The South on the Eve of Odyssey

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You know, Amamake is a couple mids away from Delve/Stain
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Thanks for this about time we got some real updates on what is going on in Eve.
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+1 for all the source interviews linked at the end. Well done and quite interesting.
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Nice update/article. Even though major power (CFC, PL, NCdot) state the ''gudfites'' reason, one does not simply move up, coordinating with other entity, JUST for gudfites. It's obvious as soon as Test will show some weakness, supers will be called back, and R64 will be taken. The ''gudfites'' reason is almost always invoked to get membership interested and active while planning a subsequent invasion/structure shoot. It doesn't matter realy, as long as things get destroyed.
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Nice overview of a developing situation--or series of situations. I'm especially happy with the full interviews being linked.
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Fail is strong in this one.
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The killmails you linked showing the PL super fleet are 2 months (an age) and 2 weeks (a lifetime) ago. Just throwing that out there.
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I agree. It was literally about 12 months ago, PL cited the same reason for fighting Nulli in Delve, for "gudfights" and no supers involved. 2 months later, they were leading the reformed HBC (Just PL. and TEST at the time), in a coordinated sov war with the CFC against the SoCo. It's never about "gudfights" unfortunately. Still, Delve sounds like a blast for now.
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PL: ''We Arent deploying our supers (unless we need them)''
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Reinforcing an ihub is a great way to curbstomp a few hundred TEST battleships, it seems
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BlueMajere - Pandemic Legion Fleet Commander - Full Interviewahahahahahahahaahah
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I believe that is why they're in the "Rumors/Tin Foil" section of the post rather then the proper news section :)
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Would it be more interesting if CCP randomized the existing moon? Do the high level alliance leaders want all regions to be balanced in their own way? Or truely random with minimal editing from CCP? I'm sure all coalitions will be keeping an eye on the moon scans that come out of the regions in the first few hours of Odyssey.I wonder how many regions a coalition can control before imploding, or more importantly - how many good leaders can manage regions for a common good before bad eggs implode, leading to good fights and the mass exodus to pastures greener for the common player?
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"...As of late, PL has been dropping supers alongside Raiden to beat back Darkness of Despair..."whats this?
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Feel free to give me all your platinums in aridia, genesis and Solitude. They shall not go to waste!
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They know it far better than Raiden do....
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I'm not sure why you find your campaign commander so hilarious, friend.
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Tribe, to their credit, has shown up frequently to contest timers and otherwise blow up spaceships. We have not seen a meaningful Raiden presence during our engagements in the area.
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12000 people in Test and you couldn't get a response?I find that hard to believe.
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11990 idiots in TEST, maybe 10 people with valuable or interesting perspective
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Lmao not my call... let's see what happens post-Odyssey!
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DnD didn't respond either... some people play their cards close to the vest.
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There is one glaring issue: CCP is, allegedly, shuffling all the moons come Odyssey. Colbalt Edge, Delve, or Deklein all have an equal chance at becoming the most valuable.
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nobody seems to care about Khanid :(
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I mean what a suprice that PL supers is able to do the same 2 mid jumps as their pos bashing dreads is to make sure not too many of them is derped to a bunch of nagas. Clearly this is proof that said supers is totaly located in delve ready to flip the region.
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^ This.And since neither me nor the other nine have been contacted, there you go.
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TROLL is dead even the ceo of the alliance corp was seen evacing yesterday.
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Oh dear me I know how boring scanning moons can be, and I would never want the resources to shift often, but once every 2-3 years can't be a bad idea. If anything it'll mean the large alliances moving around the map following the moons.Even with the thousands of man hours of moon scanning, I'm sure the majority will be covered within the first few days of Odyssey, if not completed totally before the weekend.
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Can someone think of a better way to say "aborted unborn" supers? I cringe every time I hear that description (and I'm pro choice liberal in us)
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First the goons isolate test with rumors and promises of reintegration . Then they fight Raiden for the r64 moons. Finally they hit test for there tech with pl bitches in toe. Well done goon meta game . This Game will stay broke until CCP make moon mininig a active activity with ships required
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probs to test for fighting shame they did not show that vigor back when Montilio called for war. Seriously dude above sides like cfc bitch who thinks he is uber pvp for pressing f1 . I have to say they’re getting a taste of their own medicine and the belief that CFC would take them back has backfired. The goons met game has won the day. There goes all the r64 straight into goon hands with token gestures to there PL bitches . Well expect null sec to stay stagnate until CCP get there thumbs out their asses and make moon mining an active part of the game instead of passive ISK
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Bocephus and Ingen. Are you kidding? As a reporter (as far as internet reporters go :P) you should probably build up a better contact list...
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I've been holding off on developing TEST contacts for the last couple of weeks because TEST has been a trainwreck to say the least. Finding out who is in charge of what seemed rather worthless when said responsibilities were being shuffled nearly daily.
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Stop tripping on Riv Islador. Let your work speak for itself and what from I have seen its pretty good :)

