Friday, August 17, 2012
Faction Warfare - Fweddit and Moar Tears to Caldari
They're moving to the Caldari militia. Why? They give their reasons, but I'm not sure they make any sense.
According to Pinky Feldman, they're leaving because, a) they massively outnumber the Minmatar during USTZ most nights, b) they're tired of shooting the same people over and over again, and c) they can't do anything meaningful with warzone control (meaning they're tired of being stuck at T1 control.)
None of that makes any sense to me.
Let's start with point A. Are there really that many more Gallente pilots than there are Minmatar pilots? Excluding Fweddit from the equation, I was under the impression that the Minmatar have the militia with the largest number of pilots. So, if Fweddit outnumber us Minmatar in USTZ, aren't they going to outnumber Gallente as well? Do Gallente love to fight while massively outnumbered? I know on some nights, there migth be twenty of us in Huola, and we'd not really bother undocking to fight the fifty or sixty Amarr shouting us down in local.
I'm not so sure Fweddit is going to receive all that different a response from the Gallente (not after the newness and initial appeal of a new enemy wears off, and their shitting up local becomes tired and boring.) Fweddit will start to be blue-balled by the Gallente at some point, nobody undocks when facing three to one odds.
Point B. That will always be the case, especially if you insist on staging out of one system, and don't roam much further than a two or three systems away. Minmatar do this, certainly, but then I haven't heard us complaining that we always have to fight Moar Tears and Fweddit every night (on those nights where the numbers are fairly even.) That will be the case for the Amarr as well, whether they base out of Kamela or Ishomilken.
I think the crux of the matter, the real reason for the move, comes down to point C. They say they've got too many numbers, that they can't find fights most nights, because there's too damned many Amarr. Yet, they also complain that they can't control the warzone. Am I the only one seeing the disconnect there? The contradiction in complaints? Just last week, they controlled over fifty systems, and pushed quite easily to T4 warzone control. That required a lot of plexing and warzone management. Most of which was done by Nulli Secunda. Now that Nulli have left for Geminate, to maintain control of the warzone, Fweddit and Moar Tears would have to continue, not only with the fighting, but with the menial labour of keeping their systems plexed up. The latter is simply something they have zero interest in doing.
I try to remain as unbiased as possible when discussing faction warfare issues, especially between the Minmatar and the Amarr. But in this case, the Amarr complaints about not being able to affect warzone control is a whole lot of disingenuous whining. They have the numbers to do just that, the problem is that they have no interest in doing that.
Currently, Fweddit and Moar Tears make up about 75% of the USTZ Amarr militia population. Of the 25% that have an interest in working towards warzone control, the Minmatar easily outnumber them. Which means that the Minmatar control the warzone, mainly because of a lazy 75%.
So, what does a move to the Caldari militia get them? Well, they get a large militia who are quite interested in warzone control, a large number of alliances who do actively plex systems. This means Fweddit and Moar Tears can continue not giving a rat's ass about warzone control. They get the occasional reward of T4 and T5 warzone control because of the work of others, and can simply concentrate on fighting, without really giving back to the war effort with respect to the menial labour that is required.
Will the Minmatar miss Fweddit and Moar Tears and the fights they brought? Certainly. They're fun dudes to fight. Will the Amarr miss their lazy-assed cohorts? Not likely. They obviously offered up nothing with respect to the fight for warzone control.