In my years as an Eve player I’ve enjoyed keeping up with Black Legion. Since Eve is such an “old game” no matter how many years I put between now and my start, I still consider myself “newer.” Rarely if ever is there a benefit to misinform others about your knowledge so I can say that I do not have all the details about Black Legion. The first I ever remember hearing of them was that they were a sov-less group that for some reason flew those ugly Muninn ships in fleets. I played on and off until about the time of the Tribute War where Black Legion, Northern CoalitionDOT and Nulli Secunda put up fierce resistance against the Goon lead CFC Invasion over “disagreements” concerning the tech cartel. More importantly I noticed a division among a couple of players I knew that had characters in both Pandemic Legion and Black Legion. The mesege was pretty clear, pick a side and pull all assets out of the other.
But before I go on i’d like to take a bit of your time to explain what “not winning fast enough” means. I was one of the first if not the first to use this term when writing about the conflict on EN24. When the dust did settle and the CFC did end up taking Tribute, some people criticized the concept and made it sort of a meme joke. I beieve this is due to a lack of understanding. Let’s face it, not everyone has an actual keen eye for strategy, tactics, and logistics. In the major 0.0 battles, unless you’re an FC, a scout, some sort of tackle or have some other unique specialized role you are completely replacable. Oh you just scored 0.02 damage on the super cap that made eve kill’s most expensive list? Tell me more about how leet you are at pvp.
When one’s perspective is limited to that, the meaning behind “not winning fast enough” is difficult to grasp. For my intelligent and competent reader, this is a repeat in what you already know. So for everyone else: when you have a multi alliance coalition comprised of thousands of members spanning sov over several regions with a war chest of trillions of isk, and it takes you months to take one region from an entity a fraction or your mass, you aren’t winning fast enough. Prolonged warfare is always bad, especially for the attacker. There is obviously a gross inefficiency in your structure or capabilities that a simple “lol not winning fast enough” meme will not address. Conversely, it also means that your opponent is capable in one area or another.
Now most of us comprise of some sort of classical Greco-Roman western civilization and as such, while we recognize different qualities, we also recognize that said qualities are not equal. Personal skill is scored higher than the ability to mobilize numbers. Perhaps the Chinese server disagrees. This is why nobody really lauded the CFC for taking Tribute due to numbers yet Dotbros’ loss in Tribute was worth more than the CFC’s victory in the realm of “qualities.” Who would take a forgetable victory over a failure such as Thermopylae? As capable of an FC Mr. Vee and a few others in the CFC are, they will never ascend to the pedastal on which Elo Knight sits even if it may simply due to the tools they each have to use and even if the man is…well just a man like anyone else with his own mistakes. Let’s not forget the January 2012 Elo Erebus loss. Considering that you are reading this I assume it is safe to say you, like everyone else, pulls their pants down to take a shit. Correction, some of you don’t and I look forward to your rage comments below.
Black Legion’s “failure in Tribute” (read as Vince Draken sperging like an undisciplined child over Falcon, on second thought my apology, you must be a prophet because clearly God is keeping your alliance together, nobody else is, let me follow you into the wilderness) was a clear show of prowess. I actually sat through an entire Eve pvp youtube video (which i hate) where BL mowed down a massive CFC Drake fleet by mitigating all incoming damage through the use of a smart bombing battleship. Unfortunately Falcon-gate ruined any chances of those spectacular field battle victories to become anything meaningful. And I don’t have some sort of deep hatred for the CFC but yeah, I did hope they’d lose, simply for the sake of a good story. The big empire falling to the small and dedicated resistance group. It’s not my fault I was born in a country where for hundreds of years our national pastime was killing every large invading army too stupid to try.