Years ago, Delve was the throne of space. Whichever alliance sat atop this throne was arguably the most powerful group in the universe. For years, Band of Brothers (BoB) held this throne and lorded down from on high. Their rallying cry? “Nice region, we’ll take it!” At the height of their dominion, they controlled Fountain in the west all the way down to Omist and Tenerifis in the south.

For nearly half a decade Delve has been a husk of its former self. The Dominion expansion of late 2009 brought about the Technetium bottleneck that shifted the throne of space to the northern regions of the game. On June 4th, Odyssey will once again make Delve - and the neighboring regions of Fountain, Aridia, Querious, and Period Basis - the most valuable space in the game.

Drunk ‘n’ Disorderly had just wrapped up their Platinum moon campaign in Aridia, Genesis, and Solitude - with the help of Unprovoked Aggression - and were about to head off for greener pastures. Then Fozzie told the world that Dysprosium, Thulium, Promethium, and Neodymium - the R64s - were once again going to be the most valuable moons in the game. Shortly afterward, DnD did a full 180 and started a massive siege operation to conquer as many R64s as possible. Unprovoked Aggression settled into their home in Meunvon to support DnD, and Lost Obsession later moved into Fihrneh. The combined group of Drunk ‘n’ Disorderly and Lost Obsession occasionally calls themselves Drunken Obsession. Three of the largest lowsec powers are now living in Aridia full time since Fozzie’s announcement; the only remaining major players that haven’t moved in are Shadow Cartel and Rooks and Kings.

As these lowsec groups spent their time consolidating in Aridia and the surrounding lowsec regions, the HBC's rotted carcass finally collapsed; TEST brought it down with BoodaBooda's now famous speech.

The western powers - Raiden, Tribal Band, and TEST - formed into a defensive pact of sorts, while the eastern groups formed into a new coalition known as The Dinner Squadron. Tribal Band, up until recently, was funded almost exclusively by Unrefined Platinum Technite reactions, or the ‘Cobalt Throne’, while Raiden and TEST are believed to be heavily invested in Neodymium. In short, Tribal Band is in some hot water financially, and TEST and Raiden are looking at a big income buff. A proper contact for Raiden and TEST was not available at time of writing.

Unclaimed seems to be suffering some serious internal turmoil, with what could be described as a mini-coup taking place. At time of writing, the coup is so fresh that the head of the new hostile alliance, Badboris, is still listed as a diplo on Unclaimed’s alliance description.

The new alliance, Ex Cinere Scriptor, expects to see 1600 members by the 27th and is looking to retake Feythabolis. Its leader is not overly concerned about the new moon changes coming forward in Odyssey.

Darkness of Despair has also been gaining momentum and fighting The Dinner Squadron in the south. They’ve conducted a siege campaign aimed at aborting unborn supers in the area and taking R64s. Their diplo claims that they’ve taken back 90% of the R64s in Stain amid the chaos of the HBC’s collapse. As of late, PL has been dropping supers alongside Raiden to beat back Darkness of Despair.

