You might have noticed at the very end of every article published we have a call to action tag to allow players to counteract any inaccuracies they might perceive. what follows is the feedback we received from the IRC article published yesterday, a few things have been redacted for clarity’s sake.
First — Background
Tenal residents have historically sent roaming fleets into Cobalt Edge whenever not on a campaign. Razor had been no different in that regard. Traditionally, the Tenal residents would bring in a fleet, IRC would form against it, and if IRC had the least chance of winning the two would engage.
The dynamic changed somewhat with Razor after the CFC campaign against the dotbros drew to a close. First, Razor fleets frequently became bigger than what IRC could form against with no notice — it’s rather difficult for most alliances to rage-form a counter to a 120-man Hellcat fleet in under thirty-minutes. Thirty minutes was the approximate time Razor would spend reinforcing the a jump bridge before going back to Tenal. Second, whenever Razor did not have a counter to, or was not numerically superior to the IRC fleet, it would retreat to Tenal, reship, and wait for additional numbers.
After a few such incidents, IRC pilots naturally grew tired of having to form up, then waiting for an hour or two while Razor went back and reshipped. Why Razor FCs were blue-balling themselves in this manner will probably remain a mystery — if Razor FCs wanted fights, they could have poked any IRC FCs and arranged something.
Second — The Invasion
The CFC invasion of Cobalt Edge effectively began when Razor reinforced the HB- station and iHub with a hundred-odd pilot Hellcat fleet. Unless Razor FCs are incompetents, this could not have been an attempt to get fights, since everyone knows IRC timers are set for EVE downtime. Most normal people are at work or in class at that time. While the initial fleet was primarily Razor, fleets at the reinforce timers were only 30% to 50% Razor.
The full CFC invasion of Cobalt Edge kicked off on 12 December 2012, at approximately 16:00 EVE time (Saturday morning EST) when the station in HB- came out of second (armor) reinforce. HB- is the border system between Cobalt Edge and Tenal, and has been the traditional target for invasions of Cobalt Edge from Tenal, for obvious reasons.
IRC had a full turnout, with approximately 250 IRC (plus two dozen odd pilots from Rogue and Retirement Club) in HB- local, and fielded a full AHAC fleet. A 45-ish man pantheon carrier wing was tasked with repping the station and (depending on who you ask) supporting the subcapital fleet with sentries.
CFC formed two full Maelstrom-Rokh fleets, with approximately 500 in HB- local. The CFC fleet was approximately 50% Razor, 50% sundry CFC.
CFC jumped into HB-, and promptly engaged the IRC fleet sitting on the HB- station. Loss rates were favoring CFC, since they had more pilots to burn. Approximately ten minutes into the engagement, the CFC lit a cyno and bridged in twenty-two supercarriers. The supers had been moved under cover of the broken galaxy map cyno display, although there is rumor that CFC supers had been spotted in Oasa the day prior. Either way, the CFC supercarriers began to alpha carriers on station and ECM burst the AHAC logistics. Since IRC did not have sufficient carriers to tank the CFC supercarriers, the IRC carriers were ordered to dock, and the AHAC fleet withdrew in good order from the field.
Third — More Stuff
This isn’t a full CFC invasion only because the CFC hasn’t announced it as such. The daily activity in Cobalt Edge tends to be a mixed bag of Razor and CFC fleets. Razor dominates the small timers and structure shoots. The big timers for station systems receive the full CFC treatment. While IRC could handle Razor on its own in due time, since Razor participation has fallen off a cliff since the engagement in HB-, it quite reasonably can’t handle the entire CFC.
Fourth — Whither the CFC
All the talk of Razor looking for ‘gudfites’ is moronic. Razor and the CFC do not want good fights, they want engagements that they are guaranteed to win. There’s nothing wrong with this, per se. We all want to win, and do so every time, without any losses. Unfortunately, it also leads to the CFC destroying its sources of fights. IRC is well known for forming up even when it has slim chances of winning; evicting an alliance with a reputation for giving the fights you claim to want in the name of getting those fights is idiotic.
It will be interesting to see how quickly CFC and Razor pilots go back to whining about not having any targets once IRC loses Cobalt Edge.