Catch them in a mountain pass and drop boulders on them? Check. Lead them into a forest then light it on fire killing any survivors? Check. Dress up as the enemy troops, attack their camp at night and impale any prisoners you have? Check. Lead them into a swamp and swarm them with missile fire until they retreat to a drowning death? Check. So i’ll admit, I have a big soft spot for anyone in the “small resistance group that uses tricky tactics” position. Of course size is a relative concept as the dotbros weren’t exactly the 5 man small gang. In any case, the whole way that Vince handled the Falcon issue was a real let down. Here you had the oppertunity for the small(er) group of defenders to ward off the big bad empire and then Falcon. It’s a bit like watching Iron man but instead of fighting the big bad guy at the end and saving the day, he has an allergic reaction to peanuts and he dies. How lame.
Anyway the point I tried to make was that BL came out looking pretty well after Tribute and instead of giving up their fight with the CFC, they actually continued it further north. They had a fairly nice campaign of terror in Period Basis against Tribal Band where they more or less crushed any local defense but their main noteriety came from hitting CFC entities in the north. It had proved so effective that when the war in Fountain was picking up, the CFC paid BL off to leave them alone. Now I understand why BL would agree to such a thing. Give your hunting grounds time to replenish, take a nice pay off, go visit elsewhere. It isn’t like doing any favors for TEST or ncDOT seemed attractive really. At least the CFC had shown some respect, if not fear. What puzzled me is why ditch Retirement Club? Perhaps not as valuable as a pvp entity, but surely their symbolic presence as a sort of successor to BoB was of some use.
Most confusing for a watcher of BL is figuring out what their goal and narrative is. “Gewd fites” is well and good enough but for how long? Eventually you’ll need some sort of motivating factor. The best thing about Eve after all is the lore we create. For the Goons, it is their Empire, for TEST, it is their redemption, for AAA it is their reconquest, and so on and so forth. Perhaps the answer to that is found by looking within. “We hate those that are most like us, but not us” someone once wrote. It seems to be in human nature to hate the apostate, the schismatic, for they are anathema. But they also challenge a core sense of self. If the one that is sort of like me, is a more authentic me, then what am I? We saw this sort of “hate those that are most like us, but not us” in the Fountain War where the Goon Alliance and their coalition fought TEST Alliance and a group of people that wanted to give a half hearted attempt at war. Goon and TEST are more similar to one another than any other entity. (Go mittens, use this to bring them back into the fold while they’re weak!)
So what does that bring me to? Well it brings me to the “original elite legion” that is Pandemic Legion. PL has been in recent memory a target to a couple strikes from BL with no real retaliation spotted. Perhaps when you’ve always soared so high in the sky and had only needed to look down on others, you lose the muscle strength needed to look up and see if someone is hunting you. I’ll just be blunt. I want to see Pandemic Legion try to keep their title belt and I want to see Black Legion try to take it from them. I’d love nothing more than to see a full out war between the two entities. It would be entertaining not only to participate in, but also watch and read about. For the time being it really looks like PL’s lackluster response suggests they are getting a bit too old. Perhaps they need rest after the Fountain War although BL does not seem to have slowed down a bit after destroying a PL Aeon and a NCDOT Erebus.
We hear rumblings about a possible future conflict between the CFC and N3 but honestly both have more than enough territory to keep themselves fat and rich with. At best we can hope for a punitive war but unfortunately I think both are more likely to hang back spamming “come at me bro” rather than throw any punches. If such a war were to happen, perhaps on a more meaningful level, we could hope to see PL and BL on opposite sides of the battlefield. Personally I think that N3 has too much internal ego issues and vague roles of leadership where as the CFC has a more clear and organized hierarchy which will more than likely land them the strategic victories. We can only speculate as we have no idea where the “3rd World” non aligned entities would swing. Could we see N3 and by extension, Nulli, fleet up with their former enemies, TEST in order to fight the CFC? How would the Neo-Stainwagon Coalition composed of the likes of AAA, Coven and DD interact with Solar Fleet if such a conflict were to erupt? For the time being, we may just have to be satisfied with rumblings of supercap losses here and there until the winter. The “Legion War” between BL and PL has begun but we have yet to see if there will be more than one participant. Off the top of my head i’m counting a Revenant and an Aeon for BL and I look forward to see Pandemid Legion respond.
- Seraph IX Basarab