GSF War Update: The Hurfzone

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You're so incredibly shit.
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As a non-EVE playing outsider, I look forward to hearing more about your victories against the bastion of mediocrity that is "Reddit culture".
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Meh.
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oh this was enjoyable. i love prop pieces. write more bs please!
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The same could be said about goon culture, they are not that much different.
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So you're loosing the war, right ?
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ProviBlock took back all its sov using Torp Bombers as it could not fight Super Cap wars. Good to see that the Goons are learning from the CVA
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Goons win at losing.
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American, hamburger feeded culture ...
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Is it just me, or is there a SOTA meeting every other day now? As far as this one goes, the narrative is plain hilarious. CFC is outnumbered, outgunned, and blobed out by supers. But the underdogs that they are, they grind they teeth and fight though the odds. This gotta be one of the most trite and boring pieces to be penned by Mittens in years.
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Many Goons have realized the great advantages of the Purifier's larger-than-average cargohold. To that, they owe CVA. Some pilots still use hounds, which is a damn shame.
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OMG so much shit and damage control, and shit again dude if u imagine Magas can fight Domis u are wrong . "So now that we've had a clean victory," can u please show me where is that victory?PS: thx for ban i don't expect anything alse
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A massive upset to the status quo happened recently with Odyssey's release. Thus, there are huge power grabs and general turmoil as people begin to get 0.0 into equilibrium again. The huge number of updates from leaders is not only unsurprising, but should be fully expected.
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one more thing ...if TEST fal will be no problem because , N3 ( Nulli + Nexus+NC.=N3 not n3 and NC. ...damn ignorant) will kip fighting u
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This is a war update, which isn't even close to an SOTG, but pretty similar to a CEO update. It just seems like there are more these days because people prefer to leak their own material instead of waiting 5 minutes for someone else to leak it on kugu instead.
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Meh.
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Wonder how much goon money N3 will take...
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Not a single Condi fleet has faught alone either. The point about test not fighting alone is invalid. Also blueballed once = winning. Superb spin. Its not even a station system.
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omg this site is so shit, full of goon spin and bullshit, CFC are seriously losing the war
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0 we are not BL
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Honestly, my account is three weeks old, I think I literally started the day after the TEST/CFC thing got started. And out of all the posts I've read, this is the only one where I've genuinely worry for TEST. An arrogant proganda company kool-aid drunk Mittens is pretty easy to discount, but a cool, rational, acknowledging his own mistakes and laying out his points clearly? That's actually pretty worrying. To be honest, as soon as I heard about Black Legion and CFC working together, things got nasty for TEST. I'm new, I have no idea who Black Legion is, but every firefight they've been involved in has gone their way, and the return of the capital fleet they captured is disturbing.
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This was a GSF War Update, posted to their forums first and designed to inspire and encourage the membership.NO SHIT there's spin and embellishment, are you seriously this dense?But they never said they're winning explicitly; in fact, the post says multiple times that they had fucked up over and over and have finally pulled their heads out of their asses.
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As a member of Nulli, I would thank you to not advertise for us. We like to leave that to the literate.
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Please stop doing that to your keyboard.
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"So now that we've had a clean victory," lmao..........
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Mayb the Russians might put their difference aside and form the 'Red Solar Legion'between RA, Solar and xxDEATHxx. Might be a big headache for N3.It's something that Mittens want, and he can make it happen with some good ole Isk bribes.
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Regardless of where you stand on this war, this is a horribly mashed out response and I can only imagine you headbutting the keyboard in some outrage fueled frenzy.
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CFC getting their ass kicked....uhuh.......Lets see in 6 months or 12 months who are still here.1Goonswarm Federation23,9262Fidelas Constans14,2793Fatal Ascension14,2634Test Alliance Please Ignore13,9555Tactical Narcotics Team11,7386Gentlemen's Agreement10,3087Get Off My Lawn10,1968SpaceMonkey's Alliance10,028Little Bee's keep comming :)
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Grrrr Rarrgghhh! *foams at mouth* Rarrrgglle Frrrrghhhh!
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That's because Condi is an alliance and this war is about the coalition. The difference between the sides is that the CFC will stick together no matter what.On the TEST side, if n3/NC start taking a pounding at home, they will say "laters mate" to TEST and leave them in the dirt, because they are not a coalition, just an ad-hoc group of alliances.
