Monday, August 20, 2012
Having had their cash-out, and seeing the warzone go up in flames once again, the Amarr militia retreated en masse. Some evacuated to the Caldari/Gallente warzone to try their fate with a change of scenery (and targets) whereas some, like Lost Obsession, left Faction War altogether.
With pilots leaving the Amarr left and right, the Minmatar turned its attention to the front line over the weekend. Kourmonen and Lamaa were the first major systems to fall, with Kamela –a system steadfastly defended by the Amarr since before Inferno –quickly following. The Kourmonen area –once the primary hotbed of Amarr/Minmatar conflict, is now completely in the Minmatar’s control.
Minmatar leadership has made it clear that the train will not stop until the entirety of the warzone has been turned over to the Minmatar –a scenario that will not take long to play out. After that, an altogether different chapter will begin for the Minmatar. With the Amarr beaten back, it is possible that they will need to look to other arenas for the pvp they crave.
Or, perhaps the Amarr will begin a new chapter of their own. Even with so many leaving, we saw some new faces in the warzone –in particular, Agony Empire who did not pull any punches in Kamela over the weekend.
In addition to these newcomers are some rather stubborn Amarrian groups such as I.LAW, who have made it clear they have no intention of leaving. I can’t help but respect these groups. It is so easy to make strong claims toward being willing to fight outnumbered and against extreme odds. It is much harder to continue on when the ‘extreme odds’ become a harsh reality—and when the majority of your friends have succumbed to this reality and moved on.
I’ve been asked a number of times over the past weeks why anyone should consider joining the Amarr militia. To be honest, I couldn’t really think of a reason until now. But after this weekend, I think that a lot of the groups that have left the Amarr took some of the Amarr’s problems with them. And, the wake of their exodus has created one of the most target-rich environments in EVE for solo and small gang pvpers—an environment that I believe many will (and should) be taking advantage of in the coming weeks.