Wednesday, June 20, 2012
No LP to Save the World
An interesting theory that I have seen crop up in recent days is the idea that the lack of LP payouts for defensive plexing helps the Amarr. Their reasoning is very simple, and seems to make sense. Since defensive plexing is boring, and produces no income, a Faction that has a large amount of space to defend will be harder pressed than a Faction with less space to defend.
Minmatar and others who have raised the question of rewarding LP for defensive plexing have often been cut down quickly by Amarr who say “how dare you take the one thing that is actually in our favor.”
Ironically, the Amarr have been so distracted defending their ‘only hope’ that they have missed a rather critical detail:
The Minmatar aren’t defensively plexing as a primary means to defend their space. Since the monetary motivation is in offensive plexing, as I have explained before, their primary means of defense is by offensively taking systems to replace the ones they’ve lost.
Since our ability to defend, based on this strategy, lies in our ability to take the Amarr’s space as quickly as the Amarr takes ours, the fact that offensive plexes are the only ones that offer LP payouts actually helps us. Since the Amarr have 55 systems to offensively plex in and we have 15, it is easier for us to flip systems since our plexers are restricted to a much smaller area of operation.
Ultimately, the Amarr have to deal with a plexing base that is spread out, whereas the Minmatar can simply sit back and wait for greed to run its course in a very concentrated area of space—and simply flip the systems that are plexed to vulnerability as a process of natural course.
I should probably also mention that by their own admission, the Amarr participate in this process by plexing the system on Minmatar alts.
A few days ago I would have concluded this post with an objective deduction as to how this constitutes stacked mechanics that somewhat negate terms of risk vs. reward. But, I will let you make your own conclusions for I find myself asking a much more important question.
Do I really care?
Boo hoo, the Amarr make claims that everything is against them. But, they’re freakin’ plexing against themselves. They support mechanics that kick them in the ass, simply because the Minmatar suggest solutions. On the one hand they write about how they don’t have a chance, and on the other hand they write chest beating accounts on how they roll the Minmatar. It’s like a manic circus of demented clowns.
No, I do not care.
Let it burn.
Let it all burn.