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It's been said before that CONDI itself is the 'low bar' for fleet participation compared to other CFC members, but referring to yourself as a united coalition instead of a list of assorted, loosely affiliated alliances does have it's benefits.Sometimes reading these internal updates as if they were secretly (or not so secretly) meant for an external audience shines some more light on word choices used.
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:10bux: and GoonsWithSpoons.
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Being in N3 and having several fleets to join every day I hereby confirm that I have no fun at all feeding my killboard. Please don't hurt my feelings any more and be more gentle with us, CFC. kthxbye.
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It's worked thus far.
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yep i just replantish my popcorn stoc :D
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Win or lose we can all agree Megathron fleet looks sexy. It's been a good war so far, lots of fights, lots of fun and sadly lots of shit posting.
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come on dude rage is funny
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Fine, but clear victory ? Augh !
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This is a bit too much, I hope Mittens realises that, and it is intentional. I mean, I know you have a reputation of immaculate leader and the divider of foes to live up to, but this has got to be so obvious to everyone that not even the GSF line members believe it.I mean come on, compare this to some SOTA's or updates he wrote two weeks ago, shit doesn't line up.Also: I'm incredibly amused by the amount of times you're shitting on TEST in this article. Are you slightly frustrated, mittens? You don't need to repeat that they're held up by allies, the fact that nobody could ever expect a single alliance to hold their own against a coalition is why you started this war, right?
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really my post was not even up for 45 seconds before u deleted it.
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I still see it.
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there was another one. ill just have to rewrite it all over again :(
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Right?
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"And out of all the posts I've read, this is the only one where I've genuinely worry for TEST."Then this post has achieved exactly what he wanted it to.
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"It is amazing that we took much of anything in the first week of the war given how outclassed our doctrines were" you may not have noticed because u were at E3, but n3 was not there when we actually took stuff. So no domi blob. ncdot played around a bit and progod did a driveby in bombers, but that is about it. It was not until you started all this shi* talking that everyone has decided to stall our invasion. We finally got the enemy to the point where they are not logging in as much and we can start to compete on timers again and you start with this bull*hit. We grind down structures in bombers while these F*ggots drop 30 supers so we have to start all over again. I really hope you are ready to pay BL for a good long while because you are not making this shit any easier. Are you starting to see why we have to actually pay for ally's? even then they are not even blue.........
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You make a very convincing case about how we are *not* getting inside your heads. Please tell us more.
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Right?
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1) Very few people would appreciate to be called a racist on a public website without any proof.2) It appears that the Mittani has not learned from his behavior at Fanfest 2012.
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Its a war between elite pvp and liberty forces (CFC). But TEST is a liberty alliance too, like goon... Apart of CFC, they can do nothing and are just used as meat-shield by Elite PvPers. TEST should understand they have nothing to gain to band with them, except becoming renter slaves, which will happen if elite pvp win this war for them.TEST bros... Wake up, see the darkness surrounding you. Break your chains and recover your freedom.... Rejoin the liberty side with your true BFF... We will welcome you with open arms. Together we will defeat the Elite pvp Reich one again!
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Cue TEST doing this all over comments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...Oh wait they already are?,
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I never said anything about turning and running. But if the Russians attack N3, then N3 would be stupid not to defend their space, and they have no obligation to stay and help test.Let me make that clear again. I'm not saying N3 would run, I'm saying if N3 had something more important to do they would leave TEST to die.And don't even joke about TEST being able to hold their own. TEST would already be dead if they hadn't been propped up.
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CFC had supercap superioirty in Tribute, jsyk.
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"Two weeks ago we were firmly on the back foot: no useable doctrines, being harassed in the north by Black Legion, outnumbered heavily in Fountain, no functional coordination, and no offensive timers being racked up."You know that's crazy because I seem to remember a CEO update two weeks ago saying how Logi was burned out becuase you guys were winning TOO fast.
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Pretty sure it found its origin within the greater LoL community.
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Thanks!
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Then by all means, continue to do what you are doing!
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'hiring black legion'More like paid them to stop kicking your ass everyday, buying your carriers back you left in a station that got flipped, and btw they will still shoot at gewns. CFC fail.
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You have no idea what you're talking about.
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...Alliance...Update...
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definetly not. has been with me since dota1 times
