROLFSTOMPED by pirates. When not plexing and iHub bashing, Raktak hopes he's at least in the running for having the dumbest name in all of EVE.