Updated Sat, Mar 07, 2009 by Cody Bye
It is often said that what separates players on the highest level of alliance warfare is the understanding of fundamental gameplay mechanics. EVE is a notoriously complex game, but the documentation is available in voluminous form; keen understanding of sovereignty mechanics is practically assumed at the level of an alliance leader. After all, sovereignty is the core mechanic in alliance warfare; the game is all about taking, breaking, and holding sovereignty. -A- was considered at the time to be an alliance of 'elite PvP' players, yet at dawn on 2/17 we realized that the 'big surprise' on 2/21 was not going to surprise Goonswarm, but -A- and KenZoku (the former BoB forces).