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Never not Hound. Hound is the best bomber. Purifiers suck 420aligntime&speed erryday yolo
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So, I should restock on popcorn then.
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I always pop a chubby reading the hilarious reddit/n3 aligned comments below. you guys need a fucking hobby.
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Goon culture? Goon culture is using complete sentences, proper grammar, and reading a well set up forum. Goons are genuinely a nice, self pruning society. If someone is a shitlord, they get called out on being a shitlord and banned. Surprise, Goons are good people. Some of us just like taking other peoples toys and breaking them in a game about internet spaceships.
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<3 Megathrons!!!
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TEST has stood down for two timers this entire war. We are not and have not been behind on reimbursements as we have lost very few ships in the last week and a half because the CFC does not engage us and would rather grind structures in off hours with SBs than fight our "superior" numbers.
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yo mittens, keep licking their balls like this and maybe progod and vince will stop helping test
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Whoa! so you are saying TEST is paying N3 and NCDOT to fight for them? please expand!
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This is why TEST reimbursements are disabled currently. Donchaknow? I haven't had a single reimbursement in 2 weeks across 3 accounts... Oh sorry, thats because the CFC has stood down from every fight and I haven't lost a ship in 2 weeks.
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Didn't want it anyway.EDIT: Already replaced.
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1) Very few ppl acctually cares about what some random dude at the internet calls you2) Big supprise
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It's about the spins...
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N3 isn't elite pvp(maybe NC. is). They are goodfites bros. Nulli is close in culture to TEST as well, and TRIBE and TEST are bffs.If you're referring to PL dropping by every time a goon cap fleet hits the field, then you haven't been around long. PL is almost always sitting on a Titan in doctrine ships waiting for a cap fleet or lone supercap to make a mistake.
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NC. is not even blue and does more damage between stratops killing TEST ratters than the CFC does when it gets 300-350 doctrine megathrons to fight out ~100 apocs and 400 rifterbros.
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That was so inspirational, I'm reaching for a tissue as I type.
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Mittani you got 13 alliances backing you up. You talk like goons are doing the work but you have a fuck ton of alliances actually doing the work for you so please shut the fuck up because its obvious you are out of touch. Dont act like your the shit because 13 alliances tried to start a war with 1 alliance and then you got your shit pushed in.
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Blobbing is so unfair, guys!
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No, I'd say things are tightening up.
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"TEST themselves have announced in their SOTA that they are way behind on reimbursements"Must have missed this when I was listening, citation please?
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please, rage and cry more on an internal GSF war update. need more QQ <3
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Holy shit, someone forgot to tell me I'm having no fun. Seriously, the average N3 member is having the most fun we've had in ages; you guys like to bleat about the Russians in the East, I can honestly say that even at their worst "No fun allowed" the CFC has been a hundred times more enjoyable to fight then grinding down all of their sov was.
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The problem with this comparison is that Test has not called up friends to help but their enemies who where just weeks ago stripping it of a region, moons, and was starting to lick their lips over Delve. That feast has been delayed because it serves N3 to use test burn through some of the CFC's war chest, but don't kid yourself that they won't get right back to adding to their assets at the expense of Test very soon. Think Nulli has forgotten Delve last year? Not likely--they will want their pound of flesh. Shatter Test/Tribal and they have more rental customers and can organize the refugees into alliances they have better control over plus Delve/PB rental space and moons. Having no long term affiliation with any group in Eve, or the ability to stand alone, does it make sense to anyone that Test will be permitted to hold onto the most valuable space in Eve?As It becomes more and more apparent to N3 that they are carrying the conflict and they realize that they are really getting nothing for spending a great deal of time structure grinding for no gain of their own, look for an incident with a falcon or some other diplomatic rift that serve as a convenient and perhaps even valid cause for N3 to more closely align its activities with its direct and immediate interests.
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Hodor
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Save the guy that committed suicide over it. Too soon?
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Goons have tried to explain their fleet stand downs to "blueballing the enemy" as a legitimate tactic and yet you gravely mistaken TEST for never showing up? You sir have no idea what you are talking about.
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No im over it
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I think you fundamentally misunderstand the Nulli/Test relationship. While it did suck to lose our sov, most of us (correctly) lay the blame for that at the CFC's feet. The truth of the matter is that we hold more then enough space out east now, and would rather leave TEST where they are. True, we probably will reset them after the war, but that doesn't mean we will be invading. Unlike most CFC alliances TEST lives in their space very well leaving lots of opportunities for roams and skirmishes.I'm just a grunt, but I think the last thing we'll want at the end of a big sov war is another big sov war, at least for a good while.
