EVE has never been a game of constants, day to day and month to month alliance boundaries change and empires rise and are destroyed. Like sands in a desert, the shapes of the dunes can change in the blink of an eye.
IT has fallen-Delve is empty. PL is dropping targets of opportunity with no intention of holding sov. The NC "Incursion" has fallen short of Delve as momentum fails and the Geminate campaign was blasted wide open yesterday by bad decision making by NC FCs that resulted in a new record of titan deaths.
As groundbreaking as this supercap battle was, perhaps the biggest surprise was the apathy of Goonswarm towards the whole affair. For an alliance that had NC supers form the backbone of almost every major conflict in the Fountain Campaign, the "you scratch my back I'll scratch yours" fell a bit short yesterday as NC supers jumped into the unknown, finding themselves in low sec instead of 0.0 and outmatched by supercarriers from Raiiden and DRF.
The one constant in the shifting sands in our EVE has been the NC. Due to a Wal Mart style expansionist policy, what they lack in participation, experience and FCing they make up for with massive numbers. This cohesion has been fractured at times as smaller entities fall away, but the large alliances have maintained their allegiance and show no signs of letting up.
This changed when NC let a wolf in.
That didn't last long.
Goonswarm grew exponentially, taking in their own apprentice, TEST. Together they gained the allegiance of other alliances in the region, noticeably Fatal Ascension and Wildly Innapropriate. They dubbed themselves the "Deklein Coalition" and started their campaign southwards. With infighting in IT alliance and inactive leadership the DC found themselves in a position to steamroll. With huge numbers and help from their friends in the NC fielding supercaps they routed the fractured remnants of IT.
Then we get to yesterday-a planned, Haargoth like drop of sov by Rebellion and the ensuing DRF offensive. A routine clearing of towers in Uemon by the NC turned into a massive battle as NC capitals were dropped by a supercarrier heavy DRF fleet. Reinforcements were rushed in, unaware they were jumping into low-sec. Lossmails show DDs and bridges fitted.
(7:07:57 PM) rawr-mv-traderjohn: where is goons?
(7:08:04 PM) ctlq-qsuc-junior-svk: goons laughing on us atm
(7:08:06 PM) condi-magel-bring-stabity: why would we be there?
(7:08:10 PM) rawr-hirr-kula-kain: i was trying to tell u guys yesterday not to wallop into here with supers etc and u ran right into low sec with them into a system based right between both thier main highways into geminate..
(7:08:14 PM) rawr-mv-traderjohn: oooooooooooooooook
(7:08:15 PM) rawr-hirr-kula-kain: goons not coming m8
(7:08:19 PM) wi-sh0k-ironwulf: WTS Erebus and some nyxes
(7:08:19 PM) rawr-hirr-kula-kain: we asked like 20 times
(7:08:23 PM) rawr-mv-traderjohn: i guess we wont be helping goons again
(7:08:33 PM) sma-expcs-1337fknthor: holly shit I loaded grid
(7:08:36 PM) wi-sh0k-gataga: goons bff with ruskies and friends
(7:08:46 PM) condi-magel-bring-stabity: we don't go near nync
(7:09:15 PM) hoo-gnaarzuk: *cough* rage reset gewns nauu *cough*
This rift between the NC and the so called Deklein Coalition breakaway, already stressed, will certainly come into question after the events of yesterday.
The real question is whether or not the biggest NAP in EVE really want to liven things up. Or if Goons feel strong enough to pull away from the teat that suckled them back to health.
Personally, I wouldn't bank on it.
- ▼ February (8)