Initially, the details were sketchy and heavily based on trolling on kugu. Black Aces is a fairly well known large PVP corp. They have a slightly sordid past. They initially broke into null by joining Libertas Fidelitas. The south was in turmoil at the time, with the ongoing Second Great War. Black Aces read the strengths of the alliances involved and made a quick hop to get into Against All Authorities (after languishing for almost a year in AAA Citizens – A’s probationary alliance). Leadership was recycled several times, and eventually Black Aces was given the okay to join AAA proper.
For those who do not know, Against All Authorities is a VERY pvp-centric alliance. Kill quotas, efficiency marks, and other metrics and ratios are common within the alliance. All of this comes out of years of pressure from some of the most powerful blocs throughout the history of the game. AAA has come through the fire many times in its history, and every time, they become a little more hardcore, as well as a bit more risk adverse. They play to win, second place is first loser. So, it came as no surprise that as Black Ace’s efficiency and kill counts both began dropping at the same time, they came more and more under the scrutiny of AAA high command. When it became apparent that June was shaping up to be a month with half the number of kills as the previous month and an mediocre efficiency rating in the low 80s, they began getting the “shape up or ship out” speech. This culminated in a rather heated argument between members of Black Aces and A’s Makka.
Within hours, kugu had it and both sides went to town trolling each other. Members of the CFC jumped in, because, that’s what they do. Pandemic Legion members chimed in. Tinfoil hats were passed out after it hit the Eve Online forums and the issue was tossed around with wild conspiracy theories from both sides, ranging from “failcascade in 3, 2, 1…” to “Black Aces is just a collection of PL spy alts anyway!”
In the end, it was suggested that NCdot was taking them in. They caravaned to the north and were hanging out in Maila with their caps over the weekend. They alliance tag dropped on the 23rd. Then… nothing. Now they are flying under a sacrastic jibe at their former alliance, Against All Anomolies. They claim their is no bad blood with AAA. Those I spoke to in AAA openly laughed at Black Aces, and reiterated variations on “they’ve gone downhill fast” or “they lost their good pilots and tried to replace them with carebears” none of which suggests an amicable breakup.
Where Black Aces goes from here is left to be seen. They may end up a footnote, as many formerly noteworthy corporations have over the history of Eve, or they may bounce back, meaner, leaner, and stronger than ever. Either way, despite the unkind words, their former alliance mates universally wished them luck.