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nomad pills
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This war would be more interesting if TEST fleets stopped running like droids pursued by Jawas.
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Imagine my dismay when I clicked on your link and thought for a minute I was wrong.Now imagine my elation when I realized you searched unreimbursable, and it couldn't find a word, so it gave you the closest thing it could find, completely void of variations with a prefix 'un.'There's a reason word processors put red lines under the word. Try non-reimbursable.Something about a good reply?
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Glad to see Solar/Gorgon/Red Alliance all allied with us (CFC) and redeploying to Fountain to crush N3/Test. I figured it was only a matter of time before they joined us.
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You won't find any child porn apologists in goonswarm and that alone is a pretty huge difference.
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Some people can deploy home for a few hours, and be right back to where they were before in literally no time at all.Defending timers isn't hard when your entire memberbase can fly a carrier.
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You seem to be talking out your ass.EI-O0O: http://evemaps.dotlan.net/syst...TEST ownership. Die.
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It's moments like this when I weep for the absence of Kitt JT from TMC.
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It was a enjoyable when I had the time to write. Sadly I don't now. Maybe at some point down the road when I can guarantee you guys steady writing, I'll send you a mail.
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Please do!
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Pssst, let them put propaganda up. After two weeks getting smashed, loosing stations, suppers and sovs, please let them have some kind of momentum one a while.
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Hey this sounds just like the war update from Tribute where Mittani said that Elo was the only one holding them up from owning. Now it's "TEST has nothing to do with this war". Nice. Also nice shooting structures in Stealth Bombers that's actually a KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR of a good invasion.
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if u use le reddit u like child porn teehee
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WE'RE DOING THIS WAR FOR THE KIDS
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i'm making fun of u btw if u didn't know
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Hodor.
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MAN IT SUCKS TO BE IRRELEVANT.Why can't we be more like BL.?
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I think thats the general response from everyone these days. Everything gets leaked by everyone. Might as well just release it and let everyone read it instead of it floating around in the miasma.
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So all I'm really getting out of this is a lot of words from Mittani, explaining that while CFC is on the offensive it's actually okay that they're losing sov to TEST?Also something about this war not being about TEST anymore which is laughable in itself considering FoxCats are the reason GOON won't deploy Tengus anymore.
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Citations? And what will it be next? Facts?Stop being litteraly BoB dude.
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Wow. I should have kown you wrote this. How was e3 and how many players did you have to scam to get that trip paid for?
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Generally nice my ass. Go in recruitment and put a post in there I guarantee a goon will try to get you to join them for a fee. Only goons do that. But they're generally nice. Yeah right
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That's kind of a curious take on Delve last year since it was an HBC led operation where test said in the end that they did not even need or really want the CFC to help.You make a good point that there are limits on the willingness to grind, but I don't think a post fountain war move on Test space and moons would be much of a grind it would just be taking them... What are they going to fight you in battle cruisers from their own ratting?However, I don't buy the 'we have enough space' notion because if that where true N3 would have stopped long ago. There is no such thing as "enough isk" and when you can effortlessly monetize space with R64 moons and renters there becomes two kinds of null citizens: Renters and coalition members.
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looks like irregular verbs are the bane of any non native english speaker
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More fail fail for fail. More targets! They'll be like the Red Headed step children of the bee colony. I find it funny that the Goons start the war and cry and buy help. I mean really, man up already and stop being such retarded wimps. Hopefully at the end of this mess, someone will actually removed the shittani from his post.
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Wait! We lost a supper?! Now what are we supposed to eat?Drop sov, we're going to Empire.
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Kinda like how CONDI is being propped up by the other alliances in their collation? Aren't all Collations just an ad hoc group of alliances? If RZR wanted to they could just o7 and then what at worst they will have to defend their own sov.
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http://evemaps.dotlan.net/syst...The didn't even keep the system in the end of the day. Victory speech to soon?
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Here is what shows up if you post a misspellinghttp://dictionary.reference.co...
