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Poetic Stanziel: Faction Warfare – Resuscitating the Amarr
It was malaise. I was under the impression that the Amarr were giving up systems so that their alts could cash in on the T5 warzone control Minmatar achieved on Sunday. (As of yesterday, the Amarr had six systems under their control, out of over 65 systems.)
(tl;dr I propose that Minmatar give up all systems east of Dal, excepting Amamake. Reset faction warfare of our own accord, get back to good fights.)
Not really the case. The Amarr side is simply disinterested, and many are packing up, moving north, where the battle lines are more evenly drawn; where there’s something for both sides to fight over.
So, to those crowing that we can do it without Goon help, perhaps we’re still lingering under the effects of what they did. If the Amarr are so disinterested that they aren’t fighting back, then what sort of victory are we crowing over? Not too mention that the Minmatar have always had a numerical advantage over the Amarr, the Goon exploits only made a crappy situation for the Amarr worse.
(Of course, the Amarr now have Fweddit, an organization that is 600 strong. But then Fweddit aren’t really keen on faction warfare mechanics, so they don’t bother with things like plexing, offensive or defensive. But then, why would they bother when Amarr are perpetually stuck at T1 warzone control, there’s no motivation to do the grindy work. Fweddit won’t stick around if the situation continues to deteriorate. Do we want to see them head to the Caldari? Few Minmatar I’ve talked too aren’t happy that Fweddit took up the Amarr cause. They breathed essential life into a battle that had been on the wane.)
The more people the Amarr bleed, the better it is for the Minmatar with respect to LP earned, but CCP isn’t going to let that money train last forever, which then damages everybody in faction warfare, because anything CCP changes to rectify the situation isn’t only going to affect Minmatar.
Hell, without Amarr, good fights aren’t going to happen. And faction warfare is about the good fights at its core. Sitting around, only doing missions for LP, with nobody to fight . . . might as well be highsec carebears.
The way it sits now, the Amarr need systems. They can grab a system here and there, but considering they have so few, it’s easy enough for the Minmatar to grab them back, they only have a couple systems to focus on reclaiming.
With the lack in interest developing on the Amarr side, there’s no way that the few that are interested in claiming systems, going after warzone control, can make any headway. Eventually, they too will be driven elsewhere.
Take a look at the following faction warfare map, I’m going to use east/west based on how it’s drawn:
I propose pulling all Minmatar assets back to Dal. Give the Amarr one (maybe two) weeks to retake all systems east of Dal (except Amamake). There can still be good fights throughout the week, simply no plexing in the systems we’re giving up. We don’t snark and snipe at them either “Oh, it took us being charitable to get you back on your feet blah blah blah.” Fuck that. This is as much for our good as it is there’s. CCP is to blame for the situation we’re in, for not resetting faction warfare when they implemented the new system. The Goons are as much to blame for causing much of the Amarrian malaise. We’re to blame for rubbing all of this, which was out of Amarr control, in their face for the last couple months. Which all leads to where we are now: a dude wants to do better by himself, get out of the rut he’s in, but can’t quite get the leg up he needs, not without a little help from friends.
After battle continues, if the Amarr then lose all their systems again, well, tough. But I’m willing to bet with some systems under their belts, the occasional shot at T4 control, that the Amarr side will be revitalized, and southern faction warfare will be as most of us imagined it to be.
All it would take to make this happen would be the cooperation of a few of the larger Minmatar FW alliances: Iron Oxide, Late Night Alliance, Defiant Legacy, and a few others. Get the word out, and get people in line, on pain of getting blowed up real good.