Thursday, December 27, 2012
Fweddit - Batphones
Thankfully the Amarr own just enough systems that the Minmatar burn out well before they come anywhere close to completely crippling us. After having gone from a high of 28 systems, to a low of 19 systems (since Retribution was released), it seems the Minmatar have reached that burn out point. The pendulum may now be starting to swing the other way. We just took our first system in two weeks. If that is the case, we'll probably burn out around the 28-29 system mark again.
The one thing both sides have learned: if your enemy is on a system-takeover spree, ignoring them burns them out a lot more quickly than actively defending against their actions. That kind of sucks, because we all want good fights, but it is the easiest way to stop a full-frontal assault.
The theme song for today's post is Pandemic Phone by Alekseyev Karrde and Jimer Lin.
Propaganda posters (see image to left) might go towards furthering that notion. Whereas we're certainly very newbie friendly, and we do have a high number of new players within our ranks, our leadership structure is mostly made up of bored alts from the major nullsec alliances. Our CEO has strong Goonswarm ties. Some directors have ties to Test Alliance. Others to Pandemic Legion. We have some dudes from Against All Authorities. Whereas our rank and file is full of enthusiastic new players, most of our experience comes from nullsec.
The YOLO coalition (Fweddit, In Exile, Moar Tears) have some of the best fleet commanders in Minmatar/Amarr faction warfare. Yolocolo has an exceptionally high rate of success in even fights (and fights a tad out of our favour.) And this is due to the experience of our FCs. They know what targets to call and when to call them. And our rank and file know how to follow those orders. We've few incidents of splitting damage, of not following the target calling. In the midst of a fight, we're all eyes on the ball, we know how to take care of business.
And those times when we're entirely outgunned, when folks have the nerve to drop capitals on us, we have friends in high places.
Fweddit has their own small contingent of capital ships. Dudes that can fly dreadnoughts and carriers, but the most that can be fielded at once is maybe a baker's dozen (and that's if everyone is available and online.) So when somebody decides to drop 20+ caps on Fweddit, they have outs through the connections of their leadership.
That's what happened the other day. Granted, I missed the entire glorious affair, but the story itself is pretty straightforward.
Knights of the Posing Meat [FETID] get it into their heads that we're easy kills. So they come to Egghelende with a small force of cruisers, looking to rack up some killmails. We end up camping them into a station with battleships, which upsets the hell out of them. They use their batphone to call in buddies Snuff Box. Snuff Box drops capitals on us (which they do at zero on station, so they start bumping off in all directions while sieging.)
Turns out Pandemic Legion is just finishing up a restaging nearby, so they're hungry for some capital kills after a long boring move. They're happy to respond to our batphone with 50+ capitals.
(Fweddit leadership, at this point, instructed all members to dock up their expensive stuff. The thing about Pandemic Legion, after they've killed what you want them to kill, they'll keep killing anything expensive that moves, even if owned by the dudes that called them onto field. They're like berserkers, once their bloodlust begins, get the hell out of their way, because it has to run its course.)
The end result? Some 40B ISK in losses to FETID and Snuff Box. Less than 1B ISK in losses to Fweddit and Pandemic Legion. The battle report is hilarious to look at.
Underestimating the resources of Fweddit. Groups continue to make that mistake.