Sins of a Solar Spymaster #84: The Tribute War - Page 2

Posted Tue, Dec 04, 2012 by The Mittani

Meanwhile, in what would become a recurring theme throughout the war, the CFC began to lose lone supercapitals - Titans and supercarriers - to the stupidity of individual pilots. With 150+ supercapitals in staging towers in UMI, the CFC presented an amazing target for smaller Dotbros fleets in Tornadoes or Tempests grouped for bridging. The story played out the same each time: a foolish CFC supercap pilot would warp off alone, log off in a safespot, or warp into a POS with a compromised password, and the Dotbros forces would collect another expensive killmail to keep their morale up. The CFC as a whole dismissed these losses as Darwinism in action, but they unquestionably helped fortify the Dotbros will to resist where other enemies in similar straits had broken.


The CFC adapted and updated its doctrines, changing its Alphafleets to rely more on Rokhs and deploying their own Tornado wings. US TZ shifted back to CFC control, leaving only Australian time to NCdot control. As with QPO, every technetium moon within one jump of UMI fell to CFC control, leaving only IHUBs and stations.

However, it happened that the Dotbros had a number of very strong ANZAC PvP corporations, where the CFC’s AU TZ was completely unorganized, having never been tested in a sov war. Unlike a moon which can be kited, NCdot’s sov structures could be set to AU TZ and reliably come out of reinforced between 9:00 and 11:00 EVE, an hour inaccessible to US/EU players in the CFC. Initially, CFC FCs would alarm-clock to try to win AU TZ battles, but the NCdot AU TZ killed off a number of CFC fleets; at this hour, Dotbros could muster 150+ subcaps and use supercapitals, where the CFC could barely put 80 in fleet. Meanwhile, the pace of CFC siegework slowed to a crawl; instead of relentless daily sieging in the EU and US TZ, the CFC would siege on only one night a week, making it even easier for the Dotbros AU TZ to hold the line - glutted on easy CFC Drakefleet kills and invigorated by their ‘against all odds’ success.

Around this time I gave a presentation on Sov War at Eve Vegas, and I used the example of the Tribute war and the AU TZ defense. I publicly announced the CFC plan: stop feeding fleets to the triumphant NCdot AU TZ and drown them in endless sov-repping ops by leveraging the CFC’s EU and US TZ dominance. Explicitly spelling this out seemed to have the intended effect, because once the CFC siege machine fired up once more and the superior NCdot AU TZ fleets stopped being fed easy kills, the course of the war radically shifted.

Breaking Through

The Breakthrough
Faced with 15+ structures to repair every night when logging on instead of ‘good fights’, the Dotbros began to lose their will to resist; IHUBs stopped being fully repaired and the CFC began to punch through the AU TZ sov defenses, cleaning up un-repaired structures in EU TZ. The Dotbro tactic of denying the CFC fights in EU TZ backfired, driving one of the CFC’s primary FCs, Mister Vee, to vow to burn every NCdot structure down in a ‘Shadoo Rage’.

It was under this environment of escalating pressure that the tensions within NCdot exploded. Vince Draken became fed up with Black Legion and his co-CEO in NCdot, Wicked Princess; a spat over a Falcon shot by a Black Legion player escalated into Vince kicking Wicked Princess out of NCdot, her joining Black Legion to be with her e-boyfriend Elo Knight, and each side resetting the other.

With nothing but structure repair to look forward to, and their coalition fragmenting, NCdot resistance in AU TZ collapsed; CFC purge fleets mopped up the rest of the region and began eyeing Vale of the Silent.

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