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What aload of teaddle,So the great Mittani,is saying SORRY we fucked up.We thought the rest of EVE would let the entire CFC destroy TEST.Then let us sit on the best realestate again for years and years.Sorry Mittins,not going to happen and the GSF in paticular is hated by just about everyone Wondring if i should offer 600billion ISK to RAZOR to leave the CFC,and attack the GSF.After all if you can brinbe BL i dont see why any CFC alliance shouldnt be ripe to temptation.Now 300 plex at £20 =£6000,maybe a small price to pay to finally see GOONS dead and buried.Or maybe 300 players would like to send a plex to PL / NCDot / N3,so they can bribe Razor or another CFC alliance,or maybe TEST itself after all 300 players giving a plex each to the cause ,is only about 10% of its membership.After all The MITTANI has played the ISK card by bribing BL.so whats stopping TEST and Co doing the same LOL
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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Observe, yet another example of a retard on the Internet incapable of the most basic comprehension. Never did I say anything about past animosity or even really discuss spaceships. What I was referring to (you can tell because I replied directly to the comment) was the statement that goon culture and reddit culture are not that different. I disagree. This is why I disagree. It's really quite fucking simple. I can understand how much you really want the narrative to be about you in order to validate you and I know you think there's some value in ridiculous propaganda but this is really getting pitiful.
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CFC vs TEST was pretty much a straight-up even-numbers fight. Keep in mind TEST had just absorbed RaidenDOT et al after the collapse of their alliance.
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...and my comment was purely sarcastic. If you really feel the need to post a wall o' text over a bit of troll, by all means, feel obliged."I can understand how much you really want the narrative to be about you in order to validate you".Not in TEST, brah.
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Shitpost shitpost we all love to shitpostmore spin then a helicopter blade
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- Jump bridge requires sov 3.- Sov 3 requires the system to be held for 35 days.The moment that system lost sov the jump bridge capability was lost which was the point of the whole effort. hth
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Yes because N3 haven't been busy building a rapport within the alliances involved in the last year...
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You seem to fail at understanding how jump bridges and sovereignty work.Lose sov 3, lose jump bridge.Enjoy those gates.
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Obviously that part got slipped down the memory hole.The chocolate ration, instead of being decreased from 25g to 20g per week, has in fact been increased from 15g to 20g.
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So. When you want to whine about blobbing, any non-goon member of the CFC is an ally, equal to N3. But when you're winning, you're beating goons and their "pets".Make up your damn mind.
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Does it matter if it's directed toward an internal audience or not?It was published onto the public domain, on a site with a comments section that's used for discussion and criticism of the material that's published.Maybe CCP should have put a disclaimer on their "Greed is Good" memo, so it wouldn't have been criticized if it were made public. Oh, wait...People will criticize and call out bullshit regardless of the intended audience it was written for. People being people, and all.
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Dear Mittani, please wire 300bill isk to Mactep, he could probably use the funds to build the momentum against N3.
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TEST is an alliance, CFC is a coalition As you stated already. Is it shocking the largest coalition in the game could beat an alliance or self proclaimed bads?? You just spew nonsense and I think you under estimate the anti-goon sentiment that is a driving force in the war.But ya, keep drinking the kool aid.. talking about how CFC would crush TEST alone yet your coalition, alliance and leader publicly state your strategy is to not fight and outlast the enemy.. you do realize this is a game right? The point of which is war; try actually fighting a war instead of blue balling to win sov.
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TM.com got media passes, so it was you that got 'scammed'.
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If only huge power grabs and general turmoil actually did their job and created a fighting war..sad when the 'invader' suddenly changes from a 'you have not seen a CFC invasion yet! We are going to steamroll fountain and TEST! ha be ready to die!' to a 'sit on our hands, blue ball and bore the enemy to death' type of invader just because a few real PVP alliances decided to come play against them.
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Dirty little secret: I've only ever really used hounds. I once used a Manticore. I felt dirty and sold it.
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Ceterum censeo TEST esse delendam(Because they're just really fucking bad posters, see above)
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That's because you're a piece of shit and you deserve to get scammed by people who will put your mountains of isk to better use
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Who?
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We have these magical things called titans have you heard of them?
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Caldari traitor
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That system is two jumps away from your staging system. It was difficult to keep the JB up.So sure, it was nice to have, if only to keep you busy incapacitating it... But it's not like it changes the face of the war.
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yolo? gayish slangbut everyone know goons are gays
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That's like saying reddit and 9gag culture are basically the same thing.ok never mind that's a bad example, they are
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omg CFC is loosing this war you can not big push and you cannot slowly grind you loose this war!!!!!
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(Editor's Note: This is an alliance update originally posted on Goonfleet.com)

