The Gallente War Machine Rages On

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The Caldari militia is like a bunch of school girls who hate each other 90% of the time and love each other 10% of the time, for reasons that are both reasonable and retarded.
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Eve players are like a bunch of school girls who hate each other 90% of the time and love each other 10% of the time, for reasons that are almost allways retarded.FTFY :p
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My corp joined Caldari for the easy to find fights, but immediately swapped out to the amarr/minnie fight when we discovered the caldari military channel is more used for people begging for isk, whining about losses, and petty hatred towards one another. Herding cats across a river would be easier than getting the caldari organized enough to not be the little bitch in that fight...
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As someone who was in Kraken when the surprise change took place I've got a few things to add. Calmil was already struggling to gain momentum against the gals. It was their (our) stated objective to take Nennamalia after losing Kinaka and nothing ever came of that. Key to the gal's success was a small group of very active, eve-rich pilots. They usually were fleeted up and in expensive fits. These guys blunted the PvP hopes of many by laying out traps. Conversely the calmil core group fancied themselves expert FCs. They frequently lead large groups of 'young' pvpers into aforementioned deathtraps. Or they'd gather a large fleet and wait for the gals to come out and play. (They then cried when after 2hr waits we'd get stomped by a larger fleet.)TL;DR - Calmil was miserable before, and with Kraken gone the last semblance of competence is gone. Don't expect change any time soon.
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Galmil fleets are having to go to Amarr/minnie to even find people to flight against. Its pathetic when pirates are more willing to play a little pew than those holding the fw space. I don't see the situation changing for quite some time. It might even boil down to alts going over to Calmil to capture sites like before retribution.
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Supposedly Happy endings is withdrawing from the Cal Militia as well by the end of the month too.
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Krakennoobs showed what they really were: gutless pirate wannabes looking for pvp on silver plate. I guess noobsec is better for that... Your "expert FCs" are the same category: FW is not about fucking FCs and their stupid fleetsheep. If you are wasting time by fucking around you lose systems. Gallente militia faction BSs, carriers and T3 cruisers can not take systems, if you decided you wanna chase them instead of playing FW then good riddance.TL DR: Kraken leaving, and nothing is lost. Their real militia pilots quit alliance and rejoined CalMil, the carebears went where they belong.
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I can't really tell what you're trying to get at, but certainly Kraken wasn't 'holding calmil together' or anything.As for 'real militia pilots' I'm not sure what you mean either. Although I'd consider FW far more carebear friendly than null. I think you may be implying that orbiting the button is what FW is all about, which would be depressing.
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Maybe we don't have an Amarr ship represent the "Gallente War Machine"?
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Interested in the under-dog fight for Caldari... How do things stand in the EU timezone? Are there any 'respectable' Corps there; out there doing their best, that you'd recommend?
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Well played Gallente!You have made the most of your opportunities and fully deserve the current control you have (albeit that those opportunities were handed to you on a silver platter).With the NPC changes of Retribution it's far too easy to flip systems and farm LP. A better balance needs to be found.Gallente held Tier 4 following the early ninja patch - farmers understandably went to Gallente for the extra LP tipping the scales overwhelmingly in Gallente favour.I'm most interested in seeing what occurs from here and if the current FW itteration can allow the underdog an opportunity to recover. Would be sensible for the system to allow a leg-up, however, I don't see the 'extra' LP required to hold the higher tier as the answer.Of course the players themselves are the most important factor in all this and not the system itself - wonder if CalMil have the stomach for this?! Time will tell.
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Could there be a correlation between the lack of recent Caldari success and the timing of university exams at the end of term? I would wait a few weeks and see before jumping to any real conclusions.
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No one orbits the button anymore. They sit on the warpin waiting for you to come in so they can eat your face.
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Well that's good news then.
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I was going to perhaps suggest Happy Endings, but I guess they're gone too. And honestly Poison Ivvy only got fights because he was predictable.I'd say go to Amarr/Min. I think calmil is mostly gallente alts now.
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I wanted to start fighting for the Caldari militia at one point, but this just tops the lot of stories I heard about how uncoordinated it would be to try to contribute in any meaningful way.Instead, I just moved to null-sec and I feel extremely satisfied, even though Oasa is a hop, skip and a jump away from real fighting.
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I believe you misunderstood. Before the most recent fixes the most effective way to get money was to plex nearly every single system to vulnerable, and then flip them all at one time. If you flipped on early, you allow them to plex it up to vulnerable giving them one more system to counter flip when push time came. In essence by taking a system early, you were handing it to the enemy.They likely declared war on you suspecting you were from the other side, or as a warning. Thankfully the fixes have ended that. (as I discussed in my article last week)
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habing fun with u guys in fliet and lad but after damarrs crew i really see no other calmill with the fight for plexes in them tbh
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try bloody ronin syndacate guys there based in oms there the only guys putting up a fight against us
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lol kraken. u was only there for the farmfest and left wen it ended dont talk the big fight cos u didnt have it
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this pains me as i h8 cynthia but i agree 100%