Amid the political turmoil in the south, the CFC deployed two of their larger squads, European Goonion and Freedom Squad, to Delve, and are now staging out of 1DH. Two other major powers have moved in as well; NCdot has moved into Sakht, and Pandemic Legion has moved into NPC Delve. Both groups maintain they left their supers and most of their capitals at home. Both groups also maintain they’ve deployed to the area in search of good fights. NCdot and PL are blue to each other, and have occasionally temp blue'd CFC elements to get more even fights out of TEST and friends.

With TEST staging in NOL, this means that Delve has transformed into a thunderdome of epic proportions. Fights are raging almost non-stop, with numbers as low as 40v40 skirmishes and as high as 300 vs 700 moon sieges.

Unfortunately, while Delve is blossoming into a land of PVP nirvana for those large enough to fight in it, the neighboring lowsec regions are not. With well equipped and skilled titan bridgers inhabiting the area, roaming and gate camping gangs have ground to a halt. The once vibrant small-to-midsize gang PVP of Aridia, Genesis, and Solitude has all but evaporated. TEST’s NOS Squadron, recently deployed to Aridia’s Nema system, has been recalled to NOL. Both Infernal Octopus and Sadistica Alliance stopped fighting each other for fear of third party involvement. DnD’s Platinum campaign resulted in the collapse of a small coalition lead by Extinction Level Event, and its components have scattered to the winds. The once infamous Genesis gate-camping system of Gonditsa sits barren, its famous Bherdasopt gate often uncamped.

 

Rumors/Tin Foil

Though NCdot’s leader - Vince Draken - claims that NCdot moved down south for good fights, it is worth noting that TEST poked an NCdot Neodymium moon before their arrival.

PL claims their supers are in Amamake; Elise Randolph even went so far as to suggest running a locator agent on them. However, there are several killmails showing a sizable PL super fleet in the area. This fleet even made an appearance in lowsec, though Elise called this a quick deploy to save their dreads.

In the deep south, The Dinner Squadron set a station in X-7BIX and is supposedly staging their coalition out of it.

Among the conversations conducted during research for this article there was a repeated sentiment that the south may get a substantial moon buff in Odyssey. The notion of CCP dumping even more valuable moons into what is already the most valuable area of the game is absurd, especially given the fact that players have already showed a willingness to cartel.

PL has destroyed numerous POSes across lowsec recently, especially in Aridia. Though they’re shooting and taking R64s, this does not look anything like a moon siege campaign.

There are, of course, many more rumors and all kinds of tinfoil rolling around, but I'll leave some for Kugu.

Summary

No matter how you look at it, the southwest is heating up. A huge portion of the playerbase is now concentrated in the area, and most of them are highly skilled and well equipped. Something is going to happen there come Odyssey; whether it leaves the realm of politics is anyone’s guess.

 

Sources

Badboris - Executor of Ex Cinere Scriptor - Full Interview

Mystic Rebel - Junior Diplo for Darkness of Despair - Full Interview

Raiden - Mail Log - No Response

Drunk 'n' Disorderly - Mail Log - No Response

Elise Randolph - Pandemic Legion Delve Campaign Commander - Full Interview

Amymuffmuff - Lost Obsession Diplomat - Full Interview

Vince Draken - Executor of NCdot - Full Interview

Nulab Jones - Executor of Unprovoked Aggression - Full Interview

Quindaster - Executor of Infernal Octopus - Full Interview

BlueMajere - Pandemic Legion Fleet Commander - Full Interview

Kcolor - Commander of GSF's BomberWaffe - Full Interview

Demerlis - Tribal Band Diplomat - Full Interview

TEST AtAt Image Credit - Slurms SonofKenzie

Contacts were poked for TEST, but no official contact could be found.

Spotlight Image Credit - Borgh via Reddit

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