 

Sov Wars are brutal, ugly things which - for some obscene reason, most likely clinical sadism - we adore like nothing else in EVE. They last for months; tidy explanatory narratives for who is winning and losing are nowhere to be found. Every day, moons and sov are taken and lost; one day we are up, then next day we are down. Those who know what is going on say nothing; those who know nothing bleat on every forum in the hope of being heard. We are now on day 21, the third week since launching this war, and we appear to have gotten our heads out of our asses; while it is but one victory, I write this in the aftermath of us forming 1000 nerds, of which more than 350 were in doctrine-approved Megathron hulls, with a posted op. In response, the foe stood down with ~600, losing the last bit of bridge-capable sov they possessed in Northern Fountain.

The Fine Art of Fucking Up

So now that we've had a clean victory, it's a good time to talk about our fuckups of the past few weeks and what we've done about fixing them. The CFC typically begins every campaign by faceplanting due to outdated doctrines, running into a brick wall of off-tz timers, and welping caps or supercaps; we did this in Tribute, and we did this in Fountain. This might be scary for a newbie, but the CFC lost three Titans before we even took the first sov in Tribute: we're pretty bad at this game. 

Doctrinal Hijinks

We began the invasion with pre-Odyssey doctrines. Doctrines are key in EVE; in TEST's abortive 'SOTA' given yesterday, many complaints were voiced about a lack of doctrinal compliance by TEST, who bring... whatever, really, to their fleets. It is for this reason that the war has been a war between the alliances who can put real fleets on the field (CFC, N3, NCdot) with TEST as a sideshow, holding the capes of their more capable allies. While the CFC has excellent doctrinal discipline, the Tengus and Tempests we brought to the party were almost immediately rendered obsolete by the Dominix-blob post-Odyssey sentry meta. It is amazing that we took much of anything in the first week of the war given how outclassed our doctrines were. While our FCs immediately crafted a superior set of doctrines to use - Baltecfleet and Lokifleet - it takes many days to source and supply the ships for a coalition of our size. It is only in the past two days that the CFC has been able to form with modern doctrines at a coalition-level scale, and the terror inspired by 350 Megathrons is what won us EI- tonight. 

tldr: Our doctrines were shit, we fixed it. Get a Megathron, Loki, or Oneiros, don't end up like TEST flying an unreimbursable garbage ship in a doctrine fleet. 

Trying New Things

Wars are also period of desperate innovation. We're trying out a lot of post-Odyssey fleet comps. Skirmish doctrines are in wild flux: while Fuckyoufleet and Caracals have served us well, we're experimenting with Wolves, Retributions, combat Stealth Bombers, Oracles, allied AHAC fleets. It's a war right after a major balance patch: roll with it. If we do not try new things, we'll be outclassed and in the Tengu/TFI box again, and that's bad. 

tldr: Outside of doctrinal ops, it's snowflake season. 

Coordination Issues Ultrazone

For years we have relied upon a single Sky Marshal to run our wars. In the dark ages before I was CEO, that was often me; when the Era of Rydis began we could simply rely on her to handle everything, and we did to much success. Sadly, all good single-person-dependencies come to an end, and Rydis' real life became too busy (in a good way) to do everything herself for this war. While she had a small staff - the Sky Team - coalition-scale warfare has grown too complex for only five people to handle. Much of my work after returning from E3 has gone into developing an entire coordination group which is tasked with 'battlespace management': ensuring that skirmish commanders are given constant strategic tasks and goals to complete, goals which are stored in a central clearinghouse/pos app coded by the illiterate supergenius coder Gossamer DT. While the foe forms up for ops several times a day, under this new system the coordination group has kept CFC skirmish commanders warfighting 23/7: purging SBUs, nuking Ihubs, racking up timers, and getting tons of experience. Our skirmish commanders are getting so much experience so rapidly that this war will hopefully spawn a bloc-level FC or two by the end of it. 

tldr: Shit was haywire, we fixed it, and now it's better than ever. 