 

 The second great Caldari/Gallente War

As I addressed in my previous Faction War article, the mechanics of control of systems in Faction Warfare, and how easy it has been to take and hold systems, has swung dramatically since Inferno’s revamp. Clear lines of “winner” and “loser” were very difficult to draw on the Caldari/Gallente warzone. Both sides were able to successfully swing the systems in their favor, and spike their control level to do high tier 4 and 5 cashouts. The quick fix released prior to Retribution seemed to lock the warzone in stasis, causing offensive actions to be difficult to impossible.

When the changes that were coming to the system were announced. Both Caldari and Gallente schemed as to how to best swing control in their favor before retribution. Leaders on both side understood that whoever happened to have the spike at the time, would have a dramatic advantage leading into their future war efforts. The Caldari plan seemed to be to remain patient and allow Gallente to maintain control of the warzone, starved of locations to offensively plex. When time comes they could flip the systems in the week leading up to Retribution, and own the warzone with freshly uncontested systems.

Unfortunately for the Caldari command, no one expected that the warzone would be locked down early, and that the system would be even more difficult to make progress in than previously imagined. The Caldari bided their time, attempting to maneuver themselves into position so that they could capitalize on the changes that would be implemented with Retribution.

On the day of Retribution’s release, the Caldari made their move and seized Vifrevaert. The goal purportedly was to use this victory as both a moral boost, and a rallying point for further momentum to take back the warzone.

All For Naught

As it turned out Vifrevaert provided very little tactical advantage for the Caldari. Station systems are critical in Faction Warfare due to station lock outs, and taking missioning systems is even more important, as it starves the enemy of money and opportunity. Vifrevaert was neither of these. Meanwhile, in another section of the warzone, the Gallente started a massive counter effort to secure systems that were taken during the little time Caldari had earlier to flip systems that were still vulnerable. 

This venture by the Gallente was tremendously successful. The final death knell was that Kraken., Hallanen and Enaluri’s primary defender, withdrew from the warzone to join  WHY so Seri0Us in Null-sec. Before downtime could even register this change was occurring, both systems fell to the Gallente army. Unlike Vifrvaert, these two systems were missioning station systems and represented a substantial loss near the center of the warzone.

Since then the Gallente war machine has lumbered on in a seemingly unstoppable fashion. The Caldari, clearly demoralized by watching their efforts be for naught (Vifrevaert returned to Gallente control in less than a week), has been unable to amount any meaningful defence, and the Gallente continue to take multiple systems a day since their counter offensive began.

However, as the they approach tier 5 status, things will become progressively more difficult for the Gallente. Reduced to fewer systems, Gallente plexers will be unable to hide their presence to Caldari patrols, who will be much more concentrated. Furthermore, the LP cost to raise systems goes up as a faction gets closer to total dominance. At some point Caldari will gain enough traction to hold ground, and likely push back. Many Caldari have said that the reason they are in this position is due to bad luck, or CCP conspiracy with the warzone lockdown. Over time, the Caldari’s superior numbers may wear down the Gallente advantage. What they need right now is a strong leadership to unite the fractured organizations within their militia.

We may see an equilibrium struck, but more likely the pendulum will begin to swing again. The history of faction warfare shows us that no sides dominance is permanent, and I salute all of the men and women out there diligently working to turn ISK into explosions.

 

 

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I have been playing the game *terribly* for right around two years. After a brief time in null, and longer stay in high, I have now entered into Gallente Faction Warfare and somehow landed a job as director of Aideron Robotics. I am still terrible.