Last night marked the end of a week-long Caldari surge. One week ago, senior leadership in BORG and CSSYN agreed that they’d had enough of Cal Mil being walked all over by the Gallente. That they were tired of the low morale in our militia, and the general feeling of helplessness people bemoaned in militia chat.
Here is what the FW map looked like when the :Kitchen Sink: Campaign began (click for a larger picture):
54 systems for Cal Mil
47 systems for Gal Mil
One week later, a lot of progress has been made. Morale in the militia is up. People have seen that they have multiple quality FC’s that they can trust their “more expensive” ships with. Khan Farshatok and Schwigg have led nightly forays into the enemy territory. We’ve taken 36 systems over the last seven days, averaging out to be just a hair over five a day.
Here is what the FW map looks like now (click for a larger picture):
90 systems for Cal Mil
11 systems for Gal Mil
Cal Mil – T3 – 44.4%
Gal Mil – T1 – 6.6%
Of course, there have been a couple of great fights along the way as well. Last night’s Frigate fight in Nennamaila. The Qcats AHAC engagement in Agoze. The crazy three-way in Renarelle. The one-sided fight in Akidagi. Evaulon. Immuri. Hikkoken. Thanks to the Gal Mil pilots who have brought it so far. We’re looking forward to the future engagements.
As the :Kitchen Sink: Campaign enters its second week, we face some significant challenges ahead. Gal Mil leadership has made it clear that they don’t care about the outer systems we’ve been taking. They’ve pledged to defend their “core systems” and make them impossible to take. Some of their corps have also begun deplexing their remaining systems so that they aren’t vulnerable by the time the :Kitchen Sink: commanders log on in the evening.
A different sort of challenge has already reared its head, the lack of offensive systems to plex. This, thankfully, is simply a matter of perspective. At T2 or below, defensive plexing doesn’t really net tangible rewards, and as such pilots don’t do a lot of it. At T3 or above, though, defensive plexing becomes almost as valuable as T2 offensive plexing is. Take Jovainnon, a Caldari system that is currently 63.6% contested. In T2, running a small defensive plex would have yielded 11,130 LP, or just barely more than an offensive novice. In T3, that same small plex is worth 19,477 LP. That’s worth more than a small offensive plex in T2…and worth almost the same as a medium in T2. As a result, my encouragement to everyone that has been fueling our system flipping machine by offensively plexing is this: After tonight, swap over to defensive plexing and keep our systems as low as they will go. You’ll still get your LP. You’re still contribute to the war effort like you have been before. And you’ll probably be a fair bit safer while doing it.
Know that the Gallente are going to hit us back eventually. Right now they’re near the bottom of the barrel, but don’t for a moment count them out. They’ve enjoyed being on top for far too long. Long enough for it to filter into the fabric of their militia. “We’re better than them,” they’ve said for months. “Let them bring whatever they want, we’ll beat them.” This punch in the face has caught them off-guard, but it hasn’t knocked them out.
Khan and Schwigg are veterans of dozens of nullsec campaigns. They’ve fought in the wars that have radically changed the face of the EVE Sov map. They don’t expect this “war” to be done in a week, or two, or three. They’re prepared for the Gallente to dig in and tight tooth and nail to hold on to the last of their systems. You should be too. Expect the latter bits of this campaign to take weeks. Months. Expect the Gallente to make gains of their own. Gains that need to be countered and pushed back. Expect the road to get a lot bumpier before the end. But, throughout it all, expect success. Our morale is high. Ride it. Have fun and enjoy your playtime, because that’s what matters in the end.