Capital Imbalances and Siegefleets

This is nothing new to the vets, but might scare the newbies: as usual, we are outgunned in terms of caps and supercaps by the ~elite pvp~ foe (I imagine that there's no one left dumb enough to think this war has anything to do with TEST anymore). Goonswarm has been outgunned on supercaps/caps since 2006, in every single war we've fought ever. While it's shitty that we cannot throw around a blob of supers with impunity like NCdot can, we have ways around this issue. One of those methods was recently developed to great success: using swarms of torpedo bombers, which are essentially unstoppable and can operate with complete impunity in the warzone. While shooting a structure with 30 bombers is a miserable, time-consuming process, 150 bombers can nuke an Ihub down into reinforced within 20 minutes: we've racked up quite a number of timers in Fountain using this method, and it drives the enemy crazy. 

tldr: We're always outnumbered in caps and supers and we win anyway, grab a torp bomber and help out. 

The Missing FC Accountability System

Some people simply shouldn't be given keys to drive expensive cars; similarly, we shouldn't give random newbie FCs a Techfleet. We didn't have a system in place to determine which FCs were authorized to use what doctrines, which meant that we were spewing Caracals at anything that moved, even in the hands of skirmish commanders who should have been busted down to using Wolves or tackle frigates. As of today, TheAdj and Reagalan are in charge of making sure that only the proper FCs have keys to the best toys, and those who fuck up foolishly will be busted back to easier doctrines until they can prove through victory that they've learned from their mistakes.

tldr: Less welping and FCs will be held to account for repeated fuckups - even FC directors. 
 

The War So Far

Two weeks ago we were firmly on the back foot: no useable doctrines, being harassed in the north by Black Legion, outnumbered heavily in Fountain, no functional coordination, and no offensive timers being racked up. We shed many former-TEST towers in Fountain while we fixed our shit; thankfully, TEST has focused obsessively on the former Mistakes Were Made stations deep inside southern Fountain, which we picked up due to a sov drop rather than conquest; delaying tactics there have ground down the hostile numbers to a more manageable level. Sov war is a game of endurance and sacrifice, and we picked up those MWM stations for nothing with no expectation to hold them; they have been an excellent cliff face for the foe to dash themselves into. Between hiring Black Legion, fixing our coordination group, unfucking our doctrines, and using siegefleets to rack up timers, we're now pivoting. Though there are welps to come, the momentum appears to be shifting. 

This weekend while much of our leadership was gorging themselves on the delights of Memphis, the N3/NCdot group was forced to bounce east - to Cache and Wicked Creek - four times between Friday and Tuesday. This is due to the increased activities of Red Alliance, Solar Fleet and Gorgon Empire, who have been gunning to retake the Northeast from N3/NCdot. While I cannot confirm this, I've seen a log from the Russians accusing N3 and Vince Draken making a number of racist comments about Russians and their women in local chat, a mistake most notably made by the leaders of Lotka Volterra in the early days of Goonfleet history. Expect pressure from the Rus to mount. 

It's important to note that this war is truly between the CFC and NCdot/N3; TEST has not been allowed to deploy their own SBUs for fear of them getting stolen, TEST fleet doctrines are aspirational at best, and as we speak TEST sov structures are being repaired and guarded by NCdot/N3. From a strategic perspective, the moment that NCdot and N3 stop wiping TEST's ass for them, Fountain falls - and everyone (except possibly Viktor Villiance) knows it. Today, not a single TEST fleet formed up to defend TEST assets on its own: the entire 'TEST war' was run by NCdot and N3, mostly Progod and Vince doing the heavy lifting. 

As a result, interest in the war from the combined hostiles has steadily declined: with a few notable exceptions in AU TZ and one dread welp, the foe is either being blueballed or massacred entirely, and not having much fun. Some perspective: TEST and Tribe formed 1100 for 1-SMEB weeks ago, yet after a SOTA yesterday could barely put 400 in a fleet. 

This weekend is the Testival; TEST expects us to make a major push and is praying that N3/NCdot have a lot of toilet paper and baby wipes on hand. Yet we in the CFC take a longer view of these wars; we do not focus for 'big pushes' as we know those inevitably fail, just as the enemy's repeated 'big weekend pushes' have ended in stalemate already. We plan for the long game, after the enemy's desire for quick dramatic wins has been replaced by the numbing horror of an endless sov grind against griefers who do not tire.
 

 

 

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